Wednesday, January 4, 2012

It was a little bit moldy...but then again, so am I.



(This picture up at the top? If you look closely, there is a very cute boy on the bag behind it. At least, I think he's cute. We only see his belly. Yummmmmm.....)

This desk turned out even better than I expected, especially since it had some pretty gross surface mold at the beginning.

I found this desk at our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I will be honest and say that while I believe in the cause, I believe our local ReStore has gotten a little too proud of their stuff. (Read: waaaaaay too expensive.) After all, the stuff is DONATED, fercryin' outloud, and they can afford to sell it for less than new prices. But they ask top dollar, and unless a piece is damaged or shopworn, I can't afford to fix it up and re-sell it in the shop.

I loved this desk and the hardware, but I didn't love the paint job or the mold. I am sure that it's a piece from the 40s, when American furniture companies made mahogany pieces to keep up with the demands of post-war America. For some reason, someone had painted the desk a (wait for it) mahogany color! So I don't know what was up with that. They had also kept it someplace where surface mold grew on it, but that didn't deter me.

I took some bleach and water solution and scrubbed that sucker down three separate times. Then, I took my NEW PAD SANDER! (Whoo hoo! Thanks, DL!) and sanded the tops, drawers, and sides. I had to hand sand the legs because of the turnings, but that pad sander? Oh, yeah.

I mixed my own chalk paint...a light blue-green...then used Minwax polyshades in antique walnut, then my own golden wax as a topcoat.

I love the way it came out, and I'll be taking it down to the shop as soon as there is a little room! (But the boy on the bag? He stays with me.)


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18 comments:

  1. Ooooh, I love it! Things like that make me want to do a complete design redo in our house!

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  2. It turned out beautifully! I rescued two tables at my aunt's house that belonged to my great- great aunt. They (the tables not the aunts) had mold on them but it cleaned right up!

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  3. The desk looks great! I love that you mixed your own chalk paint too. The color is really pretty. Some of the thrift stores are getting really pricey. I agree with you. My local Salvation Army is still really reasonable, fortunately. I'm your newest follower and I hope you can pop over to Cottage and Creek and follow back. Happy New Year!
    Lynn
    www.cottageandcreek.com

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  4. Wow, that is lovely!! What a great find and what a great makeover.

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  5. absolutely gorgeous! good job getting rid of the mold, but keeping the "boy"! te he! thanks for joining in for VIF!

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  6. What a great job! It really was in a sorry state affairs. It looks amazing now. By the way you were featured at my Saturday Splendour Party! Come grab a button :)

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  7. That is one lovely desk!!! You did an awesome job...and oh, the bag isn't bad either...lol!


    I'm going to follow you...please stop by anytime!

    Kristine

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  8. kirby- you had me at the belly bag comment. LOL!
    newest follower for sure! Would love a follow back. I have a desk that i think i have repainted for the 3rd time ... laura@imnotatrophywife.com

    still Laughing

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  9. It looks beautiful! I also love what you did with the display cabinet. Wish I could afford to hire you, Kirby! :)

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  10. great upgrade...saw you at too much time on my hands!

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  11. It's such a gorgeous shape, and the colour is great. Also looked at another post and recognised a still shot from the King's Speech. I just saw the film again the other day and was thinking the same thing - that whole room he works from is amazing, I would like to live in it !

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  12. I love this desk so much!!! I'm so curious about homemade chalk paint! I'm totally needing to try making my own because everywhere I read it's way more affordable! And from your results, obviously it's GREAT stuff!!! Perfect color pick, too!!! Thanks so much for linking up at Overflowing with Creativity! I totally am excited about being your newest follower and hope you'll return the "love" on your next visit!!!

    XO, Aimee
    Your Newest Bloggy Friend

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  13. Lovely desk, and I want to try making chalk paint myself, I've purchased Annie Sloan's and way to expensive. Your results show it's worth making. I also really like the color. Great job. Thanks for sharing your treasures at Sunday's Best! Now your newest follower, hope you'll follow me too.

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  14. It came out fantastic- what a great color too!! Thanks for linking up at FNF! :)

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  15. Wow, such a great job of cleaning this up and making it fabulous! I have heard homemade chalk paint is the way to go! A few blog friends and I introduced a new challenge idea Monday and it would be so fun if you want to join. If you have a second, check in at http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/imagine-the-impossibilities-challenge/ to learn more, and feel free to email me if you have any questions! Your newest follower.
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  16. I love your desk even more than the boy on the bag....mold and all! What a great redo!

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  17. This one however....... I have a spot for this one so haul it over.

    ~Bliss~

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