Friday, May 25, 2012

Desk revamp

First off, sorry for being MIA.  I'll fill you in quickly.  I had my check up with the surgeon.  My biggest tumor has shrunk in half and the other three are stabilized.  So that is good.  My last post was about making it 1/2 way through chemo.  Not too long after that post, I realized that I am only half way through chemo not this whole process.  So, I needed a little time to digest that this will be a good six months to possibly a year before all the surgeries are complete.  But now, I am back into the game.  I really wasn't out just didn't want to be a needy Nelly or Debbie downer on the blog.  During my time off, I have done a few projects.

Let me tell you a little secret.  When I first met with my oncologist, she asked what I liked to do.  I told her paint and refinish furniture.  She informed me that I wouldn't be refinishing furniture anytime soon.  She didn't mention anything about painting just refinishing.  To me that means, stripping, sanding, sanding, staining, and top coating.  But painting, well it isn't that intensive.  So don't tell her, but I have been painting.  I don't want this chemo to get the best of me and to prove it let me show you my project.

I got this desk at a fabulous price.  (Excuse the mess but we try to cramp things in wherever they will go.) 


Just a little love and I knew it could look great.  I used DIY chalk paint.  This was the first time I tried it.  I used the recipe you can find anywhere just by googling.  I used plaster paris instead of unsanded grout or calcium carbonate.  It was done in one hour.  You have to love that!!  Are you ready to take a peak?



I used clear and dark wax over the paint.  It was just too bright.  Now it is toned down.  The top and drawers are in good shape.  So, I just used a little old English to polish up the top and drawers.  I love it!  What do you think? 

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9 comments:

  1. Love the color on the desk with the contrasting drawers. So sorry about your lengthened journey, but it's all just one step at a time. (Is that too cheesy?) maybe one glass of wine at a time:)

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  2. I love it. Great job! Good for you for continuing to do what you love.

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    1. I couldn't have said it better. Way to go! Robyn

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  3. The desk looks great. I admire your strength and courage. Please believe me when I say that this will pass and you will see better days ahead. I am a cancer survivor and I have to say that cancer was a blessing, it changed many things in my life that needed to change. I would not say it was a gift because I would never give cancer to anyone. God Bless you.

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  4. Love the desk! I met you a couple of weekends ago at Salvage Sisters and we talked about the chalk paint, etc. I'm the one who told you where you could pick up the "other" brand in Westfield. Also realized, from reading your blog, that we both went on the Goodwill trip with Infarrantly Creative and Thrifty Decor Chick a couple of years ago. Such a small world! Gotta tell you that I admire your work ethic and attitude while fighting the evil cancer beast. Looked to me like you have at least one reason for that....your daughter was an absolute angel! Hopefully we will run into each other at SSAA again....Dianne C.

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  5. Love the desk! I met you a couple of weekends ago at Salvage Sisters and we talked about the chalk paint, etc. I'm the one who told you where you could pick up the "other" brand in Westfield. Also realized, from reading your blog, that we both went on the Goodwill trip with Infarrantly Creative and Thrifty Decor Chick a couple of years ago. Such a small world! Gotta tell you that I admire your work ethic and attitude while fighting the evil cancer beast. Looked to me like you have at least one reason for that....your daughter was an absolute angel! Hopefully we will run into each other at SSAA again....Dianne C.

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