12 By 2012: Vintage Desk Project

Alrighty everyone...I'm officially done trying to attack this 12 By 2012 list! I completed 8 of the 12 goals and I think that is pretty stinkin' good. My Husband and I set some resolutions this morning. Today is "gut the house" day for me, and budget/kuza/website day for Ken. With a little elbow grease, by Tuesday of next week we should have all those "to-dos" that have been weighing on us for months now...completed. What a great feeling! This post is SUPER fun as I finally finished a project I'd been dying to do since October, but only had time just last night!

...................................................................................................................

1212grababanner
#2 Re-finish & paint an old card showcase stand & retro desk I purchased at a garage sale = DONE & DONE!

*Special thanks to Dani at Oh, Hello Friend Blog for coming up with the wonderful 12 by 2012 idea...and for challenging us all! I love her button & banner design for the project as well (yellow square above)*

.................................................................................................................................................... 

 

I didn't actually have time to paint the old card showcase. That was for the best, however, considering I still haven't decided what I want it to look like. However, the desk is all done! Remember this?

6a01348175f569970c0162fbbc814c970d-800wi
To see some of my inspirations for the completed look, see HERE. I wanted the desk to look retro and mod...1960's fun. A visual that popped in my mind was an old suitcase my mom had my brother and I use when we were little. They were from her childhood with lots of bright florals on them. I just loved those suitcases. 

 

 

So, with a little of this:

Tools

 

 

The final product was this:

Preety preety desk

(Top):

 Me and My Girls on "The Wedding Day"

(Left to Right):

 1. Mod Fabric from Joann.com -let me tell you I've used this fabric a zillion times..for accent walls, cards, table cloths, etc. I modge podged it to the wood. Yes, it DOES work! For better instructions Click Here.

          2. YAY! pretty desk: Teal paint from Fred Meyer         

3. Art Supplies (mine) & Vintage Milk Glass (Thrifted by Anthony & Kathy Kupelian as a gift...my lovely in-laws)

 

 

 

More pretty desk

(Left to Right):

 1. Blessed knobs from Anthropologie 

2. My favorite new books The Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah Needleman, The Homemade Home by Sania Pell, Design Sponge At Home by Grace Bonney & Decorate by Holly Becker.

 

 

 

 

Pretty desk

 

IMG_4991

I could NOT be happier with how it turned out. We had some grand ideas to take the desk to a park today and shoot it outside...but it's rainy and foggy. I was worried all my hard work might wash away being that the paint is still a wee bit tacky (meaning damp...not ugly).

I sincerely hope you have a lovely new year's eve and that you start out on YOUR resolutions strong and full of hope. I'm in the midst of a big life-change and season of growth right now, so I'm a big believer in hard work, dreams and prayer. Have a great night of parties..be safe...and I'll catch ya later!

-Jenni 

Vintage Summer

I never planned on joining the wedding biz, save making invitations and other paper goods for events. Imagine my delight when I realized I love collecting vintage and antiques. With ten weddings under my belt (nearly every weekend this summer!), and other renters on the horizon I'm very pleased and excited how far Jarfly rentals have come in only three months. The response here in Portland has been super encouraging...if anything I'm struggling to keep up with the demand, rather than the opposite. 

I've started testing my "design" visions out. And while I haven't yet consulted for an actual wedding, maybe someday soon. There are many other little ideas and dreams on the horizon...in the meantime here's a re-cap of this summer's rentals and inspirations. Contact me today if you have a wedding or event on the horizon!

Rental Collage