Office Desk

Office Desk

After getting rid of the tanker desk a few months ago, I thought of different ideas for a new desk. One idea was to get a vintage (mid-century modern) desk but they were not always readily available. I really liked the idea of having desk drawers but it wasn’t a necessity since my current desk was just a table.

I went to a local shop that specialized in reclaimed lumber and talked to the owner. He said he could glue planks together so I could have a table. So I went there and picked out some 2×9 longleaf pine boards to be used. From what I was told, the boards came from a cotton mill that was torn down.

A week later, I was able to bring it home.

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The boards were rough and needed some sanding, which unfortunately, meant some of the old white paint was removed during the process as well as a bit of that aged/weathered look. I fixed that by using a vinegar/steel wool solution and then taking a heat gun (and later a propane torch) to bring out the grain patterns.

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I actually had to sand this down a little because after putting oil as a sealer, it became TOO dark. So after sanding down again, and losing all the original white paint that was on there, I torched the wood again before using diluted paint to “lighten” the wood.

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I left the table top sitting in the garage for a few weeks as I decided on the leg style.

I knew I wanted metal legs and at first, I thought hairpins would be cool but then I had to consider the weight of the table and the fact that it was merely 3 glued pieces (there weren’t any biscuits used to join them), and the sucker was HEAVY!

I ended up ordering these legs from the same company that I ordered the hairpin legs for my coffee table.

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I cleaned them and added a clearcoat to protect it from rusting.

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I liked that this design supported the planks.

The result with Puck as inspector.

I added a think acrylic sheet on top since I didn’t want to get splinters on me or on cat paws. Also, it would make writing easier. Plus, as an added bonus, I could put pictures under the sheet. 🙂

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Whether or not I keep this, remains to be seen. I might end up switching to a nonglare piece so it looks more subtle. (And then cut the pieces of this one for my bookshelves)

One last look showing some of the detail from one of the old boards:

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Sometimes, Bigger isn’t Always Better

The storage trunk I bought months ago turned out to be a bust. Not only was it a little TOO big for the room (especially considering the tanker desk still isn’t ready yet), but I couldn’t get rid of the mothball odor.

I tried Fabreeze, Lysol, baking soda, 2 cans of coffee grinds before I brought it outside to strip off the fabric and prime it. Then I painted over it with the intention of covering it with fabric or contact paper. I never got that far, because the smell never left. In fact, all the other substances just seemed to add to the mothball scent.

I started to look once more for a ) a smaller size trunk b) one that didn’t smell.

I managed to find one. It was a little more spendy than the one I bought but was in much better condition than the one I had before. And it was metal footlocker type trunk.

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A much more manageable size when looking at them side by side.

I switched the wheels over to the smaller trunk and brought it into the office. It was definitely a much better proportion than the one before. (Puck had to inspect it, of course.)

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Compared to the trunk before:

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It will need a little work on the inside since it has some contact paper liner that is not quite my style. 😉

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Office Storage Space

Before my office renovation, I had a metal file cabinet. It did its job but nothing really cool about it.

I needed something that would look cool or funky as well. I had thought about a storage ottoman but with a couple miniature jungle cats (in their minds), the fabric had to be right.

Then the idea came around the holidays during one of my movie marathons – an old trunk – maybe something that looked like it passed through Platform 9 3/4 a few times.

Just last week I found one at a salvage place.

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It was pretty filthy and the leather handles were broken and disintegrating. The inside smelled (and still does) of moth balls.

After a little bit of TLC and a set of caster wheels, it’s now ready to start earning its keep.

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The Tanker Desk Formerly (?) Known as Lola – Phase 1

I managed to work on the tanker desk this holiday week. (I don’t think the name, Lola will stick so she is once again, nameless.)

The first thing I did was remove the drawers.

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Instead of working on the entire thing at once, I decided to start with the pencil drawer. I cleaned and took a wire brush to some of the rust spots before priming it.

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Next I used a spray paint I found at one of the big box stores – Flat Soft Iron. I had wanted to go the auto paint route but it would have been way too pricey and time consuming for me. If this didn’t work though, I would have.

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This is the color after bringing it inside. (Floyd had to inspect the finished product in the first picture.) I did take a small brush and fixed the area around the lock.

The legs were next and they were a little rusty but still in good condition. The chromed legs were dirty but undamaged. I only worked on one so far and after cleaning, grinding, and priming, I got a coat of Brilliant Silver on (to see how it looked before I tackled the other).

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The hardest thing so far was removing the pedestals from the table top. The bolts had rusted out and I wasn’t sure I could remove a couple of them without drilling through. It was a no go so I went to see if I could buy replacements for them and luckily, I was able to find them. So I spent a couple hours drilling through the rusted bolts alternating with my little propane torch (the kind used for créme brûlée).

The end result?

