Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Curved Vintage Sligh Desk

And a really creative title.  I just couldn't come up with a good title for this one...  A couple weeks ago, I shared this fabulous desk I bought on Insta-Friday.  I fell in love with its shape, an it was made by Sligh, a fabulous company....


I was not so in love with the gross yellow speckled paint finish.

I knew I wanted to simplify it a bit but keep a vintage feel to it.  I painted a coat of graphite chalk paint, and then went over that with two coats of old white.  I did this so that when I distressed the darker color would show through instead of the yellow.  After it dried, I distressed it by hand, and then waxed it with one of my favorite waxes.... Liberon Black Bison Paste Wax.  I love this wax because it gives a gorgeous smooth finish, but also smells AMAZING and is non toxic!  It's hard to find a good non-toxic wax that gives such a great finish.  I applied it as I normally do, with rags, which I find just as easy if not easier to use than a brush, depending on the piece.  After I waxed it I buffed it to a smooth finish.  I used a clean rag to buff.

Here it is now in its after glory!




This is one of those "less is more" makeovers... the fresh white and light distressing really helps highlight the shape.  I don't look at it anymore and think, "Well that's yellow."

On a side note... We had family photos taken last month by one of our amazingly talented vendors who happens to have a photography business as well, Jalapeno Photography.  I hope to organize a post for you, but for now, here are a couple of peeks!


I know every mama thinks this about their kids, but my daughter is the most beautiful little girl I know. :)

And this one can melt me with his eyes.... we actually had a dinner date last night.

Those are three of my favorite photos, but I have more to share!  Coming soon.
Have a wonderful hump day!
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47 comments:

Mel@JunkinJunky said...

Beautiful photos!

I adore that desk! Such a beautiful shape and the lightly distressed finish is perfect for this piece.

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

You have a beautiful family :)
And that desk! I've never seen anything like it. Love the transformation.

Kelly said...

Pretty blue eyes... Sweet family... And handsome date you had...

Lisa said...

I LOVE this desk! What a find! I absolutely agree...white was the perfect choice. Beautiful makeover and beautiful little family. Congrats on both. ;)
Lisa

Laurie from Laurie Jones Home said...

The desk is beautiful but your children's eyes stole this post!!!!

michelle@decorandthedog said...

No, you're not biased. Your kids really are the cutest.

Cathy said...

What a gorgeous family with all your baby blues!

Dana Frieling said...

It must be said...Your family has the ugliest eyes I've ever seen! Yeah, right!! Beautiful, my friend. I grew up with furniture painted that gross yellow speckled finish. Pretty sure that's why I hate yellow to this day.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Love the family photos! The one on the sidebar caught my eye even before I read through the whole post. And what a beautiful desk - pretty curves! ... I have been frustrated with rags that leave lint behind - going to try your recommendation!

Bliss said...

How cute is that, never saw one like that before. And the photos are pretty fine as well.

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Great photos of your kids! And the desk is pretty, too :-)

Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell said...

I love that desk! It's so pretty. And your photos turned out fabulously. I actually noticed your new profile pic on the side bar before I even scrolled down and saw you were talking about the photos today :)

pam {simple details} said...

You guys are ALL beyond cute!! :)

deborah@confessions of a craigslist junkie said...

Beautiful! (And your family is too!)

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

your kids really do have the most beautiful eyes

Gretchen said...

Much better than the yellow--so pretty! And love the family pictures!

Dear Emmeline said...

so much better!

anu said...

Everything looks better in white. :) The family photos look so lovely.

Lisa @ Turning Tables said...

Pretty little desk (not that you got your hands on it) and beautiful family. xo

Rita said...

...and that's becuse she is gorgeous and beautiful and creative and it doesn't just tke her mother to see that!
As for the white desk...you sold me!! I was contemplating painting the white buffet I just purchase (FOR $20!!!) a light gray but my new wall color wouldn't do the piece justice. I'm now going for the WHITE look!! thanks for talking me into it :)

Cathy Wall said...

Of course the desk is lovely, but the family shots? Stunning!!!!

Mekenzie @ interiorsbykenz.com said...

Love the desk! And your family is gorgeous!

17 Perth said...

I cannot wait to see more photos of your beautiful family!!

Ali Richardson said...

Pretty white desk :) Much better than the yellow. Beautiful pocs friend, seriously, they came out great!! XOXO

Vintage Prairie Style said...

cassie, a beautiful desk - it had my heart when i saw it on insta-friday and now, well - it's prefect. it's been upgraded from diamond in the rough quality to staight-up diamond. those family pics are so cute too. what a great looking bunch y'all are!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

The desk look great but I love the family photos!! You all look great!

Jane Craske said...

Adorable family C:

Anna See said...

The desk turned out great and I love the pics of your gorgeous fam.

Good Time Charlie said...

Love the shape of the desk and it looks gorgeous in white. I wish I could find furniture with those shapes that didn't cost an arm and a leg here! Your photos look adorable. You are way ahead of the game!

Shelley | Crazy Wonderful said...

Look at that gorgeous family!!! Totally not biased, your babies are beautiful :)

Carrie @ lovely etc. said...

Love those family pictures - they are so beautiful! And the shape of your little desk is adorable; definitely perfect for some simple white.

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

Your family is adorable! Both your kids eyes are crystal blue...love it. :)

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

Holey smokes, that table is so much improved it's hard to believe it's the same one!
(And yes, it's not just you, they are beautiful children)

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I agree - your kids are ridiculously cute. Geez - those eyes!

Tiffany said...

So good, and your family is ridiculously adorable!

Fiona, LilyfieldLife said...

everything on this post is beautiful except the before photo. Especially love the photo of Emmy. and the desk looks a million times better.

Whats Ur Home Story said...

Yay! Those came out great. Your kids are adorable.

Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story
www.whatsurhomestory.com

Erin said...

Your family is beautiful! And while I have my own mama bias about beautiful girls now, your Emmy IS definitely beautiful. Those eyes!

The desk is adorable--love the shape!

Hetty said...

Lovely desk, have not seen a shape like that! Are you going to upholster the chair?Would look great together. Beautiful family pictures, you are so blessed.

Courtney said...

What a unique desk! Love that you kept it white, looks perfect!!
And such cuties :-)

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Shari @ turnstylevogue.com said...

Love the family pics - and that dresser looks like an instant classic. Hope things are going well for you :)

Tam said...

Nice desk.... LOVE the family photo!!!

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

wow. that vanity set is incredible!! I've never seen anything like it. Beautiful family photos. We desperately need to do some!!

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

wow. that vanity set is incredible!! I've never seen anything like it. Beautiful family photos. We desperately need to do some!!

Julia Konya said...

The vanity looks so pretty bow and I agree with you your kids/family is beautiful.

Amber Wills said...

Love the shape of that dresser and that chair! So unique. Love the family photos. I'm so behind on reading blogs, so I've already seen them and told you that! They are so good I needed to say it again! ;)