Craig’s List often makes me feel guilty.
When I’m in a thrift store and see some particularly woebegone piece and think – “good God, who would do such a horrible thing to an innocent piece of furniture?” – I’m free to imagine some awful person lurking in a darkened room doing unspeakable things with paint. It’s entertaining and I feel good about “rescuing” this poor desk/chair/bureau/whatever. Win-win!
But with Craig’s List there is no imagining – I come face to face with the evil doer and, more often than not, it’s someone charming. Such was the case with this desk.
You know when you buy an avocado, stick it in a drawer, forget about it, then find it and, even though it’s really mushy you’re hungry so you cut it open and inside it is this disgusting brown/green color? (Do you do that? I do that a lot. I actually eat very few avocados but I think I’m supporting the entire industry). That was the color of this desk in the Craig’s List posting.
Perhaps, I thought, it will look better in person.
In person it was a hideous Rotting Avocado Green with an overlay of faux antiquing glaze which made it look like a rotting avocado that had been left near a mud puddle.
However, it was attached to this really delightful woman who had “loved, loved, loved” this desk and was pleased it was “going to a good home.” I liked her immediately -despite her kind of dubious taste in furniture color – and felt instantly guilty.
She assumed I was buying for myself and I felt sneaky not admitting that my evil plan was to strip it, repaint it and then, even worse, sell it.
So I smiled. I said I loved it too (and secretly wondered what she thought a grown man was going to do with a sorta frilly, ugly avocado green secretary desk), hoisted it into my car and slunk (slanked? Is that a word?) away.
Once at home it was stripped, primed and painted. I cut a small hole in the back for computer cables, fixed the warped drawer and replaced the knobs.
And after that build up I’ve totally set myself up for someone to look at the finished product and think “good God, who would do such a horrible thing to an innocent piece of furniture?” It would serve me right.
I’ve also come to realize that green is a really hard color to photograph because I assure you that my wall does not, in real life, also look like a rotting avocado and the desk, in real life does not now look algae green. But you get the idea.
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