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Craig’s List Guilt and a desk makeover

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. 

 It didn’t.  

 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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About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

3 responses »

  1. Oh my cow that is the absolute best make over of furniture I’ve ever seen!!! I vote it as my all-time favorite and will carry it in my brain as the ultimate potential of butt-ugly furniture!!

    You are so funny!! I do that same “who-would-do-that??!! to furniture?” game!!! I’ve never done a Craigslist for anything, but I do it at garage sales……and, i do it with people’s outfits. I’m not a brat but I honestly will look at an outfit and think “You stood at your closet this morning, looked at all it had to offer and you pick that???” But I do it in all good-nature cuz hey, who really cares, right??

    I so love your blog!!!!!

  2. Great transformation! I love the styling, too. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Lemonade tray!

  3. Wow. It looks remarkable! And I’m completely smitten with those HOME letters above the desk. Must do that somewhere in my house!


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