2.22.2011

The Shay Desk - Before & After

Before A close family friend found us this amazing secretary desk that sits up on tall legs and has letter slots and tiny drawers. She found a few other treasures we are excited to share as well.

After May I point out the long slender curvy legs. Ah-mazing. There are two levels of letter slots along with a middle compartment for small books.
The top shelf also has a curvy trim which gives it a feminine touch.And oh the original hardware! How could we not put these right back on. I mean seriously - who has these? They are almost one of a kind!
This litte desk is more than just a desk. It can be a greeting piece in an entry way or a bedside table. It is so versitile and functional. Now I am almost talking myself into keeping this one.

BUT
I cannot.
I kept The Opal Side Table and I cannot keep both.
No room.
I think the scalloped skirt is so charming and dainty.
This desk has been been purchased.
Thanks to Shay for helping us find some great treasures!
More to come.

42 comments:

Kacey said...

Gorgeous! Wow, loving all those curves and leggy legs!

Suzanne@thriftstoredecorjunky said...

Beautiful!

Goodnight moon said...

Another fabulous job! I love the character of the desk and LOVE the lions mouth! How awesome is that!!!!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

I can't even remember what it was now...but I picked up a piece of furniture that has these funky pulls on it! I replaced them, but of course I have them stashed away for some future project!

Chelsea said...

It's like a yummy cupcake for my eyes.

(It's a good thing)

Pam said...

Very well done! Thanks for sharing.

AllisonK said...

This is beautiful!! The lines, the pulls, the levels... a treasure. I can't wait to see what else she found for you.

Phredfamily said...

Check out my treasure with similar pulls- love them! Haven't refinished the piece yet, I'm waiting for inspiration to hit. But I know I'm keeping them pulls.
http://welcomedtempest.blogspot.com/2011/01/are-you-sick-of-seeing-this-yet.html

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a sweet little desk! Love the curves and all the little cubbies!

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

I love everything about that desk! What a great shape, and it's so classic in white.

More Than "Just Mom" said...

beautiful! love how this turned out!

allie from amijustmom.blogspot.com

Shawn said...

I just recently found your blog through the VintageFarmFurniture blog. I love your work and I love reading your blog. I just started a blog of my own, if you would like to read it,here it is, simplepleasuresilove.blogspot.com. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work, I look forward to continue following your blog!!

Between Blue and Yellow said...

What a pretty little desk, i love it!

NanaDiana said...

Love it Melanie- It really shows off the lines of it now. Hugs- Diana

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

melanie, this is just beautiful. i love those curves and the original hardware- gorgeous!

Ellen said...

Oh my goodness, what is not to love about it! It is absolutely beautiful. Love how you refinished it too. I'd say that is truly a keeper.

xoxo,
Ellen

michelle said...

What a beautiful and petite desk! It is so pretty all dressed in white now. :) I love how simple it is but still has some interesting lines and curves and the hardware just adds to it, gorgeous! Great job my dear!

Cristie said...

What a sweet desk. As always I love the way you finished. Great job.

Karie's Chic Creations said...

You amaze me. You do such beautiful furniture pieces. Thanks for sharing. Karie

Michelle said...

That looks fabulous and I love the lines of the desk! I am currently working (deciding) what to do with my desk

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

I love this desk now...I wish I was close enough to pick it up because I would buy it in a heart beat.

Blessings Kelsie

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Love how it turned out.. You've inspired me to paint my secretary. I sure hope it looks half as good as yours..

Sonny

Allison Shops said...

Love the desk painted! I wish I had the nerve to paint wooden pieces, but I never have the nerve. Dropping by from Met Monday, with a post on repurposed shelving.

Allison
Atticmag

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Hi first time stopping by and just want to say I love this little re-do on this desk! I have a similar one I bought from Bombay company years ago and I don't like that dark finish at all anymore...I may have to borrow your idea...someday...
Terry

Linda Q said...

Great job, I like it. Cute desk!
Linda

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello...

What a beautiful secretary! It has such feminine lines...I love it! It really does look gorgeous in its new white frock! Sooo very pretty! Thank you for sharing this sweet transformation with us!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

that looks great! I just love old little desks like that.

Pattie said...

Love the desk, you did a great job...

Pattie

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

The desk is beautiful and painted white it's just dreamy!
Fabulous job!
XO
Kristin

Rachel said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! I just ordered a necklase from HSN with the same Lion Doorknocker style as your drawer pull!!! Very sleek and classy :)

Denise said...

What a super cute desk. And painting it white only made it more wonderful!

Erin said...

I love this idea! I found your blog at the DIY Showoff. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back: http://stillwaterstory.blogspot.com/

Again, you did a fantastic job with this desk :-) White paint makes everything better!!

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

Brautiful transformation!

Cozy Home Scenes said...

I've never seen a desk with pretty sides like that, but those are what make this desk interesting. Looks very feminine painted white and pretty!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So super sweet and charming in it's new coat of paint!! I love it- and the chair is darling too! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

Rosie said...

Wow, that is beautiful. I love the curves. It's so much better in white. The typewriter is the perfect touch.

LV said...

Love the style of your desk and the way you finished it out.

Jeanne said...

Wow, what a transformation. A beautiful look and the desk has the most charming design. Good job.
Hugs, Jeanne

Alison said...

It's so pretty! I love it.

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

Oh my gosh that desk is darling! I just finished a similar one and I'm totally in love:) Great job!!

-Kasey said...

What a lovely desk. It looks beautiful painted white!

Cowgirl Crafter said...

Love, Love, Love it! I want one.

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