Jealousy and Deskpair

Jealousy and Deskpair

Sometimes people email me, and they’re like “Look, it’s my first ever furniture redo! Woo!” And I have to stop myself from punching myself in the face, because their “first ever furniture redo” is like, fifty thousand times better than ANY of my furniture redos.

Like this desk from Better After reader Genevieve, who writes: “Here’s a couple photos of my first ever furniture redo!” And wouldn’t you know, it’s gorgeous. Smooth and shiny, with perfect little bird knobs for an added dash of whimsy. Ugh. If I didn’t love it so much, I’d hate it.

And here’s another great desk from Virginia at Live, Love, DIY who swapped out the outdated pulls on this desk for a single sleek modern handle instead. It’s a charming mix of old and new, and looks totally fresh! (Do the kids still say ‘fresh?’ Did they ever?)

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  1. Anonymous
    November 9, 2012 / 1:22 AM

    Nice makeover and cute chair!

  2. November 9, 2012 / 5:19 AM

    I’m always interested in learning different techniques as I am a newbie when it comes to painting. Your pieces are lovely.

    Cheap Night stand

  3. November 9, 2012 / 5:19 AM

    I really really really like that desk. 🙂

  4. November 9, 2012 / 5:45 AM

    ahahah you crack me up. Yes, I’ve done so many DIYs for my blog and then dont end up sharing them cause they are a hot mess! The first one is especially fantastic!!!!

    New fan and follower here!

Holly Foxen Wells


  5. November 9, 2012 / 2:58 PM

    I saw a desk on pinterest that someone turned into two night stands. The one you featured looks like it could easily be made into two. Not that I don’t like it as a desk. I’m just looking for night stands right now.

    Love your blog. 🙂

  6. November 20, 2012 / 6:35 AM

    furniture plays very important role to make beautiful your home. sometimes due to astonishing furniture, guests attract to the hotels and increase the value of hotel.

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