Loblolly Manor: Adding a Desk to the Kitchen

Today, I’m sharing how we added a desk in the kitchen at Loblolly Manor.

While our dream scenario would be to repaint the kitchen cabinets in Decorator White, replace the windows, create a European style hood for the stove area, add a pot rack over the kitchen island, and add some can lights to the ceiling – none of those things are in the cards right now because my Dad is having such a hard time with the idea of painting the kitchen cabinets white.

I can completely relate to “the wait” because it took almost 7 years for the go ahead to paint our kitchen cabinets white at my own home. It was totally worth it though because I love our white kitchen!

So, in an effort to refresh the kitchen at Loblolly while we’re waiting on my Dad to have peace of mind about the cabinets, we’ve decluttered the island and added a few topiaries around the sink area. It definitely helped!

If you’ve been following along on this journey, you already know we’ve been repurposing a lot of the existing furniture which was the case of the desk we added to the kitchen area. This desk used to be in the master bedroom.

but once we decided to add the bookcase the desk had to be relocated to another room.

To be perfectly honest, we’ve had this desk for years. It’s in decent shape but it’s definitely not in perfect shape.

My Mom hasn’t really wanted to paint it and while the desk was in the master bedroom, that wasn’t a big deal at all.

But once we decided to move it into the kitchen, the dark desk just added to all the dark wood that was already there which was really not the look we were going for at all.

Thankfully, we were able to come up with a compromise!

We painted the top and the legs of the desk with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen and kept the traditional charm of the inside of the desk by leaving the wood untouched. The chair had been previously used in one of the bedrooms and wound up to be a perfect fit!

My Mom likes a little bit of distressing too so we decided to highlight that on the legs.

Above all, she wanted this desk area to be functional which means plenty of space to write cards and letters

as well as have a cup of tea and create new menus.

The last thing we need to do in this space is to get a few stools for the kitchen island. We had been previously using a pub style chair with a back but it was just too big for the island and we were only able to use one chair at a time.

If you have kids or grands, you already know one bar chair just doesn’t work when there are cakes to decorate and cookies to make ?

See you guys back here tomorrow. We had to make a piece of artwork for the laundry room makeover when we realized the artwork we had ordered wasn’t going to be here in time. It was a simple solution that worked out really well! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,

CoCo

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