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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14 comments:

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?

:)

Linda

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!
Kelly

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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