Revamping My New-Old Desk


I’ve wanted my own work space for ages. Hubster and I shared a desk in our office-come toy-storage area.

He got annoyed when nail varnish, crochet and other paraphernalia got left on said desk and I got annoyed when I had to wade through 16 copies of farming papers and paperwork to blog.

It was during a heated exchange that I decides enough was enough and I started scouring ebay for a vintage drop-down desk.

It didn’t take me long-I get whims like this quite a bit. The one I had my eye on was in the next town along. I waited until the last minute and then submitted my bid.


I could hardly believe me luck. I got it for £5.

Hubster went and collected it for me as it wouldn’t have fitted in my car and the planning began.

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Originally, because it was so close to Christmas, I was going to spruce up the inside and leave the outside as it was. What can I say? The paint brush ran away with me.

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I managed to get a tin of Laura Ashley Eau de Nil in the sale and waited for the kids to be in bed.

As always happens here, I couldn’t find any rollers or paint brushes so I did the first coat with a kiddy paint brush. It took ages.

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Thankfully, my Dad came to the rescue the next day with a mini roller and I carried on. I found a tester pot of my favourite ever colour-Shrimp Pink by Little Greene Paint Company and added beautiful pink accents.

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Then I discovered what can only be described as amazing- a Metallic Leafing Pen by Rust-Oleum. You just add the gold pen on the corners and other places where ageing would naturally occur.

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I also got a lavender coloured tester pot to spruce up an old wooden chair and got busy with the Metallic Leafing Pen again (imagine my whole house with gold accents now).

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I got a but of wallpaper off cut and glued it onto the drop-down writing part of the desk and painted over it with PVA glue.

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Then I only had to add the accessories-pretty tea cups, jugs for pens and a rose scented reed diffuser so that every time I open my desk to work, I am greeted with the fresh smell of roses.

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The funniest part of the whole process (apart from using a child’s paint brush) was the lock was broken so I unscrewed it and took it to my local lock smith. To fix the lock and provide a working key cost £15-more than double the price of the desk.

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For £20 (plus the price of the paint), I am so pleased with my new work space.

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Let’s hope it inspires me from now on.

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  1. Hi Emma, I am officially jealous. Not only of your pretty writing desk, but also because you have your own work space (what I would give!). You’ve made it look so feminine I’d have trouble leaving it and it’s fab that’s closes too.


  2. What a brilliant job! I love a good project. I’m currently two chairs down in an upcycle of four in our dining room. I know the excitement of getting the kids to bed so you can get the paint brush out well!

    1. Oooo that sounds exciting. After mismatched chairs this Christmas I think that is my next project 🙂

  3. Can you take me bargain shopping please, you’ve got a gift! Love it. Males me yearn for my own little space. Uh oh, I feel a conversation about summer houses coming on again!!

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