I can’t say no to those tapered legs and elegant simplistic lines. I wasn’t thrilled with the finish of the mid-century modern American of Martinsville desk. The desks were made with several different finishes; the desk we found was an ashy gray wash and thick and heavy like a laminate. Ugh! The desk top is a white laminate in good condition, which I am okay with; very functional for a desk.
We took turns sanding the gray wash finish away, the final sanding with a 150 grit paper. Jerry reglued the dowel joints, and then it was my turn to finish it up. My favorite part of the whole process is applying the Boiled Linseed Oil. The rich color and grain of the wood shines. I didn’t want to paint the desk at all, but had to after some small repairs around the drawer.
After a few coats of Boiled Linseed Oil, over a few days, I then finished it up with a top coat of Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish. Hint: make sure the Linseed Oil has time to dry in between coats and before applying a top coat.
Jerry put dibs on this desk when we originally bought it. Just about all furniture pieces have multiple funtions. This desk would make a nice bed side table, or entry way table.
Quality vintage furniture with a refresh can stand the test of time, and no Allen Wrench or assembly required!