From Bad to Worse

June 20, 2014

About a month ago, I shared with you some pieces I purchased at a yard sale.  I'm sorry to say that they've all been sitting in my shed since I bought them.  I think the task of transforming anything that is in rough shape, while incredibly exciting in terms of creativity, can be a little draining when you know the work that is ahead.  I finally decided to bite the bullet and start transforming the little desk....not because it was the best or worst of all the purchases, but because it was the easiest one to get out of the shed. :)

This desk had seen much better days.  It was neglected.  The pieces were starting to pull apart.  The finish was dirty and worn.  The drawers had long again been broken out of the desk leaving a big space on the side.  The rolltop was broken in two sections.  The shelf on the inside was missing two of the dividers in the center and had a big chip on the edge.  

But I had to have it.  At $5, I saw a treasure in the making.  That is what I do....I find cheap junk and turn it into something fabulous...or at least I think I do!
The problem is that this desk actually went from pretty bad to worse.  The more I worked on it, the clearer it became that I really didn't OVERPAY for the desk like I had originally thought.  That is one of the downsides to refurbishing, well, junk.  Sometimes you overlook problems with what you are about to buy because you are so excited about what it could become.

The finish, while very worn in places, wasn't sanding off easily in other places.  This wouldn't matter, except my plan was to stain the desk top.  
Pieces on the side were starting to pull apart.  I'm not sure whether it was like this when I bought it or happened from moving it around for storage and to work on it.  
And it was missing a piece of trim on the side, which I totally didn't realize when I bought it.  
So, when I realized putting the frame of the desk back together wasn't going to be an easy process, I tore the entire thing apart.....kind of in a fit of rage.  Hammers and loud pounding were involved.   And this is what the desk looks like now....But remember.....It will get better.  (Please tell me it will!)

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