I found myself in the vicinity of my favorite thrift store just before the doors opened recently, and while I wasn't hardcore enough to stand in the sub-zero cold with the other bargain hunters, I made it in early enough to find this lovely hairpin Frankenstein-ish desk.
I saw it in the back of the store and immediately scooped it up! I didn't really have a need for (or a place to put) it, but I've never had the strength to pass up hairpin legs. The poor thing had this crazy shabby-antiquey treatment going on, the hairpin legs had been added at a later date —it was all over the place. I think it was having an identity crisis.
While I'm usually a traditionalist when it comes to original hairpins, this time I thought I'd branch out and hit them with a little color. I don't usually do pastel anything, but that baby pink was calling my name! I wanted simple knobs and found some in brushed brass at the hardware store for $1.99, but then decided they were too dark and updated them with some metallic gold paint. I shelled out $15 for the desk and ended up putting $20 in paint and hardware into the makeover.