Vintage Sheet Music Desk

One of the amazing perks of living on a military base is when people move they want to get rid of things. Some people just want to have less to move to their new location and some people need to get rid of the things that don’t work in their new home. One day while driving around on base I came across a free desk. I could tell it was an older desk and really well made, so I decided it was coming home with me.
I am sad to say there is no before picture. So lets close our eyes and imagine… was a dark wood, there was an area where the old owners had tested a very flat grey paint, and there was broken and missing drawer pulls. Got the visual? Basically it was in good shape but needed a lot of TLC.
I painted the dresser with a few coats of primer, it took a bit to get the dark wood fully covered. Then I choose a creamy white as the top coat. Since I enjoy it so much, I decided to do a bit of distressing. I didn’t go too crazy, just hitting a lot of the edges.
Now on to the star of the show…..the vintage sheet music. I have accumulated a stack of vintage sheet music that I have found here, there, and everywhere. I grabbed a mismatch of different sheets from different music books because I wanted an eclectic look. I used some Mod Podge to attach my pages to the desk top.
This desk needed new drawer pulls and I just happen to have another desk sitting in my garage. It also has a broken drawer pull BUT it had more drawers than this desk. So I was able to take the remaining pulls from that desk and use them on this desk. No new holes being drilled, no holes being filled. So awesome! I’m so happy that I was able to use some vintage pulls for this desk.
I absolutely love how the desk turned out! The whole vintage feel makes me happy. This desk is off to my space at Sweet Repeats and hopefully it finds a home that loves it as much as I do!
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  1. Wonderful! Love it!


  2. Courtney,

    I wish I lived nearby because that desk would be co,ing home with me! It is beautiful and just my style. I love that you out the sheet music on the top, that really finishes it nicely. Great job, I am drooling here!

  3. Wow! you did such a nice job on this desk. I just love sturdy pieces like that!

  4. Oh Courtney, I love it! I bought my first vintage sheet music today and I must say I didn’t know what I was missing. It’s so lovely. How nice to be able to look at it all day on your desk. 🙂 x Julie

  5. That adds so much charm and interest! That desk is the perfect fit for that treatment too. It really compliments the piece =)

  6. I looks great! and the pulls are awesome. Love when things work out without extra effort!

  7. So beautiful! I LOVE The sheet music!

    ~Steph @ Silver Boxes

  8. Love it….I just finished a small table like this.

  9. I like this a a lot! I wonder if I could pull this off with an end table I want to redo. Now following through GFC.

  10. Just beautiful!

  11. What a beautiful desk, Courtney. I just bought one with a similar shape the other day, and this one is the perfect inspiration. Megan

  12. Decoupaged furniture is near and dear to my heart…I love this! (Its terribly handy when the furniture is not quite perfect–then its FABULOUS!) Beautifully done!

  13. I love it. You did such a good job with the desk. and what a great idea to use music. It is wonderful

  14. Love it! It’s great that you had enough pulls for this dresser.

  15. LOVE LOVE LOVE! I was thinking about doing something similar with pages from a book… just have not found the right piece of furniture to try it on yet! Nice job. 🙂

  16. Gorgeous! Great idea! I’d love for you to add it on my link party at: Thanks!

  17. You have done a great job! I have some music sheets waiting for the right project to come along!

  18. Very nice! Aren’t you glad you didn’t have to redo the holes. What a joy to find things people are discarding. I am fortunate enough to find things that way all the time. I found you at Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday. I hope you’ll stop by and visit me at Quirky Vistas!

  19. Simple, easy, and looks classy, a nice touch of vintage style, it came out very well.

  20. Firstly, I adore the shape of the desk – what a great find. I love what you have done with it Courtney… it’s beautiful. You must be so pleased with the outcome.

    I’d love it if you could share this project on Shabbilcious Friday ~

  21. So lovely! You should get a custom piece of glass to go ontop so it doesn’t get ruined (like 50-75$) because that is so beautiful. I have done the sheet music inside of some of my desk drawers but I absolutely love it on top.

  22. Anonymous says:

    So creative and I love it!

  23. I Love this idea…I c that u used mod podge to attach the sheets to desk top…but my question is how do u keep the top of the sheets from getting there a top coat of some sort that u use?

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