|As you can see, the color palate is changing and evolving. I'm thinking, not so much green and more blue! (I need a good camera, my phone is just not doing the trick.)|
So, with my work schedule, and lack of knowledge for how long it would actually take to sand, prime, paint, fill the original drawer pull holes, paint a second coat, then seal the desk and table. WHEW!
But, with the help of my lovely father, the desk has its first coat of yellow, and the red table I showed before has its first coat of red. I go back home to the parents house Wednesday to finish the project and bring my new lovelies home!
For the desk, I chose these pretties from Myknobs.com. They were $2.99 each as opposed to HomeDepot's $3.39 each. So after shipping, the 13 knobs/pulls cost $44.88.
What's even cooler about this desk?? Shoved in the back of the drawers were all sorts of receipts and birthday cards and keepsakes. But I found two even more interesting things.
1. S&H stamps, as my post-woman mother called them. Apparently you would save these up and go trade them in for things at the store. Cool? Yes!
2. A letter sent air-mail in 1959!!!! Although the content of the letter was sad and talked about the couples separation, it was really cool to get a little insight into this lovely desks life. I love my little antique Drexel desk!
|The sad, but awesome to have, letter.|
|S&H Green Stamps. Did you know these were first offered in 1896?? I wonder how old mine could be....|
I love having a piece of history in my hands! Bringing the past back to life again is something I hope to always achieve with my designs.
Well, off to bed for now. I hope to soon have pictures of my finished products and explanations for how to DIY! Doing things yourself can save a lot of money, and being a working college student in my own apartment in Atlanta, saving money is something I won't sacrifice!
But before I go, here is a price break-down for how I am DIY'ing the desk and the pub table.
- desk- free
- pub table- free
- pulls for desk- $44.88
- quart of Kilz oil based primer- $7.00
- Glidden latex paint in semi-gloss (yellow&red)- $20 ($10 per quart)
- quart of Minwax Waterbased Polycrylic Protective Finish in satin clear- $17
- rollers/brushes etc.- $10 (I had a few rollers already)
^^This my friends is why I don't mind getting used items and putting in some time to make them mine. Similar tables retail at $300 while a I couldn't find a 1950's Drexel desk selling for under $400, and these aren't even the colors or finishes that I would want.
Moral of the story: don't be too good for good deals and hard work.