2.05.2011

The Marie Desk - Before & After

Before We have had this desk in our storage for about six months. It was time. Time for a makeover!

After
This desk turned out to be
a-mazing.
It is chunky yet the extended legs provide a delicate feature.
The backside of the desk has some nice beadboard features.
I think I mentioned I was an eyeing another typewriter.
And her she is in all of her greyness!
I needed grey.
I think she is lovely.
We added a nice contrast with the new white and brushed silver knobs and pulls.
This desk has nice features on both the front side and the back side. That is always something to watch for when picking a desk.
The two bottom drawers fully extend which provides for additional storage way in the back.
And the three top drawers have bottoms that are planked wood. I cannot think of a better vintage flair.
I sure wish I had a craft room / home office to put this in. But oh shucks I do not.

It is Super Bowl 2011 tomorrow.
We will be partying at my folks with good eats and delicious treats
and
kids running all over the place.

Enjoy!



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47 comments:

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

How I wish I lived near you! I love that desk!!!!

Diana Gibbs said...

If you lived in Arizona that desk would be mine! Beautiful!

Hugs,
Di

AllisonK said...

That is a BEAUTIFUL desk!!! The transformation is lovely!

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

It is so stately and yummy. LOve it! Have a great Super Bowl Sunday!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

That is one big beautiful desk! Love those curvy legs!

Aroura said...

love it!

NanaDiana said...

Aw...Melanie- I KNEW that was going to be beautiful and you did not disappoint. I love it...love it...did I say I loved it? I think I told you that I learned to type on one of those Royal typewriters...all the letters were covered with blank caps so you had to learn to type of memorization. To this day, I am a good typist-in spite of being my teacher's NOT PET. I was a thorn in her side-cuz I was always making the kids laugh...and I was her star typist...she hated me-lol The feeling was mutual. Hugs- Diana

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it's too bad you can't keep it for your own office- it's sooo nice! love the hardware you used!

kathie said...

perfection! I love it!

Shaunna said...

Really beautiful lines and such a unique piece! I love the hardware you chose, too! xo shaunna :)

Jen said...

You're not going to put her in your new office? She'd look SO GOOD in there!

Allison said...

Your Marie desk is beautiful and I like the back as well as the front! Very pretty. Great hardware and love the typewriter, too.

michelle said...

GORGEOUS my friend!!! It turned out so beautiful and it is just a great desk in every way! I love the front and the back like you said, it is nice to have that feature for more options in a room. I hope you enjoy your super bowl party and I hope that all is still going well at work!! :)

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Beautiful piece; gorgeous little vignette!

Love it!

Sue @ Beach Bungalow
xo

Dayna said...

Lovely! Just lovely!

Lisa said...

This is gorgeous! I love the antiqued black color with the typewriter on top. Very nice job!

Erin said...

This turned out beautiful!! It's so chunky...I love it! :)

Terry said...

wow, this turned out fantastic. Be sure to stop over at my blog for a giveaway.

tanya said...

Wow! That is incredible! I have serious desk envy!

Serendipity Chic Design said...

Hello Pottery Barn Melanie! You exceed my expectations every time...

Take care,
Lisa

missshawna said...

Melanie,
That is beautiful! Great job. It is so exciting to give those old pieces a new life.

Leslie said...

What a transformation! Looks great! I love the old typewriter!

AshTreeCottage said...

You did a great job on that desk and I love the old typewriter!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Patti said...

Love this desk...it came out gorgeous - well done!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh how beautiful! I am visiting via the Valentine linky.
I wanted to invite you to the two linky parties I am planning. The first will be on February 23~ High Tea Tablescapes. Details can be found on my Wednesday posts. There will be PRIZES!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Leslie said...

That typewriter is so dang cool! But that desk is even more cool!

Virginia Callister said...

Would you be willing to share some secrets? I have a desk that needs a makeover. I have done one in the past but I don't think I really know what I'm doing. The one I have is pine I think with an orangish finish. I'm wondering if I need to strip it down in order to paint it, or if I just need to do some light sanding? Also what type of paint do you usually use? Oil,latex, other? and what finish for furniture. Do you brush it on? If so what type of brush? Thanks so much for any tips you might share. Virginia. dps625@msn.com

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Love the shabby sanded black finish on this stunning desk makeover. I am currently redoing my massive steel desk and work area to look less daunting and more organized and friendly. Love your work!

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said...

This desk turned out just lovely. I have a similar desk that was my grandpa's that I've been planning to paint black ... this gets me excited about it. :)
I'm featuring you for my Flaunt it Friday features this week, please stop by and grab a "I was featured" button if you like. Thanks for linking me!

Pretty Unique Furniture said...

This piece really inspired me, I think it is gorgeous! I mentioned you in my last blog post, I hope you don't mind :)
Tina
prettyuniquefurniture@blogspot.com

Dandelion and Daisy said...

So beautiful! I wish I had room for it.

Cowgirl Crafter said...

Love it!

Teri said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! :)

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

I just love old typewriters!

Joselyn said...

What a lovely makeover. Love the distressed finish!

driftwoodesign said...

Great job refinishing and even better photos. It's not easy getting black yo look that good in photography. Just love the look of distressed black furniture. On Black I prefer more distressing like yours. Keep up the great work!
Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

Terry said...

This desk turned out beautiful and looks wonderful in the space. I am amazed at how close in shape it is to the desk that I posted about recently...called Adventures of A Desk. Check it out.

Pattie said...

Found you over at Donna's, love what you did with the desk. I an your newest follower, look forward to checking out your blog. have a great weekend.

Pattie

colleen said...

great job on the desk hard to imagine it is the same piece ;). so got a vintage typewriter at a thrift store $2.50.so where do you get the ribbon ?

Elle Uy {SWITCHEROOm} said...

the desk looks so much more expensive now compared to its woody state. I love all the details you did, just the right amount of distressing.

decdiva1 said...

i love how that looks in black! i love the way you staged it too!

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

so striking! It looks perfect!
gail

Emily {WhipperBerry} said...

I wanted to let you know we featured this on WhipperBerry today. Come grab a featured button if you would like!

Deneen said...

I love the desk and the black paint!
dreaming-n-color.blogspot.com

Shelley said...

Mike & Melanie-

What a great transformation! I soooo want to find a desk like that to do the same.

Found you on Delightful Order!

Also, I have my very first giveaway going on - I think you'd like (chevron ruffle pillow, chalkboard coasters, & thank yous). I'd love for you to stop by!

Shelley

Delightful Order said...

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DaNita

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful desk. You did an amazing job with the transformation.

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