Sunday, April 1, 2012

Stately Drexel Desk: Before and After

I found this piece on Craigslist while browsing one night (what, you don't browse Craig as a hobby?) and sent the link to Shayne. She took care of the rest and brought it to my house later that week. It was FAR bigger than I thought it would be and HEAVY. I looked underneath for markings and saw "Drexel". We high fived each other. I'd never seen a piece like this much storage and such different lines.



I decided to distress differently on this piece because Shayne really wanted it "crusty and old looking". While back, I read about distressing with denatured alcohol on Crista's blog, Stories of a House. I tried it on this piece...and I love the look it gives! I also used a paint scraper lightly on all of the flat surfaces to get more worn look without the risk of sandpaper scratches gone awry (which happens to me more than I'd like).I glazed twice to give it a really worn look.
Without further delay, the finished desk:


I'm in love. This piece will be at Style Minneapolis by mid week!


Sharing here:

TDC Before and After

How to Nest for Less

Beyond The Picket Fence
The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Fridays
Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

DIY Show Off Project Parade

Keeping It Simple
Sumo's Sweet Stuff


Stacey said...

Very pretty and quite unique - I love what you did!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Cassi @ Stop And Smell The Roses said...

WOW! Awesome desk! So jealous! Craigslist is literally non-existent where I live :(. Way to go- It looks awesome!

Pinspiring Leah said...

I love this piece! How unique!

Cassie Bustamante said...

it looks beautiful! i love the shape- it's so unique. and you know i love me some gray. :)

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Great CL find...a hobby of mine too :) Love the distressing. Windex also works nicely at lifting off paint. I found this out through a happy accident.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I have never seen a desk like that Allison! And you made it beautiful, as always! ... I look, but rarely find anything interesting or reasonably priced on Craigslist - bummer!

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

That is the most unique shape I've ever seen for a dresser! It turned out amazing!

Decor & Harmony said...

This is such a unique and artsy piece. I love what you did with it :) I stalk CL every chance I get too.

Andi said...

Wow what a cool piece!! You can never go wrong with gray!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

what a unique piece you found - and I love the makeover - well done!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh my gosh you are brilliant. The desk is amazing. Thank you for this wonderful post! I would love it if you would share this at our What’s It Wednesday blog party. Hope to see you there.


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My Dream Canvas said...

Absolutely love it :-) I would love for you to stop by My Dream Canvas.

Colleen said...

Wow, what a great piece! I love what you did with it!! That would make a perfect crafting desk, love all the little drawers!

Anonymous said...

How cool is that!!! Love Drexel furniture and love your makeover!

Amanda said...

What a fabulous piece! I love the color you've chosen and the distressing is just right! Yes, I do browse Craigslist in my free time! You're in good company!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

what a unique and fun piece--made better with your touch. Thanks for linking up!

photo:britt said...

That is so cool!

How to Nest for Less said...

Wow, just beautiful!! You did a wonderful job on the transformation :) LOVE the new color.

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

Great transformation on the desk! but honestly, can I say I don't like that style of desk?
Your redo makes it much prettier.
ps thanks for sharing at catch as catch can.

Sass - aka - Kathy said...

I wanna high-five you ,too. Good job on that distressing, and good job on the find!

Heather @ The JUNKtion said...

I love your blog and I love your work! I'm your newest follower!

Pam said...

What a really neat looking piece in itself and then you added a bit of life to it with the redo.