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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Junky Treasure Finds in Asheville + Ideas

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Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about a few of the junky treasures I spied on my anniversary getaway to Asheville.

We visited Antique Tobacco Barn, Oddfellows Antique Warehouse,Β  and Bryant Antiques In Biltmore. All of these are located on Swannanoa River Road in the heart of Asheville.Β  There were a few other shops, but a thunderstorm brought an end to our afternoon antiquing and junking adventure. Looks like the hubby and I will have to make another trip to Asheville, so we can finish what we started *wink*

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I adore old milk cans. My mom had a black one on the front porch of our house when I was growing up. I’m not sure what happened to it. My Grandmother Fulcher had a red one on her front porch. I believe Aunt Jo gave it to her…or perhaps Aunt Jo painted it for her because she painted several items that same barn red color. When I see that color, I automatically think about my grandmother’s house.

I’ve always wanted a milk can, so I bought one. And I’m thinking about getting a few more…different sizes and colors. I don’t want to paint them in trendy colors. No, I want to preserve them…leave them just how I find them. Not stripping away or covering their histories.

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I found a fabulous vintage dentist cabinet that I sooooo wanted. My creative thought process was interrupted by a big clap of thunder, but I’ve been thinking about it ever since I spotted it. It would make a darling nightstand in Lucy’s room. Note: Lucy is our 17 years young furbaby. She likes peace and quiet, so she has her own room…guests are welcome to sleep on the sofa *wink*

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There were lots and lots of windows and doors, but only a few grabbed and kept my attention. Below are my top picks…I really, really love the periwinkle door…it would be adorable converted into a bench organizer for aΒ  mudroom.

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After the hubby dragged me kicking and whining away from the doors, I stumbled upon a few more things that are pretty amazing.

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The coloring of the house vent is a perfect shade of sky blue. I think this particular one would make a great magnet board for an office or a jewelry organizer.

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Totally in love with these army green bins. Perfect storage for a bath or kitchen.

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This Southern Belle wants the vintage Southern Belle stove door. It is super heavy…not sure how to hang it…but it would be darling on that awkward wall in my kitchen. I must talk to the hubby about making it work. Hopefully, it won’t sell! Because I’m wishing I would have taken the risk and bought it *sad face*

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Aren’t these old sinks the best! We will be building a deck soon, and a potting station on it would be convenient…and this sink would be perfect + it could double as an outdoor kitchen sink…do y’all think I can convince the hubby?

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Do y’all know what well pump dish covers are? I’ve no idea, and I forgot to ask my dad the other night when I chatted with him. We got to talking about his plentiful pear and pepper harvest, and the well pump dishes slipped my mind. No matter the original purpose…I’d like to have a few to hang on the wall…not sure which wall…or on my fence…or the center of a metal flower sculpture. Oh, the possibilities!!!

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Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the junky treasures I spied while antiquing and junking in Asheville. I cannot wait to go back! Now, I’m off to clean the vintage cabinet I got today. Can y’all guess where it’s going?

Stay tuned to the blog to see my milk can on my front porch. It is the star of my fall decor. And to find out where my new, old cabinet is going.