Up-cycled Duck Egg Desk

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I have been working tirelessly to set up shop at the famous, “Black Dog Salvage.” We will start moving some of my items in later this week. If you are unfamiliar with Black Dog, here is a link that can tell you all about them. http://www.blackdogsalvage.com/

I am so honored and excited to be a part of this interesting,creative, and growing business.

This desk and chair will be one of my items to sell. I love how it turned out and am actually kind of bummed to sell it. This project evolved from a lucky thrift shop find to a beautiful piece of timeless furniture.  I wanted to share with you how I created it.

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I found this desk from the 1930’s at “Goodwill.” I was fortunate enough to walk in to the store as it was being rolled out onto the floor. It was destined to be.


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The desk was very solid, and appeared to have all of its original hardware. It definitely needed lots of love . It has a lot of scuffs, scrapes, and needed a good sanding.

I removed the hardware and set it aside. I scraped, sanded, cleaned and prepared it for paint. I chose Annie Sloan’s “Duck Egg Blue” paint. I used two coats and then sealed it with wax.


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I originally planned to replace the hardware or paint it. For some reason, I decided to try to clean the brass. (I really wasn’t sure if it was brass or an impostor!) I was worried it would be a lot of work. It was not! I used Brasso, a wire brush, and scrubbed away.


It was actually exciting watching the luster come out of each pull.

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They turned out so beautifully and they were genuine brass. How could I not use them?

I was really overwhelmed with how pretty the desk turned out. I decided to hunt for a chair to match. It was a hunt too!

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Sorry for not having the cushion on. I removed it before the photo. It had been redone before in what looked like 1985?

It took me a few weeks to find this chair. It is also from the 30’s and a perfect match for the desk.

I lightly sanded a few spots and cleaned the chair. I removed the seat cushion by unscrewing it from the chair and set it aside. I then painted the chair to match the desk.

I reupholstered the cushion with Richbloom’s “Birdwatcher Meadow” fabric from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

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Richbloom- Birdwatcher Meadow

This was not my original vision. I had envisioned a very contemporary design with several muted pastels. My two little one’s were shopping with me and picked this out. Meanwhile, I kept looking for my “vision.”  I kept going back to check on the “birdies” and really fell in love with the artwork, the colors and the material. It was perfect!

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I covered the original cushion with a piece of white muslin first and then the Birdwatcher Meadow. I pulled the fabric tight and then stapled it down with an upholstery stapler. I then refit it to the chair and screwed it back in with the original screws.

I enjoyed watching this project unfold. Look for it at “Black Dog Salvage” soon!

American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10. www.DaytimeBlueRidge.com

1 Comment

  1. Heather Floyd

    November 25, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Gorgeous! Love chalk paint and love seeing your beautiful creations.

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