Thursday 21 February 2013

From Broken to Beautiful

Earlier this week I had to go out and get a chair for a project I was doing. On on my travels I was able to nab a desk. 
 I don't think you can see it but there is a crack right along the the top. Just some glue coming loose, easy fix, but I tell you because you will see it more clearly when I'm fixing it.
 Obviously the middle drawer needed to be repaired as did one of the bottom drawers.
But I saw beyond the colour and the poor paint job and the broken pieces. 

 After stripping the top down and stripping most of the rest of the desk I was able to begin the repairs needed. I think you can see the seam.

 LOTS of stripping...but solid maple under all that paint, so to me it was well worth the time and effort to do it right.

Just a bit of repair on the bottom of the legs and we are ready to go! :) 

After all that work we ended up with this!! 

TA DA :) 

 A beautiful maple top...stained and sealed with Poly
 The rest was repainted on a now SMOOTH surface.
 All the hardware was replaced with something a bit more up to date :)

So pretty and so ready for it's new home! 
So again...from this!
To this!

I'm so happy with it. 
Tomorrow I work on the matching chair. 

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  1. It turned out great! And so worth the effort!

  2. Curious why you chose knobs for the top 3 and handles for the rest of the drawers.

    1. Hi, great question. It came originally that way, this way I didn't have to drill new holes, just switched out the hardware :)

  3. That's unbelievable. You are a magician! I wish I had that kind of vision and talent.

  4. Wow, that turned out wonderfully! And how lucky that it was solid maple. Makes you wonder why more people don't bother repairing things. It's hard to find solid wood furniture these days!

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