This gorgeous desk was listed as a FREE item on Craig's List. By the time I contacted the seller, he had received so many inquiries, the price had increased to $100. Whether this was a marketing strategy or honest circumstance, I don't know. I decided to pass. I have a $30 rule with Craig's List furniture. In the end, we worked out a deal because he wanted to sell it immediately. He gave me an offer I couldn't refuse. Although not free, it was a great deal.
This is a beautiful desk. Solid and heavy, with old-fashioned details and dainty legs under all of that weight. I love those legs. That really was the detail that sold the desk for me.
I don't rush to paint beautiful old pieces like this, and I don't just slap paint on everything that crosses my path. But the finish was in need of some love. It practically rubbed off on my hand. I barely had to use sandpaper. And those legs were begging to be accented in a lighter color.
After a thorough sanding, patching holes with wood filler, two coats of primer, two coats of Antique White mixed with Floetrol, and a layer of wax/top coat, here is the new desk!
I'm secretly hoping this doesn't sell so I can keep it and swap out the current desk in our office. Update: the desk sold immediately. :( I was so sad to watch as it left my garage.
The wooden square knobs were pretty awful. I chose brass knobs (shocking!) to contrast against the ivory. They also coordinate with the tiny original brass lock.
Side-by-side, it's like a completely different desk.