Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Pottery Barn Desk Reveal and $50 cash GIVEAWAY!!

Rhett and I have become mall rats. 

Arizona is still 95 degrees or above and that's better than 117 degrees, but still too hot to spend a lot of time outside. 

So we go play at the mall. Rhett has his play place and I have mine...Pottery Barn. 

I love sitting on their chairs and ogling over their lampshades and pillows and, well everything. 

One thing I love most about their furniture is how natural it is with its stains and finishes.

So when we picked up this piece it was so obvious that no paint would touch it. 



The desk was weather beaten, dirty and kind of crusty. 
But as we started sanding we discovered a diamond in the rough. 

After some wood oil and a little stain we saw this. 




It is probably one of my favorite pieces. 

I seriously feel smarter when I sit in front of her. 

Ahh the power of beautiful furniture. :)

Staining can be more difficult than painting, but the outcome is usually stunning and timeless. 

PS I'll be doing a post next week on some tips for working with stain. 

For more info look under the For Sale tab at the top of the page. 

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And now for the GIVEAWAY!!

$50 CASH 

Yes, seriously cash. For you! 

Why? Because we love you! 

For each of the following, you get one entry. 

( Please make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry }

1. Follow 551 East

2. Put our button on your blog for 2 EXTRA entries.

3.  Post about the giveaway on your Facebook

4. Post about the giveaway on your blog

5. Like us on Facebook

And that's all! 

The giveaway will run until Monday October 3rd with a winner announced that evening.

Good luck!! 

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184 comments:

  1. I put your button on my new blog: woodenparlor.blogspot.com.

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  2. I follow - because I think you're awesome, not because I want $50 but who am I kidding?! $50 would be awesome. Except I'd do something lame like pay bills with it. No, no I would not. I would go get some cheese ravioli and breadsticks with alfredo at Olive Garden.

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  3. the desk is gorgeous! i follw you... count me in! ; )

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  4. Arizona is much too hot. I should be down in Tucson, but I ran away to San Diego.

    Your work is beautiful.

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  5. I put your blog button on my blog http://calledtocreativity.blogspot.com/ entry #1

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  6. I put your blog button on my blog http://calledtocreativity.blogspot.com/ entry #2

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  7. I blogged about your giveaway here: http://calledtocreativity.blogspot.com/2011/09/giveaway.html

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  8. I would love some fancy new brushes with my $50....I love following you blog!

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  9. http://koreegrace.blogspot.com/2011/09/win-50.html

    Posted about this on my (way outdated) blog!

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  10. I saw a desk almost identical to this beat to heck on someone's porch today. It took everything I had not to walk up on the porch and ask if I could have it.

    I'm a follower - thanks for a shot at the title!

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  11. your button is on my blog! www.foreverfoyston.blogspot.com!

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  12. your button is on my blog! www.foreverfoyston.blogspot.com!

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  13. I love this piece. I love the look of the natural wood and how pretty this is! I bet it makes you smarter to sit in front of it!

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  14. 1. Follow 551 East-- Done

    2. Put our button on your blog for 2 EXTRA entries. --Done

    5. Like us on Facebook--Done

    Love the new desk the wood is amazing!!!

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  15. I follow you! Love the desk btw, turned out great!

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  16. love the desk! oh my, the top is amazing! i'm working on a mid-century piece and am leaving the scab-free drawers raw...so beautiful! you've inspired me to finish it today!!

    amy, your newest follower!

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  17. I subscribe through your RSS feed and love to get that email!! :)

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  18. Your desk is beautiful! I'm a follower on your blog!

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  19. I like you on Facebook! Thanks for the chance on your generous giveaway. Have a great weekend.

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  20. I follow your blog via gfc as Dee :)

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  21. I like you on fb as Dee G

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  22. I shared on fb as Dee G https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=260203280687182&id=1449584700

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  23. Hi I am a new follower of 551 East via google friend connect

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  24. I put your button on my blog. www.ascrappydream.blogspot.com

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  25. I also posted about the giveaway on my facebook fan page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pinkclouds-Designs/194012743949662

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  26. I shared about this giveaway on my blog. www.ascrappydream.blogspot.com

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  27. I "liked" you on facebook as Van P.

