Cream Roll Top Desk Makeover

I'm really excited to be sharing this project with you today! 

  If you've been following along here for awhile, you'll already know I've made over a lot of desks while writing this blog.  There was one I did for Hunter when I first started blogging,  union jack desk.   There are quite a few so here's a list and links to all the desk projects I've taken on since the birth of this blog:  navy blue beautydesk for HunterPottery Barn desk hackvintage gas station map desk.....Anyway, you get the point, I love making over desks!  I love them so much that when I saw this roll top desk and chair show up in our neighborhood garage sale group,  I jumped at the opportunity to work on this baby.

This is what the desk and chair looked like before.  This is the picture my neighbor took on her garage sale day.

Here you can see it's in my very mess work space in the basement!

When I started this project I didn't really know what I was going to do to the desk.  I knew it needed pant, but other than that I didn't have an inspiration.  I looked at the paint I had on hand and found one of my all time favorite paint colors, Cream Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan.  I've used this color a lot.  It's a beautiful buttery yellow and it's soft and pretty.  

Once I started painting the desk,  inspiration struck!

Here's the desk with one coat of Cream Chalk Paint™

For the chair, I used my HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer.  I'm not a huge fan of painting chairs, so the sprayer made quick work of this piece.   After I sprayed the Chalk Paint™ I went over the chair with a brush to give it some brush marks.  I like the look and since I was hand painting the desk I wanted them to match.

Once the Cream Chalk Paint™ was done, I painted two coats of the Cream,  I took some Off White Chalk Paint™ and brushed the paint over in a cross hatch pattern with a small wallpaper brush.  I wanted to give the pieces some depth.  

The final steps were to wax the pieces with Annie Sloan Soft Clear Wax, then lightly distress using 220 grit sandpaper.  I also replaced knobs with glass knobs.

After I finished the chair, I knew I wanted to upholster the seat.  No one likes sitting on a wood chair at a desk for very long!   I had some beautiful fabric on hand that I hadn't used yet and it was exactly what the chair needed.  The fabric works so well with the chair you'd think I planned the paint color before...but hey sometimes a girl can get lucky, right?

Luckily the seat was attached underneath with screws so I was able to remove the seat easily.  I added foam and batting to the seat, then covered the seat in my fabric and attached it with my staple gun.

The very last step was to upholster the wood back of the chair with a bit more fabric.  I then added nail heads.  I added the nail heads to the front and back of the chair back and a few around the corners.  

I was now done...time to step back and take a look!  I loved what I saw....and couldn't believe the transformation.

Here's an up-close picture of the fabric.

And here it is....the final project.  I wish I had a little girl!!

Here's an up-close picture of one of the drawers

The top drawer

I love these glass knobs with this color!  Also you can see the Off White Chalk Paint™ I brushed over top the Cream in this picture.

Now for some pictures one of my favorite chair makeovers ever!

I'm a sucker for nail head detailing on furniture.

I added a few nail heads to each corner of the chair

I added the nail heads all the way around the back of the chair.

These little wood circles were already on the chair and they went great with the nail head theme!

I hope you liked this makeover as much as I do.  Funny story, yesterday Hunter sat in the chair and looked at the desk then told me, "You are NOT selling this desk!  I want it."  Well, first off I told him it's a bit girlie for him, plus he already has three desks.  He won't let me sell any of the three either.  I'm flattered and love that he wants to keep everything Mom works on, but hey kiddo we only have so much room!

Do you love desks as much as I do?  I have another one in my basement that's waiting for a makeover so stayed tuned folks!

Thank you for reading!!


Industrial Work Bench Turned Coffee Bar

Hello!!!  I'm back with a new post and this one was a lot of fun for me!  

A couple years ago I bought an old printers work bench at The Elephant's Trunk in CT.  I paid a lot more for the piece than I wanted to, but there was something about it that I fell in love with.  The bench had writing on it from the person who used the bench as well as lots of marks and character that I'm drawn too.  

When I brought the work bench home the top was in pretty good condition, but over time it became covered in paint and stain from me.  It was a good height for working on so I used it a lot.  

Once we moved, I found I wasn't using the work bench anymore.  It sat lonely in the basement covered in miscellaneous junk.  One day I decided to reconfigure my kitchen area and add a coffee bar.  I wanted to move the coffee stuff off my counter and figured if I refinished the work bench it would work nicely.

Here are some before pictures of the work bench:

You can see it was well used and covered in paint and stain.  

I sanded down the top with 120 grit sand paper and the character started to show through all my layers of paint and stain.  It took some work, but it was well worth it.   After sanding, I stained the top in and apron in my favorite dark walnut gel stain.  I loved how the top was turned out, but I needed a shelf.

The work bench didn't have a shelf because it was used with a stool.  Luckily I had some reclaimed cedar boards I could use to build a shelf.

With my miter saw and some vintage nails, I added a shelf and some supports.  

To finish off the new coffee bar, I painted the bottom with Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan Decorative Paint in Pure White.  I watered the paint down and lightly brushed it on, then wiped it back.  Once it was dry I used 220 grit sand paper and distressed the piece.

To finish off the industrial look I added casters to the bottom of the legs.  This gave it a bit more height, plus made it a lot easier to move.  

The final step was to give the whole piece a coat of clear wax and I was done.

Here's the finished coffee bar!

Here you can see all the nails and character from years of being used in factory.

This is my favorite part!  The person who used this bench signed their name to the front.  I didn't want to sand it off because it added to the character and history of the piece. 

Here you can see the shelf I added.  It's a perfect place for my basket that holds our collection of Starbucks mugs.

The reclaimed wood goes perfectly with the character of the bench.

The casters add to the industrial feel and make it a lot easier to move.

For my coffee storage I use vintage canisters.  One of my favorite vintage finds is this real slate chalkboard I found at an estate sale.

This is the coffee bar's home in my kitchen.  It's right off our eating area.  I hung my EAT marquee above it to finish the look.

I'm love how this work bench turned coffee bar turned out.  My day doesn't start until I've had at least one cup of coffee!  This works great and frees up a lot of counter space.  Now we have a space for our coffee and the counter looks less cluttered!  

How about you, do you have a place for coffee making in your house?  Are you a coffee drinker like me?  

Thanks so much for reading!