Double D’s (my husband) uncle had given him this desk about nine years ago. It had been Double D’s grandfather’s desk, and was given to his grandparents as a wedding present in the early 1940s. I imagine it is even older than that. I immediately claimed it as my new craft desk after we moved into our new house, and Double D had gotten a very nice, spacious, new glass desk for him to work from home. It came to us looking more than a little sad, with white paint in spots, missing its roll top part, and a dull finish, as you can see in this picture.
In 2010, I decided it was time to refinish this desk to its former beauty, and so I took it apart and carted it out to the garage. There, I sanded it down, just lightly, and stained it a nice dark shade from Minwax. Unfortunately I don’t remember the color name. I also painted the cubby hole piece and the pull out arm rests a nice, glossy black.
I used masking tape to cover parts I wanted to leave unpainted on the cubby hole insert. They were the pencil trays on each side, and two decorative pieces on the front.This is what it looked like after all of that work. I was in love…even if it didn’t have a roll top part.
I know. Bad picture. But, you can see she is now glossy, has some very pretty parts, and is missing the white splotches. Like I said, I was in love. I loaded all of my crafting items into her, and put my pictures up on top.
Then in March, I was walking through an antique store (big surprise there) and found a roll top part, to a much wider desk for $55. I don’t like spending money, but since the desk was free, and the supplies to redo it were already purchased, I really didn’t think $55 was all that much to have a complete desk. I also thought Double D, who is handy in all things, would be able to cut it down to fit. Here is a combined picture of what it looked like in the store. What is it with splotches of white paint?
I took it home and sanded the top. That was a hard job, and red dust was flying everywhere, but I wanted to get down to the bare wood so the stain would match.
And then came the fun part. Cutting it down. We had to take six inches off of each side, router tabs on each side so it would slide in the tracks, and also cut some of the slats away so it would all fit. Finally, we had success, and we did a test run.
Thanks for looking!