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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Reclaimed Wood Pipe Shelving

I began adding to my existing pipe shelves this weekend.

On Saturday, I bought some 1×12 boards that were reclaimed. The owner of the shop said it came from a restaurant built around the 1930s and then was torn down. Each of the pieces had small tacks all over (not sure exactly what it was for since they only went in about a half inch or so.)

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One of the boards still had some paper glued onto it. I managed to save some of it :).

The first thing I did was use that greyish paint that I painted the Ikea shelves with and diluted it with water (about a 50-50 mixture). Then I randomly brushed it over the wood. Once it was dry, I sanded it smooth (it took some of the “whitewash” off but not all of it which was what I wanted). The next thing I did was use the steel wool and vinegar solution to age the boards a little more.

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I used the same oil sealer product that I used on the mantle which darkened it a little but also picked up on the grey colors too.

I connected the pipes and attached some flanges to the wall (I had to find big head screws so it wouldn’t go through the flange holes so I ended up with anchor screws rated for 102 lbs).

I didn’t buy enough of the 8 inch pipes otherwise I would have added a third tier.

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I could do the same thing (only slightly narrower) on the other side and if I really wanted to, I could connect it across the TV. I’m not sure that will happen though Floyd and Puck might try to convince me.

A note about reclaimed wood – it is really cool to use but it is spendier than the brand new stuff from the hardware store. Instead of smashing walls down, it has to be taken down with care so it can be reused. I love the idea of using reclaimed wood because there is so character in the piece – character and history – I’m a sucker for that. 🙂

Fireplace Mantle!

I worked on the mantle this weekend and completed it!

Once again, the before pic –

Then I revamped the fireplace itself last year and this was what I saw for most of the year.

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It wasn’t until a couple weeks ago that I added the beginning of the mantle.

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Going into the weekend, I still wasn’t sure what I’d come up with and to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was going to build it out. I went to a local store that specialize in being green. They had a few pieces of 1×6 reclaimed, vintage boards for sale. I grabbed a piece along with a 2×4 piece (for some, undetermined future project) and took them home.

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I sanded down the rough spots and then built out a “frame” for the mantle.

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Puck also decided to help out by testing the weight limit.

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I could have left it at that and waited until next time to finish but I was so close! I went back and bought another 1×6 piece and put it together.

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I added vinegar-steel wool solution to the wood to age it more. I also added some nails up top to some of the existing nail holes.

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To age the nails, I used a copper sulfate solution (the stuff I used to give the zinc patina). I also used an oil stain instead of polyurethane to protect the wood.

The result?

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Some of the lag screws were purely decoration but there were a few that supported the façade. I also built out a small “channel” if I ever decided to hang stuff. (It’s also a good place to stow a fireplace lighter as well.)

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