Friday, May 17, 2013

Vintage Writing Desk

When I first painted this vintage writing desk, about 8 years ago,
I thought I would soon add something to it in the way of a design.
I had hoped to paint something pretty, accent the stool and so on.
Well, time marched on and I just never got around to the embellishment.
Till now, when I added a french graphic from
painted checks using a stencil on the stool.
Not a lot of accents I know, but it doesn't take much to
make a change and add some style.
Below is the before pic on the pull down writing surface.
Using a graphic from The Graphics Fairy, I made a copy
on Transfer Artist Paper using an ink jet printer.
Laser will not work for this print and transfer.
I simply ironed it on the surface using a dry iron.
While still hot, pull off the paper
and the transfer will appear.
If it doesn't iron on fully, you can always use a sharpie to fill in a bit.
I did that very lightly because I like the look of it being a bit old and worn on this piece.

For the stool I used black acrylic paint and sanded it all around
for a worn and time charmed treasure.
This desk fits perfectly between the closets and so handy to write a little note.
For the wall above the desk, I found a great shelf at a yard sale.
Painted it to match the desk and again distressed it lightly.
On the shelf I have several treasures and a bird collection.
The little birds below standing with the embellished french bottle
are a set of three I purchased when I first got married nearly 40 years ago.
I always loved decorating with them and still do.
The robin in the next pic was from my mother's collection
along with the little chickadee and robin keepsake box.

The sweet birdie welcome plaque greets visitors and was a gift many years ago
from my sweet dear blog friend Julie Marie from Idyllhours.
I love it with the curled wire and beads at the top.
This gorgeous needlepoint cottage was a find at another yard sale.
It was being hand created by an elder lady who died before it was finished.
Everything was complete but around the edge.
So I took it to be framed a bit smaller and have enjoyed it for many years.
I hope the elder lady is looking down and happy that her perfect work is being appreciated.
I love the pull down surface and the desk with all it's little cubbies for note cards and letters.
Perfect place to write a letter or card. The New Zealand calender is a special gift from my dear blog friend
The note cards are created and gifted from another dear friend
And the sweet butterfly paper weight was my mothers, a gift from her Godchild.
The postcards from my area in Texas, are enjoyed by family and friends to send a note
back home while on a stay with me.
If you want to try the Transfer Artist Paper,
I recommend
Thank you for stopping by and a warm welcome to
all new followers.
Happy Creating!
Celestina Marie


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