Sunday, February 24, 2013

Campaign Love

The "Dixie" Campaign desk is done!
Thank-you for the 'coral' suggestion.  I tried to find/mix a coral shade 
that I loved, but couldn't. They all turned out to pastel-like. 
I'm all about the blues and greens, so I did a mixture of both! 

Lest you had forgotten the sad shape she came to me:
The Dixie Campaigner!! I almost had a heart attack when I first saw it! 

 I know,,,,,right??!! What the???!! So, I asked the women selling, "Oh, you started to
refinish (refinish?? more like mutilate) it?" 
Her:                     "Yeah"    
                               Me:  "Um, what did you use on the top?"
                                                    Her:      "Oh, a scraper."  (She showed me a chisel!)
    Me:      Audible gasp..........
Her:      "Was that bad?"
Um, Gee,......Ya think???!!!!
I actually think the surface of the moon feels smoother than the top of this desk. 
Running my hand over the top and feeling all the divots and gouges just makes me
cringe! This top should actually go through a planer to level it out. But, I'm fresh
out of giant wood-shop tools, so I'll have to try and wing it with my orbital sander.
And why is it that all the sellers with the cool heavy stuff live on the second floor of some

And now:
           I staged it in my family room. I normally have a large chair in that spot. It matches great!
            I debated on whether or not to paint the drawers. They were in good shape, so I thought I would refinish them.  If I didn't like it, I could always paint over them. At least I have the option.

She had already managed to scrape off the edges.
   Here were some of the orange/coral colors I was mixing. I ended up painting a MCM credenza              brilliant tangerine color (here), so I went with the blue/green family on this one. 
 This is the top of the desk after I did a ton of sanding. I was able to level it off pretty well.

    "Finn" the Betta, likes it. 
     The veneer on this piece was lifting up all over the place.
Glue, wood filler and finishing nails did the trick. 

While it does fit well with my decor, I did sell it shortly after finishing it.

                          I used a combo of BM "Emerald Isle' and "Caribbean Blue" in semi-gloss

   I would love to find one of those Jonathan Adler chippendale chairs to go with the desk. 

Linking up at these great parties:

                                                   The Dedicated HouseRedoux


  1. Hello Beth, I am delighted to meet you. I was out surfing the web, to stay away from the frig and snacking before dinner. I always seem to put weight on during the winter and it is time to get serious and get it back off. I love your family room. It is so fresh and happy, and there is a bit of vintage elegance that is so charming. The way you finish that desk is perfection. I love the combo of painted wood and wood than has been oiled or varnished.
    I also love to get my hands into everything and anything creative. I feel most comfortable when the right side of my brain is at play. I am your newest follower, and I would be honored if you would choose to follow me back.
    Have a marvelous week . . . I'm looking forward to getting to know you better.
    Your new blogging sister, Connie :)

  2. Hi Beth,

    I love what you did on the campaign desk! The contrast of the turquoise and medium wood is beautiful. I also really love the rug in your living room. Is this something you bought or created?

    Thanks for blogging.

  3. Beth, I would of never thought it looked that bad to start. You did a great job on the transformation! Love the colors!
    I just started a new link party and would love for you to come over and share your post or any social media sites. Talkin’ About Thursday

  4. that looks amazing! i love the color/wood combo, and that is some before. yikes. you seriously gave that thing new life!

  5. Your desk turned out beautiful and I love the sign above it. Thanks for linking up at Transformed Tuesday.
    Peggy~PJH Designs

  6. What a great project! Please share it on a terrific linky – Design Décor Tuesday. See you there! ☺

  7. Thanks for linking in to Design Decor Tuesday. Looking forward to seeing what you post next week!


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  9. this is definitely the same desk! yours looks amazing! love the two tone and what a great save!