Monday, January 20, 2014

Painted Mid Century Desk & Design Challenges

Since the office is completely the bane of my existence and I have attempted to (but never successfully) update the space more times than I can count, I have vowed to myself that 2014 is the year that I will really make a difference in there. 


 

Last week, I reminded you all what my inspiration was for the room and shared a little corner of it. (You can read all about it here). One of the big differences in the room was adding in our painted vintage desk.


 
 
We sort of just stumbled upon this desk last spring. I had gone to an estate sale to specifically purchase a dresser, when my husband spotted the desk and convinced me to buy that too. It met all his qualifications of storage, a good amount of workspace and a glass top to protect the finish.

Here's the worst before picture of all time. And those cords. That's what it looks like when my husband's computer is all hooked up. Save me from that disaster with some sort of idea to organize and contain that mess. Get this, my husband is totally OK with it. Gah.




I wanted to go with a simple finish; no distressing and a light, neutral color. I think this gray come out perfectly!




To tie into other aqua accents in the space and to further emphasize the vintage feel of the desk, I added these fantastic jadeite milk glass knobs from D. Lawless Hardware. These are easily one of my favorite knobs I've ever used!






So there you have it. I'm thrilled with the desk, but not sold on the overall flow of the room. Have you ever run into this when updating a space. Give me advice! What did you do to get over the hump?



*I was compensated for this post, however all content, thoughts and opinions are my own.


17 comments:

  1. that desk is amazing!!! i love the color- perfect with those lines! and the knobs are perfect as well!

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  2. Your desk is wonderful Angela!!! I love the color especially against that pretty paneled wall. Between the seat cushion and the map above the desk you have added the perfect pops of color! Sometimes what I will do to jump start my creative juices in rearranging a room is to completely empty the room and then start from scratch...I know it sounds like a lot of work but I think it is harder to revamp a room you live in all the time than any other space. Your room already looks like a fun place to work and create!
    XO Barbara

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  3. love the desk, love that grey! Oh and there's my fave chair again - that fabric makes my heart skip a beat! I have a few rooms that are causing me problems right now... and as we speak I am painting my daughter's room pink - after much pressure and deal making - I chose the least offensive shade I could find (that we could agree on), but still, I had to come down and take a little break... pink is NOT my colour and it's hurting my eyes a little (haha - but really it is!). I can't wait to clutter up the walls and hide some of that wall colour!!!

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  4. What a great color, but my favorite part is actually those knobs! ugh they are fantastic!

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  5. Adorable! Love the knobs, and it looks like you got a nice, smooth finish too. My husband is cord-blind too! It drives me crazy, but he's somehow fine with them EVERYWHERE.

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  6. What a great transformation! It really looks wonderful...great color choice, too.

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  7. Love the desk and your eclectic style!

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  8. Your desk looks great Angela. Love the knobs you chose.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  9. That's a sweet little desk. I love the hardware. xo Kristin

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  10. Angela, what a great desk!!!

    Cynthia

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  11. Love your desk and white porcelain hardware! I painted my corner hutch light gray and added black hardware but not loving it! I should try some porcelain knobs I think:) Pinning your pics!

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  12. I love the lighter color of your desk - it looks great. Loving those knobs too.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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  14. The desk is Beautiful! Some rooms just take more patience than others, but you are off to a great start!

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  15. Beautiful! That gray color is so crisp and clean!

    Jenna @ Wife in Progress

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  16. This is marvelously gorgeous! I am honored that you shared at Home and Garden Thursday!
    Kathy

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