Queen Anne Desk~Project Challenge: Furniture

It's time once again for Project Challenge and this month our challenge was Furniture!
I have been wanting a very small desk for our house for quite some time. 
I liked the idea of a small desk so I could just tuck it into a little corner of a room.
I searched Craigslist and Facebook yard sale sights for months and months with no luck.

Finally one day I popped into the thrift store and found this little beauty for only $30.00!
It's not actually a desk, but a Queen Anne style table that would normally be used in an entry way or behind a sofa, but it fits my purposes perfectly.

I knew right away that I wanted to paint the desk white and the drawer gray (French Linen), but when I painted it I found that I didn't like the way it looked at. all.
The gray was just too dark.
I should point out this piece has only one drawer, but it's been made to look like it is two drawers.

So this is what I came up with instead...
I painted the middle section white to further emphasis the faux two drawer look.
 I left the outside of the drawers dark gray and then mixed some gray and white and painted the main body of the drawer that color.
One knob was missing from the piece when I got it, so I replaced them both with library pulls...which I adore!!

I lightly distressed the piece since I dig that look and finished it off with some furniture wax.
I have started using Miss Mustard Seed's wax and I loooove it!!
It is so easy to use. It goes on like buttah!

I think it is just such a sweet little desk!
I have it in my bedroom right now, but I'm thinking of moving it to our living room.
Our living room sits empty most of the time so maybe if I put the desk in there the room will actually get used. :)

I am using this shallow vintage locker basket as a memo board.
I think it's pretty cool.

I also got some fresh flowers for the top.
I was planning to get hydrangea's,but the store didn't have any so I got these white tulips instead.
I have never bought tulips before and I ended up loving them!

So I'm going to finish off with a question for you.
The printer that our family uses is enormous and takes up almost half of my pretty desk.
So. not. cute.
Are there effective small printers out there or is there a wireless printer I can just stick in my closet
 or something?
What do you use?

I can't wait to see what the other ladies have cooked up they always impress me!
Down To Earth Style
Beyond The Picket Fence
Sew A Fine Seam
Prodigal Pieces

AND I can't wait to see what YOU have been up to, so please link up!

If you want to play along next months Project Challenge is fence boards.
 I've already started working on mine. :)

(sharing w/Thrifty Decor ChicSavvy Southern Style &French Country Cottage & Miss Mustard Seed & My Romantic Home)


  1. Hi! I love your table make over! So cute! I might just link up to a table I have made over:) But first, I would like to ask you how I can follow youre blog by Blogger? Usually I can find a Follow button to blogger, but I dont se one here...?

  2. Very Very Very great makeover! I love what you did with the drawers! I find that what I have in my head often doesn't translate quite like I thought when i do it and I have to let the project happen as it will and change things as needed! You did a great job. As for the printer - I HEAR YOU! I'm needing a new one and a wireless sounds great to me and put it out of site. I am leaning towards a laser printer though and haven't looked into whether they come wireless.

  3. That looks fabulous! I love the two tone paint and the faux double drawer, it looks so much better with the center of the drawer painted out! Great job!

  4. What a great makeover....love the paint color!!!

  5. darling desk! my wireless printer is 2 rooms away from my pc--works great:)

  6. Lisa,
    Great job on this re love. Very pretty.

  7. Paint is the best--updated this piece and made it fresh and new!

  8. I love what you did with the desk! And I gotta say...LOVE those library pulls! I totally want to use them somewhere in my house now. :) I had the same problem with our printer. It was out on display on a huge desk in our bedroom and I hated looking at it. I did a post awhile ago about how we purchased a wireless printer and hid it inside a nightstand in the bedroom. I was also able to hide the entire desktop computer inside the armoire in our bedroom which meant I got to get rid of the humongous desk completely. :)

  9. Bravo! Bravo!! I love how you mixed your colors...I always do that and it works so well whenever I do. I love all the ways you styled it...and those library pulls?! Icing on the cake!! ;)

  10. Love this transformation and all the ways you staged it. Great job!!

  11. This is just lovely! I love the drawer 'handles' you chose. The library pulls are truly the jewelry of the piece and it is stunning.

  12. Hey Lisa!
    You'd think after painting furniture for so long I would get numb to the ooohhhh and awhhhh at the transformation paint can do - Not at all! I LOVE YOUR DESK! The color choices are perfect and you'd never know that desk was so orange before. Well Done!!!! Have a great weekend!

  13. That desk turned out great! I love the colors you chose and the cute pulls on the drawers. i don't have any printer recommendations since ours is a big clunky one too.

  14. Your little desk is adorable! Than you for the party.

  15. It turned out so lovely. French Linen is one of my favorite ASCP colors. I also use Miss Mustard Seed wax because it has no odor and is so natural. I returned ASCP wax because I am very sensitive and it has a strong chemical odor. But I love the paint!!! I like the rose art clipped to your desk wire basket piece too.

  16. Lisa, that looks great! I'm getting in the mood to do a few "refreshes" throughout the house. Right now I'm looking for a light yellow, actually butter yellow, fabric (a print of some sort, perhaps with a grayish blue) for curtains and or shades, etc.