Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A little more distressing

Remember this desk that I painted a couple months ago?

Well, I wasn't completely lovin' it, so I painted it again!



I painted the desk creamy white, and then... The new paint was peeling off because I didn't take the time to properly prepare the surface before painting. I was so frustrated that I tried to rush through yet another project, and was going to have to start all over. Seriously!?!
As soon as I started to sand the creamy white paint off, I realized that I just might like the desk a whole lot better if it were more distressed.
I sanded, and sanded a little more, until the desk looked old and worn. Then added a bit of Valspar Antiquing Glaze and a quick coat of Wipe-On Poly.
This sweet little desk now sits happily in my dining area.


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38 comments:

  1. Very pretty "rescue"!! I love the distressed look of it AND the color! :)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

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  2. Hi Emily, that looks great! Love the new look.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Gail

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  3. You are one creative young lady! I love reading your blog. Thanks for always sharing your great ideas.
    -Kimberly

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  4. Wow, it's beautiful Emily! I love the distressed look. What kind of sander did you use for this effect? Btw, those knobs are so adorable!

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  5. Love the color, distressing and the hardware!

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  6. Wow! How awesome is that table.... VERY! :) Beautiful work!

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  7. I'm not usually a fan of heavily distressed pieces, but THIS...is absolutely PERFECT!! FABULOUS finish!!


    Deborah (very happily visiting from
    http://upcyclingmylife.blogspot.com... hope you can drop by when you get a chance...)

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  8. Hi Emily, I think it looks perfectly imperfect, my favourite Colour by far! Visiting from Craftberry Bush...see you soon..xo
    Lucy

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  9. So pretty, love the blue color.
    http://shabbytochicqueencreek.blogspot.com/

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  10. I think I can seriously say that I adore each and every one of your projects! I adore this one especially, and I love how you explain the entire process you went through to get there. ADORE! Thank you SO much for linking up!!!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

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  11. I love it! It looks like a really time worn piece!! Well done! :-)

    XO,
    Janie

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  12. I love your distressed desk! I just tried my hand at distressing some picture frames and loved how they turned out too. Don't you just love it when mistakes turn out to be the best ideas?

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  13. Your desk turned out fabulous! Love the color and distressing.

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  14. I love the distressing, I like it when the paint comes off in chunks. Sometimes the best revamps are the unexpected outcomes.

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  15. Emily, I love the distressed end-result!! All the layers peeking through - it really looks beautiful and has character!

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  16. so pretty--love the blue! If you have time I would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party this week.

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  17. Beautiful color! As my daughter would say "you turned a mistake into something great". Stoppin by from Somewhat Simple

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  18. Hry thatsva great piece and a great color! Would you mind sharing the paint color with us? ;-)

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  19. Love the blue! Beautiful job!

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  20. Oh I love it! The heavy distressing really did the trick! Its looks beautiful!

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  21. Hi Emily love the look - I did a wood finishing course and loved every minute of it, its so exciting seeing the end product! I just wish I had more time to to do more refurbing. I am visiting from the "Delightful Order" party and would love you to pop over to my blog to say hi! Cheers Fiona

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  22. Hey Emily, just wanted to let you know that I loved this table and I picked it as one of my favourite ones from the Crafty Scrappy Happy linky party...thank you so much for joining us...xo
    Lucy

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  23. Oh man... I am in love. Everything about this table it to die for! Great job!! I would love it if you would link this up to my Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party!!! http://mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com/2011/09/ta-da-tuesday-link-party-4.html

    xoxo, Ashley J

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  24. Love the finished look! Amazing what a little additional sanding can do. Looks great!
    Cindy

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  25. I love it when "mistakes" turn in to a fantastic idea! The distressing looks amazing! I am So bad at rushing through projects too - I don't know why I never seem to learn that it just ends up taking longer in the end! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. I'll be featuring this tomorrow!
    Jenn :)

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  26. It looks wonderful! Everything about it - the distressed colors, the decor on top, the wall colors. I bet it looks amazing in your dining area.

    Visiting from Clean and Scentsible. Following you now. :)

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  27. I think it looks awesome! Just what I am looking for to use in my daughter's room! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  28. I really love the new color and distressing! Fantastic work :D

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  29. Love this!! Thanks for linking up to Ta-Da Tuesday! You were one of the most viewed links last week and are featured on this week's Ta-Da Tuesday!! Stop by and grab a featured button! :)
    http://mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com/2011/09/ta-da-tuesday-link-party-5.html

    xoxo, Ashley J

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  30. This color is fabulous and I LOVE the distressed look. I would love it if you would come by and share your table at my linky party.

    http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/09/bedazzle-me-monday-1.html

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