A few months ago I saw an add on craigslist (I visit that website A LOT)
It was for an auction... :D
I live near Vancouver, BC Canada & we have an iconic hotel downtown Vancouver called, fittingly, "The Hotel Vancouver"
It's ornate & gorgeous!
Well, apparently someone decided that the furnishings that were gracing the iconic hotel were no longer 'up to date' & must be disposed of! *GASP*!
There was to be an auction of the vintage furniture & dang it, I was gonna be at it!!
Well, sadly schedules conflicted, which happens to me a lot & so I missed the auction
BUT, I was able to get my hands on a few lonely cast offs that were left over!! SCORE!
I was able to aquire THREE beautiful Queen Anne style solid mahogany desks, a Stunning mirror & a beautiful mahogany pedestal table! (which I will blog about soon!)
Here's the before shot of one of the desks..
I named her Sylvia ❤
They had actually butchered this beautiful creature to put some sort of internet cable box into the front of it (hotel room style) so I had to fix that with a new veneer on the front of the faux drawer.
Here is the after!
I decided to lighten her up so first I painted her with a white undercoat then I painted her a totally custom shade of my home made chalky paint in a robin's egg/light turquoise/pale blue, lol.. don't ask me what color it is, lol!
I custom mix my colors for every different item I paint :) none are the same !
It must be the crazy artist in me,lol
I lightly distressed her details to bring some of the white to the surface & a bit of that pretty mahogany, then
I hand painted her top surface with a custom design of spring blossoms & branches in a watercolor technique!
She only had one drawer pull so I grabbed another off of one of the other desks I got & sprayed them a pretty off white tone & distressed them so you could see the
brass peeking through.
She was then sealed with 2 coats of polyurethane spray to seal in her pretty details.
Isn't she darling!?
This is the faux drawer front that I had to repair with a veneer.
Can you tell it has a whole new veneer on it? :)
Me neither ;)
These side drawers are faux but the middle drawer is very functional & could also fit a slim keyboard!
Her curvy legs are soooo sexy!
She even has a gorgeous glass top to protect her hand painting!
Sylvia is ready for her new home!
I can see her in a lady's work space, gleaming in the light, giving rest to someone busy at her computer. She would take a peek down at the flowers & take deep breath & sigh ❤
Beauty is all around her :)
I found a perfect accent chair to go with this beautiful desk & painted her to match :) I used a pretty scrap of fabric I had left over to upholster the seat that looks nice, I think!
This desk is currently for sale so if you live locally,
near Vancouver , BC, Canada, shoot me a message via my
& you can come see her in person!
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