Shabby White Writing Desk

I have an exciting new project to share with you all today!  But before I get into all that I wanted to introduce you to a friend of mine, Katherine (some call her Katie) from Katherines Corner.  She is near and dear to my heart for several reasons and here’s why; she was born in England in 1960.  My grandfather was born and raised in England before moving to Canada where he met and married my grandmother.  I was also born in 1960.  Katherine currently lives in the United States and is proud of her dual citizenship in both countries.  I also have dual citizenship of two countries ~ United States and Canada.  Pretty Cool huh?  So if you have never visited Katherines Corner, I encourage you to do so.  You won’t be disappointed.  You will also find a link to her website under my Sponsor section on the right side bar.

So would you like to see some before and after photos???


SAM_4666And now↓

SAM_4881Painted in Old White and then distressed using a power sander.

SAM_4897I removed the floral picture for a couple of shots so you could see the details of the back.  Take note of all the compartments in the drawer too!SAM_4895I opted to sand and re-stain the drawer for contrast then added new crystal knobs.  The crystal knobs that were on it were cracked.SAM_4893

SAM_4890I just picked up this beautiful vintage crystal cherub lamp.  LOVE it…and it’s in perfect condition!  AMAZING!

SAM_4889Isn’t she adorable?


SAM_4884Whatever your plans are for the weekend, I hope it’s wonderful.

Blessings ~ Judy


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  1. What a great size desk, Judy, and I love the makeover. I’m loving the two tone look with stain and paint. It seems to be quite popular lately.

    • Thank you! I love the two tone look as well. I always try to keep the top original if I can but this piece had too many scratches that couldn’t sand out. I’m actually kind of glad now, I think I like it better this way! 🙂

  2. JaneEllen says:

    I’ve also noticed the paint/stain look frequently and think it is quite attractive. The contrast really makes pieces I feel.
    Also love that cherub lamp, very beautiful with the crystals. Is that a wreath with birds nests leaning something on the desk?
    I always love to see what you’ve been doing as your pieces are excellent.
    You’re same age as my oldest daughter, she’ll be 53 in July. I have some French Canadian blood in me thru my Father’s side. How nice to have your friend in the states. I haven’t been to Canada in long time, since hubs quit trucking, I used to go with him all the time, got to see so much of US and parts of Canada. I miss the traveling, Happy Weekend

    • It’s truly a small world. Isn’t it amazing how much we all have in common. I so enjoy sharing and making new friends through blogging. Thank you so much for all your sweet compliments. You are greatly appreciated. Oh, and yes, the wreath does have little bird’s nests. I actually have a set of three of these with small metal wreath stands that fit perfectly into the 2×2 windows I used to have in my home in Idaho. I’m hanging on to them for the future ~ who knows, I may get to use them again sometime! 🙂 Have a great night! Blessings ~ Judy

  3. Lovely post, the makeover is wonderful. Thank you so much for your kind words and valued bloggy friendship. xo

  4. Hello,
    I am a fan of your blog and your work! I am in France, and I invite you to visit my blog :
    Bravo! Continue..

    • Thanks so much Lydia…I would be happy to come visit your blog. I’ll be there shortly! Blessings ~ Judy

  5. Hi Judy – this is my favourite way to redo a dresser or desk – white with a natural wood drawer front (or top) – it’s always so fresh looking. Love the addition of the crystal knobs!!

    Katie is also a blogging buddy, but you’ve given me more valuable information about her. I too was born in England (a few years earlier than you young things though) and came to Canada in 1960. I never thought about it, but I guess I have dual citizenship too. Where were you born in Canada?

    • That’s so awesome! Actually, my mom was born in Canada, I was born in the U.S. but because of the law change I can have dual citizenship as well. Very cool. I’m waiting right now for my Proof of Citizenship to arrive in the mail. Just cost $75 and copies of several documents which I was happy to provide. My grandparents lived in Vancouver, BC while I was growing up, then moved to Creston in their later years so they could be closer to family in the States. My mom and her sister reside in Spokane WA. HUGS ~ Judy

  6. LOVE the desk! Such an eye catcher yet will blend with other decor nicely.

    • Thanks so much Sandy…I’m actually contemplating right now keeping this desk as my own and selling the one I’ve been using. My husband and I share a small office and I think this would fit quite nicely! 🙂 Blessings ~ Judy

  7. There’s no doubt in my mind you could use your magic to recreate awesomeness in anything you worked on.

    I also love the way you are not sucked into the trends – I’m tired of seeing the same old ASCP recipe for painting furniture.

    What you demonstrate to us all is the success achievable when we first apply our unique creative interpretation to a piece, then employ our unique skills using various tools and materials, and finally embellish the piece with love and warmth by choosing sympathetic hardware to enhance it further.

    Long may you continue to thrive in what you do best…. bring life back into poorly regarded objects.

    x ~ Rhianne [Apple Blossom Artisans]

    • Thank you so much Rhianne for all your kind words! I LOVE what I do but it’s compliments and encouragement like this that really keep me going! I truly appreciate you and hope that you have a beautiful and inspiring week! BIG HUGS!!! ~ Judy

  8. I have a new desk similar to the one in your post and I just love it! =)

    Im following you from Katherine’s Corner, – I love your site! Im your newest Pinterest, Google+ and Bloglovin follower!

    • AWESOME! So nice to have you following along! I’ll hop over and follow you too! 🙂 I think I’ve made up my mind to keep this desk for myself. I LOVE it too! HUGS ~ Judy

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