Projects & Improvements

Restoring a Solid Wood Desk

published Feb 29, 2012
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(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Rhonda has the kind of friends we all need — friends who give away beautiful solid wood desks on Facebook. Desks like the one above that have strong bones despite the visible wear and tear caused by years of hard use. Rhonda and her husband knew this desk would shine up to a become a showpiece in their home, and boy were they right!

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Rhonda’s husband took charge of this project, removing all of the old chipped veneer before sanding the wood smooth. He used a lighter stain on the frame and a darker on the drawer fronts to create a two-tone finish before sealing the piece. The last step was cleaning decades of grime from the original hardware before reattaching it to the desk.

This project obviously took a lot of time and care, but is one of those where the end result is so beautiful, all that hard work was well worth it. Restoring this 1940s desk should easily give it another 60 years of life, if not more.

Images: Rhonda/home.made