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    Posted 4 years ago

    BryanBoo
    (32 items)

    This piece really had some years of neglect but the owner wanted its character brought back. Unfortunately, the staining proved too deep so I suggested to the owner that I faux paint the appearance of a leather top.

    What was done: the entire desk was stripped, stained and finished. A couple of the drawers had some edging that was sheared off. I painted striping in a dark contrasting color to detract away from the edges to give them a more squared appearance. For the top, I faux painted the appearance of a brown leather top using a base coat of one color, with another color applied on top. This was then followed by a scalloped stencil in gold along the edge.

    The customer kept touching the top and couldn't believe it was a painted and not real. I advised them to have a piece of tempered glass cut for the top and set on. Thin bumpers to protect the painted surface.

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    Comments

    1. Celiene Celiene, 4 years ago
      Wow! Great job!
    2. Davistoni, 4 years ago
      My Mom had this exact same desk in her estate! Hers is a darker wood, but not sure if it's just a stain giving it that color. You did a wonderful job restoring it!! Do you have any idea how old these desks are? I know Mom had hers to do all her bill paying on, and it seemed to be around forever! LOL
    3. BryanBoo BryanBoo, 4 years ago
      Thanks for your comments!
      I would say the desk is from the 1950's
    4. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Your work is really great, the "trompe l'oeil" effect for the brown leather is breathtaking.
      I admire your patience... My restorations are mainly on tiny pieces of jewelry, exception is an asian mop inlaid rosewood tray :-)
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/user/kyratango/kyratised
    5. Candycane5068, 2 months ago
      Can you tell me where I could find handles and 1 top side drawer ? I have the exact desk . It was my great grandfathers .

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