Thursday, November 13, 2008

Using What My Mama Gave Me....



Well, she only gave it to me after I hounded her a little bit. She had this old secretary desk that my Dad had given as a gift to her in the 80's.




And I had this big chair in my bedroom - only due to the fact it was about an inch too big to fit into the tv room, which as comfy as it was, just "bugged" me. I always felt like it had a neon flashing sign pointing right at it!




So after months of me politely asking (ha!) she agreed to give it to me. It was special to her and while she didn't really use it, she wasn't ready to part with it completely... Well, it needed a little work. I am not a fan of "golden oak" as testament to my dining room table and hutches that I restained & repainted (another gift from my Mama!)




So after a few weeks of it sitting in our garage - I finally got the husband and his brother to drag the chair out to our guest room and heft this HEAVY little lady up the stairs. Then I decided to refinish it IN OUR BEDROOM. Not such a good idea but with open windows and a tarp underneath, I went to work...





Which is probably why I have a cold now - we had to sleep with the windows open for a few nights for fresh air and two fans on! This little lady wouldn't dry with the colder weather.



And Ta Da!.....



(But I guess it's not such a shock since it's already been posted as picture no#2. Forgive me, I am on cold medicine!)





I picked up this chair in an antique store - I need to recover the bottom "cushion"


And again, I am happy I took pictures of this desk b/c no one had noticed that I had put 3 out of 4 handles on upside down! Of course I fixed it!




Cute little lamp from Homegoods. you can't see it but it has little birdies carved in it!



Just some other things around the room...
This painting was $29!


I saw this lovely high back victorian chair with velvet upholstery in an antique store that would look "STUNNING" in that corner but trying to convince the hubby that while we got rid of a "comfy" chair in the room to only replace it with one that I would be yelling for him to get out of! would go even beyond my persuasive skills! ...sigh..I can dream though....


The tv cabinet that was bought in the "nude" and has seen many shades of paint and as for the design - I first penciled in the stencil and then went back in with the gold paint. I like that it wasn't "perfect".




Many things around the house are "recycled" items. Hand me downs, curbside finds & garage sales. I think it's more fun to repaint, refinish or any other way to "rework" furniture than go out and buy it from a showroom (at least that's what I tell myself anyway! If I ever get the opportunity to compare the difference - I will let you know! ;)

13 comments:

Happy To Be said...

Laurie I love that Roll top desk girl...want a great job you did on the restain and that chair is so me did you make the sweet pillow??? I do know the magic you can do with a sewing machin..your home is just beautiful girl..there I go with that word beautiful again every time I come here..thanks for sharing just great...love it all want to trade houses? you could be closer to your Uncle girl!! hugs and smiles Gloria

nikkicrumpet said...

Well I for one am not surprised that your bedroom is gorgeous. I love the desk....your room is so big! How nice that you have all that space to fill with lovely things!

salmagundi said...

Great project - love the darker stain on the desk!! Sally

laurie said...

Oh Laurie, that desk is wonderful and it looks so beautiful stained to match the other woods in your room. And how wonderful to have something that your father gave to your mother. Your bedroom is so pretty. I love everything in it. laurie

mishebe said...

Love the bedroom . and the desk looks awesome. mishelle

Picket said...

Ohhhh girl your bedroom is absolutely beautiful!!!!! Love that desk and the fantastic job you did on it....it just goes perfectly in that room..but girl I saw the title to your post and you had me worried there for a minute with that 'using what my mama gave me' line! I thought you was gonna tell us you been pole dancing down at the local 'speak easy' trying to make extra money for Christmas!!!! lol lol

Anonymous said...

What a nice job you did and it looks perfect in that corner of your room.

What type stain did you use ?? I would love to know the process !!

Kathy ;)

Lynne said...

I loved this tour around your bedroom.. No surprise it's as beautiful as the rest of your home.. I'm glad your mama finally "caved" and gave you this darling desk..the restaining makes it even more rich looking..
hugs ~lynne~

Laurie - Decorating Fanatic said...

Hi Kathy,
It would have been easier if my husband could have found the electric sander! But I just hand sanded this down, cleaned off any dust and brushed on the new stain. Let it sit for a bit and then wipe it off a little. With the colder weather, it took a loooonnggg time to dry. On this project, I used a regular liquid stain because I couldn't find the color I wanted in the GEL Stain (looks like jelly!)- which will go on top of any type of finish but with the gel stains-since it just rests on top of the surface and doesn't penetrate the wood you see more of your brush strokes. Both do a good job - I just couldn't find the color I wanted in the gel kind. Hope that helps a bit and good luck! ~ Laurie

Happy To Be said...

Hey Ms. Gilroy ...thanks for popping in girl...and you don't want to trade houses?? well can't say I did't try to bring you and your Uncle closer..haha!! you silly thing ...Have a great weekend girl and get the Honey do list ready for the DH...1. find the sander.etc!! hugs and smiles Gloria

Lynne said...

Laurie, thanks so much for swinging by... I'm glad there are a "few" others out there that love lamps like I do.. I don't use overhead lighting at all, never have. I'm wondering, do you still have your great collection of wooden platters? I loved them so much when you posted them on RMS.. I visited your site so to speak on a daily basis..lol..hugs ~lynne~

Lisa said...

What a beautiful piece and bedroom. I have been looking at this piece in my moms house for about five years now, although she tells me no everytime I ask for it...he he...You have now given me new hope.smile:o)
Lisa

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