Friday, August 28, 2009

The Dumpster Desk...

While going to pick up a Craigslist bed for Calvin we spotted this desk parked next to a dumpster. We pulled this beast home. The desk is pretty heavy and quite large. It was a trick just getting it home. I had to take it apart just to get it into the house. The desk is pretty simple but does have some danish lines to it. I'm unsure who made it or when. The maker's tags are missing...
I really like the handles on it. Luckily I found the original keys in the drawer...
As you can see the top was very sun damaged, dry, and cracked...
I recently sanded the desk completly down then applied a tung oil finish. I also polished all of the brass hardware...
Sorry for the bad photos but the bedroom is kinda dark...
I think the tung oil really brought out the grain really well. I was surprised the top came out so nicely...
Overall, I am pretty happy with the way it turned out. I think it will be a welcome work space in our home...
A couple of recent additions for the desk include this Moonbeam Clock I bought for Molly for our anniversary. They reproduce them but I really like this original with the dark face. The clock works well and the light still works during the alarm. It was a good buy and looks great on the desk...
Our friend Mrs. J had this small tin toy globe that she no longer wanted. I think we pinned it to the late 1930's. It has a few dents and a bit of rust but I can't complain. I love it...
So now we are on a bit of a mission to fill out the desk with vintage items. A desk lamp, a pen set, waste paper basket, and maybe a vintage in/out box will be great things to find to. Hell, the hunt is half the fun.

7 comments:

mannequin said...

Yep, the thrill of the hunt is what is so alluring.
I adore the alarm clock, my goodness you found cool stuff!

Vintage Hunter said...

Great save on the desk! Love the clock too.

Anonymous said...

here's a cool sign for sale on craigslist

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/atq/1345719111.html

vintagenc said...

your dumpster desk was made by alma desk company high point NC.
Had one just like it

Steve

Monica said...

I have that clock, they remade it an target and other places had remakes!!!

Dad.. said...

ManI would LOVE to have a desk like that! Nice find!!

Anonymous said...

Wow!
I have that exact desk..and had no idea where it was from...it was given to me by a friend.
Thanks for the info!
PS..it is a great desk..you will love it!