I had bought this vintage age roll top desk from Craigslist with the intention of giving it a few updates and reselling it. So, it's now for sale if you know someone in Northwest Ohio looking for a good solid desk. :)
The people that were selling it had cats (read there was cat hair all over it) and it was their daughter's desk. It was good and solid but dirty and not pretty. They lived in a very small house and were getting a piano for their daughter so the desk had to go to make room for the piano.
Here are some pictures of it "Before":
And here it is after I added some cute little bun feet, changed the drawer pulls, painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint (old white), and waxed it. I think it's 100% improved.
You notice I didn't paint all the cubbies.... I was too lazy. :) I thought about just removing that part of it but there's just something I like about having it for organization. It was in good shape, unlike the top and the work surface.
So, I just left it as it was. And I think it looks ok this way.
In this picture you can see how I did the feet. First I added a board that was 1" larger than the bottom of the desk on 3 sides and screwed it down. Like this:
|These two pictures are shown with the desk upside down.|
|Sorry, this is a really poor shot but it's the only one I have like this.|
Then I put cove (I think that's what it's called) moulding around it on the ledge I created. For the feet, I just bought bun feet and mounting plates from Menards. Screw the plates to the bottom of the desk and then screw the feet into the mounting plate. I didn't take any progress shots (they're boring anyway). And because I like side by side comparisons here's the before and after again:
Between Naps on the Porch's Metamorphosis Monday
Coastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia's Tuesday's Treasures
Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday
DIY by Design's Winter Blues Wednesday
Chatty Chics' Wild Wednesday
Beneath My Heart's Best DIY Projects of February
Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday