Turquoise Desk

I was beginning to think

that I’d never be satisfied with this desk.

I don’t want you to see the desk totally assembled~ the before.

It might burn your retina. (I forgot to take a picture~I was so excited)


This is 3 coats of Opps turquoise and black stain on the edges.  

It may seem that I had this all planned out.  The truth is I didn’t.

My plan was to paint it, distress it, protect it and put it in the shop.

But after I painted it, I hated it.  The turquoise just, well it just wasn’t doing it for me.

So I mixed some green paint with my water based poly and

I washed the whole desk with it twice.

I fell in love with it, all over again.

The hint of green was kind of like this shampoo from the 1970’s – 80’s.

I used it and boys flocked to me,

they didn’t know why I was so irresistible.

But I knew and this hint of green knows,

sometimes you just need a little something~terrific…

I’m so glad it worked.  

The orange boob knobs don’t hurt either 😉

The stained top is as smooth as butta .

I’m sorry for all the pictures, but I said to myself

~self, if this relationship works out…

It’s going to be documented with tons of pictures!

I’m going to check ebay, I heard that shampoo is on there!

Wish me luck!

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  1. 1
    Holly says:

    THAT is so freaking cute! Love those colors together….
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    cassie says:

    gorgeous!!! i love the boob knobs- i think they are perfect. and if the top was as smooth as my butt it would be quite dimpled.
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    What a beautiful “baby” you had! Hehe! Worth all the pain. She’s incredible.
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    Vivian says:

    Love it! Would look so great in a teenage girl’s bohemian bedroom! Orange knobs were a great choice!

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    desiree says:

    The desk looks GREAT!! Nice color combo. I am SOOO in love wih the cow painting though!!
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    Linda@Coastal Charm says:

    Looks outstanding Debbie…still jealous of your $5 opps paint:)


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    Shannon Fox says:

    I love that cow.
    He is so cute… he say to me; “Mooove me to your house Shanni”.

    The dresser isn’t bad either 😉 {wink wink}
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    kim says:

    Love the desk and love the cow.
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    karin says:

    Oh that is awesome!! It turned out amazing!!! I am in love with the COW painting too..!!! :)

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    Teri says:

    Well the desk is awesome but like everyone else, I like the cow!! Is it by a local artist or is it you? You hung in there and made this work for you!! An inspiration!! Thanks for sharing and I like lots of pics!!

  11. 11

    First of all…I want to wash my hair, and brush it 100 times so it has the perfect sheen. Second…holy bleep…those knobs are orange and fabulous (boob knobs…some man is going to end up with this dresser!) You are killing me! I keep doing the same. exact. thing. Painting, thinking it’s not right, repainting. Then I get mad as hell…why am I putting ridiculous amounts of energy into something I don’t get to keep? Lord, what a crazy cycle we are on! And funny…but that love of green you have is starting to creep out more often lately…it turned out beautifully, and if no crazy boob obsessed man buys it, I’ll take it for sure!

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    Lizy says:

    The desk looks like so much fun, and the knobs make it look modern an playful!..but what i really, really want is the cow paint! It’s precious!

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    Kelly says:

    LOVE this desk :) It turned out beautifully… when did you say I could swing by to pick it up? :)
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    Susan says:

    Debbie…it looks mooooovelous!
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    Absolutely LOVE this! Perfect color punch, Debbie — you’re a genius. And share about that rockin’ cow painting, too, if you will — I think I need one. :)
    xo Heidi
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    Great job, Debbie – I bet it is much loved in its new home!
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    Gina says:

    I love it, Debbie! Great color choice . The orange knobs are a perfect little accent.
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    helen says:

    I have a very old, but not antique, 2 piece china cabinet. It was going to Habitat until the bottom cabinet was put back into use as a Tv stand. I know it needs some love like this! The top of the cabinet was the part to display items and has glass doors. Thinking maybe it can have a new life elsewhere. BUT I too want the cow picture SO much!!

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    The knobs make it!!! Oh and love your cow.
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    Looks fabulous Debbie, especially the orange knobs! Sometimes with a project you start heading down one road and before you know it, you’ve changed destinations completely but ended up at an even better place! I love it when that happens! Oh, and the cow is spectacular!
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    Vicky says:

    I love this…..great color and the knobs are the best!!
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    So cuuute!! Love it t pieces. That shampoo too. LOL! Seriously, turquoise & green together is my FAVORITE color combo this year, and splashing it with orange is just brilliant, Well done, and what a cool as beans cow painting!!

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    Bliss says:

    If some man doesn’t want it for the boob knobs alone, I would be surprised. Then, if you stand next to it with your good smelling hair, it is bound to fly out of the shop.

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    jenni says:

    love the desk! I’m saying to myself (yet again)…self, u shoulda got that cow picture! damn!!!!

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    Does the cow come with the desk?? Very cute! I bet it’s sold already.
    BTW…I liked those black & white checked knobs, too. Did you think about putting those on the middle drawers for a little extra whimsy?
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    Gorgeous! And, that cow painting … LOVE it!!
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    That is one great finish. Love the cow painting as well.

