Ahoy matey’s, today I have a pirate desk to share with you.
You are probably wondering what makes it a pirate desk, right? Well, it had a peg leg when I bought it. You can’t see it in the ‘before’ photo unfortunately, so you’ll just have to trust me on this one. See those curvy feet (well, as much as isn’t covered by grass)? Well, the back right one was missing and the previous owner of the desk just nailed on a chunk of 2 x 4 instead. That explains why the price on this desk was ridiculously low. Well, that and the numerous spots where veneer was chipping off, and maybe all of the dings too and that one mismatched drawer pull. Yep, this baby had a few flaws.
But it was especially unfortunate about the foot because otherwise the back of this desk is finished, meaning it could be floated in a room with the back facing out. But certainly not with a 2 x 4 foot.
So after I brought this one home I called Ken to come over for consultation (which involves him going out his back door and crossing over though my backyard to my workshop). He looked seriously skeptical as I stood there saying I was quite confident that he could come up with a fix. Ken may not have faith in his abilities, but I do!
I told him it didn’t have to be perfect, it just had to blend a little bit. He hemmed and he hawed, and then he studied the other feet, and then he went home and thought about it for a while. Then when I came home from work a few days later he had done this.
Ken, being a bit of a perfectionist, was not entirely happy with it but I thought it was amazing! I knew once I got it painted you wouldn’t even notice that it was different from the other feet. It certainly beats a 2 x 4!
I decided to go with Little Billy Goat’s Prizewinner on this desk. I really love this blue!
To deepen the blue a bit, I used Little Billy Goat’s new black wax as a finish. I had only used the black wax on top of black before, so I wasn’t sure how it would work over a color, but it worked perfectly over the Prizewinner.
Did you notice in the ‘before’ photo that there was one mismatched drawer pull on the lower left hand drawer? I find it odd that the previous owner chose to put the mismatch on that drawer rather than the upper middle. Duh. That fix is a no brainer. I was able to use all of the original pulls on the side drawers and I just added a coordinating knob from my stash to the middle drawer.
I also added a little Paris, France stencil just to give the desk a little extra personality.
Remember I posted a week or two ago about finding some chairs to use with desks? Then my sister-in-law brought over this chair.
Seemed like kismet, so I painted it up to match the desk and I added a pretty faux grain sack seat.
But guess what? It doesn’t quite fit under the desk. Argh. However, not all desk chairs have to be tucked in, right? For example, my own desk chair does not fit under my desk because it has arms.
By the way, in case you’re wondering how that replacement foot ended up blending in once painted, check it out.
Be honest, if I hadn’t told you about it would you have even noticed? Can you even tell which one it is?
I did go ahead and paint the back because with Ken’s faux foot, I think this desk would be perfectly fine facing out. This way whomever purchases the desk will have options.
I actually did two different photo shoots. I started out in the photo cottage, but I wasn’t super happy with any of those photos.
So then I pulled it out into the driveway where I staged it simply with a cream colored vintage typewriter and some Reader’s Digest books.
I picked up the books at a garage sale because the colors were so pretty. I knew they would come in handy for furniture photos.
I almost forgot. I have one more thing to take care of before this desk is available. I need to line that middle drawer. I have to admit though, I’m a little drawn to the graffiti art that I’ll be covering up.
How about you?