Thursday, November 3, 2011

Antique Desk Refinished in French Script

This Craigslist desk has taken me SOOOO long to finish!! But it's finally DONE and I LOVE this desk!

 


see that little scratch?? I fixed that, it was courtesy of my son taking a knife to it:)



(still sitting on 2x4's while I work on it)

I left the original hardware except for the center drawer. When I picked up this desk it was missing a handle on the right middle drawer, so I puller the center one off and replaced it with new knobs from Hobby Lobby that I love.


I'm a little in LOVE with french script anything right now. I HAND PAINTED the top!!  That's probably why it took me SOOO long!

I'm just too frugal to spend $82 on the stencil I wanted.
My husband has these vintage Bible children books that are amazing! I found faux birch candles at the thrift store for $3!! I wish we had birch trees in Florida!!  I would have them everywhere.

I'll be using the birch tree candles for Christmas decor very soon!





The "Before"

You can see more "Before" shots HERE.

UPDATE
I will be doing a tutorial on this post VERY soon!!!  OH, and she SOLD!!!   Time to make another:)
Linking to:
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51 comments:

  1. Awesome! Your handpainted script is stupendous. Love it!

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  2. You did an amazing job! I love the vintage books.

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  3. I love it. I am so impresssed that you hand painted that top!

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  4. This turned out beautiful...I found you from Miss Mustard Seed :)

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  5. Visiting you from FFF. The script top is so beautiful. I can't believe you didn't use a stencil. Well done!

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  6. Wow. Wow. Wow. I love it! What a gorgeous makeover!

    I'm your newest follower; I'd love for you to come visit me if you get a chance!

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  7. The French Script top is amazing... wanna come do that at my house?!

    Visiting from MMS...

    Rhonda @ home.made.

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  8. NICE JOB! I love the script on top! Please feel free to share this over at my linky party!

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  9. I love the desk transformation, very beautiful.
    The French writing is so nicely done, hats of to you.
    Hugs,
    Angela.

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  10. That desk is awesome now. I can't believe you did that by hand! Wow!!

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  11. Great transformation! Love the birch tree candles and how cute are those vintage bible children's books! Love them!

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  12. A unique idea and well done. We do similar work so I appreciate the time invested and admire your patience with the script. Lovely!

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  13. Lovely...I'd love to hear more about how you did the got the top to turn out so wonderfully...Coreen 58 Vintage Faire

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  14. This desk looks AMAZING! Especially since you hand painted the script. You did a fantastic job.

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  15. AMAZING! I can not believe you hand painted that top!! I love the script stencil as well but choke at the price. You did such a wonderful job! Thanx for coming to the party!

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  16. Very beautiful! I love the script and you hand painted it! Amazing!

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  17. Your piece is so pretty, especially with the hand painted script on top.

    Thanks for linking this charming post to Potpourri Friday!

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  18. I can't believe you hand painted the top--amazing job! I too love the white birch. I broke down and bought some vases on Etsy last year.

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  19. I love it, I've been wanting that French script stencil! You writing looks amazing!
    Debbie

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  20. Oh my gosh... this post is going to go VIRAL. This is outstanding! I just love the written typography... swoon...

    Shared on FJI Facebook for SNS 106 and pinned. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150430778931141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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  21. You seriously made this little desk AMAZING!!! Saw on funk junk & the top is beyond amazing! LOVE IT!!!

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  22. Oh, my, your desk is beautiful! I love the top and you hand painted it? You're great! I had to giggle about the scratch your little boy did. My son when he was little took the metal part of his pen eraser and sawed away at my dining room table edge! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  23. Awesome to say the least. Can't believe you did the top by hand. Found you through Vintage Inspiration Friday.
    Laura

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  24. Beautiful! I would love to know more about the technique you used to finish the top of this desk. Please share...
    (found you through Funky Junk Interiors...FB)

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  25. Amazing Job :)
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  26. Holy wow on the handpainted script! I found you from the link party at Funky Junk Interiors. Fantastic.

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  27. Oh my this is just so cute!! Visiting from MMS.

    ps I host a linky party every Friday, I would love it if you could stop by and link up. Thanks!

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  28. Desiree, that is so pretty. LOVE the hand done script. You must have a very steady hand! :) Found you on MMS.

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  29. Wonderful transformation. You did a great job.

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  30. Seriously gorgeous! Love the french script on top and you truly did an incredible job transforming that desk. I cannot believe you found those birch candles at the thrift store! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday!
    Vanessa

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  31. It is gorgeous! I can't believe you had painted the top. That is amazing! You are awesome.

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  32. That is beautiful! I cannot believe that you added the script by hand -- very impressive. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog & joining. I'm following you now too!

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  33. This is fabulous, love the addition of the script! I'll be featuring you on Vintage Inspiration Friday Thursday afternoon. Thanks so much for sharing! xo

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  34. i love this-Absolutely wonderful!! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  35. Come on over and get your Ive been featured button! Thanx for going the party!

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  36. Absolutely adorable! You did a great job on the script...I bet that did take a long time, but so worth it!

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  37. This desk is amazing!!

    I'm featuring this on my blog tomorrow! I hope you'll stop by and grab a button!

    http://vintagemellie.blogspot.com

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  38. I featured you today on Potpourri Friday!

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  39. just beautiful...i guess you'll be starting on another one since that one sold!

    congrats!

    amy

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  40. Thank you so much for linking up. I just can't get enough of this gorgeous desk. I am featuring it tomorrow at my linky party. -K

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  41. Wow it turned out gorgeous!! I have a hall table that i want to do this on but the top is cement I wonder if Podge will help to adhere paper script. Anyway I am going to try... yours is stunning!
    Veronica
    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

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  42. I love this writing desk. Gorgeous job!

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  43. The desk turned out beautiful!! Love it! You have been featured at this week's party!
    Thank you for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week! You have been featured at this week's party! :)
    I hope to see more of your creativity this weekend!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  44. Wow!!! Amazing job! Love anything French script too...
    You're very talented and everything you do looks beautiful! :)
    Where in Florida are you?? And where can I get that $82.00 stencil from?? I'm frugal but I'm way too impatient also....lol

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  45. Talk about a facelift! Great job. I need a new vanity make-up center and this is just the inspiration I needed..THANK YOU!

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  46. Oh my gosh you are amazing! The handwriting is perfect! This is sure to become an heirloom.

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  47. Wow! Great job! I'm impressed with your script painting skills!

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  48. Talk about a jaw dropper! Can't wait to see how you did it. Although, I wonder if I have that much patience. ;)
    Following you now.
    www.DavisDomestications.com

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  49. What an incredible transformation-I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

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  50. Looking forward to your tutorial--interested in how you prepped the desk and what type of paint you used. Beautiful job and love the French writing on top.

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