Transformation Tuesday: From Dining Table to Desk

Breakfast Room at Sloss Castle

Breakfast Room at Sloss Castle

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about transforming a table into a desk in a snap. Now, let’s sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and see how to repurpose a dining room table into the perfect workspace desk.

Several years ago, I bought a Duncan Phyfe dining room table and six chairs at The Raspberry Beret thrift store in my hometown of Louisville, Mississippi. The table and four chairs were painted–well, I use the term painted loosely–a thick black. The other chairs were untouched and in their original stain. Let me tell y’all–it was a hot mess that needed some TLC + lots of stripping and sanding.

The original plan for the table and chairs was to paint + add trendy fabric and sell them in my LollyMollyArt shop. But somewhere between sanding and picking out paint, we bought Sloss Castle. All projects were abandoned, and all energy was put into renovating the 1980 time capsule.

01232014190227_19Long story short–the breakfast room needed furniture, and we had the perfect table and chairs. The hubby painted the table a rich blackberry color, and I painted the chairs shabby chic white. We decided to use only two of the chairs from the set we purchased at the thrift store. The other chairs were some we had leftover from a previous table/chair set we owned. I am always switching out tables and chairs…my chair collection is pretty awesome *wink* Most of the tables have either been sold in my shop or repurposed into other pieces of furniture.

Flash Forward to Hathorn Hall

Hathorn Hall does not have a breakfast room. It has a dining room, parlor, an office for the hubby…but no separate breakfast room. The purple table had no home. It was banished to the basement with all the other pieces of furniture that had no place in the new house. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not punishing my furniture. I am just trying to figure out how to make it work in the new place…one day at a time *smile*

For about two weeks, I have been worrying the hubby about an “office area” for myself. I have shown him the pins that I have pinned on Pinterest, I have explained numerous times why I need a desk area, and I have even pointed out several areas in the house that might work. Frustration set in, and I abandoned the idea of having a quiet space to write…until today.

IMG_6494There are two guest rooms upstairs. One is the Hemingway room and the other is Lucy’s room. Lucy is our seventeen years young dog who likes her own space. She can be a bit grouchy at times…and she really enjoys quietness and no ruckus. I was cleaning Lucy’s room today when I had an idea to add a sitting area and a desk…wait…this room could be where I write. Lucy can keep me company while I slave away at the book I am trying to pen…It is a quiet room…it has a wall of windows…perfect!

Long story short–the hubby and I took the pedestal bases of the purple Duncan Phyfe table + an old door and created a desk…the perfect workspace. There are still things left to be done to get the area all gussied up, but it is off to a great start.

 

I cannot wait to decorate this area! Time to go junking *smile*

I cannot wait to decorate this area! Time to go junking *smile*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about transforming a table into a desk. There was no real labor involved in this project. The door was the perfect size of 24×80…so there was no cutting down. The table bases were the perfect color…so there was no painting. BAM! A few screws later…a desk *smile* I encourage y’all to check out all those old pieces of furniture in your garages and basements and repurpose them into fabulous new pieces of furniture…new life, new purpose!

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Transforming a Boring Corner in the Guest Room

This is a LollyMollyArt project chair that I could not bear to sell. I have a bad habit of keeping a lot of my upcyled, repurposed pieces for myself. The hubby has caught on and realizes when I say "This would be perfect to redo and sell" that it really means "I love this, and I am gong to keep it" *smile*

This is a LollyMollyArt project chair that I could not bear to sell. I have a bad habit of keeping a lot of my upcyled, repurposed pieces for myself. The hubby has caught on and realizes when I say “This would be perfect to redo and sell” that it really means “I love this, and I am gong to keep it” *smile* P.S. Ziva was determined to photo bomb. I am pretty sure she wanted me to play instead of working.

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about boring, awkward corners. We all have at least one in our homes. My new place, Hathorn Hall, has more than I care to count. It will take time and creativity to conquer the walls in this 1920 gem, but I am up to the challenge *smile* Now let us grab a good cup of coffee and sit a spell!

Normally, I would stick to one room until it was 100% complete and perfect. Staying up late…shopping for decor until I dropped…building…painting…exhausting the hubby and myself until all items could be checked off the project list. But not this go-round. I want to have fun. Jump around from room to room. Find something that sparks an idea. Not have a detailed list of things that must be done by a set time or the world will cease to exist. Nope, I am winging it. Wandering from room to room. I am kinda liking this new freedom that I have given myself…and the hubby.

This is a three-panel screen with one panel tucked behind the others + it is upside down. I needed the rust color on the bottom to anchor the corner because the ceiling is tall...perhaps 10 feet...or taller.

This is a three-panel screen with one panel tucked behind the others + it is upside down. I needed the rust color on the bottom to anchor the corner because the ceiling is tall…perhaps 10 feet…or taller. And I love the design that was on the bottom, but it is now on the top. Why hide it!

Guest Room Number One is inspired by Ernest Hemingway. At first, I was going to paint the walls…but I am thinking that I like the soft khaki with the rich cream trim. I will know more after I get everything else for the space. If I do paint, it will be a cigar inspired color…bourbon…leather….Oh, my!

This room has a wall of windows, and y’all know I love windows + bright spaces. But my favorite thing about the space left me with an awkward corner. No need to fret because I had the perfect pieces…I bet the hubby is glad that I keep so many of my projects now *wink*

Panel + Chair = Still Boring Corner...it needed more, but there was barely any room...I had to walk away and ponder.

Screen + Chair = Still Boring Corner…it needed more, but there was barely any room…I had to walk away and ponder.

There was not enough room for a side table, and I really did not want to build one...or hunt for one...so I played around with some old Reader's Digest books until I created the look I wanted...just big enough to rest a martini and a good book.

There was not enough room for a side table, and I really did not want to build one…or hunt for one…so I played around with some old Reader’s Digest books until I created the look I wanted…just big enough to rest a martini and a good book.

I love all the rich colors + the hint of gold.

I love all the rich colors + the hint of gold.

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The chair seemed lonely, so I went on a shopping adventure in my basement, where I discovered an espresso and gold one that I had painted several years back. I totally forgot that I had it...and for the life of me, I am not sure why I even made it...or painted it those colors. But I am glad that I did because it looks dashing in my Hemingway room!

The chair seemed lonely, so I went on a shopping adventure in my basement, where I discovered an espresso and gold footstool that I had made several years back. I totally forgot that I had it…and for the life of me, I am not sure why I even built it…or painted it those colors. But I am glad that I did because it looks dashing in my Hemingway room!

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The awkward corner is located between the wall of windows and the closet.

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I am really excited about how this corner went from boring to dapper. Good news is this little design project cost me ZERO dollars because I already had everything! Better news is y’all can create this look without having to spend a lot. Check out your local antique malls, thrift stores, and flea markets for similar or exact items. The footstool was made from a wooden top + legs that I got at Home Depot. Now, I just need to locate some old maps…

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about transforming a boring corner with items that I already owned. I encourage y’all to go shopping in your basements and garages to see what you can find to transform boring spaces in your homes *smile* Now I am off to play with Ziva and Mattie because they have been worrying me to death! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with their adventures and my randomness *smile*

Ziva doing what she does best...photo bombing *wink*

Ziva doing what she does best…photo bombing *wink*