Refinished Family Heirloom

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Project by Jami posted 03-27-2014 06:52 AM 1260 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This desk was actually made about 50 yrs ago and had been passed down 2 generations already. My friend wanted to pass it to the next generation in the family, but over the years it had been well used and painted way too many times. So, last summer I offered to see what I could do to make is nice again.

After a couple months of patience and determination, I managed to get all the horrible paint off of it. Then I replaced the lid that had become warped, coated it a couple times with a child safe finish, and lined the inside with felt. TADA!!!!

Now it is pretty again and is very appreciated by the 3rd generation.

This project was one that came with great satisfaction in the end for me.

-- Doing what I love and loving what I do.

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#1 posted 03-27-2014 07:18 AM

Good project and Great outcome. I so remember years refinishing kitchen cabinets the same way….what a pain and really messy removing all the paint…I ended up making new doors and drawer fronts.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#2 posted 03-27-2014 11:12 AM

looks very nice, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#3 posted 03-27-2014 11:13 AM

Nice save. The desk looks great now, ready to serve another child who can enjoy it’s beauty. Great work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 03-27-2014 11:18 AM

You did a good job, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#5 posted 03-27-2014 12:42 PM

Great desk and a great save! Love that little desk. Sure would be great for the grand-kids and future generations to come!

-- Dennis, WV

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#6 posted 03-27-2014 01:08 PM

A labor of love well done. Well worth the effort.

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#7 posted 03-27-2014 03:07 PM

Great save! What a clever and functional design. The desk and drawer combination are well designed, and you did a great job bringing it all back to life.

-- jbschutz

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#8 posted 03-27-2014 04:27 PM

Great job Jami. I have a small bookcase with a drawer in the bottom that has been passed down from my wife’s side of the family since sometime in the early nineteen hundreds. My wife put on the last coat of paint and in tradition put our oldest daughters name on the drawer. Well, after completely taking it apart, finding it was originally assembled using six different sizes of nails, I finally have it ready to reassemble. What a job as I am sure you had. These projects are usually a pain, but well worth the effort. I know whichever grandchild my wife decides to pass it on to, as yours, will truly appreciate it. Thanks for sharing and keep up the beautiful work.

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#9 posted 03-27-2014 05:02 PM

Thank you for all the kind words. This was a pain in the ass project, but more than worth it. I surprised myself even with the finished project.

-- Doing what I love and loving what I do.

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#10 posted 03-28-2014 12:22 AM

Unbelievable transformation! It was well worth the effort you put into it!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 03-28-2014 02:22 AM

Great end result

-- Norman

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#12 posted 03-28-2014 03:30 AM

Excellent job; it looks great!

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#13 posted 03-28-2014 12:05 PM

Nice resurrection!

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL

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