Pretty Purple Desk

Date
Aug, 26, 2015

Ah I’m so excited to FINALLY be sharing this piece with you. I’ve shared so many sneak peeks and it’s been done for a while now, but I had other things I needed to post about first. But now this little lady can bask in all it’s purply, watercolor glory.

PRETTY PURPLE DESK

Pretty Purple Desk

I bought this antique sewing table over a year ago (yikes) at a local church garage sale. It was sitting in our friend’s garage until a couple months ago when I finally remembered what an awesome piece it was and it needed some lovin’ stat.

As you know, with most sewing tables, the top opens up and there is a big ‘ole hole to place your machine. Since I was turning it into a desk, that hole needed to go. I thought about cutting a piece of wood to fit the hole, but it was kind of an awkward curved shape and that just wouldn’t have gone well. For me, or the wood.

Enter the hubs, who gets full cred here. I didn’t think we could remove the entire top without the whole thing falling apart but he proved me wrong and unscrewed that sucker like a pro.

Sewing Table Top

Then I just needed to buy a new piece of wood from Home Depot. We brought it home and screwed it on to the body. You can’t even tell a difference right?!

New Desk Top

So don’t ask me how I came up with the idea for this desk. At the time, I’d been using some purple craft paint in a few DIYs and clearly I was thinking bigger than frames and coasters. Remember a while back when I told you about the awesome sale Ace Hardware was having on their sample paint cans? $.99 a pop people. I bought like 15. Anyways, one of the colors I bought was the prettiest purple called Thyme Flower.

I mixed it up with some of my Vintage Storehouse Chalky Paint Powder and went to town, then sealed the whole piece with General Finishes Finishing Wax.

Pretty Purple Painted Desk

Those pretty little legs needed an update too, because that black was just too harsh. I taped them up and gave them a coat of my favorite gold spray paint.

Taped Legs

Gold Desk Legs

Gold Spray Paint

And of course, such a pretty color, needed just as pretty accessories.

Desk Details

Knobs are from HomeGoods and the paper is from Spoonflower.

I cut out some card stock the same size as the drawer fronts and then traced that on my paper and cut them out.

Applying Paper to Drawers

Using my trusty Spray Adhesive, I attached the paper.

Spray Adhesive for Lining Drawers

And finito! I’m totally in love with this piece and how it turned out. I struggled with finding some art to stage it.  Because I took these photos right before we moved, I had no idea where anything was. Easy solution was framing the left over paper 🙂 Works like a charm.

Purple and Floral Desk

Purple, Gold, and Floral Desk

Purple Desk Makeover

Purple and Gold Sewing Table

Gold and Purple Sewing Table Makeover

Floral Drawer

Pretty Purple Desk Makeover

What do you think about this little purple desk?! I’m guessing you’ll either love it or hate it, which is fine with me. But hopefully you’re a lover 😉

Old Sewing Table turned into a Pretty Purple Desk

August 31, 2015

brepurposed

46 Comments

  1. Reply

    KareeN

    June 16, 2016

    Gorgeous table! I have searched through hundreds of wallpapers on Spoonflower to find the gorgeous paper you used? Do you recall what the name of the wallpaper is?

    Thanks!

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    Katherine

    January 20, 2016

    Oooh! I LOVE IT! I love everything about it, as a matter of fact! I just ‘found’ your blog today and I think you’re a super talented girl who’s going to make a wonderful mother! Good luck to you and keep resting as much as possible!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 24, 2016

      Thank you so much Katherine!!!

  3. Reply

    Terry

    September 9, 2015

    You are color brave and I love it!!!! Well done! You do beautiful work! Please come and share! I would love it if you would join in on my Making Broken Beautiful party! It starts 6:00pm (MST) this Thursday September 10 and I would love to have you join up each week!
    Smiles for a great week!
    Terry
    (http://thecuratorscollection.wordpress.com)

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      September 13, 2015

      Aw thank you so much Terry! I would love to come link up 🙂

  4. Reply

    Vanessa @ Little Gold Pixel

    September 7, 2015

    This turned out super cute! Love it so much.

  5. Reply

    Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness

    August 28, 2015

    SO adorable!! That paper is gorgeous. And purple is so much fun! This would be perfect in a little girly home office!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 31, 2015

      Thanks Amanda!! I’m trying to find other places to use this pretty paper!

