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. Looks much better now :)
    Cas x

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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

  8. 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

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

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

  11. Beautiful desk, lovely bright spot to work!

  12. 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.


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

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


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