Monday, September 19, 2011

A Look Back at the Begining

Now that I have this whole blogging thing a little more figured out, I thought I'd repost the piece that I started it all with back in July of this year (2011).  I know more about the great sharing that goes on through linky parties and wanted a chance to share this one with more people than I did the first go round. 

Although I've been painting my own funiture and even my cabinets over the years, I never really researched the proper way to do it until recently.  I got my first real "lesson" in painting furniture from an ebook I purchased from Mandie over at Altar'd Designs.  She gave lots of great tips!  Since then I have found some very helpful blogs with tutorials.  My number one "go to" blog would have to be Miss Mustard Seed!  I am so thankful to her for sharing her wealth of knowledge so generously.  There are tons of other blogs out there with some great tutorials on some techniques I still haven't tried.  

Anyway, that's a little bit about my blogging and furniture transformation journey.  So, here's the piece I started it all with........

This is the before of course!  I took this picture at the estate sale where I purchased the desk.




The after is SO much better!










I did this little crackle look using Elmer's glue.


I was pleased with the final result.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Please let me know what you think.  I look forward to "meeting" many more of you through blogland!

Blessings!

26 comments:

Megan said...

Gorgeous, I really love that paint treatment! I may have to go check out that ebook :) Thanks for resharing!!

Ruffles and Relics said...

very well done.. love the color you chose!!

MyChampagneTaste said...

it looks perfect, is that chalk paint?

Mandy said...

I love this desk. Looks great. Is it the Duck Egg Blue from Annie Sloan?
I would love it if you would link it to my VERY FIRST link party that is beginning tomorrow morning.
www.projectqueen.org

Perfect Imperfections said...

The paint is Behr Premium Ultra in Embellished Blue. Warning....it looks nothing like this until you put the dark glaze over it. I was a little afraid when I put the first coat on. It is quite a bright color without the glaze.

Maury said...

This looks amazing! Great job!

Sherry said...

This is stunning I just love it!
Sherry

Ellen said...

I'm glad you linked up with Honeys party at Potpourri Friday, and I am thrilled you reposted this so I could see it. You did a great job and I love the piece and the color...wow W.T.G I will also be honored to be your newest follower.
Hugs,
Ellen

eleven-o-one said...

I absolutely love this desk! What a great combination of stained top and painted base. Beautiful.
Fran

Nan said...

Wow! It doesn't even look like the same desk! You did a fantastic job! I love to see furniture that is lovingly brought back to life!

Nan
youcouldmakethat.blogspot.com

MyChampagneTaste said...

It looks amazing...great job

Decorating with Cents said...

Wonderful job, I could cherish that desk forever. I especially love the color! http://decoratingwcents.blogspot.com/

Honey at 2805 said...

This is a great color! You did a great job!

Thanks for your participation in Potpourri Friday! I appreciate you!

Francine said...

This piece came out lovely.

Heidi S. said...

Gorgeous! One question, what kind of glaze did you use?

Perfect Imperfections said...

The glaze is Behr Faux Glaze mixed with Behr French Roast in a 3 to 1 ratio. And for those that may have missed the previous comment, the color is Behr Embellished Blue.

Thanks so much for all the lovely comments!

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Jeanne, you are an artist! Your desk is shear perfection!!! Came by to visit from my friend Debbiedoos. So glad I did!

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

PS your word verification is turned on and you might want to turn it off. I almost closed my window before it came up and my comment would have been lost. Definitely one of Debbie's no no's! :)

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

This is an awesome makeover. You did a great job. Love the color too. Thanks so much for joining my newbie party, and welcome to blogging. Hope to see you again.

Mandy said...

Hi Jeanne, I have some good news for you - you have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award! I so enjoy your blog. YOU deserve it. You can find out more by going to: http://projectqueen.org/category/ramblings/the-versatile-blogger-award. Have a great day!

Carrie Koppin, Realtor said...

Awesome!

Laquinda said...

I love this desk and would like to do one just like it. How did you finish the top? Also, is there a specific blog/tutorial that you followed for the faux finish? I've seen a lot of variations. Did you use wax? or just the paint then the faux glaze?
thank you!

Tessa Hays said...

This is adorable!! Can you tell me how you did the top? I would love to know the color!

Nancy Hiatt said...

This is what I want to do with a desk we have. Keep the top wood, then paint the rest. How did you refinish the top and what did you use?

Kathryn Montini said...

You did such an amazing job! It looks gorgeous! I'm in the process of doing this with a dresser, and have found lots of different methods. After you stripping it did you put a stain on as a base or just the paint then the glaze over it?

Kathryn Montini said...

You did such an amazing job! It looks gorgeous! I'm in the process of doing this with a dresser, and have found lots of different methods. After you stripping it did you put a stain on as a base or just the paint then the glaze over it?