While scouring Craigslist last week for some unique finds, I came across this waterfall desk that I just HAD to have. It looked too vintage to not buy it! I didn't/don't know much about this style of furniture, and I'm still not sure when these were made (1930s? 1940s? Does that mean it's antique or vintage??) but I do know that this is the "waterfall" style. See how the front looks like water could fall right off the edge?
Of course, it needed a tiny bit of work to fix up before I could actually paint it. The top right drawer was missing it's "stop" tab that keeps the drawer from pushing back too far, and the bottom left footer piece had a 1/2 inch gap above it. Luckily, I just needed to
Once that was all together, I mixed up a custom color of chalk paint and got to work! I had bought a sample of Sherwin Williams' color "surf green," which looked like a beautiful and bright (but not too bright) teal green. I had pondered for days over what color to paint this desk, and finally chose this color (which looks a heck of a lot like 15 other colors just like it, but not exactly like it.... do you ever have that problem??) But after opening the can, the actual color was too bright! A little black paint mixed in and we were good to go! Muted teal! Perfect! See the difference in the colors?
Two coats later, some distressing, and a coat of clear wax and I'm in love! The hardware is original, except for the center knob because one of the handles was broken. However, I did spray paint the maroon part of the handles-- can you even tell they are maroon? They are, and they looked too retro for my liking. So they are oil rubbed bronze now! I left the gold part untouched (except for some TSP soaking to clean off the grime!) but they looked old and distressed and I liked that.
What do you think?
Hubby says it looks like it belongs on a ship. I say it belongs in a coastal house or bed and breakfast. Or in a Pottery Barn styled room for a pop of color! Either way, I wish I could keep this one just like all my other pieces, but there's only so much room in this house! You can find it for sale in my Etsy shop!