Monday, April 8, 2013

Taking back the office with a dresser redo

I trolled Kijiji for a few weeks and finally came up with a dresser to help tame the disorganization in my office. Trevor and I went to pick up the dresser on a Sunday afternoon and met 2 very strange people, which quite frankly is a story for a whole other post. Kijiji horrors, coming to a blog near you.
I'm off track, so we picked up the dresser and I attacked it a couple of nights after work.
I wanted a two tone look and really loved the walnut colour.  I did the painted portions in Annie Sloan French Linen with a lot of Miss Mustard Seed antiquing wax. I hope they don't mind being used together, as they work wonderfully as a team.
The lower drawers were sanded, stained walnut again and then antique waxed.


This bad boy was solid walnut the good, with a painted (rolled with heavy nap) top the bad


Welcome to my office space. The clean version. I am back to being able to see the floor and all the product and my idea of craft wars has been tamed so I can find a needle in my haystack. Of course, my new dresser is in front of a very bright window so some of these photos are bright with sunshine.  Oh well, makes you think of spring.
 This is a picture heavy post, so I will try to keep it to a word light post.


loving the vintage milk glass knobs

i use this 3 tier shelf intended for the kitchen as an organization tower of paint, tags, paint, and string

this pillow is from the same etsy store as the squirrel pillow. the floating shelves hold all manner of vintage, baskets and the diy botanical from a few posts ago. i stash fabric and pillows in the baskets and trunks.

 a milk glass collection on the window sill. this window is extremely bright and the only way i could see this is if the rest is blacked out.


Hope you enjoyed your tour of my taming of messiness.


  1. LOVE IT! And what a great window with all the light - perfect for you orchids waiting for their rebloom! I beg for light in my house - and hate that I don't have it. Painting the woodwork might help fake it a little bit, but it'd ruin the only real charm the house has, and Scott would kill me, or kick me out, either of which would be disastrous! Ugh, but I digress, LOVE LOVE LOVE, especially the vignetting. You truly are a genius with styling; I'm so jealous of how you can fit it all in there without it looking like a big ole heaping mess. It looks effortless. Bravo!

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  3. I want to live in your office!! :) Perfect blend of colours, and all those pretty things! Orchids in green pot, next to terracotta one; milky glass collection.... I wish I have half of your things :) And dressed turned out so stylish.

  4. Wow, I really enjoyed these pics-your office is just my style! :)

  5. Your office is beautiful! If you get a chance, please link this up to my sunday linky party:

  6. That is a lovely dresser! I am working on a two toned piece myself so I was happy to see yours at the WOW party. Glad I stopped by it was a nice tour of your office. You have done a beautiful job with it.

  7. Loved everything about your office! And your dresser makeover is quite lovely!

  8. What a beautifully decorated office!! I would love for you to link up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase.

    Just follow the link....


  9. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured this evening!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me tomorrow evening for Make the Scene Monday #69!
    P.S. Pop back on Monday for a big surprise!

  10. wow....I've got total life envy!! wish I had an office like this!! Looks stunning!! Love all your treasures displayed so beautifully! And I love that you left some of the original wood without paint on the dresser!! Looks great!! Can I please put you on my blog-roll onto my blog, as I feel very inspired by what you've shown here!!
    sincerely, June

    1. Absolutely you can put me on your blogroll. Thank you for visiting and your wonderful comments.

  11. You have nice creative ideas, I love them a lot because those are so uncommon. I have an idea to use a few decorating tips to enhance my office-space look.


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