Monday, September 29, 2008

Ooooo La La!

Most people Spring clean. I Fall build. I don't know what it is about the Fall, but I suddenly get the urge to build items for my home. I'm not sure if it's the nesting instinct left over from having my last three children born in the Fall months. Or if it's the desire to have a nice home for the holidays. Or maybe, I no longer feel the need to work on outside projects, so I can devote my time and energy to the inside of my home. Whatever the reason, I have the urge to Fall build.
And so it was on Saturday.

I went into my garage and found an old door
that I bought months ago at a thrift store.
(You see those french doors? I have plans for them too.
Won't they look great on a garden shed?
That project will have to wait until next Spring)


My trusty assistant (aka: hubby) cut the door in half,
leaving the vintage doorknob,
and reattaching the hinges.
In the meantime, I sanded some metal legs
that we bought months ago
at that big blue box store that sells Swedish furniture.
The legs needed to be sanded
in preparation for their makeover.
Then I primed them with a good primer.Next came a few coats of satin black.I sanded the door where there were chips and dings.
The sanding uncovered a few layers of paint.When the legs were dry,
we screwed them onto the door.

And voila! A beautiful desk was born! Don't those legs give it a French flair?It looks a bit like a grown up version of the tray
from my previous post.

I'm enjoying the combination of cream and black lately.
This beauty is going to find it's way
into the master bedroom.

I think I'm feeling a bedroom makeover coming on!

50 comments:

Darlene said...

Ooooo that is a BEAUTIFUL desk and I love her legs!!! I can't wait to see your master bedroom makeover!!!

patsy said...

Joy- love the desk! you are amazing, again. I need to apologize- I just read your sidebar & realized I copied a picture of yours last week without asking... sorry about that. It's my last tuesday's post/ wait maybe the tuesday before that. Anyhow- I'm sorry I didn't ask first.
You are such an inspiration!

Ms. Tee said...

Wow, this is beautiful!!! I didn't know that big blue store sold legs like that - I 'll have to check it out. :)

Life on the farm... said...

Aww I like it, it where are you putting it? I have a 1960's or earlier French Provential dresser (that off white color, trimmed out in gold).... I'm wanting to paint it black. Maybe I'll blog about it later. I do have the same feelings during the fall too.

ThriftyDecorChick said...

Beautiful! I love it! You are so creative!

Tausha said...

I wish that I had old doors hanging around! i just have old shoes, clothes that are old and ugly and a couple of old windows! I love the desk. I love the look of the legs. i have never seen anything that shape in a leg before-looks great! Bad thing happens when you start on the bedroom-it never ends! My hubby now just rolls his eyes when he walks into our room and something is different. One must tweek often-cause it never Just right-right? Isn't that why we create!

Blissfully Enamored said...

what a great project!! i would have never thought to make that into a cute little desk! you are so creative in all that you do!

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

I LOVE A WOMAN WITH POWER TOOLS!!!! Hahaha. I always enjoy a project with a hammer, drill or something that plugs in and makes loud noise. Men think you are really upto something then!! Hahaha. Love your new desk. You have inspired me, I have a door out in the barn...yipppeee, plug in the tools baby!
Debbie

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Love the door desk! The original hardware still being attached is my favorite part!

Sandy Toes said...

What a great table...so creative and fun! I hope we see pictures of your master bedroom using this table..how exciting!
Happy Monday!
-Sandy toes

Angie said...

Love the desk!!! So cool and unique!

Kacey Randolph said...

That is GORGEOUS! Oh I love it. My next trip to the flea market I will have to ask my friend to bring the truck! We'll both be looking for doors! Ha! Ha!

I finished my very first spray paint project this weekend. I hope you like it! :o) Have a great Monday and I'm still in serious envy of your storgae capacity! Ha!

Robin said...

Such a great idea! I love the graceful curve of those legs, too! I always look forward to your next project.

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

You have such an great eye!A door & some legs...never would have thought of making it into a desk, but it looks fabulous! I have an AWARD for you! Please stop by my blog to pick it up.

Thanks
Darlene

Valarie said...

Cute Cute! Guess what? After you did your post the other day on that super cute tray, I went in the thrift store and there staring at me was an old wood tray. I am not sure what it was used for really, I don't even know if you would call it a tray. They had just received a truck load of stuff from a church. So I think it came from there. Anyway all that said I am gonna try to make a tray like you did. Hopefully it will turn out as cute as yours.

melissa*smith said...
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melissa*smith said...

Sorry~that delete was me! I have loved your projects of the last week and you have just sent my mind spinning! I love to see them though because they give me new eyes when I'm at yard sales. What a gorgeous desk~can't wait to see it in the room (with the complete step by step makeover, of course!)

salmagundi said...

I love your door/desk project. Those legs are divine! Sally

Melissa Wertz said...

That is just too kewl!!!

Cathy said...

Wow, that is a great looking desk! Smart lady!

Manuela said...

