Friday, December 19, 2014

Repurposed Desk into Beverage Station

Repurposed furniture

I bought a vintage furniture piece last year at the local flea market.  I'm not sure if it was a desk, table, bookcase or credenza.  All I know is that it had great bones, four deep drawers and two shelves.  It just needed a vision and some paint.

After a good cleaning, I decided on a nice shade of duck egg blue.  I used two coats of chalk paint which covered the wood well.   I painted the drawers a soft white [also chalk paint] to contrast with the blue.

The handles were impossible to remove, so I just painted them as well.

When the paint dried, I lightly distressed the entire piece using sandpaper.  I stained the top veneer matching the current wood tone, then I waxed the entire desk.

Earlier that day, I picked lemons from our citrus tree, which gave me a great re-purposing idea for this piece.  With a few accessories, I turned it into a beautiful lemonade serving center.

Ready for a refreshing glass of lemonade?

And to show its multi-purpose, I re-dressed the serving center for use in our daughter's bedroom.  Found some coordinating storage boxes in the closet, which fit perfectly on the shelves.  This is a great place to store sewing or school supplies, beauty accessories & more.

For now, I'll stick with the lemonade.  
Even though it's December, the sun is out, and it's getting [almost] warm.  
That's life in Southern California.
However, once the sun goes down, 
this will most likely become a hot cocoa station!
Now where did I put the marshmallows?
Stay Warm!

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  1. I love the lemonade stand idea. I bet it's nice to have a lemon tree.

  2. I love your version much better than the original!! Caught up to you through Nifty Thrifty Sunday, Lisa

  3. Beautiful color combination! Just lovely!

  4. This turned out so nicely... a beautiful piece of furniture. :)

  5. Wonderful idea(s) for giving an old favourite (of someone else's) a new purpose in life. Either new use would find favour in my family, but these days I don't now have the room. Happy New Year - and may the sun shine brightly all year for you and your family

  6. What a great idea...I love it. Pinned it to my "Awesome Furniture board". :)

  7. You have done a brilliant job on this,it will be a very handy piece in most rooms of a home.

  8. I love the color of that paint--I have your post bookmarked so that I can redo my bookshelf in this color! Thank you!! And I wanted to stop by and thank you for linking up the first week ever at Our Mini Linky Party! We party every Saturday morning, and I hope to see you link up again soon xo


  9. Love this makeover. The color you used is perfect. Great repurpose.

  10. A beautiful transformation - lovely colors! - Karen

  11. I love this! It's so pretty! I want to make one now!! Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Hi, Doreen - that is awesomely cute!

  13. Love this transformation! Thanks for sharing with us at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  14. Thank you for posting to Motivation Monday!

  15. What a great transformation. I love it!!

    Also wanted to stop by and say thank you for joining the Jan Hobnob, which I am cohosting...:)

    -Priyam @

  16. I love this! What a great way to re-purpose and reuse a piece of furniture! Thanks so much for sharing this at the Talented Tuesday Link Party - I'm featuring it this week! :)

  17. Love love this!! Awesome color choices! I live in SoCal too! What type of chalk paint do you use? I have used Annie Sloan and love it, I just don't have a stockist really close so was wondering if you used something else. Thanks so much for linking up to the #bestoftheblogosphere

  18. I absolutely love the blue and white together! What a great idea! Thanks for linking up with us at the Best of the Blogosphere!

  19. This is an awesome idea for keep everyone hydrated in our Sunny South Florida heat. Great color combination. Love that it can be so versatile too. Thanks for linking up at the #Bestoftheblogosphere!

  20. I could totally use a piece like this one. What a gorgeous makeover! Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week.

  21. You've made me crave summer even more, Doreen! I'm coming to pick lemons with you. ;o) I'm featuring your wonderful prodigal piece today!

  22. Great stuff! I can't subscribe though :(

  23. Great stuff! I can't subscribe though :(

  24. Love your beverage bar! The colours are so fresh and I love the hardware painted! Well done! If you would like to join in one more party, I host Making Broken Beautiful every Thursday thru Sunday over at The Curator's Collection and I'd live for you to come and inspire! Have an awesome day!
    The Curator's Collection & Making Broken Beautiful Thursday

  25. You turned it into a lovely piece of furniture and I really like the lemonade station idea! The colours you chose are so pretty too!


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