It's been too long folks...I really need to keep up! I have a lot to share tonight - but first - I'm exhausted. Isn't daylight savings in the Fall supposed to make you well-rested??
So...let's start with the too-small desk that I'm blogging from ;)
I've been wanting to replace my drafting table that I've had since before college (which is a million years ago if you were wondering...) on a whim I decided to check out Craigslist...now a few notes on Craigslist...
First of all you normally have to search and search and search before you find anything halfway decent - not so this time - my desk was the second listing which I think is fate...or luck or something...here she is in all her original glory...
Second don't go alone people! I'm wayyyyy too paranoid to go pick up junk on my own - I dragged my good friend, Adena with me. She was thrilled! We made a day of it and she protected me from crazy-pants that we picked it up from.
Third expect to find random stuff wrong with the furniture (that wasn't mentioned) or stuff inside that they forgot - I got both this time around...the 'items' left in the desk aren't appropriate to mention here but ewww...
So, anyway enough rambling - the desk was in bad shape - half of one drawer is missing...and still is...the finish was awful, the drawers need stops and I wasn't feeling the rung on the bottom.
If you follow me on instagram you already saw some of these photos:
Here she is now...after stripping and sanding (and sanding some more)- I restained the desk in dark walnut (Minwax). I was going to poly over it to give it a really protective finish but for now I'm just going with a coat of wax (I used Annie Sloan).
Man, I didn't realize how much I needed to iron my drapes until now and what the heck is on my computer monitor...oops..
I've also already ordered a new slim keyboard to help with the space issue. Eventually, I want to switch to a laptop but this will work for now.
This would have been a much cooler shot if I had a cup full of all the same pens...but does anyone really live like that??
I painted the bottom of the desk first in Paris Gray chalk paint (Annie Sloan) then in Valspar Blindfold in satin. I added crystal knobs from HobbyLobby.
I really like how the desk turned out but (even though I measured I swear) she's a little small for what I was looking for...especially since my desk chair doesn't fit...sheesh. I tried a new metal stool I bought from Restoration Hardware (the outlet...on sale...and still way too much $$)
So, now I'm not sure what my next steps will be with the desk....going to live with it for a little while and see how I feel ;)
A wonderful friend (and fellow blogger Strawberry Jam House) Tara suggested we check out the holiday open houses at two local barns - Sweet Clover and Chartreuse & Co. We had so much fun going from barn to barn and catching up - I can't wait to go treasure hunting again!
Here are a few shots from inside the barns - some are a bit blurry - they were taken with my cell phone while on the move:
We ran into a few old friends at Sweet Clover (you may remember I've stalked these horses in the past) - I'm only showing eight photos here...trust me we each took about a hundred or so :)
This was also an excellent opportunity to try out my new lens - I bought a Canon EOS 60mm macro - it's throwing me off my game a little because I'm so used to zoom lenses but I think it's good to push yourself.
An old cast iron baking pan - I'm using it to sort my gemstone beads
A vintage-inspired metal basket - right now it's holding some new tissue paper and glittery-chevron ribbon I found at HL
I also found these adorable glitter gift tags - yes I'm already thinking about the holidays - I was having a bad day and they cheered me up #notsorry ;) I'm thinking of using them for my Etsy shop orders too!
Tara and I each bought one of these old wood and metal drawers - I'm using it on top of my drafting table in my new craft / shipping 'room' more on that in a few...
So, I found these on Etsy from a seller in Germany - but I hadn't showed them yet so I figured I'd throw them in the mix
As you can see the lighting was kind of crazy today so hopefully you can still make out all the great details - this is an old wooden pediment - I plan to paint it and hang it over the master bedroom door...LOVE
I love the detail on the antique silver tray and spreaders - I think I have enough for probably 20 place settings now :)
Shipping / Craft / Gift Wrapping Room:
I decided to move my drafting table into my office closet and make a room I could use for crafting, wrapping gifts, shipping Etsy orders...you get the idea. Well, I didn't take into account the disaster that would come from taking everything out that I was storing in the closet...holy panic attack
So - here are a few shots - but just know it's a work in progress - I've got to figure out lighting...seating (may have to swap the stool out depending on what I figure out with the desk)...and the leaning tower of craft supplies that is my life...
Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Are you obsessed with macarons too, or is it just me??
Linking this week to: Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday