Tuesday, February 21, 2012

White Wednesday

I’ve been playing around with ASCP lately and finally finished a couple projects to share. I really didn’t have time to do any styling or vignetting yet, but I was happy to get them completed.

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I’ve had this desk for a long time and there really isn’t anything special about it except that it’s solid and has good bones.

Here are the befores:

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The drawers are dovetailed which is always a good feature.

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I thought this piece was vintage from the 1950s or so, but when I turned it upside down, I found remnants of a paper tag that said 1931!  She’s survived pretty well for her age.

And, here it is after.  I’ve moved it to my third floor studio, which I’m in the process of re-doing and hopefully it will be ready by summer.

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I kept it very simple without a lot of fuss.  I used ASCP in Old White, did a little distressing, and used a mixture of clear wax with  a touch of dark wax.  I was going to add crystal knobs, but decided to keep the originals and just paint them as well.

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As you can see, I left the top in a natural wood color using only tung oil to give it a shine!  I had stripped it years earlier and always loved the wood top.  I’m not sure of the wood,  but it could be walnut or cherry.  It’s definitely not oak, too much grain for maple I think?, and too hard for pine.

Anyhoo, it has the most interesting peg-joined inlays on the top that I just can’t cover up.

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There are ten of them on the sides and back.  Also, I’m not sure you can tell from the photo, but the top corners are beveled!

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I think I’m going to use this desk as my stamping station for my rubber stamps.

Moving along, I love clock faces and anything with number motifs right now, so I gave this piece a fresh coat of Old White and used rub-on silver leaf for the raised numbers.

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I wish I had a before picture, but I don’t. I’ve got to get better at remembering to take the befores!  I’m not sure what kind of clock this came from or how old it is, but it’s a nice thick piece of wood with the most wonderful raised metal numbers.  It was stained very dark and the numbers were a dingy antique gold and they didn’t stand out.

This is on the work table after a coat of paint, but before the distressing, silver leaf, and waxing.

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I have it in my studio for now, but I’m not sure where it’s final spot will be. I love the way it turned out.

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On a final WHITE note, this was the view from my balcony yesterday morning.

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That’s sunshine on the mountain in the distance.

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And, this was the view from my sunroom.  You can see the glare of glass. I was inside. You don’t think I was going to go out in this weather do you?

 

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And, finally looking toward the pool and hot tub.  Brrrrr…

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WHERE FOR ART THOU SPRING?

Blessings,

Kim

Linking up to:

White Wednesday at Faded Charm Cottage

WOW Us! Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Open House Party at No Minimalist Here

17 comments:

Gypsy Brocante said...

The desk is wonderful ... I like the fact that you used restraint and kept the original knobs and wood top!! Looks nicely updated and fresh ... as fresh as all that new snow ... wow!!
xo
Jill

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Everything looks great. I really like what you did with the clock. You've had some snow. We've had very little all winter here.

Deserae said...

Your desk turned out fabulous...love that you left the top natural wood. The pictures of the snow are soooooo beautiful! Hopefully spring is right around the corner for you!
~Des

It's All Connected said...

I'd like to talk about the great job you did on the desk and clock but the view is so wonderful I'm speechless! ~ Maureen

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Kim, your projects look great!! You've been busy!! LOVE the snow images, too! I wish I could get just a little bit of that!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

You have done a really fine job with that awesome solid desk.

I love all your snow. We ALWAYS get snow, but not a whole lot of it this year - a nice break, but kinda missed the winter fun of snow stuff.

Beautiful view, wow.

W. Latane Barton said...

the winter pictures just left me breathless! So beautiful, serene, peaceful. I love it.

Jennifer Davenport said...

Hi there Kim! I LOVE your blog! It is so lovely! I'm so glad you shared it with me!

And the snow--magnificent!

Sandi said...

I love the makeover on your desk!! I have a dresser that is a lot like your desk and now it makes me want to do the same thing. I haven't used that paint yet. Where do you get it at? Thanks for your inspiration!!
Blessings~

Sandi said...

PS We usually get a lot of snow here in Michigan, but this year we are sorely lacking which is fine with me. :)

Jennifer Davenport said...

Hi there! Love the furniture makeover! And you snow photos are fabulous! New Follower here!

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Kim...loving your projects!
The snow...pretty to look at but I am enjoying a very, very mild winter here in New England!!

Haverford House said...

Love your new stamping station! You have an amazing view {snow} ~ very inspirational! ~Marcy

Julie@chiclittleshop said...

what a beautiful photo of amazing winter wonderland! I haven't seen snow in person for many many moons.(smile)
love your desk make over too.

- Julie

Kelly Rowe said...

Thank you so much for linking up to the blog hop! Wishing you all the best in your bloggy endeavors. Cheers!

Kelly
www.livelaughrowe.com

Tricia Marie said...

Such a cute desk thanks for your inspiration

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh my...your view is magnificent!...We have only had one day of snow here in Chapel Hill, NC this year..snowed one evening and the snow was pretty much gone within 24 hours...

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