Mahogany Desk

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Project by paplou posted 1297 days ago 1318 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a desk I picked up at an auction for $10.00. They said it was all mahogany but you know auctioneers. I got it home and sure enough it was, no plywood at all.
It was painted with the old type antique paint ( white ). After a lot of sanding and scrapping i got the top and draws and legs clean. I put 4 coats of poly. on with sanding of 220 between coats. Painted rest Krylon latex saten black. The brass is original, just used baking soda with vinegar to clean them.
Do you think I got my monies worth?


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#1 posted 1297 days ago

Look awesome, great job!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#2 posted 1297 days ago

Great looking restoration

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#3 posted 1297 days ago

Looks like you hit the jack pot. Nice save

-- Lynn "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#4 posted 1297 days ago

Very distinguished.. The contrast in colors is awesome

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#5 posted 1297 days ago

A really classic looking desk now, well worth the fine effort.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#6 posted 1297 days ago

Nice job!

It would be great to see a before picture if you have one.

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#7 posted 1297 days ago

Beautifully revamped! If only people knew how much better quality the old furniture is they wouldn’t buy the crappe’ that they make these days with pressboard and plywood. A little TLC and you have an heirloom!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 1297 days ago

That turned out very nice. Good job.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 1297 days ago

Great procurement of a fine piece of furniture at an outstanding price point! The re-finishing looks great and it’s amazing how well the original brass cleaned up. Thank you for sharing.

-- Wilton, Phoenixville PA

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#10 posted 1297 days ago


-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#11 posted 1297 days ago

Nice Job. Solid mahogany, wow! They sure don’t make ‘em like that now. (I’m talking about mass produced furniture, of course) If you look in the top drawer, the mfg. often puts a stamp on the left drawer blade. It may be Craftique? Let me know what you find, please.

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#12 posted 1297 days ago

Wow! that is beautiful the wood is stunning how on earth could anyone paint it white?? It’s a blessing you found it & gave it new life good job!

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#13 posted 1297 days ago

Nice resteration. very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 1297 days ago

It hurts just thinking about someone having painted that beautiful piece of furniture. Thanks for reviving it and sharing it with us! You did a fabulous restoration!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#15 posted 1296 days ago

Great work and nice score for sure!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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