Remember the desk I painted last July?
I painted it in Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth and added a couple of the smaller version of IOD’s Petit Rosier transfers.
I never intended for the piano stool to go with it, and in fact the piano stool that was pictured with it sold separately right away.
But the desk is still with me. I have to admit, I’m a bit bummed out that this piece hasn’t sold yet. I absolutely love it, but don’t have a spot for it. Usually I will re-do a piece that doesn’t sell, but in this case I just can’t bring myself to do that. I would hate to cover those transfers back up again.
In an effort to try and get this desk sold, I thought, “maybe it needs a chair … and possibly a mirror” (depending on if you want a desk or a makeup table). So on my last trip to the thrift store I picked up this chair …
I had a few basic requirements for the chair. It needed to be sturdy, a similar style to the desk, and easy to recover. This one filled the bill perfectly.
I started with a good cleaning, and then applied a coat of Dixie Belle’s B.O.S.S. in clear. This type of finish tends to bleed. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so I just went ahead and started with the B.O.S.S.
Next up I gave it two coats of Drop Cloth. As per usual, the Drop Cloth went over the B.O.S.S. beautifully only requiring two coats for full coverage over that dark stain. Once dry, I sanded lightly to distress and gave the chair a coat of clear wax.
For the seat, I pulled off the old grungy fabric and replaced it with some pretty black and white toile that I had on hand. I wanted something that would work with the black and white on the desk.
Using toile always feels like a risk to me, but I know there are a couple of other toile lovers out there, right?
Next I pulled out a mirror that I had taken off a dresser (this one), and painted the frame in Drop Cloth.
I added a hanger to the back of the mirror so it can be hung on the wall.
Finally, I restaged photos of this piece as both a desk and a makeup table/vanity. Talk about flexibility!
First up, the desk.
There is plenty of space on the top of this desk for a laptop, or really any sort of computer set up you have, leaving lots of room on either side for paperwork, books, a desk lamp and so on.
And you could hide a lot of office-y stuff in those 7 drawers!
One of the drawers has this funky glass piece that slides forward and back …
I’m completely baffled as to what the purpose of that piece is. Do any of you have an idea?
If I add the mirror hanging over the desk, it magically becomes a vanity or makeup table.
Since the piece is black and white, it can be paired with any accent color, such as a pretty coral or pink.
So whether you are a neutral lover, or prefer a bit of color, this piece could be worked in to an existing décor.
Desk? or Makeup Table? Neutral color scheme, or dressed up with a pop of color?
Talk about flexibility, this one could go either way.
And it’s still for sale, and now includes the mirror and the chair. If any of you locals need a desk … or a makeup table … be sure to check my ‘available for local sale‘ page for the details.
Thanks to Dixie Belle Paint Co for providing the B.O.S.S. and the Drop Cloth paint used on this project.