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    Love the color, and the finish on it is beautiful! I’ve never even thought to add color to water based poly in order to do a color wash. I’m gonna have to try that. Brilliant!
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    cherry says:

    I might have to go visit this pretty desk before someone scoops her right up.. It is so pretty awesome job Miss Debbie.. hugs, Cherry
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    Heather says:

    Yep! I’m in love! The color combination is GORGEOUS…so ya going to bring some of that fancy shampoo to Haven with you? That way we can follow our noses to the gal with the great smelling hair and we’ll find Debbie waiting for us! 😉

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    I love your new look here Debbie – it’s gorgeous1 I love orange & turquoise as well – we had an airplane those colours and the combination reminds me of it… oh, loved your desk too and you did a fabulous job!
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    debbie says:

    Awesome Deb! I love the color. Pinning now my friend. Have a fabulous weekend.
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    Jill says:

    I love the color but I am a sucker for anything turquoise! The knobs give it such a great pop of color!
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    Beautiful! It’s all about those knobs for me… and the cow. :)
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    Boob knobs! And I remember that shampoo too! I don’t remember the boys flocking to me though …

    Love everything about the desk and the vignette. But that cow painting makes everything look fab!


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    kirby says:

    Oh. My. Gosh. I LOVE this! (I bought some turquoise paint for a project–just not sure which one yet.
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    Diane says:

    That’s one hot desk! Very funny post too!
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    I love how the desk came out and I LOVE that picture of the cow with hints of turquoise. Did you paint the cow too?
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    Gee your desk looks terrific – must be your perky knobs!
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    This is so, so great! I love the green with poly wash…just the right touch of green. And then, the boob knobs just pop, if I do say so myself. :) I was definitely missing the boob pop and not attracting the boys. :(
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    I swear I can smell that shampoo just by looking at the bottles! Love the desk, and I’m a now a little obsessed with that cow painting….
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    Shirley Casciola says:

    Oh, I’m sorry. What desk? All I can see is that beautiful Cow! I love her and if you ever decide you want to get rid of her, just let me know. Or even better, can I buy one just like her somewhere?

  43. 43

    I’ll say TERRIFIC!! Love the colors and the cow painting!! And I so remember those shampoo commercials….lol! Super duper job!

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    Prissyville says:

    Perfect color! Sometimes you have to go “custom”. Looove the boob knobs!

  45. 45

    Love the desk! And the staging is terrific. the colors you chose are among my favorites!

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    Nicole says:

    This is super cool! I just pinned it. I love the cow painting too :) I’d love for you to link this up to my party… http://www.doodlesandstitches.com/2012/05/fabulous-friday-link-party_25.html Thanks!
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    karen says:

    Love the color, the top, the knobs! Sharing at my party this afternoon. Thanks!
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    Sonya says:

    I agree! I’m loving this combination! I love how you’ve paired it with the cow painting and rug. Looks great!

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    Love this desk. Total love! The mixed-in green works…the orange “boob” knobs – hilarious, by the way! – work! It is simply perfect! I also used the GYHST shampoo, and yes my hair DID smell terrific! :)
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    Lizy says:

    This desk is so cheery, refreshing, summery and fun!…and the cow painting …to die for..! Now, 1) where can I get a moo cow like that for me 2) did you use chalk or milk paint for this desk or is it regular flat paint? It looks amazing either way…just curios…I’ve been practicing with small pieces with chalk paint and I just can’t get a smooth finish like I see in your furniture…wondering why…Thank You so much for your time in reading my comment and on any tips you could give me! Lizy =0)

  51. 51

    I love it! The cow looks very approving also. What a perfect match together!

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    Jackie Goodman says:

    Love the desk, great choice of color been reading all the postings I like the cow too, but everyone is so obessed about her so now I’m wondering where you got it or if you painted too, she diffinately makes the vinette, Hope you answer back! Thanks for your time ,Jackie

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    Debbie says:

    It looks wonderful!! Love how it turned out!
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    Beatnik Barn says:

    LOVE that color!

  55. 55

    Found you through Roadkill Rescue. Great job on the transformation! I love the stained dark top with the bright turquoise, it turned out very nice!
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    Donna Woods says:

    Over from Roadkill Rescue – AMAZING!!
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    Nancy says:

    I love it and also the black stain on the edges. I never thought to stain the top only…that looks awesome.
    My favorite is orange and turquoise too! Oh ya, and love the cow picture :)

  58. 58

    I love how the desk turned out, bright and cheerful looking. You did a great job!
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    Shanna says:

    Great desk! But I must know where you got the cow! Did you paint that? I LOVE it!

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    This is GREAT! Love the project and the cow painting. I’ll be checking out antiquefarmhouse.com/!

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    Frankin says:

    I love the color combination and distressing technique. I’m subscribing to your email updates now! Thanks

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