It’s funny how you’ll be driving along and have no intention of going into the thrift store, until you realize that your order of business for the day just happens to be within 15 minutes of the thrift store.
And suddenly you’ve just got to go in “real quick” to see what’s inside. Right? Does this ever happen to you?
Well, that’s what happened.
That morning I had driven nearly an hour to a local news station in Baltimore, Maryland to do a morning news segment.
I had plenty of time to drive back home to make my 10:15 a.m. dr. appointment.
Very unlike me, I arrived in the vicinity with 15 minutes to spare, and instead of being a good patient and arriving early, I decided to run into the thrift store!
After all, it was nearly dead. And you know what that means–NO COMPETITION. I knew there had to be something yummy in there.
Sure enough, there was (!!!).
Seriously, feast your eyes….
For only $19.99, they were a steal. My friend tells me they could easily go for $150 each.
Score for me! But not just financial reasons.
But because they were so chic, and they have STUDS.
When I did this thrifted vintage with studs (my first stud job), I fell in love with the look of stuffs, and couldn’t wait for the next studded reupholster opportunity!
But Wait…..There’s More!!!
Later that night after I returned to pick up the chairs, I accidentally bumped into this beauty. It was lying face down on an old sofa in the back of the thrift store. I’m talking–in the parking lot area of the thrift store. You know, that “triage” spot where people drop things off and it hasn’t even had time to get marked for pricing.
I immediately saw the lines of the body and was like, “Hold up! Wait! Let me have a look at THAT!”
I have NEVER seen feet that look like this. EVER. Have you? I mean, this antique desk has TOENAILS!
Carved toenails! Who makes furniture like this anymore?!
I knew that I had to have it.
And because the men that work the furniture section all recognize me now and I have good rapport with most of them, the guy said to me, “You know….if you want it, go home and get your van. I’ll leave it here outside for you, and I’ll price it $39.99. That other guy over there will price it way too high.”
I wish it didn’t have a missing handle on the right, but I’ll figure out a pretty, creative solution.
But for $39.99???!!!!! I couldn’t pass this up!
Would It Be a CRIME to Paint This Antique Desk?
I almost can’t think of painting this antique desk, you guys. It feels too special. Too antique-y. It has toenails, for cryin’ out loud. Furniture that someone spent a great deal of time crafting by hand, carving by hand. If someone took that amount of time to carve it, I feel I should spend quality time restoring it, not just slapping paint over it. (Although I admit that a light grey would be so pretty and feminine).
What Would YOU Do?
Would you paint or strip it?