Last Sunday one of my fellow vendors at Reclaiming Beautiful posted a quick heads up about a garage sale in Stillwater on Facebook. Mr. Q just happened to be free, so as an experiment I sent him by himself with strict instructions to text me photos and prices before buying anything. One of the pieces he sent a picture of was this mid-century modern desk.
Lately the mid-mod stuff has just really appealed to me, and when he told me it was $10 I said “yes!”
Unfortunately, what I couldn’t see in Mr. Q’s quick phone photo was the water damage. See it on the legs? Yep, that’s water damage. There is also some fairly significant veneer damage around the edges of the top. Basically both of these factors rule out refinishing this piece with some Dark Walnut stain, which was originally what I wanted to do. The drawer fronts were in pretty good shape though, so I stripped and stained those, and painted the rest.
I also painted the handles on the drawers.
I’m still not sure about that choice. Maybe I should have left them wood. And maybe I should have painted the desk in a more subdued palette. Dark grey? Black? Oh, but what’s the fun in that? This is painted in Fusion’s Laurentien, one of my favorite aquas.
Obviously the chair I’ve used for staging my photos is all wrong. This desk needs a mod chair, like an Eames style chair …
Or this pretty aqua chair …
Use this picture of the desk without the chair to imagine it paired with one of these more modern chairs.
Yep, better, right?
This desk is priced to sell at $125. Anyone need a sweet little mid-century modern desk?