Wednesday, 29 February 2012

A Writing Desk

We have a small home office at the front of our house.  It's a real thoroughfare as there is a door to the front entrance hall at one end of the room and a door to the garage at the other end.  I have tried placing a desk in various positions over the years, but the place I prefer best is between the two north facing windows that look out onto our street.

There is only a small amount of wall between the windows and I didn't want to block them with a heavy desk.  I searched eBay and found this desk for $150.  More than I would normally pay but a similar one had sold for $300 so I took it.

I sanded it back, only to find that whilst the legs were solid timber, the top was laminate (yuk).  Originally I had thought I'd keep the top timber and paint the legs, but after discovering the laminate, all white was the way to go.

I changed the brass drawer pulls for these decorative black ones from Recollections.

I was a little nervous about having a white desk top, and my friend Ivana suggested I get a piece of glass cut to sit on top.  So I did.

The glass top protects the desk top and means I can put down cups and glasses without worry.  My computer mouse doesn't like the glass top though.

A gardenia and Autumn Crocus from my garden.

The black framed pictures above the desk are of Castle Howard in Yorkshire.

So this is where I sit and write to you.  I really like it.  Now all I have to do is get a comfortable chair!

Sharing at White Wednesday


  1. love your desk.. it looks so much better white and with different handles!!

  2. Your desk is very chic and sleek. Perfect choice of hardware.
    I'm your newest follower and hope you'll stop by.
    Mary Alice

  3. Very pretty--love those drawer pulls. Stop by and link up if you have time.

  4. The desk is lovely!!

    If it's any consolation (about the mouse not liking the glass...) - the mouse wouldn't have liked the white top, either. I have a white desk, and need to use a mouse pad - the optical reader doesn't work on a white desk top.

  5. You did a lovely job on your desk and I like it's position in front of the windows. My desk faces a wall and I always feel a bit claustrophibic so end up taking my laptop to other areas of the house. x Sharon

  6. Nice job, lovely place to be,near windows.
    x jeanetteann

  7. the glass top looks great. I have a similar-ish table in my entry way I've been thinking of painting white - perhaps I'll also go the glass top.
    nice spot to sit.
    C xx

  8. Looks amazing, love everything about the transformation. I wish my office looked so minimalist. thanks for sharing Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  9. Your desk is beautiful. It's amazing what some paint and new hardware can do !

  10. Beautiful desk, lovely bright spot to work!

  11. Oh this desk is stunning. You have inspired me to think about painting my grandmother's desk. I would love it if you would share this wonderful post at our linky party. Hope you can join us.


  12. Beautiful. I so want to paint white, anything! Looks very peaceful.

  13. Your office looks so lovely. I would spend many happy hours 'working' there just to admire it! God bless x


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