Love those legs! You have the most amazing husband! It's really wonderful that he's so involved in your projects!

Manuela

Our Complete Family said...

I just have to tell you how much fun I have when I come by your blog! You are one amazing gal and have so much creative energy! Happy Monday!!! ~ Les

Woodard Gang said...

Wow! What a gorgeous table! Again, I just love your ideas...what an inspiration you are...thank you :o)

Kristy said...

I've been reading your blog since it was featured on Today's Creative Blog, and I love what you can do with spray paint! Mind if I ask you a question?

I make jewelry, and have started using old baby food jars to store my beads. I've been trying to spray paint the lids a uniform silver color, and the color doesn't seem to want to "stick" to the lids. They look great, dry and everything (and believe, I've been giving them plenty of time), but when I pick them up, the paint rubs off on my fingers.

I'm still new to using spray paint - is this because I didn't prime the lids first? I've painted other metal items without a problem. Any ideas?

Susie Harris said...

Miss Joy... you are too much! Really my dear.. how do you sleep at night with so many great ideas running through that sweet head. Love that table!!!

Shannon said...

Perfect! I love it!!

I wish we had one of those stores! :)

Bella Casa said...

Love it! If it were my table I would need support in the middle too because I am sure I would top it with too much stuff, lolololol.

I always enjoy seeing what you are up to Joy :)

Bella

Ruby Red Slippers said...

That is beautiful!! Where in the WORLD do you get your ideas? While you sleep? I watch HGTV-and they are not there! You really are amazingly talented!
What can you dream up in regards to a king-sized bed without a headboard? I don't know what to do, so I do nothing...

MizSmoochieLips said...

Oh I LOVE her legs :) Amazing!

Inspired Kara said...

This project is STUNNING!!!


I love love love the tray!!!!!

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Joy! I should never come on your site because it always gets me going to keep going with my love of black anything!!! I adore this "desk". Those legs are fantastic!!!!!!! I've been holding up black foam core board all day in my dining room on the lower half of my chair rail! I love it; then I come on here for a break and it confirmed I need to paint it black!lol I'm already thinkin bout takin the paper down and doing the top white!lol Love your tray idea too! Have a great night - Sincerely, Jeannette

beth at aunties said...

It turned out so beautifull. I love visiting your blog, it is so inspiring and full of know how.
You are incredibly amazing, and I love it!
Beth

the undomesticated wife said...

A great way to repurpose a door!

Char and Lois said...

Hello Joy...
Just found your blog the other day....and I am now having trouble sleeping here in Crete...due to all the energy and crafty thinking I have been doing....And where is a Big Blue store??? Nothing like that in Illinois....keep up the inspiring posts.....you surely have found your niche......Char
p.s. The desk and tray are amazing....love your style....

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Gorgeous......you know I love cream/black..yummy. cherry

Spymommy said...

So cute and I do love the legs so much better in black. I've eyed them at the "big blue store" but never loved them in silver. Bravo!

joelandbecca said...

I just love the things you do with doors! Truly amazing!

Anna said...

Congratulations to you...I am loving the desk. The legs really give it a nice finish!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

thanks for the headboard advice-I might post a picture and have people give me an idea of what to do. I love my room, and it has a romantic feel to it (I mean, I think it does!) but the no headboard thing is a puzzle You had great ideas-THANK YOU!

Cottagecheap said...

Joy, check out my project...and my link back to your directions. i think it turned out well!

Southern Fried Gal said...

Too cute! I have a project in mind and I'm on the lookout for a door. I've searched high and low and haven't been able to come up with anything yet. I hope my door is half as cute as your find!

Miss Anne said...

i just FELL IN LOVE with your blog, and will be adding you to my blogroll!

:) love your work!

pinar said...

this is great..
lovely..
beautiful..
I totally worship your creativeness..
thank you so much for inspiring..

loves.. from istanbul..

Cottagecheap said...

You keep giving me MORE ideas for uses for those old doors of mine! Thanks for visiting my blog and your inspiration. You are right about my neighbor he is handy to have. I wish I had more of my own tools, but alas no garage! :-D

Thanks again....I can't wait to see what you do next!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Haven't ever seen legs like those. But surely can't wait to see the bedroom makeover. Old doors make wonderful pieces of furniture. I actually have a stack out back. Hmm.... what could I make. Jackie

onlymehere said...

Pretty darn creative!

Mrs. B said...

I love it! I like how you left the knob on, it adds so much character!

Judy @ In His Grip said...

I love, love, love this. What a great idea. I have just found your blog and I will be checking it out on a regular basis. You have the best ideas.

Char and Lois said...

Hi again Joy...the big blue box store website is still selling these cute french legs in two sizes.....what length did you use for your desk???
thanks for your time....

ROXY said...

what a great idea!! I think I have some spare doors in the basement! I will have to try this project myself! Thanks for much for visiting and offering your well wishes! Hope to see you again soon:)

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