Lately, I’ve been thinking about desks alot. Hey, I’m not the only one! A good friend posted the following riddle on his Facebook status yesterday:
“Have you any idea why a raven is like a writing desk?”
The answer to this riddle, apparently, is in the book Alice in Wonderland:
Alice sighed wearily. “I think you might do something better with the time,” she said, “than wasting it in asking riddles that have no answers.”
But I digress. This post is not about Alice in Wonderland. It is a Cinderella story. About a desk.
Desks. You may be sitting at one. I sure spend a lot of time at mine. And I love to give them “Cinderella Makeovers.”
I rescued this particular desk. I found it at one of my favorite haunts. You guessed it. GOODWILL!
Here’s the before. Can you believe this ugly specimen cost $49?
I guess even Goodwill has inflation! Here’s a before shot of the top. Eeegads!
What did I like about this desk anyway? Well, it had good bones and the drawers slid out pretty well. I peered inside a drawer and saw something engraved. “Drexel Heritage”. Hey I’ve heard of that manufacturer!
And in small print it said, “Touraine Collection.”
So I shelled out the $49 bucks and hauled it home. Went online and learned the Touraine Collection was made in the 1960s. Some Craigslist ads priced pieces at up to $450.
So what did I do to give it its Cinderella makeover?
PAINTED IT of course!
I thought it would look cool in an antique white color with an olive green trim. Just give it a newer, but still vintagey, look. So I used a line of decorative paints from Caromal Colours. This is cool paint– the texture is like putty. You just smoosh it on with a paint brush. It dries really fast and cleans up with water. I LOVE easy paint clean-ups! After it dried I took a damp rag and smeared on some Caromal Colours toner into the nooks and crannies. Here’s what it looked like when I was done.
Now I’m no perfectionist, and I’m no professional painter. But for $49 and some paint it looks pretty good, huh? Don’t you just LOVE a good Cinderella story?
But I have to tell you something. Please don’t get mad at me.
We don’t have this desk anymore.
We got a new sofa, and had no room anywhere for this desk as it was too big. So guess what I did?
I gave it back to Goodwill.