My Vintage Desk Restoration

I have been talking about my vintage desk for ages; I was desperate to get my own little workspace.

Somewhere I could store my things, my very own creative space. Just for me, with no football, homework and all those other distractions that put me off working.

My Vintage Desk Restoration, and how I have transformed a dull old desk by up-cycling

I had been looking for ages when I spotted this vintage desk on eBay and it was perfect exactly what I wanted.

I was lucky enough to win with my bid and had the bureau sat in my lounge within a week. It was like fate because within a week I had made the decision that I would be working from home a little more in the future.

I had spent some time scouring Pinterest for images of vintage inspired desks and had finally decided exactly how I wanted my desk to look. I decided on a vintage cream distressed exterior to match the rest of the furniture in our lounge, my only dilemma here was how to tie all the pieces in together.

For the interior  of the desk I wanted a super girly, feminine space so decided on duck egg blue and a vintage floral pattern.

We started by sanding the whole cabinet to remove the veneer and make the surfaces porous. A wood base coat was then applied before applying 2 coats of chalk paint. I was a little concerned at first it looked so patchy. But I soon found that the key to chalk paint is the wax finish.

My Vintage Desk Restoration, and how I have transformed a dull old desk by up-cycling Before applying the final wax we sanded areas to create the distressed effect I wanted to achieve, and then waxed. After two coats I was thrilled with the final result, the wax seems to lift the paint and its appearance.

We finished the desk with Trinca Ferro ceramic door knobs. I think this was the biggest decision I had to make for the whole project. Trinca Ferro offer a huge selection of absolutely gorgeous door knobs, in fact I was so torn I chose a mix of 3 and used them on the existing furniture in my lounge too, thus tying all the pieces together.

My Vintage Desk Restoration, and how I have transformed a dull old desk by up-cycling

And lastly I chose a vintage floral oilcloth to decorate and finish the inside of my desk. The bright but delicate floral gives it such a light, bright and summery feel.

My Vintage Desk Restoration, and how I have transformed a dull old desk by up-cycling

I am absolutely thrilled with my vintage desk, and I actually feel so much more focused when working, rather than working in the kitchen or on the sofa where it is not as comfortable but much easier to get distracted.

I love the fact that I have my own little oasis that no one in the house will commandeer as it is girly and pretty.

My Vintage Desk Restoration, and how I have transformed a dull old desk by up-cycling

 


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34 Comments

  1. 10th November 2015 / 10:59 am

    Sarah this is so beautiful, you have done an amazing job with it. Love that your Mickey pen gets a look in too. A gorgeous girly space that none of the boys can touch…. perfect. I bet blogging is a joy sat at your new desk. Exciting times ahead xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      10th November 2015 / 9:37 pm

      Thanks Tracey it is, I have to say Chris gave me lots of help, he said I would have taken to long on my own ha ha x

  2. 10th November 2015 / 12:45 pm

    It is absolutely beautiful, I can see why you’re so thrilled with it. I’d be happy working there, too, enjoy it x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      10th November 2015 / 9:37 pm

      Ah thank you, yes it feels so functional yet so pretty x

  3. 10th November 2015 / 1:13 pm

    Ahhhhh so THAT’S what you wanted them for!!! It looks GORGEOUS — no wonder you’re thrilled with it!! Amazing what a bit of white paint and some knobs can do isn’t it? Well done treasure — love this!!! 🙂 xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      10th November 2015 / 9:39 pm

      Ah thanks Caro, yes I am over the moon and what a transformation. It was a team effort but I love working at it now x

  4. 10th November 2015 / 6:40 pm

    Oh wow I love it so much! I have an old bureau in my mums garage that would be perfect for this but we just dont have the space sadly. I would do the same as you though, just give a totally different look. Enjoy!! xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      10th November 2015 / 9:40 pm

      Thank you Kate, I am so happy with it, it feels so lovely sat there working, It is by the window so I can look out at the view too x

