Tint it blue, baby.

So I’m big into serendipitous signs these days, as I suppose anyone would be who has recently involuntarily flipped their world upside down in favor of a road less traveled. My current favorite message from the universe (and compliments of Chaing Mai Thai Restaurant) was a fortune cookie that reads:

You find beauty in ordinary things. Do not lose these ability.

Yes, fortune cookie, yes. I do find beauty in ordinary things. It is this superpower that I hope will help catipolt my restored furniture venture.

And so we begin. With an antique desk rescued from a local thrift store. Despite the tragic runt-of-a-knob chillin’ in the top right left drawer, various scrapes and bruises and curious collection of discounted softballs perched atop its surface, I saw potential in this little rascal. Solid wood? Check. Practical usage? (i’m thinking awesome bedroom dressing table, complimentary accent piece in living room or writing/sewing desk in home office) check. Pending awesomeness once I sand, paint, distress and detail the buhjesus out of the little beaut? check, check, check!

I prepped my trusty balcony and sanded it down.

I chose my color. Turqouise. Yes, yes I do believe this desk is yearning for a soft, satin turqouise to revive its spirits.

Ah, yes. Don’t you feel better already? I knew you would.

After finishing the piece and letting it dry, I took my sander back to it and lightly sanded down the corners and various flat surfaces until traces of the original wood color and texture were exposed. What’s old is new! And old again! Eureka!

I’m still searching for the perfect knobs. I have temporarily fostered the original knobs from my kitchen cabinets (which I replaced with these blue and white glass knobs the moment I moved into my apartment, obviously).

Seen staged here in my bedroom, I am displaying the piece to show how deliciously practical and funky it can be used as a jazzy dressing table. Mamma Sally says the surface is too rough. (I’m still expirementing, Sally, give a girl a break). But keeping this in mind, I have decided that a vibrant patterned fabric laid under a fresh cut piece of glass is just what this piece needs to be finished off. Currently exploring these options.

In the mean time, I have listed this piece on Craigslist to test the market. Please feast your eyes on the details of this unique gift of beauty and purchase it here:

Buy this awesome shabby-chic desk. Do it. Now.

xx Suite Potato


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