Monday, 14 March 2011


This is the packaging area. At the back against the wall will be some shelving units (probably from Ikea).

I decided to keep this desk as it is practical and will be just the right size for doing all my packaging. I know, it is not very attractive or vintage looking! However,I knew that something could be done to make it look more in keeping with the style of the room and more interesting looking.

I went in search of old magazines and music sheets which were already falling apart. (I don't like cutting them up if in mint condition!)

I placed the music sheets on first to cover the whole of the top of the desk and then placed some magazine pages at random on top. I felt it needed more interest so added some postcards and copies of fabrics. I played around with them until I felt happy with the result.

The word Welcome is placed that way as the table is immediately on the right as you enter the room.

Once I was happy with the layout, a sheet of glass was placed on top. Unfortunately it is slightly frosted but still looks good. The advantage of having a glass top is that it will make the desk easy to clean and you can choose any paper matter, photos or fabric to add underneath it to add interest. Far nicer than that boring brown colour...

The room is taking shape nicely. I bought a vintage glassed panelled dresser at the weekend which will need painting, so another busy week ahead.

A bientôt!

Isabelle X


Anonymous said...

Beautiful and interesting makeover Susy!
Kisses and happy new week.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea!

a mermaids purse said...

love the vintage images isabelle,
really lovely on the desk ;0)x

Sewn Up said...

That's a great way to 'jazz' up a desk, good tip.

Pretty at Heart said...

Thats such a good idea! Very effective!!

Vintagemaison said...

Do you know, that is SUCH a good idea! Mind if I copy it for my OH's desk? His desk always looks like a bomb site and the brown - when you can see it for all his junk - looks awful - I could use some jaunty stripe wallpaper, or maybe some old computer magazines...hmm...

Carol x

Ali @ Betty and Violet said...

Love this Isabelle!

What a great idea to be able to change the design underneath the glass when you feel like a change!

I hope that your new studio space is coming along ~ look forward to seeing more photos!

Ali x

marigold jam said...

Good idea as long as you don't stop to read something when you should be packing a parcel!! It's all coming along well then?

Angie Burrett said...

What a great idea Susy - clever you! It amazes me sometimes what we can think up - us girls are so clever!!

Madelief said...

Hi Isabelle,

I enjoy seeing your progress in your shop! The table top looks great!!

Happy new week!


KC'sCourt! said...

Oh wow! what a perfect idea
Julie xxxxxx

Blondie's Journal said...

I love this, Isabelle! You did an awesome job!


marble rose said...

Ahhhh -and here's me starting a diet (again) - you temptress you!!!

(thanks for popping over)


marble rose said...

That looks great - what a talking point for people when they come in! An ice breaker -= hopefully not a glass one!


Vintage Laura xx said...

That table top looks stunning!! You've done a really good job of it :-) xx

DebbyMc said...

Such a great idea! Your space is going to be so wonderful and so "you!"

delia hornbook said...

Thats a great idea looking good ;-)) dee x

Florence and Mary said...

Great idea! Functional and pretty!

Victoria xx

Doni said...

Oh I kept waiting for you to say you used something to glue it all on and found at the last the PERFECT way to keep it! GLASS TOP to the rescue! Awesome project, and you can change it any time!
Thanks so much for the to hunt for a glass piece!!!
Blessings, Doni

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Clever Isabelle. I can't wait to see your creative project evolve. You must be so thrilled (if exhausted.) xx

Bee happy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and following, it's always nice to meet new people :) I love your desk top, great idea, and your home looks beautiful from the photos.

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Isabelle,
Love the desk top make-over...Hope all your other plans are going well and you will soon be 'up and running'.

Hope Alan had a Happy Birthday and that you both enjoyed the time off.

Don't work too hard! ;-))
Niki x

Anya adores said...

Hi Isabelle, thanks so much for stopping by my blog to say Hi - great to meet new people. Love this table top, in fact your blog is just wonderful.
I love Somerset, my best friend is from there:)
Happy thursday.
A xx
PS: following you back<3

ahomespunyear said...

What a great idea...very creative!

Bella said...

Hi Isabelle,
Love your creative new desktop!! So clever, I wonder if I would ever work... or just day dream on the adds and pretty pictures:-)) Lovely!!