  5. 10th November 2015 / 9:15 pm

    Oh wow this is STUNNING!!! I love it! You have done an amazing job and what a gorgeous work space. I have a project that I am trying to work out when I can do – it’s annoying me so much as I can’t wait to get up-cycling! Xxx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      10th November 2015 / 9:41 pm

      Thanks Kat, I am so so happy with it, I know it took us a while to get going but once we started I count wait to Finish x

  6. 10th November 2015 / 10:06 pm

    Oh I had a bureau in my old house that didn’t fit anywhere in this house, I really miss it, I could store loads in it . This is gorgeous, so bright and clean looking! X

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      13th November 2015 / 8:34 pm

      Thanks Lisa, I am so pleased with it and am loving using it x

  7. 11th November 2015 / 9:19 pm

    Oh Sarah you clever lady!! 🙂 Stunning!! I love what you’ve done and what a transformation. Love up-cycling – it’s so satisfying and saves money! Perfect! Great job xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      13th November 2015 / 8:37 pm

      Thank you Jess yes I am so thrilled it is exactly what I wanted xx

  8. 11th November 2015 / 9:21 pm

    Sarah!!!! It’s beautiful. Well done. I love colour and the oil cloth finishes it perfectly. You must be so happy. It’s amazing. What a transformation!!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      13th November 2015 / 8:37 pm

      Thanks Rachel, it makes me so happy working from it, my own little space x

  9. 18th November 2015 / 6:36 pm

    That is beautiful – definitely no footballs there. I love eBay for sourcing old items of furniture and breathing new life into them. #homeetc

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      19th November 2015 / 11:09 pm

      Ha ha no thank goodness and me to you can find all sorts of gems on there cant you. And thank you I am thrilled with it x

  10. 18th November 2015 / 6:40 pm

    This is so beautiful! I love the finished result and the fold-down table is so cool and practical. #HomeEtc

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      21st November 2015 / 7:53 am

      Thanks Carolyn I am so thrilled with it and must say I am loving using it x

  11. Kim (sisterkin)
    18th November 2015 / 7:58 pm

    Wowee what a lovely desk. If it was mine I would get no work done at all, I would be far too busy admiring my beautiful handiwork. #HomeEtc

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      21st November 2015 / 8:01 am

      Thanks Kim ha ha yes I do spend a fair bit of time admiring it x

  12. 18th November 2015 / 8:04 pm

    Just beautiful! I’m a chalk paint virgin but have some furniture ear marked to try it so will be sure to wax them afterwards. Your bureau is lovely, it must be a pleasure to work at it! #HomeEtc

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      21st November 2015 / 8:06 am

      Thanks Louisa it is, and I must say I am surprised at how easy it was to use x

  13. 18th November 2015 / 8:07 pm

    I love this! It’s totally transformed. It’s so satisfying to up-cycle something and give it a whole new lease of life. I’d love to work here. #HomeEtc

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      21st November 2015 / 8:07 am

      Yes I totally agree I love it so much more than if I had bought it from a shop x

  14. 20th November 2015 / 9:51 am

    You’ve made a gorgeous job of it Sarah. The oild cloth finishes the whole thing off really well and makes it extra pretty.
    #HomeEtc

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      21st November 2015 / 9:03 am

      Thanks Fionnuala I love it, and love the girliness of the oil cloth xx

  15. 22nd November 2015 / 8:24 pm

    Thanks so much for linking up with us lovely! #HomeEtc I’ve said it before but this is SUCH a stunning up-cycle!!! 🙂 xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      23rd November 2015 / 9:05 pm

      Thanks Caro, I am so thrilled with it, and thank you for hosting lovely lady x

  16. 24th November 2015 / 2:14 pm

    Thanks for linking up – loved this post SO much 🙂 Jess xx

    #HomeEtc

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      25th November 2015 / 9:14 pm

      Ah thank you Jess, I am just so pleased with it x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      30th January 2016 / 1:26 pm

      Karen you need to make a space, it feels quite calming having you own little area x

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