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    Tan

    August 27, 2015

    OH MY GOSH I can’t get over how PRETTY this desk is!!!! Holy hannah girl you really outdid yourself!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 28, 2015

      haha thanks girl!! You’re too kind 🙂

  7. Reply

    Lindsey

    August 27, 2015

    I am not a purple fan in the least but I absolutely adore this piece. The lavender looks so pretty especially with the floral print. I’d put it in my little girl’s room for sure! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 31, 2015

      Aw thanks girl!! I’m not usually drawn to purple either but I just couldn’t resist this pretty color!

  8. Reply

    Gabriela

    August 27, 2015

    The desk looks gorgeous! I like the golden legs combined with that purple. Just awesome! I think it would look perfect in a teen/kids room.

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 27, 2015

      Thank you so much Gabriela! It would definitely be perfect for a little girls room!

  9. Reply

    Gilly @ Colour Saturated Life

    August 27, 2015

    Oh Wow! This is simply divine, you never fail to impress me with your colour and pattern choices. Have I ever said I always love your styling too?

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 27, 2015

      You’re so sweet, Gilly! Thank you 🙂 I had so much fun with this one!

  10. Reply

    Haeley @ Design Improvised

    August 27, 2015

    This desk is so gorgeous and feminine! I love the soft purple paired with that pretty paper. You are so talented!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 27, 2015

      Aw thank you so much Haeley!! <3

  11. Reply

    Sherry Fram

    August 27, 2015

    So cute!! Love the purple! The gold tipped legs are so pretty with the flowered paper. Great job!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 27, 2015

      Thank you so much Sherry!!

  12. Reply

    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    August 26, 2015

    This is gorgeous Bre! Oh my, I am swooning over the color and the gold accents – perrrrfect. The paper is such a pretty accompaniment and I just love how you create matching artwork to stage your pieces. So I’ve got to ask, if it’s a girl, are you keeping this?

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 27, 2015

      Aw thanks so much Marie!! And good questions 😉 We’ll be revealing the gender next week so stay tuned!

  13. Reply

    Kristi

    August 26, 2015

    Oh my gosh! Bre! This is incredible!!! Love the purple, love the knobs, LOOOOOVE that paper!!! SO pretty!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 27, 2015

      Aw thanks so much Kristi!!! So glad you love it 🙂

  14. Reply

    Rachel | The Crafted Life

    August 26, 2015

    Love that purple! And the floral print is just so dreamy!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 27, 2015

      Thanks girl! I’m already thinking of other places I can use that paper 😉

  15. Reply

    Anam @ Delicious And DIY

    August 26, 2015

    How cute is that Bre 🙂 Love it !

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 27, 2015

      Thanks Anam!! 🙂

  16. Reply

    Lindsay - Shrimp Salad Circus

    August 26, 2015

    I love it! Excited to finally see that pretty purple on the finished piece!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 27, 2015

      Thanks girl!! So happy to finally share it!

  17. Reply

    Amy | Canary Street Crafts

    August 26, 2015

    So pretty, Bre! Love every single pretty detail from the paper down to the legs.

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 27, 2015

      Thanks so much Amy!! <3

  18. Reply

    Shayla Martin

    August 26, 2015

    This is gorgeous! Totally not a color I would do, I think I would be too nervous. But it looks absolutely beautiful! Would be great for a little girls room.

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 27, 2015

      Thank you so much Shayla! It was a little out of my comfort zone too but I’m so happy with how it turned out!

  19. Reply

    Kimm at Reinvented

    August 26, 2015

    I’m head over heels in LOVE! What a gorgeous color. I have a similar sewing table at home, will definitely try removing that existing top!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 27, 2015

      Aw thanks Kimm!! And yes, you totally should, because that hole just doesn’t cut it for a desk 😉

  20. Reply

    Leigh Anne

    August 26, 2015

    So pretty!!! Love it, especially in a sweet little girl’s bedroom.

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 27, 2015

      Thanks so much Leigh Anne!!

  21. Reply

    Katie @ Little House of Four

    August 26, 2015

    This turned into such a pretty desk! That paper is gorgeous and looks great paired with the soft purple paint. How cute would this be in a little girls room? It’s perfect!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 27, 2015

      Thanks girl! It would be so perfect for a little girls room! 🙂

  22. Reply

    Audrey

    August 26, 2015

    Love it!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 27, 2015

      Thanks Audrey!! 🙂

  23. Reply

    cassie @ primitive & proper

    August 26, 2015

    love this one, bre! so so pretty!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 27, 2015

      Thanks Cassie!!

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