I am still off enjoying Las Vegas, but don’t think I forgot about you guys! I scheduled a post so you would have something to see on Friday.
Two weekends ago, I sent Mr. Q off for a writing desk. It was a bargain, and even though it wasn’t special and it didn’t make my heart skip a beat or anything, I still thought it would be worth a quick trip to Minneapolis and a bit of paint. It was listed as a ‘beautiful antique writing desk’ which may have been stretching things just a tad.
When Mr. Q got it home, I was a bit bummed when I realized there were some major flaws that definitely weren’t apparent in the craigslist ad. Beware of this people! Some photos are very artfully arranged to hide the true nature of an item (how does this still happen to me, clearly I should know better).
To begin with, the top was leather. Oops. How did I miss that? Oh, now I remember. In the ad pics the top was totally covered with crap. Papers, books, etc. Uh huh. Don’t know if that was on purpose or not.
My heart sank as I contemplated these flaws. However, I should not have underestimated the power of the Ken; handyman neighbor extraordinaire! He came over for a consultation, came up with a plan, took measurements and headed back to his workshop.
Several days later, he appeared at my door with new trim pieces cut to match the center drawer for both sides of the desk. Like magic!
As for the leather top, I decided to just try painting it. I’ve had success painting suitcases, and books, so why not a leather topped desk? After all, my friend Lori painted her cowboy boots with MMS milk paint! I don’t know how well it will hold up to a lot of wear and tear, but my philosophy is that these things are meant to look distressed, so a little more here and there just adds to the look, right?
I debated painting it turquoise. It’s been a while since I used a true turquoise, and this would have been amazing in that color. But that leather had some red ink stains. That could have been a bleed through nightmare, so I went with MMS Typewriter, which seemed apropos for a writing desk.
I added a french address to the front of the desk to give it a little more personality. And look at those charming drawer pulls. Love them.
No. 1, if you are selling a desk on craigslist, be sure you pull the drawers out and check behind them for paperwork! These sellers left a lot of personal information behind including pay stubs and medical bills. Luckily I am not an unscrupulous identity thief.
No. 2, if you are painting with black paint, at night, in your living room that has wood floors … and you manage to splatter paint everywhere despite your numerous drop cloths … and you don’t see it until daylight hits it the next day, don’t despair. A magic eraser cleans it right up from both the wall and the wood floor. Good to know.