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Vintage Fold Down Desk

My sister found this desk for me at a garage sale and sent me pictures.  I had been wanting to get my hands on one of these for sometime so I bought it.  Since I had just seen pictures of it I was a little worried about the condition when it arrived.  It was missing a leg, luckily I found the missing piece in the drawer.  And as you can see the scratches and dings were very deep.  I wanted to salvage as much of the wood as I could…and so the stripping and sanding began.  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy most of the scratches came out!  Are you ready to see the finished piece…..
And here she is all dolled up!
I am so glad I was able to salvage the wood, the grain is so rich.
The wood is stained with Miniwaxes Early American and top coated with a spar urethane in semi-gloss.  I love the contrast of the painted letter shelves.
This is painted with a custom mixed cream, I know I always say that, I am sorry 🙁  I then glazed the painted part and sealed it with a Spar Urethane in Satin.


I am just in love with this little desk!!




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  • Tone

    Oh wow! That is just lovely! It is amazing that you got to keep the wood! It looks so new and fresh! Great job:) And a great piece of furniture:)

  • Gilly Morrison

    This is amazing! I always love it when people can restore original wood, especially the two tone look! Gorgeous!

  • Two PlusCute

    Very well done!
    It was pretty beaten up but now it is gorgeous.

  • Marie Blackburn

    You did a fabulous job on this makeover Brooke! The wood is gorgeous and so worth staining rather than painting.


    This is beautiful. I love the colour you chose for the wood. I think it was a good idea to paint the mail slots as they would be difficult to sand and strip.

  • Kimberly Lewis

    I absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing it with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tomorrow night at 7 pm. We can't wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  • A really stunning piece! Love the wood and paint combination. Thanks so much for sharing. Featured you at Be Inspired this morning.

  • That wood is gorgeous! And I adore the custom cream: it has a really lovely earthiness.

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