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A Little Bit of Sanity and A Lot of Chaos: Farmer's Desk

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Farmer's Desk

I met a woman. Her name was MaryLouise. She has a farm. Her husband died last year and now it's time for her to sell all 160 acres that they farmed when they moved here from Poland many years ago.

She has this cute little farmhouse and a gigantic barn. And in this barn was this....

This is what an upside down 80 year old desk looks like. She said, "make me an offer." I said, "Ten bucks." She said, "You will take it home for five." (In a very thick Polish accent.)

So, in the van it went. For five dollars.

Here is what it looked like when I used a Martha Stewart Aegean Blue sample and painted it on with the tiny little brush supplied with the sample....

Oh, and I sanded the top with 100 grit sandpaper on my belt sander. Took 3 minutes. I timed it. Then I stained it with ebony stain. You all know how I heart ebony stain.

Here it is with new pulls, completely painted and a coat of lacquer on the top.

I tried it with that crystal knob from another project, and I just didn't like it there. (Although I love the knob!)

So then I put this one on, and it looks so much better.

So gorgeous. Love it.

It has a crack on the top. Writing in the middle drawer and some postage stamps from 1937 stuck to one of the drawers. What years this desk has seen....

MaryLouise, I hope you are happy to know that your husband's desk has been repaired and is now in fantastic shape.

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Blogger Jami said...

That is a GORGEOUS redo! Just beautiful!

July 21, 2010 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

It looks fantastic!! LOVE the color! Do you have success selling pieces with color? I always want to do color, but am afraid to have things sitting around, not selling if I do.

July 21, 2010 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger J. Henry said...

Kirsty... goodness gracious I wish we lived close to one another so I could plead for your guidance. I have been reading your blog for a few months and I'm amazed at each project you do! A-mazing! I'm am way too chicken to do anything like this... except that our bedroom is so very sparse and we have no bed. My husband found a king headboard & footboard at an antique shop for 40 bucks this week... holla!!! So cheap compared to finished beds! The only problem is, it definitely needs to be refinished. I'm terrified but I think we're going to try and do it this weekend. I'm borrowing a sander from a coworker. Any big no no's or must do's for someone who doesn't have a clue?!

July 21, 2010 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Kacey said...

Such a pretty color! And what an amazing deal.

July 21, 2010 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I love it and think it is better than something we can buy new! Such character!

July 21, 2010 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Annie Wilcox Designs said...

Love the handles and blue, another great job. I am now stuck on that green you did earlier and can't get it out of my head. I am checking restore this week for my "green" find.

July 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Ah, how sweet! And I ADORE the two-toned look.

July 22, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Amy Lynne said...

It is beautiful!! I love the colors!

July 22, 2010 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Val said...


July 22, 2010 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger Cathy @ The Far Fifty said...

Oh man, you rock. You just...rock.

July 22, 2010 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Cara @ Twice Lovely Furniture said...

Very slick, Kirsty!
HEY-- my 2 yr old says Mokercytle (is that how it's spelled?) too! Definitely a must word for any 2-yr-old boy.

July 26, 2010 at 12:04 AM  

You are a great refinisher!!! Love this desk!
~ Julie

July 28, 2010 at 6:09 PM  

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