One of the biggest things I second guessed myself about was how to fill up the space in front of my mantle. I poured over magazines and the internet trying to get a good idea of something that would do the trick. Enter my old desk.
The desk I used to use for my computer was a small, dainty lady's writing table that my father stripped and refinished. My Dad had a thing for dark stains. All the furniture I inherited has it. And that means a lot of work changing it into something I can live with.
This was probably one of the easiest furniture makeovers I've ever done. Literally one and a half hours start to finish. I sanded it a little, just because it had a heavy coat of varnish. Daddy loved his varnish too. LOL! I applied two coats of homemade chalk paint, then sanded lightly with a sanding block to smooth out the finish. Next I distressed (that caused the blister on my thumb from rubbing LOL), waxed, and added a knob from one I had bought for this purpose a few months ago. Done.
And instead of making the interior permanent by decoupaging a piece of scrap book paper to the inside of the drawer, I just used tape on the backside, so I can change it, if/when I get tired of it.
And I just love her legs...
Although I need to buy a darker wax and apply it, so those details pop.
It never ceases to amaze me what a little paint and time can do. :)
What a great addition to the mantle. Love it and so easy to do! Aren't those the best projects? :D