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Flipping a 100 Year Old Desk

For a few months my sewing and jewellery studio has been in shambles as I wanted to repurpose the hutch I had refinished into two separate pieces. The base was far better suited for me as a computer desk now located downstairs in my bedroom. The top half of the hutch stores my bead containers so I needed a surface for that to sit on. Its rather large but I managed to find a simple base table for it.

Then came the issue of needing a table or desk for my sewing machine and newly added serger (a gift from my mother’s friend Margaret). I had been distracted with other things for a few months and would pass by the room, look at all the bags of things on the floor and immediately walk back out.

One day it came up in conversation that I was still waiting for the right piece of furniture for the space that wasn’t too big that could work for a sewing desk. My dad mentioned a piece of furniture that was pulled out of an old Masonic Lodge building that had closed that he was using out in the barn for woodworking materials.

We went out to look at it and I thought, hmm that could work! Naturally he said I could change it any way that I wanted, you had to know that would be my first question. The surface was very scratched and rough from 100 years of use in the main foyer of the lodge. I’m always attracted to the unique shape of older furniture so I could see definite potential!

I grabbed the only can of white paint left in the house and began to work away at it. The tricky part about painting a dark stained piece of furniture stark white is that it bleeds through. About three coats were done, to be honest a fourth couldn’t hurt. The drawer is still a mystery to me as in two places it is leaking through the white bright blue.

Its honestly the strangest thing no matter how many layers of white paint it still leaking through blue! Oh well, adds character right?


I ♥ Spoof

Spoof Sweater This is such a unique top that is actually NOT thrift, but a serious deal in the sale department. There is a store in Toronto, downtown on Queen Street West called Spoof. A little hole in the wall with two racks and nothing but sales off their already super cheap clothing. Now you don’t go in here looking for a super fine quality – the fabrics are thin and usually not about quality but rather price.

Having said that, this particular top is a knit off the shoulder sweater with lace strips in the front. I fell in love with the colour instantly, not to mention I’m a sucker for off the shoulder tops. It was $5. Pamela was very quickly sold on the idea. Also it reminds me of Toronto and my favourite memories of living there. Its a great accent piece to go with my antique brass necklace, bracelet and earring set I made with beads from my last bead store trip. Not often to do I keep jewellery for myself but these I made specifically for me. Love!

And no, as a final note, the rolled cuff was not a fashion forward thought but rather the fact that these pants are too long.