February 15, 2013

~Before&After~ Oval desk

Hey gang! Quick reminder that the next Chelsea's Garage sale will be on Saturday, May 4 from 10am-2pm.. This is an important event because it gives guests first picks on this fresh new stock. After the sale, any items that are left will go in my Etsy shop and get posted on Craigslist. So, mark your calendars and make a date with your friends to come by! I'll have complimentary refreshments, (because who doesn't enjoy shopping with a snack?!), and you are welcome to peruse as long as you'd like.  I am located in Herndon, VA and will be happy to give the address to anyone who needs it - just email me at chelseasgarage@gmail.com. 

Okay - This table is one of my all-time favorite transformations, which is funny because for the longest time I had absolutely no idea what to do with it. It definitely needed some TLC before I could even think about whipping out the paint brush!


So, in the garage it sat. And waited and waited. Then last week I needed to run to Sherwin Williams to have a stain matched and noticed an ad for their new Color of the Year, Aloe. I kid you not, I did not even see a paint chip of this color when I asked to purchase the quart size sample. The name alone had reeled me in. So thankful it wasn't a disaster. Not only was Aloe not a disaster, it was a home run! I have been all over looking for a soft green that isn't too blue, too yellow, too gray, too bright. Finally! What I've been looking for my whole life...;)

Ladies and gentlemen: 

I waited until I was home to pop open the lid and check out what I had just purchased, (for less than $5 - I used a monthly 25% off members coupon). Seriously, as soon as I saw this color I moved the oval table into position to start work. The lightbulb went on and I knew exactly what this table needed to be.


I am so drawn to all the details of this piece - I've truly never seen anything like it!

Surprise! It's got a disguised drawer! 
Wouldn't this be incredible as a floating desk in a small study?!
*This piece will be available at the May 4 Chelsea's Garage sale in Herndon, VA!*

Linking to:
Blue Egg Brown Nest

The low-down:
-Sanded the top surface down to the lovely natural wood 
-Painted two coats of SW's Aloe on the apron and legs
-Used steel wool to distress
-Seeled with Polyurethane clear semi-gloss

Thank you for stopping by!



  1. Chelsea, that is beautiful! I didn't even notice all the detail in the middle of the legs until the after. Great job!

  2. What a beautiful piece! I love the color and the wood top. Wish I lived close to you-it would be coming home with me! I found you from Blue Egg Brown Nest! Hugs, Meghan

  3. Such a smashing soft color- a truly elegant piece. Love the wood top, the oval shape the legs. Everything! Reminds me of Robins eggs in the springtime.

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  4. Wow, I love this piece! Everything about it is beautiful. Great job. :)