Thursday, January 10, 2013

Antique Claw-Foot Desk

  My client said he rescued this little antique desk from the dump!  I seriously can't believe what people will throw away--it has claw feet, c'mon!!  :)

He said it sat in his garage for years while his poor wife waited for him to fix it up for her. ;)  He found me through a mutual friend and asked if I would help him out as he wanted to give it to her for her birthday.  How sweet is that?  

I had told him that I wasn't taking any more painted furniture, but I would make an exception for him. :)      

As you can see it was pretty dingy and had a horrible paint job (sorry to whoever did it!).  I wanted to see what was under all that paint so I started sanding the top.  What luck--it was a beautiful piece of cherry!  Well, that made my decision a lot easier and I decided to bring the top back to its former glory. The rest of it was sanded down and repainted white (trust me--I asked myself many times why I was taking all the white paint OFF to just put it back ON!  But, I just couldn't live with all the drips and brush marks so off it came!).



Before





After








 You know with a foot fetish like mine I just adore these!




 Check out the curve on the top drawers.  I've never seen this before--the pulls where actually attached with dowels that fit into the holes.





 Sprayed the original pulls with Oil Rubbed Bronze by Krylon.




Stained the top with Red Mahogany by Minwax and gave it 4 coats of poly.




 Finished it with two coats of Varathane in semi-gloss.

I love her new look and hope the birthday girl is happy with it!! :)

Thank you Sarah @ Alderberry Hill for featuring this great little desk! :)

Meg over @ Nutmeg Place (isn't that such a cute name?!) featured it as well.  Thank you so much Meg!


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21 comments:

  1. Oooh, it looks so pretty now! ( I think it's a little bit funny that his wives b-day present is from the dump!) :)

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  2. What a beautiful transformation. Love the curves and the feet. I'm sure she'll love it...

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  3. I live in PA and this is the second piece of furniture that you have done, that I have done too--how funny is that?
    I painted mine a mustard yellow and stained the top.
    The hinges on the top drawers were screwed in from the bottom on the angle

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  4. What a sweet hubby and you were sweet to make an exception! Even though it was white before it looks so much better after!!!

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  5. This is over the top gorgeous!
    I've never seen curves like the top drawers either - that's what makes it unique ( and over the top ) oh and of course your magic helped it along!
    Beautiful job!
    XXX

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  6. I love that desk so much I could marry it! What a true rare beauty!

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  7. What a sweet thing you did, and not just for the man who wanted it for a lovely gift... but for bringing this beauty back! Who would have thrown this gorgeous piece of furniture away? I only hope they see it NOW! You did a BEAUTIFUL job!! I have a question for you...you used a spray - Oil Rubbed Bronze by Krylon on the pulls, would you recommend this or would it hold up on door knobs? Our house is not that old, but it has nice knobs, just need to be painted...would this work or do you know what would???
    Hugs,
    Pendra

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  8. Like others, I as well have never seen drawers like that. You put it all together very nice, I'll bet the birthday gilrl was pleased.

    Bliss

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  9. What a gorgeous piece! I love the way you finished it to showcase it's curves and details. Gotta love those feet! I saw some the other day that had glass balls that the claws were holding onto! Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Leena

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  10. The desk looks fabulous, Great job!

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  11. This is such a beautiful desk! Love the curve in the drawer fronts. classic beauty :)

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  12. Just wanted to say thank you to all of you for your kind comments! I can't tell you how much I appreciate them!

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  13. Very nicely done! It's crazy what people will throw out. So happy this was saved!

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  14. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later this evening!
    Have a fantastic new year!

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    1. Thank you so much! What a nice surprise. :)

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  15. A beautiful and unique desk, love the curves in the drawers ;-) visiting thru Full Circle's Block Party.
    JoAnn

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  16. That's me! I'm the birthday girl!!!! You did an amazing job!!!! I love it!!! I was so surprised!!! Thank you! A big Thank you to my husband!!!! He's the greatest!!!!

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    1. This made me laugh and it made my night! It's so nice to "meet" you. :) I'm so glad you're happy with it! I hope you enjoy it for many years to come and when you look at it you know how much he loves you. ;)

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  17. Hey cute girl! I'm featuring your desk on this weeks All Star Block Party!

    http://www.nutmegplace.com/2013/01/all-star-block-party-33.html

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    1. Thank you so much Meg--I really appreciate it!

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