11 May 2015

Classic Desk In Ivory

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.

On to the next project...that round dining table sitting all sad in my garage. I can't wait to pull my Highlander in to the garage again. That thick layer of pollen on the car is gross, and the kids would like to play basketball someday.
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  1. Before I allow myself to get totally lost in your blog I'm taking a minute to tell you how beautiful I think your work is! You definitely have both the eye and the touch!

    1. Well that's the nicest thing I've heard in a long time. Thank you!


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