Monday, September 27, 2010

How Do You Like My "New" Desk?

This past weekend was spent cleaning up Mr. Tennis' office in preparation for an upcoming busy selling season for him.  We purged and streamlined and he ended up with a nicely organized office space and I ended up with an old desk he had in there. I found the desk for his office about 10 years ago at a local thrift store and paid $50 for it. It was perfect for Mr. T at the time because it has so much top space and he could really spread out.  Over time he decided he wanted a more streamlined look, so the desk became a slightly cumbersome storage unit for him.

Now I have it in my little space:

I cleaned it up with some wood cleaner and gave it a coat of wood restorer.  It's still pretty banged up, especially the top, but that's one of the things I like about it.

It has wonderfully long drawers that have a really nice looking grain on the outside:

No, I don't have the key to the lock on the top drawer, but if I did I could lock all three as they are connected by some metal contraptions inside. It must have had it's origins in an office setting as it has some curious traits.  This one I understand:

I had one of those while working as a secretary many moons ago at the local newspaper.  A handy slide out for when the paperwork becomes overwhelming and you need just one more surface to put a file.

But, this:

This I don't understand. (Bumby is doing a fly-by inspection to the left there).  Mr. Tennis and I have been puzzled about this removable center part of the desk from day one.  Any guesses?

So, I'm pretty happy with my new improved and vast desk space.  I will have to work on some accessories and replacing the desk chair. 

 I've been on the lookout for an old wooden one that swivels and rolls on wheels - you've seen the kind.  But I haven't - yet.  And those who know me, know I won't pay over a certain price, just like my dining room chairs.  I'll hold out for the perfect opportunity.


KarenSue said...

Awesome! OK, I'm on the look out for a desk chair. You might be getting the phone call so be ready.
You know so much stuff, I know nothing about cleaning up wood. You will be my wood person now.
See ya soon,

Simply A Farmer's Wife said...

I LOVE it!!! We were given an old wooden swivel desk chair last year and I've never done anything wtih it because it needed minor repairs but will be giving it to our nephew for his birthday this Sunday along with his "new" old desk. If I come across another I'll keep you in mind!

Claudia said...

That is a fabulous desk! I love that old wood and the big, solid quality to it.


Linda said...

That's a gorgeous old desk, Ann...I love how sturdy it is and the great old patina!

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Mango said...

Momma used to have the kind of desk chair that you are talking about but she could never get the arms to fit properly with her desk. That was a looong time ago and she wound up taking it to the swap spot at the local dump and it was gone almost before she got into her car.

I like your new desk but am flummoxed by the removable center piece.


Mr. Connor said...

WOW ! Have to think on the part of the desk in the middle. Is the name of the company that made the desk located somewhere ? If not start looking on ebay for old desks !

The Boston Lady said...

I have had a very good guess from a good friend's husband, "Mr. Furniture". He guesses that they may have had a piece of machinery in the middle of the desk. I'm thinking that may be correct. Something they would wheel in, then after use, wheel out and replace desk insert. Hmmmmmmmmm. I will take Mr. Connor's suggestion and look for manufacturer's names - saw something when we took it apart to move it. Must investigate further...

Orlando Grandma said...

Now you have a spaceus "new" old desk. I remember my father had one of those chairs you are looking for but that is of not help to you right? The chair is out there, you will find it. Good luck.

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