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A view of the new color next to the old:

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I haven’t figured out how to remove the file drawer yet. I also haven’t decided what to do with the linoleum (formica?) top.

 

 

 

Another Phase of my Office is Complete

I now have wood floors in my office!

I began the project on Thanksgiving Day and managed to get about 7 rows in before breaking for dinner.

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The next morning, I was on a roll and managed to complete over 2/3 of the room before I ran out of glue.

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I was scraping off the bottom of the can but it wasn’t enough to finish the rest of the room. Being that it was Black Friday, I was not about to go and venture out just for a can of glue so I decided to wait until the week after to complete. I did bring my area rug out to see how it would turn out though.

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I also received a few more sunburst mirrors to add to the decor of the room. 🙂

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Back to the glue – I debated for a while on whether or not to use the same Bostik glue as the rest of the room. It only comes in a 3.5 gallon container and is $160 at Lowes so I was hesitant at first. I was close to buying a different glue but remembered my glue fiasco in the living-dining room last year and opted for the same can (which will prompt me to add flooring to my master closet soon).

This past Friday, I finished and it took about 2 hours.

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After removing the tape and moving some items back (with Puck as my model).

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Given the look of the room, I’m once again debating the color of Lola. It would seem a bright color would be too much for the small room so I’m thinking of something understated. Stay tuned.

 

Lola Update

I haven’t done much on my tanker desk—aka Lola but I have decided on a new paint color.

Instead of blue, I decided on a silvery lavender color called Evening Orchid (which is a 1965 paint color for Chevys like Impalas and Chevelles).

Sneak peak at the color:

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I’m hoping to work on it soon. The first step I need to do is take her apart so I can prime and paint. If all goes well, I won’t have to wait too long once I get my flooring done.

Lola (the Tanker Desk) Update

I haven’t really worked on Lola yet since I got her months ago.

Of and on I have been looking at different color paints for her and I decided on this one:

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It’s a 1969 Chevy factory color for Camaros and Chevelles (Lemans Blue Metallic). Since I would never own one due to the maintenance of these beauties, I decided to use the color on the desk.

This was the touchup paint version but I’ll be buying the spray paint for Lola.

I’m even thinking of getting an emblem with “Lola” written in a similar script font as my fave muscle cars.

Chandelier Revamp

Since lightening up my office with the pale yellow. I was tempted to tweak the color of my chandelier a little. Plus, there were still some spots where the brass was showing.

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The colors were too dark but it wasn’t a priority. Fast forward to when I was spray painting my nightstand with the Brilliant Silver. To touch up, I sprayed paint onto a paper plate so I had a puddle to work with. On a whim, I dabbed a paper towel and rubbed on the paint onto the chandelier. It created a unique look because some of the dark steel could still be seen.

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The pink/fuchsia color was now too much so I looked at replacing the faux candlestick sleeves. Cool, patterned ones were $6 each online. (!!!)

I decided to be creative and make up for Saturday’s fiasco and worked on something tonight.

 

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I had the paper ribbon for the cat tree toys so I wrapped one sleeve with it – just to see how it would look.

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The end result

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I used scotch tape at first but you could see the tape so I ended up sealing the sleeves with good old school glue. It’s a quick fix and can easily be changed to other colors or if I decide to use a pattern.

I need to spray the bottoms of my bulbs silver now but voilà!

My Own Tanker Desk!

I’m now the proud owner of a (slightly beat up) tanker desk!

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It was on Craigslist for $60 and at first I was iffy about it because I wasn’t going to be able to haul it anytime soon. They offered to deliver it to me so I decided to look at it and noticed the retro legs. There were a couple dents and some rust on the sides but it hadn’t gone through the metal. The top was dirty but still in good condition. So I didn’t haggle (since they were delivering it) and it arrived yesterday afternoon.

I cleaned out the contents and there were some creepy things (a bug nest?) so that was quickly dumped. The last time it had been used was sometime in 2004.

I didn’t really clean the actual body yet but tried to remove the top and possibly disassemble so I could move into the garage. That didn’t work. I did however manage to remove the modesty panel before I pushed it inside.

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It’s a very bland, beige color right now and although I have named her Lola, she needs a makeover. Right now, I’m thinking a retro shade of turquoise or teal would be cool but maybe use a pearl finish (or metallic).

She’s in my garage and I’ll tinker with it over the next few months. Lola won’t be a 1 weekend project. I’m sort of treating her like a vintage car (since she’s heavy like one). My refinish process will be similar in process. I’m iffy on fixing the dents though, right now they don’t look too bad. I hope to clean the rust and further assess the damage in the next few weeks while also continuing to research on paints. 🙂

EDITED: I don’t think a pearlized paint will work since the shimmer occurs mostly outdoors. :-/ I’m better off doing metallic or solid color instead.