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Custom Desk Before & After

A client brought me this desk that she found at a local thrift store for $35. It’s an awesome writing desk, with plenty of surface space. She wanted it painted a soft black with distressing.

Here is the before:

Isn’t my makeshift workspace amazing and super practical?

I didn’t have time to take a lot of shots of the “after,” but did manage to take a couple pictures:



I decided not to heavily distress its top, but instead focus on the edges to make it look like it naturally aged over time.

I also did a rocking chair for her in the same style which I’ll post pictures of later.

If you live in the Rochester, New York area and have a piece of furniture you would like made over email me at for a quote!

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French Provincial Dresser Makeover

I found a french provincial dresser on craigslist that I snagged up right away. I knew it would be the perfect piece for a sideboard in my dining room area. I’m such a sucker for anything curvy, so anything french provincial I love. I forgot to take the “before” picture of the piece, because I really couldn’t wait to get started. (more…)

New Retail Location & Desk makeover

A lot of things are happening with Shabby to Chic Designs lately, and it’s really exciting for me. First of all, I officially moved into my space at Shops on the West Ridge in Rochester, New York (booth 567) selling my furniture. I will also be selling vintage and antique home accessories, home decor, and a lavender home line I’ve been working on.

The biggest change that is happening is a complete reconstruction of the website. I am still keeping my blog section with before/afters and other posts, but I’m incorporating an online store as well.

I have some exciting lines in the works that I will write about in the near future!

Anyway – a few months ago I bought this desk off a couple that desperately wanted to get rid of it (I guess they couldn’t see its potential!)..

Here is the BEFORE:


 And here is the AFTER:

This is a piece that I really don’t want to give up. I absolutely love it. Its top was sanded down to smooth out all its old scratches and imperfections (leaving a few marks here and there to keep its character). I re-stained it using a walnut color by minwax, then sealed the top.


The frame was painted an antique white, with a soft blue for the drawers. I added new hardware since the originals were half missing.


Finally, I distressed the piece to show the original wood through the paint. I waxed it will a clear coat and softly buffed it for a slight sheen.

This desk is the first piece in the Harlow collection. I will be finishing a few more pieces in the collection. I’m really excited about this line.


This piece is available along with other furniture in Rochester, NY

Shops on the West Ridge
Booth 567
(On the lower level)
3200 West Ridge Road
Greece, New York

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