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  28. I like you on facebook:) PS. Love your blog!

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  30. I just liked you on fb... didn't realize you were there till now. I could use a few more likes on my page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000741681660#!/pages/Deztography-Las-Cruces-Portrait-Photographer/209025129159330

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  31. Hello,
    Just discovered your blog! Love the transformation on the desk - looks marvelous! I am your newest follower! Great Giveaway!
    Kathy

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  32. Great job on the desk! You made it into a beauty!

    I am following you via the email subscription link. I tried to follow the other way and keep having problems...

    Great giveaway! I'd love to win!

    Pam

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  33. Wow what a great piece of furniture. I just became a follower. Can't wait to see more.

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  34. I follow you via Google Reader because your pieces are always lovely. :o)

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  35. I LIKE you on Facebook. :)

    I'm the Pam above... Not sure why the link to my blog didn't work, but I think it's working now.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Pam

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  36. Thank you for the chance to win.
    xo bj
    oops, I just nearly clicked off and would have lost the comment, when I saw your word verif. come up. Didn't know if you knew it was on or not.:)

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  37. Thank you so much for such a generous giveaway...I'd love to win. I am now a happy follower. Love the desk you refinished!

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  38. Oh I am now following your blog so count me in on the generous giveaway!

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  39. That desk cleaned up beautifully! I love the different tones to the wood. Great job. Thanks for sharing and for hosting this generous giveaway. I'm a new follower.

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  40. Tweeted your giveaway - http://twitter.com/#!/RhettDidnt/status/118482439185235968

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  42. Shared on FB - http://www.facebook.com/RhettDidntGiveADamn/posts/267022136651625

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  43. I'm happily following along! And I'd love some tips on using stain. It scares me a bit. Paint just seems so much easier!

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  44. I am a new follower!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  45. I placed your button on my blog! Check it out!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  46. I liked you on Facebook!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  47. I follow your blog. I soooo love how her makeover looks...beautiful wood!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  48. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm your newest follower! And I love the desk!

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  49. I just followed your blog...love the desk!

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  50. Your button is now on my blog! Check it out here: http://www.michelleleachart.blogspot.com

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  51. I posted about the giveaway on FB: http://www.facebook.com/mgleach.

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  52. Hi! Thanks so much for your sweet comments about my Sunburst Mirror! Made my day. Very cool blog you've got yourself. I'm your newest follower! :) Thanks for the giveaway invite!
    shannonsews.blogspot.com

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  53. I'm a follower via gfc. Thanks for inviting me over and what a great giveaway. Have a great day!

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  54. thanks for such a nice post. In indian small scale industries, funiture is very popular commodity. On internet you can found lot of manufacturers & suppliers of furnitures.

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  55. And I liked your facebook page...looking forward to keeping up with your work!

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  56. I'm already a follower. Have been for a while. Love ya.

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  57. Thanks for the invite! I'm following now. (would love a follow back if you want)

    Kelli @ TheTurquoisePiano.blogspot.com

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  58. Beautiful desk redo! Smart choice on not painting it!

    I'm already a follower! :)

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  59. I posted your button on my blog sidebar!

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  60. I just posted about your giveaway on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shabby-Love/188998027826178?sk=wall

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  61. I'm now following your blog!

    Marianne :)

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  62. I'm following you by e-mail!

    Marianne :)

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  63. I liked you on facebook!

    Marianne :)

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  64. I posted your button on my blog sidebar!

    Marianne :)

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  65. And I love your desk makeover!

    Marianne :)

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  66. Hi 551,
    I'm your newest follower!
    Susan@ homeroad.net

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  67. I am already a follower
    Posted on FB
    Liked on FB
    give away posted to my blog,
    button is in my side bar

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  68. WOW! You brought that desk back to life! It looks beautiful! I am your newest follower:)

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  69. I'm a new follower - what a fabulous & generous giveaway! Thank you so much :)

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  70. This is an amazing transformation! I love the desk! Thanks for the invitation to the giveaway! I am anew follower and I'm on my way to Facebook!

