Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A desk experiment

DL and I have a thing for desks.  We love them.  Every time we see a desk in decent shape for a decent price, that desk comes to live with us. 

A few months ago, I saw this:

pay close attention to the hardware

...and I had a crummy old desk that I could try this whole "painting the hardware and waxing over it" thing.
The desk I had was nothing special, just an inexpensive mahogany desk from the 1940s.  (Let me clarify this, though.  That's the stuff I love...that post-war, assembly line furniture that was so critical to that era.  It's not very desirable in its original state, but when it gets a makeover: voila!  Most of the folks who buy my pieces are young and hip.  So taking a piece of "old lady furniture" and making it appeal to the twenty-somethings?  I'm on a mission.)

I ended up with this:

I was pretty pleased with the final product.
 In the top right-hand corner of the pic, you can see that I left the little pull-out drawer stained the original mahogany. 

Pretty wrapping paper from Tar-jhay
I lined the drawers with paper (I usually do this, but sometimes I forget.  It depends on how much other junk I have in my brain.)

I was pretty happy with the result, and after hanging around the shop for a month, it found a home with a nice young lady.
Emphasis on "young."

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Rubye Jack said...

Well, this nice old lady would love to have a desk such as this.

Marianne said...

Middle aged lady would have loved it too.

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Quite a transformation. Looks like you straightened the top edge and added "rope" trim as well as other streamlining.

fiona anderson said...

Glad you kept the original hardware - I think it looks great when it's painted over.
I hope I would have had the good taste to buy it when I was young. I would definitely buy it now !

Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage said...

Looks fab-u-lous. Great makeover =)

Andrea said...

I was starting to consider picking up my "I want a new desk" chant again...this just fueled the fire! Um, thanks?

chateau chic said...

Your desk turned out great! Thanks for stopping by, Mary alice

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Appealing for all ages I'd say! Love paper lined drawer detail. :)

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Kirby, that is just so very lovely. Maybe it was that young hip paper lining the drawers that pushed her over the edge?



Kelly said...

It's beautiful! Seriously beautiful. You are going to single-handedly get modernized old-lady furniture in the homes of everyone young and hip across the country.

Eclectically Vintage said...

She's looking good - you shaved at least 50 years off that old gal!

Between Blue and Yellow said...

SO cute! I just recently got a desk very similar. Not sure what I will do with it yet. Great job.

Peggy Meckling said...

I love it! I have a similar knee-hole desk in my basement waiting to be transformed. Thanks for the inspiration. I just found you through Primitive & Proper and I'm your newest e-mail follower.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

target has the best wrapping paper- so fun! love the unexpected pop! and i love the drawer as mahogany for a little quirk!

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