4 Desks Ya’ll

4 Desks Ya’ll

I am … not really sure what this desk is all about. It looks to be antiquish. There’s that flip-up part, but it doesn’t really make sense as a vanity, because Molly added the mirror herself in the after. Why would an antiquish desk need a flip-up thing? (try not to be amazed at my technical jargon-speak). Not to keep a keyboard in, obviously. To efficiently clean clutter off of one’s desk in one quick sweep? To deter really dumb thieves? I’m confused.

Anyhoo, like I said, Molly made up her mind that this was going to be a vanity and added the mirror and decoupaged some cuteness inside and now it makes much more sense. See it on her blog Pieces of Molly.

Patty took her top off to make this dramatic desk redo possible. Not like that, pervs! She took the top off of this desk and replaced it with an abandoned leaf from another table! I like how it went from pastel and … well sort of babyish, to all grown up and stately.

More to see on her blog Nuestras Aventuras en Texas.

Belinda found this little desk at a flea market and transformed it from unremarkable to unforgettable with a little help from everybody’s homeboy, black paint. And I do believe that is fabric mod-podged right on the drawers. Straight up nifty, yo.

See it on her blog, The Seam Rippers.

Isn’t this one lovely? From Kathleen at Between Blue and Yellow. Once again I stand upon my chair and applaud the fact that she used the original hardware. Anything else looks so out of place on a piece as clearly timeless as this. Can you imagine it with stainless steel rod knobs from IKEA or something? (I’m sorry IKEA, you know I still love you baby).

Thanks ladies!



  1. October 1, 2010 / 3:43 PM

    Great desks. The flip up was to hold a typewriter. I had an awesome old desk that didn’t just flip up but the top tucked down into the back when it was open.

  2. October 1, 2010 / 3:47 PM

    Ooh, loving that last one!

  3. October 1, 2010 / 3:52 PM

    Great inspiration! I have 2 desks waiting to be made over~

  4. October 1, 2010 / 4:04 PM

    These are all beauties! I too love that last one, so stunning!

  5. October 2, 2010 / 12:34 AM

    Loving these makeovers! My guess on that first desk was that it had a spot for a typewriter or a sewing machine but I see Carolyn has already solved the mystery.

    I just found your blog yesterday and am ashamed at how many hours I have spent here since then. I’m so inspired and ready to repaint, recover, and redo everything in my house. My husband is already trembling at the few ideas I’ve shared with him!

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  6. October 2, 2010 / 12:40 AM

    I think this post is inspiring me to do something to my old desk! Thanks!

  7. October 2, 2010 / 1:59 AM

    I asked my analytical husband and he said that the movable desk piece was to store books (i.e. like an old school desk) What do you think?

  8. October 2, 2010 / 9:26 PM

    I love them all.My favorite is of course the black and white one. I have not gotten the black and white scrolly thingy pattern out of my system yet.
    I heart your blog, btw

  9. October 4, 2010 / 5:30 AM

    I am actually working on a project like this, but am now inspired even more! I have a chipped old Sewing Machine Desk that I got for free on the side of a road… I hope it looks half as cute as the pics you posted!

  10. October 4, 2010 / 6:16 PM

    These desks are so amazing reinvented! They have personality and give real life to the room. Window treatments or coverings can help enhance a room as well. I came across your post this afternoon while browsing interior design blogs and your take on interior décor is exquisite. It is true that you must dress your windows appropriately to bring out their true beauty. Thank you for writing and as a special thanks to you and your readers, I would like to offer a 20% off coupon using this code upon checkout: BLG20.

  11. November 2, 2010 / 4:55 AM

    Oooh! I’m positive the first one is a typewriter desk. My parents had one just like it. The big ‘ol typewriter sits on the “shelf” and then the shelf tilts back down into the desk where it rests on those bracket boards sticking out in the knee space, freeing up the top of the desk (after the lid is all closed) for writing space. Lovely! 🙂

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