Leggy grey desk named “Cassandra”

I picked up this leggy grey desk while driving my sister to her new home in Ohio.  I didn’t realize what was wrong with her until the ride home. She smelled so bad (the desk, not my sister), I had a massive headache after about an hour in the car.  Thankfully, it was a chemical smell.  The only thing to do…strip her with some Citristrip. During the process of stripping her, I realized that this lady had been stripped before and someone had put a couple layers of gel stain on her with out waiting for the previous coats to cure.  Bad idea, people.  Bad idea! Please don’t do that!!!  The previous owners also didn’t remove the top arch to fully strip the piece and they took an orbital sander to her legs….My mind was a whirlwind of bad words when I saw the sanding marks.  After stripping, sanding all the curves/crevices, and replacing the underside (because inside, underneath the drawers she was gross),  this lady was finally ready for a makeover!  Here she is before:

Cassandra- a leggy grey desk before picture

I’m sure you can see why I could resist the potential!  She was sturdy, but had just been mistreated. You might think that I sanded out those imperfections in her veneer…I didn’t.  Even after all that other work to undo the wrong’s done to this lady…I embraced some of her imperfections.  The word that came to mind… “wabi-sabi”…

Wabi-sabi meaning

via my pinterest (because I was too tired to find the original link)

Isn’t that what we want from others… for them to discovery beauty in our imperfections…to love us imperfections and all….I may be getting too deep for furniture, but that is how I love people and that is why I do what I do.  Here is a during picture I posted to my facebook page.

Leggy desk replacing the bottom

 

And here she is after all that work…

Cassandra grey leggy desk after full

I used a dry brush technique on her with one of my very favorite grey paint colors.  After the paint dried, I decided the color was lighter than I wanted, so I did a coat of stain over the paint, and then waited a few days for the stain to cure.  It wouldn’t have taken so long for the stain to cure over the paint, if I had remembered to turn my whole house humidifier down. Duh!   Finally, I sealed her in three coats of flat polyurethane for a nice subtle sheen.

Cassandra grey leggy desk top after Cassandra grey leggy desk after 2 Cassandra grey leggy desk after drawer detail Cassandra grey leggy desk after left side 2 Cassandra grey leggy desk after right side

 

My son named her “Cassandra,”  he said something about her leggy-ness (he’s eleven) and that she looked like a Cassandra. I went with it! I painted her drawers in Salmon milk paint and updated her knobs with these beautiful pink/salmon/grey floral knobs I found a couple years back. “Cassandra” will be for sale in my Etsy shop later today. xo Meg

 

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9 Responses to Leggy grey desk named “Cassandra”

  1. Connie April 21, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    This is just l.o.v.e.l.y. The gray color is so soft and the combination with the salmon milk paint is perfect. Knobs are icing on the cake…This is a beautiful piece…..

    Connie aka Mom

  2. Reeves April 21, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    So pretty, Meg! Love those legs and that top arch – gives her so much character. Amazing job once again :)

  3. Meagan Tucker
    Meagan Tucker April 21, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

    Thanks lady!!!

  4. Trinitee May 22, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    I love this! Would you mind sharing the paint color you used? I’d love to paint my coffee table this shade.

  5. Jenn @ My Fabuless Life May 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    I swear you can do no wrong! I am so in love with LITERALLY every single one of your pieces! xoxo

  6. Denise August 15, 2014 at 6:39 am #

    Bravo . Beautifully done! I love the gray. Do you mind telling me the brand/color?
    Also where are you able to find flat polyurethane?

    Thanks So Much,
    Denise

  7. Gloria Tulip August 13, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

    Did the gray paint go directly over the original finish? And when you applied the stain did you put in some areas or all over, then wipe down? I have a small table and I think it would be beautiful done as you did your table.

  8. Lisa Harvey November 9, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

    Hello, can you please tell me the name of the color grey used?
    Thanks

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