We bought TT1 an old desk off craigslist. Really, for 10 bucks, you can't go wrong. Did it look like crap? Yes. Was D astounded that I'd even consider paying $10 for such a hideous pile of kindling? Oh even yesser!
But, it's living in our garage, patiently waiting a few weeks for someone to give it some love and attention. Here is a "before" photo:
Doesn't look too bad here, but those chunks in the veneer were my nemesis. And the rope detail around the desktop - nasty to sand! And the triple-flute between all of the drawers - oh MAUDE I hate that molding no matter how pretty it is!
Here are the post 3 hours of putty-ing, rough sanding and sweat photos:
8 drawers later...
Aidan actually did some work - I'm so proud :)
The back didn't look bad at all, too bad the rest was crap.
It actually cleaned up pretty nicely. The top is crap, but that's what glass is for right?
Amazing, but TT1 actually sanded 3 drawer fronts. He also took off all of the hardware himself. Of course, after 3 drawer fronts, he was done and "swedding like a little piggy", so he abandoned me for the pool. And his bike. And some crazy game filled with ropes and towels with TT2. Pretty much anything but the actual work that needed to be done.
But, the rough sanding is done, and it just needs a hit with some fine-grit and tack cloth before I turn it into a satiny black treasure. And, when it's all said and done, you can't buy a desk like this for $50, so the sweat equity is TOTALLY worth it.
I must say though, I am feeling all of those crazy positions I contorted into to sand the dang thing...I am SO not 23 anymore! I think more wine is in order tonight. Maybe by Saturday I'll be ready to tackle this thing again.
Then again, maybe not.
UPDATE: The desk from hell is DONE! TT1 chose the colors: satin black and fire engine red for the trim. Of course, Grumpasaur decided to paint the trim. I swear that man is the only person on earth who can turn satin paint glossy! The point is, TT1 loves his new desk, and that's good enough for me. Here are some more progress shots, and a finished product. Just ignore the kid crap...