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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Duncan Phyfe Desk

Over the years we have found 4 Duncan Phyfe tables that we "couldn't live without" lol!   Our daughter needed a table a few years ago and we gave her one ...still have three!   H painted one of them white and we use it in the family/dining room.  Two of them were pushed together in the formal dining room to make a huge table...with all the leaves in both tables, we could seat about 20 people.   How often do I need to seat 20 people...seldom...never!  
So, I decided to make some changes in the formal dining room...this is stage one.  I took one of the tables and with a minor alteration, it became a desk...but first, I want to show you this silver casserole dish holder....

How many of these have you seen at the yard sales and, of course,  the glass dish is missing?  I see them all the time for about .25, so I had several of them.  H painted this one favorite color!   I put it on my "new" Duncan Phyfe desk and filled it with a small white tabletop chandy, some old books tied together with a little bird on top.  I then added a pink vintage clock and a spray of roses to the front of the vignette.
This is how the dining room looks small Duncan Phyfe (no leaves in it) is in the center of the room and the other one is in the corner being used as a desk.
This is how H altered the table to make a desk.....he just removed the drop down leaf on one side 

I wish I had got a better picture of the vintage pink phone on the desk...can you see it on the left side of the desk?

The before  picture shows the dining room at Christmas with both tables pushed together and no leaves in.....with all the leaves in, it takes up the whole dining area and will seat about 20.

The after picture shows it now, with a table to seat 4-6 and my new desk.   This new arrangement leaves quite a bit of room on the other end of the dining area ...I will show you what changes I made there later!

So, the desk in the formal dining room sets on the other side of this "lace wall" that I made for the sofa to sit  in the family room.  
I can't wait to show you the changes in the rest of the room!


  1. It looks lovely, Penny. That makes a great desk. I just took two of those silver casserole carriers to GW because I got tired of looking at them. lol Yours turned out cute. xo Diana

  2. Loving that desk - what a great idea. I love those silver casserole holders - it has never occurred to me to paint one - great idea.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  3. Amazing Penny! Your desk is very lovely and the silver casserole in pink is such beautiful. I always admire how you display everything!

  4. Hi Penny,
    Everything is absolutely gorgeous! I love the pink casserole dish! You are so creative and talented! Thank you for sharing such beauty! Karen

  5. Hi Penny! Oh, my goodness! My head just spins when I come to see you - everything is so pretty! I love how you made a desk from the DP table. I have one just like it and love it. The silver casserole server looks great and I'll have to look for one now and spray paint it - I love it. Hope you're doing well.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  6. Hi Penny,

    Just love how you and your hubby changed the table into a desk and how much space it made in the room. The casserole looks lovely in pink too.
    Hugs, Lynnie
    formally of Vintage Gal Style

  7. I also see these at garage sales without the glass..but never in a million years thought of doing something with them. This is such a unique idea. Your home is just like a box of chocolate's. You never know what you're going to find! :):) I find myself telling friends of your creative husband and you and your Coocoo clocks
    Yep..addictive, that's what you are. :)
    Question: Penny's, do you have a light being your veiled fire place? If so, it seems to warm up the room without a fire. Cute!

  8. Everything looks so lovely! I would never have thought to paint one of those silver casserole holders... what a great idea! I'm in a re-decorating mode... look out house! LOL!
    Beth P

  9. I would have never thought to paint a casserole dish like that, but it looks lovely. Very creative! The "desk" looks beautiful!!

  10. Love the desk!!! Beautiful as always! ox

  11. The pink is so pretty Penny...such a great idea! Lovely room and the desk looks great!

  12. Beautiful, Penny! Thanks so much for sharing at Share Your Stuff Tuesdays!

  13. You always inspire me to look at things in a new way.

  14. love how you painte the tray pink. great idea. thank you for linking up to the all things prety party.

  15. Oh my, what a transformation the pink paint makes. That is adorable! Now I want one to paint. Thanks for linking at TTF!

  16. Penny,
    I know I read this post before and I could have sworn that i had commented before ut I guess I did not....

    Anyhoo.... I always wondered about how large your DR table was and here it was 2 tables!!!! I love this arrangement with using one as a desk! Great idea!! I am at work now playing catch up...


  17. I love the dining room look. Actually, I love your entire home. Vintage is just so beautiful and you present it so well. Thanks for sharing with us at Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party.

  18. What a gorgeous room! I'd love if you share it at my new link party, DIY:Done! at The party is open through Sunday, and every weekend, I hope to see you there!

  19. Great idea Penny. Love one used as a desk. the silver casserole holder looks awfully pretty in pink! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  20. Your desk turned out marvelously - brilliant idea! Everything looks beautiful! I am delighted that you shared with A Return to Loveliness,


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