Furniture Makeover: Monogrammed Desk

I hope  you have had a great weekend….for those of you in Australia I hope you are surviving the heat….I am over it! It makes working outside on furniture practically impossible! Fortunately this makeover I have for you today was done before all this heat!

I got to play Santa last Christmas…..and no I didn’t wear the red suit! A gorgeous Mum contacted me prior to Christmas asking if I had any desks in my shed….her little girls one Christmas wish was to get a desk! At first I said no…but then I remembered this little beauty, it’s a flip-down desk and a cabinet in one! All she saw was the below before picture and then asked me to use my creative vision to transform it. As it was a bit bland on the front I suggested a monogram and we then decided to add folk art style flowers. I was given free reign on this desk and and first I was stumped as to what direction to take…..it’s really actually hard to be given free reign! I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Arles with Duck Egg Blue and Old White on the inside. All the flowers were painted with acrylic paint and I finished it with a mix of clear wax and dark wax.

We delivered it secretly Christmas Eve and I am pleased to say she loved it and has spent many hours of her school holidays at her desk. I loved conspiring with her Mum to make her Christmas wishes come true. Now all I need to do is to create a desk for my daughter as since she saw this she keeps nagging me!

Monogram Desk Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Monogram Desk Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Monogram Desk Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Monogram Desk Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Monogram Desk Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Monogram Desk Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Monogram Desk Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Monogram Desk Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Monogram Desk Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Monogram Desk Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Monogram Desk Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Monogram Desk Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Monogram Desk Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Monogram Desk Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

What do you think….did I do a good job being Santa?!

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  • Eliza - February 24, 2015 - 8:36 pm

    Beautiful! I love the whimsical flowers and vintage feel!

    Thanks for contributing to The Sunday Brunch Magazine!

    All the best,

    Eliza & Bel.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 1, 2015 - 8:15 am

      Thanks Eliza and thank you for featuring my work!ReplyCancel

  • WEST FURNITURE REVIVAL - February 2, 2015 - 1:26 pm

    LOVE YOUR DESK!its adorable, i would love to feature it, if that would be ok please let me know,
    laurenReplyCancel

    • Gilly - February 2, 2015 - 7:55 pm

      Yes, please Lauren feel free to feature it, it would be an honour. Can you email me when you do? 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kyla @HouseOfHipsters - January 29, 2015 - 1:29 am

    Gilly this is absolutely amazing! I would die to have this in my daughters room. It’s absolutely precious!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - January 29, 2015 - 8:51 pm

      Thanks Kyla….if I could afford the shipping to your part of the world I would totally do it for you! It is a rather cute piece!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom - January 28, 2015 - 6:05 am

    This desk is gorgeous! I love anything with monograms, yet the yellow color is so vibrant and it will be perfect! My daughter would love to receive a desk like this!!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - January 29, 2015 - 8:53 pm

      I think all little girls deserve a desk like this, my own daughter is nagging me now since seeing this!ReplyCancel

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  • Sharon - Her Organized Chaos - January 27, 2015 - 12:31 pm

    Again, this is gorgeous. I’m going to share this. Thanks for linking this up at Totally Terrific Tuesday last week. It goes live tonight at 9pm CST. Can’t wait to see what else you have to share! Hope to see you there!

    Sharon
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    • Gilly - January 27, 2015 - 5:38 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Sharon, I am so pleased you like it! And thanks for sharing, I am honoured!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - January 23, 2015 - 11:38 pm

    A superb makeover! I love the buttery yellow! And your photography skills make me so jealous- and that stunning chair with teal velvet?! Be still my heart.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - January 27, 2015 - 5:41 pm

      That is my favourite chair, I almost died when I found it on ebay a couple of years ago!ReplyCancel

  • Cherry - January 23, 2015 - 12:20 am

    Such a pretty transformation of a bit of an ugly duckling desk. Love the floral detail.ReplyCancel

  • Anna @Annabode - January 21, 2015 - 12:44 am

    This is so sweet, and perfect for a little girl! I love the yellow color, but the monogram makes it so special–she could even keep it and pass it on to her kids. Beautiful job Gilly!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - January 21, 2015 - 2:54 pm

      Thanks Anna, this one was a special project.ReplyCancel

  • Carmia - January 20, 2015 - 6:46 pm

    So pretty! I love the colours and the florals!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - January 20, 2015 - 3:01 pm

    Wow! That turned out amazingly! I love the little flower details! It’s so sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - Her Organized Chaos - January 20, 2015 - 11:38 am

    I am so in love with this! Its incredible. I love the vintage vibe it has. I would love if you linked this up to Totally Terrific Tuesdays that goes live tonight at 9pm CST. Hope to see you there!

    Sharon
    herorganizedchaos.comReplyCancel

    • Gilly - January 20, 2015 - 1:34 pm

      Thanks Sharon….I have just linked up!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh - January 19, 2015 - 9:02 pm

    This is amazing Gilly, what a lucky little girl, beautiful work xReplyCancel

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