I have had a lot of luck selling desks and I am not exactly sure why. Most vintage desks are a lot smaller than more modern versions especially computer desks, so I would not have thought there was a lot of appeal. Maybe it’s the fact that people don’t need as much desk space anymore with tablets and laptops or maybe it’s just the vintage look that people are interested in.
This latest piece was bought at a thrift store. It had thick shiny paint on it but I could see that it had a very nice braid trim on the edge. This told me that it was good wood; it is all mahogany and the top refinished very nicely. I painted the body in Annie Sloan Provence and Old White. Make Me Pretty Again’s blog on cerusing oak got me thinking about highlighting the trim to make it stand out more. I made my own liming wax by mixing Old White into the clear wax and I used it on both the trim and the Provence. It softened the colour and gave it an antique look. The handles are original to the desk and have a bit of an Art Deco design to which I added some German Silver gilding.