Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Who Scratches their Name in Wood?

I found this pretty desk at a second hand store and knew all it needed to restore it to it's beauty was some TLC. 


When I started sanding it I couldn't help but wonder, "who, and why, do people carve their names into furniture, really are they that bored"?  A cat had also done a real number on the base of the desk with it's claws.


Because of the deep engravings I had to sand really deep to smooth it out.


Once I did the wood on the top looked beautiful.  I stained it in ebony, my favorite stain color lately.


I then painted the rest in ASCP Paris Gray.  I love this color, and then I glazed it with Val spar glaze and finished off with spray on poly.


I love how it turned out, a face lift for a beautiful desk, and the fresh lilac's were the finishing touch.


Thank you for stopping by, I love your comments and new followers as well
Sandi


25 comments:

  1. Lovely! I just posted a desk that I redid and it had initials carved in the top! They must have been related! I did mine turquoise but I'm loving your gray. Very nice!

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  2. I love it! I just might copy this for a desk I have sitting out in the garage :)

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  3. Beautiful Sandi! I have been experimenting with chalk paint on a a couple pieces and the first one turned out great! Isn't it awesome when you makeover a piece that just needs TLC and it turns out beautifullly? As for why people carve their names I don't get why people deface anything but it seems pretty common. Fortunately on the piece I was working on the names were all written inside the drawers in ink!

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  4. That turned out WONDERFUL! You did a FANTASTIC job!

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  5. that always amazes me too (to see names carved into a piece of wood). But, you did a wonderful job of redoing this beauty! It turned out gorgeous. Thank you for sharing this with us this week at TTF. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. Beautiful resurrection!!! Found you over at Gail's MRL!

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  7. I think I need to pick up some ebony stain... I'm tired of Jacobean. :)
    your desk looks great!
    gail

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  8. You did a wonderful job. The desk looks awesome.

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  9. This is gorgeous. What a transformation. I am including this in my inspiration file. What a beautiful piece of furniture now.

    Kim
    Letters from the Shore

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  10. So stinking cute! I just had to pin it :) Thanks for sharing!
    www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

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  11. What a fantastic job you have done! The desk is so beautiful.

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  12. This looks amazing! I love love love the way it came out!Thanks for sharing and I am a new follower!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.com

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  13. This looks great! I have a desk, similar to this, handed down to me from my grandma. We've been thinking about remodeling it, and this helps so much! Thanks for linking to our Handmade Tuesdays party!

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  14. Love the Ebony stain...haven't tried that one out. I just linked to POW and my desk redo is next to yours and very similar...great creative minds think alike, ha!!!

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  15. gorgeous desk! i love its shape- so fabulous!

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  16. You did a beautiful job, Sandi! I love the stained top with the Paris Grey! This desk certainly had potential ~ it's got gorgeous lines.

    visiting from Swing into Spring : )

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  17. I love your project, you did a wonderful job! The darker top is really cool. Here from Handy Man, Crafty Woman, and now following you. Would love it if you followed me back too!

    Tanya @ http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/

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  18. This is beautiful! It's clear you took the time and effort to make it look this gorgeous! Love it, love it, love it!

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  19. Standing tall. I really like that ebony stain too. I haven't used it but I have several projects to do for a show and I think I would like to do one with this type of treatment. Thanks for the inspiration and sharing this week on BeColorful.
    p

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  20. Love it. I will be featuring it tonight at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  21. Love this desk. Just started following you from DIY Designs

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  22. Beautiful makeover! That turned out WONDERFUL! You did a FANTASTIC job!Top quality furniture company

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  23. The desk looks so great! What a beautiful piece of furniture now.EXPRESS BEDZ

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