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Stately Drexel Desk: Before and After

Sunday, 1 April 2012

I found this piece on Craigslist while browsing one night (what, you don't browse Craig as a hobby?) and sent the link to Shayne. She took care of the rest and brought it to my house later that week. It was FAR bigger than I thought it would be and HEAVY. I looked underneath for markings and saw "Drexel". We high fived each other. I'd never seen a piece like this before...so much storage and such different lines.



I decided to distress differently on this piece because Shayne really wanted it "crusty and old looking". While back, I read about distressing with denatured alcohol on Crista's blog, Stories of a House. I tried it on this piece...and I love the look it gives! I also used a paint scraper lightly on all of the flat surfaces to get more worn look without the risk of sandpaper scratches gone awry (which happens to me more than I'd like).I glazed twice to give it a really worn look.
Without further delay, the finished desk:


I'm in love. This piece will be at Style Minneapolis by mid week!


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