Betty Blue and Washington

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This desk set was actually 2 separate pieces.  I came across this chair at an occasional sale for $15.00. And later came across the desk for $20.00.  I knew these pieces would be fabulous in a beautiful turquoise color, and the chair needed a recovered seat made of an alfalfa sack.

This chair redo (she’s named Betty Blue) was a guest post for Chic on a Shoestring.  See that here.

The desk I named Washington.  I sanded and sprayed the whole thing down.  And then added gold “leafing” to the desk legs and top.

Yes, my gold leafing is simply gold Duct Tape.  It was included in a box of product to try from Duct Tape.  And I loved the way it looked!

Betty Blue and Washington are a happy pair and don’t they look like they’ve been together for years!  A match made in heaven! 

This is another project for the Master Bedroom Redo that is being revealed soon. Other projects for the Master Bedroom Redo are:

Fabric Wall
Jewelry Carousel
DIY Hair Tool Organizer


Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. annie!

    May 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    They’re a match made in heaven! Love them both!

  2. Drama Mama Lori

    May 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Okay, every time I see these they get cuter! And duck tape? Brilllllliant!! ~L

  3. marilyn

    May 10, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I love the turquoise and I LOVE your gold “leafing”… you are amazing!

  4. Jenny

    May 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    They look like a match made in heaven! They are both so pretty!

  5. Korrie@RedHenHome

    May 9, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Beautiful color! Great set.

  6. faithfilledcc

    May 9, 2012 at 8:49 am

    You know you’re a redneck when you gold leaf your table with duct tape! Ha, it’s gorgeous, Janel! Love it! Love you!

  7. Jill @ Junky Vagabond

    May 9, 2012 at 6:44 am

    You know I love the seat cover, and the little table is so beautiful, especially with the hillbilly gold leaf :D

  8. Andi

    May 9, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Hey there! I am way late to this party…trying my best to catch up and get back in to the swing of things! Love Love Love Betty and Washington!! And the duct tape! Genius!

  9. Debbie

    May 9, 2012 at 5:11 am

    They turned out blue -tiful! Love the names too :)

  10. Lisa

    May 8, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    I would have never thought about using duct tape, that turned out so food. Love the colors

  11. Gwen

    May 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    You know I love this!

    Are you seriously only linkin’ up to those two parties… dang. Now I really feel easy…

  12. Meg @ Nutmeg Place

    May 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Duct tape… genius!

  13. Bliss

    May 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Is that Martha Washington and HatingBetty or is my eye sight that far gone?


  14. amy Renea

    May 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Betty Blue and Washington — you are so clever :) LOVING the duct tape…who knew it came in gold?!?

  15. cassie

    May 8, 2012 at 11:28 am

    love the color and LOVE the gold “leaf”!

  16. Bella

    May 8, 2012 at 11:05 am

    LOL love their names, they’re so fitting especially Betty Blue! And is there anything you can’t do with duct tape??

  17. Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus

    May 8, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Oh My goodness! I love Betty Blue and Washington! They make a gorgeous looking couple indeed! :) You are pretty slick over there with that Gold Duct tape- I love it! Bam! Looks great lady!

  18. amy@thesalvagecollection

    May 8, 2012 at 10:11 am

    nuh-uh!! you glammed up washington w/ duct tape?? you are one bold broad! woot!

  19. Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

    May 8, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I love them! When can I pick them up?


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