Friday, July 20, 2012


Bob came home recently from an auction with this little school desk.
 Some may think its chippy goodness is perfect, but that's rarely an option with Bob.  The fun for him is disassembling an item; and restoring everything back to working condition and restoring the wood back to an original finish. 
 The desk portion tilts and can be adjusted up and down.
 The drawer has a pencil tray, and the drawer pull has a patent date of March 25, 1910 on it.
Sometimes, I have a hard time giving up things that Bob restores. This is one of them, but it is off to the consignment store -- hopefully, someone will buy it that loves it as much as I do!

Bob found this in a barn cheap.  It was full of hay and mouse droppings.  After a thorough scrubbing and disassembling, he stripped the wood.
This thing is huge and heavy -- much bigger than the average cedar chest. The top hinges for lots of storage and would be perfect in a mudroom.  After Bob finished doing his thing, it turned out pretty neat.
You never know if something like this will sell -- it takes just the right person with the right space.  It sold within two days!

Once again, our state is in mourning.  Please pray for the families of the victims of the horrific massacre at the movie theater in the Aurora suburb of Denver last night.

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Shelia said...

Hi Sally! OH, my that little desk is something else. I've never seen one like that before and your Bob is fantastic at restoring. The chest is pretty too, of course, minus the rat poo! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Marilyn said...

Both pieces are nicely done!

Had to call Sarah early this morning just to hear her voice after the horrible news.

More 100 degree days for us up here. Hope you are cooler.♥♫

Tammy Partin Spangler said...

Wow, I've never seen a desk like that! It would be hard for me to give it up also! Great job on the refinish for both pieces!

Jann Olson said...

Hi Sally, I love the school desk. I have an old one that I had in the play house of our previous home. It's being stored downstairs right now, but hope to have a place for it before too many years. The chest is beautiful. I can see why it sold so fast. My heart goes out to all of those who have anything to do with that horrible theater tragedy. I will be praying for all of them.

Susie Q said...

Oh Sally! How beautiful! Bob is truly an artist! I can see how wonderful they will be in the buyer's homes! Would be ad to part with for sure!
I am praying so for the people of Aurora, Colorado, the families...such a horrific tragedy. My heart aches...

Sending you love and hugs,

Michelle said...

How amazing, they both look great!! Thanks so much for sharing and I am a new follower!
Hope you have a great weekend!!!

Shelia said...

Hi Sally! How sweet of you to pop in to see me today. My week is just not the same if I don't go to church on Sunday! Oh, I never realized I was the first commenter on your blog! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Bob did good ... that school house desk is stunning. Amazing ... I want that for my house though I have no idea where I could put it. Maybe as a side table in the living room ... if only I lived in Colorado!



laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sally, Bob is obviously a miracle worker! I am so in love with that wonderful desk. The cedar chest turned out beautifully too, but the desk has stolen my heart. I have been praying for the people of Coloroda since I read the tragic news. laurie

suzyq said...

This is just gorgeous - I paint everything - but he was absolutely 100% right on this piece!
Definitely your newest follower- would love to have you visit and follow back :)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

These are both gorgeous. I've never seen a school desk that intricate before. Bob did an amazing job. I have some projects lined up for him.
Saw you at Savvy SS

Tazas y Cuentos said...

I love school desks and yours is wonderful! Great job!
Besos from Argentina, Silvina

The Golden Sycamore said...

Wow! These are beautiful! I paint furniture, myself, but still love a wonderfully done restoration! Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed. :)


Kristine at The Painted Hive said...

These are both seriously gorgeous.
That desk is soooo adorable. I love it before though the after the better I think.

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Beautiful desk!! I am hosting a Giveaway where you can win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. It would be great if you drop by My Dream Canvas :)

suzieQ said...

Your husband does amazing work, my mouth dropped at the second transformation, WOW.
I couldn't believe the news when I woke up Friday morning. My daughter and her husband live in Aurora. I knew they wouldn't have been there for that showing and they weren't, but it is an awful reminder of how life is so precious.
I wish someone, somewhere could offer some insight on how our country can do SOMETHING about the number of shootings a year. The U.S. had 8,775 shootings in 2011, including suicides. We need solutions, not debate.

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Honey at 2805 said...

What a really neat treasure! Beautiful refinish job!