Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dresser Deja Vu and Ballard memo board knock off

A few weeks ago my parents called me and said their neighbor had put  a desk on the street with a free sign and wanted to know if I wanted it.  Of course I said yes, sight unseen.  I don't know if it is a good thing or not that people think of me when they see junk on the street but I love a makeover, and a free one even better.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the desk was well made and was the french style I like.

I forgot to take a before pic until after I had already got started, sorry, I always jump in and forget about the camera.

I had just finished my dresser redo and had all the materials on hand so I decided to use the same treatment on the desk.  I don't really have anywhere in my house for it so I knew I was planning on selling it when I was finished.

I distressed and lightly glazed the desk and like the finished product.  Definitely dresser deja vu.

On a thrifting trip this week I picked up this frame.

It was fairly large and solid wood and I had a plan for it.  I have been loving the memo boards in the Ballard Designs catalog.  The burlap and nail head are perfection.

Burlap Message Board


Madison Corkboard


I started by painting my frame a creamy white.  Then I went over it with a brown glaze and wiped it off right away so it would just leave a subtle accent on the details.

I couldn't find a cork board the size of my frame so I decided to make my own.  I attached a piece of foam poster board, ( I love this stuff and use it all the time!), to the frame of the old canvas that came with the frame.

Then I attached cork to the front.  I wrapped the frame in burlap I picked up for $2.99 for one yard at Joanne's.

I added a few nail heads and popped it back in the frame.

I love the result!  For about $12 I think it looks just as good as the Ballard board and it was well over $100 cheaper.  Score!

Here it is with the desk for now.

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  1. Wow your desk turned out great! Love the memo board too!

  2. Love the desk! Just saw it on Miss Mustard Seed and thought it looked familiar :). Since I had just been surfing your blog and all...

  3. Love the desk and the board, I also love the lamp too.

  4. Love your desk! I am working on one right now that is very similar. Great score for free! Just came over from Miss Mustard Seed!

  5. What an awesome find! You refinished it just perfectly!

  6. good job. looks TOTALLY awesome.

  7. Love both projects. You did an amazing job!

  8. Wonderful! Love the desk and the board.
    Looks better than the expensive ones!

  9. I see your painted wallpaper there in that bottom picture! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. And I love the corkboard fancifying! The price has me drooling too. Great job!

  10. The desk is amazing! It is very much my style. Love the cork board. I have been eyeing those at BD for so long.

  11. That looks great! I think your memo board is cuter than the name brand! I am your newest follower!

    Stop by my blog, I am doing my first giveaway, So excited!

  12. Love, love the dresser, esp the fleur de lis pulls. The bulletin board looks great over the desk. Cheers!

  13. Great desk...looks good...I can see a little peek of the wall you told me about..crazy girl, I bet the whole thing looks awesome!

  14. Wow - SOOO pretty! Do you have any favorite thrift stores in the area??? The fleur de lis pulls are AMAZING!

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