A Look Back At One Of My Favorite Projects

HELLO!!  I'm pumped up right now because I'm getting ready for the Haven Conference in Atlanta.  I wrote about the experience after my first time attending the conference last year.  You can read that post here.  I'm looking forward to meeting new people and learning a lot!  

Last week I shared a post about my most popular project.  Today I'm sharing one of my favorite and most popular posts from last year....My Pottery Barn inspired desk.

Who doesn't love when they get that Pottery Barn catalog in the mail?  Well, I sure do and I love pouring over the pages figuring out what I want to try and make.  SO when I found some old wood filing cabinets at Goodwill, I knew what to do with them.  

Here's my inspiration picture from Pottery Barn (I'm still trying to figure out how to make that abacus!)

This is what I started with....two of these lovely wood filing cabinets with brass hardware  This picture was taken after I removed the hardware.

With the magic of some Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan in Old White, some spray paint in oil rubbed bronze from Rustoleum these cabinets were given new life!

Add in a solid wood panel from the home improvement store, some stain and a number and I had a new desk top.

And BAM! A new desk made by me and inspired by Pottery Barn.

I have to admit at one point last year I had the desk for sale.  Then I changed my mind.  I love this desk and I needed to keep it.  I'm so glad I changed my mind!!

This picture was taken a few houses ago.  Now the desk is sitting in the Hubby's new office waiting for me to get it organized, painted and decorated.  I'll be sharing pictures of it's new home once I'm done.  

 I hope you're enjoying these blasts from the past as much as I am!  It makes me realize how much has happened and changed in the 2 1/2 years I've been blogging.  It seems like only yesterday I started this blog on a dare!  Now I'm attending my second blog conference and going on my third year blogging.  I'm hoping to learn a lot at Haven this year that I can implement here.  Stay tuned to see what I learned.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week!


  1. I love your inspiration and the finished project turned out so well! It was wonderful to meet you at Haven!

    Have an amazing day rock star!

  2. Thank you so much KariAnne! That means a lot coming from you! :-)

  3. I never would have guessed that such an unattractive filing cabinet could become such an awesome desk!

  4. Melody, I have become completely obsessed with your gorgeous work! And this desk is no exception. Can you tell me if you are able to apply the ASCP directly over the old finish without sanding or stripping (assuming no scratches or damage in the wood)??

    1. Hello!!! Thank you for the comment. In answer to your question, yes you can apply the paint directly over just about any surface you can think of. I've used ASCP on so many projects and I've had great results. Good luck with your projects!

  5. Two things... 1-The wood cabinet almost looks like it is laminate! 2-How do you judge when to sand and when not to? Do you use a hand sander?

    1. The cabinet is solid wood, not laminate. The paint I used on this piece does not require sanding so there was no need to use a sander. If I'm using a latex based paint, I sand lightly to give the wood surface grip, then prime, lightly sand again, prime again and then paint.