Julie Be Good

This desk would have definitely gone under my “Never in a million years” category if I had happened upon it in a thrift-store or somesuch.  Not because it wouldn’t be totally adorable all fixed up (which it is) but because it looks like A FREAKING TON of work (which it was).  I try to stick with projects that can be completed in 45 seconds with a can of spray paint in one hand and a sandwich in the other.  (I don’t actually eat while spray painting, gross).
But Julie was up for the challenge, and it turned out beautifully!  

But she wasn’t done yet!  She found this secretary IN HER NEIGHBORS TRASH!  Sorry for the all-caps, but seriously. IN THE TRASH!  The only things my neighbors ever throw away are lawn clippings.  That really bums me out.  I guess  I will console myself by living vicariously through Julie’s work instead. I will also remind myself that this definitely wasn’t done in 45 seconds. Then I will resume eating my sandwich.
Thanks for sharing Julie!

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  1. Oh My Lord, these are BOTH stunning aren’t they? Hmmmm…like you no such luck with my neighbours 🙁

  2. I am almost in tears over that desk! It’s SO gorgeous! WOW.

  3. Wow! Both turned out so pretty! I’m surprised she took out the mail sorter/cubby things on the secretary…great finish, though.

  4. Oh, I looove the first one. Whish, whish.

    Have a nice day

    Hugs Bente

  5. wow, those are both fantastic! But I have to admit the desk is just sooooooo amazing, I would love to find something like that at an accessible price!

  6. Anybody know how she would have fixed the veneer top on the desk? I’ve seen several pieces in similar shape at garage sales, and I can paint ’em, but I don’t know what do do about the veneer…. They are both awesome redos either way.


  7. I love these two pieces! I have a secretery almost just like that, I’m going to get busy on it this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. And then she keeps teasing me by moving those great owls from piece of beautiful furniture to the next!

  9. Both are beautiful pieces and the transformation of each adds so much character! Love them!

  10. And what, pray tell, is her blog?! I too would love to know how to take care of that peeled veneer! Have an old wooden high chair I’d like to re-do because apparently someone’s baby ate the seat of the chair rather than his or her cheerios!

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  12. Perfection. BOTH of them*!*

  13. LOVE the buffet, not so much the hutch.

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