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  71. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am your newest follower. I love the result of this desk!

    Emily

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  72. Thsi desk rocks! glad I found your blog! New Follower :)
    Lina
    Fancy Frugal Life

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  73. The desk is gorgeous!
    I am a follower!

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  74. Your transformation is really beautiful!

    Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday. I appreciated your participation. Sorry I'm so tardy in commenting, but I've been away for the past four days. Hope to see you again this week! Nest time, please put a link to my Blog within the body of your party post so that everyone can join in on the party fun! See you Friday!

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  75. I am a follower and hope you will consider the same!

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  76. I have added your button to my sidebar!

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  77. I have posted about your giveaway on my sidebar!

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  78. i love the warm toned took of this piece, julia! am now a follower!

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  79. I'm your newest follower! What an awesome giveaway! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm excited to see more of yours. ;)

    Kim@Little Rays of Sunshine
    morrowsunshine.blogspot.com

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  80. Following you! Love the dresser redo!

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  81. Liked you on FB! I'm having a giveaway on my blog as well for a Dremel Saw Max. I'd love it if you entered!

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  82. Hi, Julia

    Love your new and improved desk. I am a new follower.

    Vanessa

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  83. I tweeted about your giveaway.

    Vanessa

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  84. following 551 east via email!
    CathyB pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com

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  85. following on FB!
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  86. new follower via GFC!
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  87. Awesome find! We follow you too- theroosterandthehen

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  88. Thank you for linking up! I love this piece- the two wood tones really take it over the top. Now, I'm going to read the rules of your giveaway- I NEED to win!! haha!

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  89. I posted your button on my side bar labeled with giveaway

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  90. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Momma-Hen/123880607653210 - FB shout out!

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  91. I like you on Facebook - not just because of the giveaway! I love connecting with bloggers on Facebook. It seems more personal. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway!

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  92. Hi, Thanks for the sweet comment on my desk. Your desk came out beautiful! I just became your follower :)

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  93. Posted about you on my blog. Love love love and miss you. Send me rhett?

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  94. Newest follower! Thanks for inviting me over :)

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  95. I never win anything, but what the hay, I'm gonna go for it. I'm following you!

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  96. I shared the giveaway on my Facebook page as well!

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  97. I put your blog button on my homepage as well!

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  98. This is my second post for the blog button on my homepage...whew..that's a lot of comments! I'm crossing my fingers! Mama needs fiddy bucks!

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  99. I am so excited to be your newest follower!! Adore your site and would of course love to win!

    I have joined Fall in Love with your Home at Laura's

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  100. Oh and I am also you newest friend on Facebook!

    I have joined Fall in Love with your Home at Laura's

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  101. I added a link to this giveaway on my Facebook page.

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  102. Nice job! You are smarter, cause you saw how beautiful it could be!
    Susanne.

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  103. I follow 551 East on GFC via Twitter(Deanna G.)


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  104. Posted on Facebook:

    http://www.facebook.com/calidreamin87/posts/168561299896671


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  105. I like you on Facebook. (Deanna Cali)


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  106. I'm your newest follower!
    Briana @ babblingsandmore.blogspot.com

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  107. I like 551 on FB! (Brittany Kay) naturallythriftymom(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  108. I posted about your giveaway on my FB! Brittany kay is my FB. naturallythriftymom(at)hotmail(dot)com Here is the permalink: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=258912167481342&id=100002794000045

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  109. I'm following on GFC! (Naturallythriftymom) naturallythriftymom(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  110. posted on facebook about your giveaway

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  111. First, the desk is stunning. I love paint too, but there is something timeless about a stained piece, isn't there?

    and, seriously, giving away $50? you guys are awesome. Of course I follow your blog.

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  112. And now I follow you on fb too!

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  113. And I've liked you on Facebook, too.

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  114. Nice job on the desk! I also liked you on Facebook!

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  115. That is such a naturally beautiful piece - so fresh!
    Thanks for linking up to the Creative Inspirations party - please come back Thursday to link up again!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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