It was time. Time to uncover the enormous, double-sided, executive desk that’s been taking up almost a quarter of my two-bay garage space. Yes, it was time.
This is the time of year I’m in overload mode. I’m torn between building up my inventory for the winter and getting as many furniture pieces painted and cleared out of my garage.
Part of the deal of my taking over our garage to paint furniture this past year was that I guaranteed my very patient husband that by the time the New England winter weather arrived, we would be able park our cars in the garage again. Winter inflicts a boat-load of damage on cars here in New England and if you can keep your car in a garage it will last much longer – as is evidence of our 18 year old Honda!
In my mind, I expected this project to be a little much for me to handle. The desk is solid wood and very heavy. Based on its weight, I would guess it’s made from one of the top hardwoods available. I actually ran a Google search to try to determine the wood type, but since the desk already had a dark stain, I couldn’t quite see the wood grain to make a match. My best guess is mahogany.
The desk top also had some deep scratches and I figured it would require quite a bit of sanding.
So my husband helped move it outside to the driveway where I could get it sanded down and get a better look at it. Surprisingly, the sanding only took an hour. I was able to sand out the scratches and get a smooth surface much easier than I expected. That happens high quality wood.
So I pressed on and primed and then painted. Lightly sanded and painted again. Lightly sanded and painted again. The final coat was an oil-based polyurethane. Even though I chose to use Benjamin Moore’s DTM paint – one that hardens and doesn’t require a topcoat – I’ve found that desks and tables have to have a protective clear coat or they will scratch easily. The oil-based poly will give this executive desk the best protection available.
The legs on this desk are one solid piece that go all the way to the top (just underneath the desk top). They are built into the desk and the molding that runs along the bottom edge of the drawers is trim. This desk is for sale so if you’re considering buying it, please keep in mind that the legs do not come off – another testament to the fact that this executive desk is of very high quality construction.
A friend of mine actually wants this desk – and I want her to have it! – but she would need to get the legs off to maneuver around some tight corners in her home. Our deal is that if this doesn’t sell by the first snow, we will cut the legs and add a screw bolt (not sure of the correct name of the hardware) so they can be re-attached. We know it can be done since I have another table where the legs are screwed in like that.
This desk is double-sided. If you have a large space, chairs can be placed on either side of the desk to allow two people to work at once.
There are also four additional pull-out, wood extensions. They are made like a kitchen cutting board that pulls out from under the countertop and allow for additional work area.
The chair is also available. This was an old, wood school-house chair. It’s been updated with a high gloss, black poly-stain.
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