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before and after

before & after: nia’s desk + settee

by Grace Bonney


i have a soft soft for worn wood painted in robin’s egg blue. one of the first antique pieces of furniture i ever really loved belonged to my grandmother and it was an old blue table that was stashed somewhere down in her basement. for some reason that color really stuck with me, so when i saw this beautiful desk makeover from nia at summerland style i was immediately transported back to that piece. nia recently made over her desk nook- and an adorable settee and was kind enough to send both of them over today. first up, nia’s desk nook (details below):

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nia’s husband crafted a beautiful desk using reclaimed wood from their friends’ remodel of a 100 year old home. the new desk fit the nook perfectly!



robin’s egg blue paint was used to paint the desk, and the back shelves were lined in vintage wallpaper. a $12 brass chandelier (painted blue) was added to bring more light to the space- completing nia’s stylish office makeover.

CLICK HERE for nia’s settee makeover after the jump!


nia found this beautiful settee in an unexpected place- a house occupied by a group of college guys. her craigslist score was in need of a new look, but had a steel frame, so nia ended up HAND-STITCHING THE ENTIRE PIECE! a piece of accent fabric from samantha hahn was used to give the settee extra detail and it now lives inside a boutique where customers can rest their heels and take a break from shopping. thanks so much to nia for sharing her makeovers with us!

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