I’m crafty. I’m cheap. I’m able to see potential in almost everything.
Those things combine to create a perfect storm of unfinished projects.
This secretary desk/dresser isn’t finished.
As you can see, the most glaring problem is that I haven’t found feet for this yet. So yes. Your eyes do not deceive you. This piece of furniture is resting on four, upside down noodle bowls.
It also needs trim pieces along the back and at the bottom. (And did I mention it needs feet?)
It was a basic brown bow-wow with boring stain and antiquated pulls. I’m horrible about remembering to take before pictures until I’m in the middle of the during portion of the project…
I’d already started with the sanding block by the time I remembered the camera. I lightly sanded everything and then shot it with primer.
My original plan was to spray paint it with my favorite Heirloom White (Rustoleum’s American Accent) and then distress the edges and put new hardware on.
I wanted it to go right inside my front door to house keys, bills, stamps, etc. However, it was too stark and practically created white-out conditions in the area.
I found a scroll design on the internet, printed it and enlarged it until it was the right size.
(That’s right, you heard me. A Sharpie.)
Bobbi Jo says
It looks great! You did a wonderful job even with the noodle bowls.
I too have a list of my unfinished projects. You know we don’t want to finish it all then what would we do? he he
Hugs, Bobbi Jo
Housewife Savant says
Lovely. It’s always lovely when you show us your creative side.
And you do a stellar job with pix and descriptions.
I’m impressed with the usefulness. We’re working on a kitchen with [so far] no place for keys, sunglasses and phones.
This is a wonderful spot for all the crap we dump when we come in the house.
This came out so pretty! Well except the noodle bowls…but what a laugh I got out of your title!
Please post again when you find the feet. I love this!
For some reason those noodle bowls kinda work!
I would’ve given up after I painted the edges black and decided it was to contrast-y. Have I mentioned I’m a half-asser?
Wow! Pretty amazing what you did with a few pieces of wood and some noodle bowls! I am so unhandy it’s scary. Awesome blog:)
Really beautiful! Everything you touch turns to gold.
I have so much Viv to catch up on…expect loads of enlightening comments soon!
You could totally hot glue those noodle bowls after you spray paint them and no one would know;)
Holy Cow! You are amazing…like seriously! I’m so not worthy to stand next to you in blogland!
It is really beautiful, Vivienne, I love it!
Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings says
Vivienne, What a great project to share! Great job in making it what you want it to be…even with some trial and error. I really love the design you added onto it. Lovely!!
Thanks for being a part of this month’s craft challenge.
You did an amazing job with that! I wouldn’t even have known where to start. Beautiful!
What a beautiful piece. I love the W and the scroll design. I like you uses what works like the sharpie!
The noodle bowls crack me up!! If that was my house it would be like that for a very long time!!
I too am crafty and lately have been forced to be cheap but I have to admit LAZY trumps crafty!
Looks great girl!
Becca @ The Texas Darlings says
As usual, I’m impressed- I would never tackle a job this big!!
You’re super creative and resourceful! I love this re-do…noodle bowls and all…they’re really my favorite part of the whole project. 😉 I love the monogramming. Monogramming always adds a certain pizzazz to things. Very pretty!
Pretty Organizer says
Noodly Shmoodle… your new crafty legs look good to me. That was a fantastic project! Love the pearled look… and the monogram! Sharpie?!?!? you win, girl, you’ve got talent!
Shaune McNamara says
How are you. Thanks for visiting my site the other day. I relly like yours. I am very interested in projects like the one you have here with the dresser. I can’t believe what you did with it. looks fantastic.
Sorry about the way I spelled your name above Vivienne. Cought myself though.
I don’t know…
I kind of like the noodle bowls.
Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful says
WOW…that turned out amazing! I am in LOVE with the monogram you pieced together. I am soooo gonna copy that.
I love this project!!!! You made me laugh with those noodle bowls. It would probably be sitting around my house that way for a few years! 🙂
Funky Junk Interiors says
STUNNING! I love that finish! And your enhancement just finshes it off perfectly!
That looks amazing! Even with it’s noodle bowl feet!!!
Infarrantly Creative says
LOVE IT…noodle bowls and all. That actually is my favorite part 😉
I love the monogram! And, I love Sharpies!
The Harris Family says
Wow! It is so pretty. I love the monogram. It adds the perfect touch.
It looks great…even with the noodle bowl! You’ve got some serious talent.
wow~you did great, Vivienne! Really love the monogram~
Kimm at Reinvented says
Wow. I am so impressed! Tracing a design with a pen, painting with a Sharpie, mixing Mod Podge with glaze? Double wow. I have learned so much today. And the noodle bowls? Genius. And here I was using PVC pipes to hold up my furniture! 🙂
This would be a great piece for our hallway too. Throw all the mail in. I just love it. I sort of have that eye for jewels in the rough but not as good as yours I think.
I love the finish! So glad to see something different!
Oh wow. This is so refreshingly different! Just a moment while I wipe the drool off my keyboard. This is a FANTASTIC project. Great job! I would be delighted if you would link this to my VIP party today! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-6.html
This is stunning, you’ve done a fantastic job! Great use for noodle bowls, we have some and never used them!
I happen to the think the noodle bowles are quit ingenious!
I think it is awesome. I love the monogram and the sharpie idea is genious!
Kelly @ JAX does design says
Who knew a Sharpie could look so good?! The whole piece looks great, and the scroll & monogram are the perfect finishing touch 🙂