Tuesday, May 31, 2011


                This desk needed something!  It was blue with white streaking, not for me!
                I loved all the dove tail drawers and great knobs!  It was old, hugh and in need
                of a redo!

I wanted to do Blue and I wanted to try decoupage, yes for the first time!! So maps came to me and I said, why not??  AAA maps have a blue background?  Don't turn me in to AAA, I am a member but I don't think they knew I was not going to London, and Europe, ha ha!! 

I got rid of the glass top, well saved it for possible creation!  You can see I used more blue and stain for the desk, distressed it some and decoupaged the drawer fronts with 4  to 5 coats of lacquer, I thought I would never get done with that lacquer!!
The best part of this redo is that a University Student bought the desk and she was so happy to have it, boy does it make you feel good to have someone really like your work.  I hope she is enjoying her desk!


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Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that looks awesome! love the map details on it!

Shabby Marilyn said...

Thank you Cassie, coming from you I really appreciate it!

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...


What a great idea!!!!

Cynthia @SimplyChicTreasures said...

What a great piece. I really like how you did the maps.

Jennifer said...

Wow - so beautiful AND creative!!

- Jenn @ Social Salutations

Kathy C. said...

Super cute! You should totally join my DIY linky party! You have a knack for creativity!! Thanks for posting!

Jennifer said...

Marilyn - I featured you today in my Friday I'm In Love Favorites! Stop by and check it out!


- Jenn @ Social Salutations

Suesan said...

I pinned this to my Map Projects board on Pinterest if you're interested. I love this project. Beautiful job.

Flea Market Trixie said...

I love how your desk turned out, so cute!

Deborah March said...

Oooohhhh...I love love LOVE this!! I have a $20 desk I need to re-do, and I think I just might "borrow" your design if that's ok...THANKS for the inspiration!

Terry said...

I was just blessing into a bunch of maps and I will remember your desk since it's so awesome.

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

VERY FUN! Love the desk and those maps make it so unique and fun:)I would love for you to link up this weekend!


tstan said...

I am the Mother of the UNR Student that purchased this desk and I must tell you that she is so proud of this desk and enjoys it so much. Her and were inspired by you and your amazing work and started purchasing furniture at garage sales and on craigslist. I will have to send you pics of the dresser that her and I did for her new house. We decoupaged beautiful scrapbook paper on the drawers after sanding and painting and sanding and painting several different coats of black paint and glaze. The dresser is beautiful and looks amazing in the room with the amazing desk!! Thanks so much!!

Shabby Marilyn said...

Wow, Thank You!! How nice of you to take the time to get back to me! I am so happy that I inspired you and would love to see the pics of the dresser you did. Nothing could make my day better than to have someone enjoy my redo! Giving a new life to old furniture is so rewarding, I always wonder about my pieces and their new home. I wish your daughter all the best and I know you are so proud of her!

Patty (Patty's Pretty Things) said...

What a neat idea for the desk, using maps. I can see why it is has been your most popular post!