02 November 2012

Roadside Rubbish to Royalty

A few months ago a good friend invited me to poke through her shed and help myself to a stack of old furniture her and her husband had been collecting from the side of the road.  They, like myself, become saddened when seeing furniture left out to die like that.

Here's the before (minus the spiders that were cohabitating in there):

I had never been into the Union Jack thing much, but as soon as I saw this desk it was screaming at me for me to do it.

I took the insert out because.... well just because.  I like the space inside.

I still have some minor touch ups to do before I list it for sale, but I think I will have to give that job to Mr T (in between dropping off and picking up kids, cooking, cleaning and everything else).  I did this project before I became incapacitated with the dodgy knee.  I have had an MRI, seen three specialists and I have been on crutches for six weeks.  Now I have been referred to a pain management clinic in order for them to perform nerve tests.  Here's what it looked like the other day:

Yeah it's the one on the left in case you haven't noticed.  Although the other one has taken on so much it too has now become swollen and sore.  I have sunk a few times into the depths of depression but keep talking myself out of it.  I've had to get through the past few months relying on family, friends and doctors.  Hopefully I'll have some answers soon.

In the meantime I've been finishing off my French memo boards and making some more doll furniture to sell in time for Christmas and this has been keeping me relatively sane.  I'm hoping to have use of both legs by the end of the weekend as I've been only using the one crutch for the last few days.  Fingers crossed.  :)

Megs x

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Restyled Vintage said...

Meg that desk is gorgeous and needed the UJ to give it some character. I would have taken out the insert because it would have been a mare to paint ;P

Your knee definitely doesn't look right, you poor thing. Hope you get those answers soon!

xx Karen

Catherine said...

You're knee looks very sore - I can understand it getting you down. I hope it's on the mend soon.

That desk is beautiful - I know what you mean about union jacks as I'm of two minds, but i love yours. I think its the colour, and the hints of white on the front and inside the cupboard. Just wonderful!

Art and Sand said...

Sorry about your knee, but the desk is wonderful!

jeanetteann said...

Meg, so sorry your leg is so bad,I hope you get relief soon.

I am posting next week about road side furniture waste,what a coincidence. Your bureau looks great,must admit I would have left the inside pigeon holes, but heh it's still amazing. :)

Fiona, LilyfieldLife said...

Ouch Meg, you poor thing, you must be going crazy!
Love the desk, just perfect!
Hope your knee gets sorted out soon
Fiona xx

Melissa Lawrence said...

You do such an amazing job transforming these pieces. I'm so glad you have your craft to keep you busy and your family to look after you.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh meg, i hope you get some relief soon. thinking of you.
your desk is just stunning!

Laura from Top This Top That said...

what an super transformation! I am featuring on my weekly wow's on Saturday! Get better!

Spontaneous Beauty said...

You did an excellent job and I hope you have a great recovery!

Thea said...

Oh Meg, I totally feel for you and your leg. After going through hell these last 2 years in getting my husband's leg fixed, I understand how limiting it is. Hope you find relief real soon! On a brighter note, WOW! How talented are you? I never would have thought of doing the Union Jack on that piece but it is a winner! Don't be afraid to price it well! x

ARod Rodriguez said...

great job on this secretary hope your knee heels soon

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

your union jack desk looks fabulous, your knee--not so much!
I am so sorry you are going through this, and I hope it gets figured out real soon.


Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Your desk came out absolutely charming- hope your knee is better soon!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

Beatnik Barn said...

Loving it!

Karyn said...

Fabulous , fabulous makeover of a old beauty !! If only everyone could see the potential of up cycling !!
Hope you get a answer soon for your leg.
Karyn x