Antique childs bench-desk

While my best friend Liz was here from Texas we hit a few favorite consignment shops.  One of our fave in Southern Pines, NC is - a bit of couture.  It is located down the road from the Moore County Habitat Homestore..but those people are rude - another story.
Anyway she always finds handbags that she "must" have- the woman has a fetish for those.
I always look at the furniture in the back room.
I managed to get this antique child's bench/desk for a great price.  It originally was pea green.  Why?  I am not sure.
But Liz said she'd sand it while I was working on the fence out front.
Now I didn't tell her whether I was painting it or staining it so when I came back and she had sanded it to perfection.  Down to the original wood I was amazed. I am not that patient in the sanding department but she said she loves to sand.  I need her here full time - she could be the resident sander and best friend. 

You can't see a speck of pea green anywhere.  I think I am going to either:

1. paint a light cream then put a brown alphabet across the desk back - distress and glaze
2. put a brown alphabet on it distress the letters a bit then stain a light color.

What do you think?  Which option would you like if you were buying it?  


  1. Hmmm, I trust your judgement, everything you do looks so great but I think I tend to think the first one sounds great. And wow what a friend, I think I would kidnap her!

  2. The second one - no paint but the alphabet for sure and then stained!

  3. That wood is beautiful! I vote for adding the alphabet and then staining. It's a gorgeous piece of furniture.

  4. I vote for the alphabet then stain, although it would be gorgeous just stained... It's going to be amazing!

  5. Hey, I love my new title and accept with honor! I cant wait to see the desk once you have transformed it!
    I miss you and the kids sooo much!
    When you head back to A Bit Of Couture just know I will be with you in spirit.
    My reality is tomorrow..ugh...
    Missing you,

  6. Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog! I'm in awe of all your work, it's fantastic! Thanks for visiting!


  7. Awww, she did a great job sanding! Can I borrow her? :-)

    I was born in Fayetteville, NC-- real close to Southern Pines. All of my family is there. Know any Haire's? Heard of Haire Plumbing Company? That's my granddad's business.

    This is going to be a great piece, I think you'll do right by it no matter what!

  8. Hi Tammy! Nice to meet you. I wish you would have known about my bloggers brunch too. It would have been great to have another blogger there! Where in NC do you live? Near Asheville?

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  10. I love the bench. Either option would look great. I'm always drawn to creamy whites or colors but I'm sure staining it could look nice as well. It almost seems a shame to paint it after all the work of sanding it to perfection. Good luck.

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