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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

WOYWW 264 - Wednesday 25th June 2014

Good Morning Friends,

Thank you so much to those of you who for popped over and leaving comments on Sam's blog appreciated! Glad you liked the candles...we did actually sit outside and have it all on the table on Sunday evening! If you'd like to look the link is


I'm back with my desk after being awol from WOYWW for a few weeks..for anyone who doesn't know what WOYWW is all about, click the link and head on over to  Stamping Ground, where the wonderful Julia will let you know what it's all about. I was sorry to hear that Julia has been poorly, so sending a big hug and well wishes!

This week isn't so much what's on my desk, but my desk...and believe me you will never see it this clear again!

Some  of you know that I am lucky enough to have use of our old summer house as a little second art room and a few weeks ago, I posted on here that I had bought a very old desk,  which I intended to up cycle  and use in said little art room in the garden.

This is the desk when I bought it for a very small amount in a local antique shop:

As you can see it was pretty old and sad looking :(

This was it last month when I started off by sanding it and given it one coat of paint. I had to work on it in the garden, so have been extra pleased with the good weather we've been having recently :)

I used an oak wood stain for the desk top and Annie Sloan Chalk paint in 'Original' for the desk itself.

I wanted the drawers to contrast to the creamy colour so I used ........After painting, I waxed with  Annie Sloan clear wax and then sanded away some of the paint. I've never done this on such a big piece of furniture before so I didn't distress too much (though more than the photos show!!!). I may go back in and do a little more.

After the first waxing, I added some  dark wax...this was the scary bit: the clear wax goes on quite dark but dries light, the dark wax is very dark! I rubbed it in and then went back with another coat of light wax. I used a round wax brush which was brilliant to use, but still hard work. When the wax was dry, I wiped all over with a soft cloth. I also waxed the top of the desk.

Here's my desk from the side with the old chair that I also recently painted. Now we have to clear our some items that have found there way into the little summerhouse and get  into it's new home (below). Had it been just a little smaller, I think it would have found it's way into the house, but it's just a little too big for the space we have.

Well for a first project of this type I was pleased with the result and I am sure it will be with me for many years to come...if I decided to shabby chic a bit more, I'll post pictures!

Thank you so much for stopping by - I'll look forward to visiting your desks today,

Love and Hugs,
Carole  X


  1. Love the great transformation...xx

  2. Morning Carole.
    Great job on your desk, looks like a different one. See the photos on Christine's blog today, I thing you have made a few people very envious.

  3. What an amazing transformation Carole, I love the new look and it matches your beautiful chair so well. Off to see your summer lights now. Hugs, Anne xx

  4. Oh wow Carole, this is an awesome transformation. Just love the new look of the desk.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  5. OMG Carole I love it!! It matches the summer house and your recently updated chair perfectly. I bet you will now find it hard to drag yourself away from your desk...Cx

  6. Oh! My! Word! Carole this is absolutely stunning.
    Love the colours you have used

    Patricia xx

  7. Wow! Great job on the desk and chair! Love the chickens on the chair back, very cool! And your summer house is so cute! Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #62

  8. Great job you made of the desk and I loved your little summer collection on your other site. Very appealing.
    Have a fun week
    Gillian #66

  9. Now THAT is a lovely project, finished, beautiful, useful...perfect! Well the oak top and handles and the contrast drawer colour, great ideas. And thank you, yes, I'm getting better. And apparently, learning patience. Ack.

  10. Oh wow Carole .. .. that is mega impressive!!!

    Love, love, love your desk!! Such gorgeous colour choices. You must be so pleased with the finished look.

    The weather has been just perfect for you hasn't it!

    So is it now "in use"? Is the top completely covered in projects LOL!!!

    Hope you are having a good week.

    Love Jules xx

  11. Fabulous make over Carole love the colour


  12. Hurray!! the day we've all been waiting for! It is so wonderful of you to do all the work so that we can sit back and enjoy! : ) This turned out so nice - hard to believe the transformation! Great job.


  13. This looks beautiful Carole, love the colours chosen! Well done.xx

  14. Desk looks fab Carole, especially with your matching chair. Bet it looks great in your craft barn. Definitely worth all the effort in this heat!
    Amy x

  15. It's so good to give new life to old things, the table looks great and is going to be useful for a long time to come.
    Happy crafting, Angela x #43

  16. Nice upcycle! I still need to refurbish the one I'm using in the laundry room for writing. Go you on your own little place to play. Creative Blessings in your new digs! Kelly #73

  17. The desk looks brilliant, it turned out so well - you must be thrilled with it! Would love to have a go at projects like this myself in the future. Thanks for the inspiration!