A Little Writing Desk

I bought three nesting tables from Ikea several years ago.  I love them, but I was a little tired of the wood stain. The largest of the tables is used as a writing desk in my bedroom and during my master bedroom makeover project, I had to do something to freshen it up.  I was so happy with my dresser makeover, I decided to use the same look on the table and chair.  I also cleaned the stained wood with Murphy's Oil Soap, oiled it with mineral oil and buffed it to get a really nice sheen.

Here are the photos:


I love this chair but the wood doesn't go with
anything in my house!

Here it is painted & lightly distressed.
I also made a bulletin board for myself using a frame I bought at a garage sale for $1, two pieces of cork from the dollar store and cardboard backing.

The rosaries (circa 1900) belonged to my grandparents, the photos are my sweet Lucy when she was a pup, the lavender is from my garden, the Otter card was a purchase I made in Sitka, Alaska during a cruise to Alaska and the two silver shells are from my holiday in the Maritimes.  I love looking at this bulletin board - so many lovely memories!

Can you tell I love all things France???

After I finished the job, I went back and changed out the knob.
Looks much better now!

Tune in next week for the next installment of "Master Bedroom Makeover Madness".

Happy decorating!


  1. Oh, I love the color change! It all turned out great! Who doesn't love France?? Great job!

  2. I love the complete set-up -- beautiful desk & chair. And I love what you used on the board & in organizer.

  3. I just love white furniture! It really brings new life into a room!

  4. So glad I found you site...I love meeting new blog friends so I am following. Stop by anytime, Lori

  5. I love what you are doing with your furniture. The transformations are remakable. The effect is well worth all the hard work:)

  6. A great color change Anne! You have a winner here! Thank you for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!

    BTW-have you done any painting lately?

  7. Sweet makeover! It looks a million times better, not to mention the magnificent new wall colour!

    Don't hate me, but I liked the original dark coloured knob on the table :)

  8. Anne--your desk makeover turned out great!! Everything is very cohesive with the new wall color too. Lovely!

  9. The white finish looks so crisp! Great makeover. Your Ikea desk looks like a million bucks!

  10. Your desk and chair now look wonderful! You gave it the same treatment that I gave mine, I think. I love it and I'm sure you do too!
    Hugs, Cindy

  11. I love the white paint treatment. Everything goes so nicely together now. I'll bet those chairs were a chore to paint though! I'm your newest follower and I hope you can pop over to Cottage and Creek for a visit. Your bulletin board is so cute too. Have a good week!

  12. I love that little writing desk! I've been searching for something similar but haven't had any luck... I've decided to make it myself.

    I'm a new follower!

  13. What a great update! The chair and table look amazing! And I love the rosary beads...I collect them! I have them from all over the world. Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my curtains! I am your newest follower. Off to check out some more of your blog!


  14. I love the change. It looks so much more interesting!

  15. Anne, I like the change. I am a sucker for anything with a Paris/French theme too.

  16. Very cute, I'm loving this makeover, wonderful job Anne!

  17. Anne, You've got it going on!!! I totally am obsessed with your little writing desk!!! SUPER CUTE!!! Paint is such a miracle worker isn't it! The desk went from practical to fantastical!!! Thanks for sharing on Overflowing with Creativity!!! I TOTALLY am excited about being your newest follower!!!

    XO, Aimee

  18. It all looks great. Really lovely. Isn't it amazing what paint can do. You've finished it beautifully! I love your distressing - not too much, not too little. Perfect!


  19. Great work! Inspires me to hurry up and finish the one I'm working on!
    Thanks for sharing.


  20. Yup, freshed it right up! Is there anything that a bit of crisp white paint doesn't make lovely?

    Your desk, chair and desk set are all lovely :D

    Visiting from Crafty, Scrappy Happy linky party today
    Thanks for sharing :D
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois

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  22. The table & chair look terrific, Anne!! In fact, better than before :-) Love the things you've displayed on top too!!

  23. Anne--Very nice transformation! You probably know how much I love the white wood and dark stain! :)
    thanks for linking up and linking back to catch as catch can!
    ps catching you this week

  24. Very nice! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  25. I just love this makeover. You really have a great eye for this stuff. Very inspiring! I am a new follower Twitter follower visiting from Sew Crafty Tuesday. Vicky from Mess For Less


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