Just before we bought our first house, we were living in a two bedroom, three floor condo. The lowest floor held our television, but we had no place to sit. We had ordered sofas, but they wouldn’t be shipped for another two months. While we waited for the sofas, two important events transpired: we started house-hunting (and eventually bought one) and Handan and I started crafting and woodworking respectively. My first forays probably shouldn’t be called “woodworking” proper, but they did involve wood, the occasional saw, screws and paint. My third project (after two small tables I rehab’d and painted) was the following secretary desk.
This is the best kind of project because the source material, the desk, was totally free. Handan noticed it sitting by the side of the road one morning while I drove her to work, and it was still there on my way home, so I pulled into the driveway of its previous owner, loaded it into the car and took it home.
It was a simple project: I knocked out some drawer supports (the drawers were missing), made shelves out of some poplar planks, primed it and painted it.
Handan made awesome monkey fist drawer pulls to complement the schooner I stenciled on the front.
This was also my first time playing with distressing, and I’m pretty happy with the results.
I still really like this piece. Forgive the crappy photos. They were taken with my phone way before we invested in a decent digital SLR.