|Project by Roz||posted 08-09-2012 01:29 AM||4615 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
This old desk, probably from the 1950’s followed my wife home after an auction at Kirkwood Plantation, a historic mansion a few miles way. It was pretty rough and not very old. The shoppers were there for the very fine pieces by renowned makers so this desk went cheap and the buyer knew someone she could persuade to fix it up.
This desk is covered in veneer and was finished in lacquer. It had some water damage as well as deep dents and dings. The leather top was dried out and required replacement, and it is this that made the project interesting for me.
I gave the desk the needed minor repairs and a good sanding. I topped it off with 6 coats of lacquer. The leather I ordered online from HEATH’S RESTORATION SHOP. The owner was very nice and helpful in deciding color and embossing. He also got me up to speed on how to replace a leather top.
After removing the old leather I sanded the surface and cleaned it. Next we applied an even coat of wallpaper paste. Then I carefully laid out the leather working it into place against the edges of the wooden trim and smoothed it out with a rolling pin. It surprises me still how nice an old beat up piece of furniture can look with a little work.
-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."