I state "long post" , because I'm a bit long winded on this one (oh right, like that is something totally new for me! ha). Clara took me 5 weeks and a bit of nail biting to complete. This was a big makeover for me, and I absolutely adore the results! You may feel free to scroll past my ponderings and just check out the pics, my feelings will not be hurt! lol
As I may have mentioned (many, many times.... lol) my best friend moved to Maryland (this is where the table from "It's 5 o'clock somewhere" went to), and it was on a visit to her new home that I met (and fell in love with) Clara. She was down in the basement half under a bunch of 'still yet to be unpacked' items. Clara had not had an easy life by the looks of her, but she was sturdy, with good bones, and a hidden beauty. Well, at least 'I' thought so (not everyone appreciates hidden beauty :). At the time I was helping my friend decide what to do with her kitchen/dining room area (she was going to remodel, which is now complete and STUNNING!). Since she was planning to re-do part of the space as an office, I offered to re-do Clara for her. She eventually declined because this was to be an office for her husband and he wanted a larger, more manly desk : ) Understandable, Clara appears to be a woman's writing desk of sorts, definitely not his style! LOL
I came home from my trip, but never forgot about Clara.
After my friend had decided that Clara simply did not fit the bill for the new office, I quietly asked "So, what are you going to do with it?"... My friend knows me so well.. we both knew that it was not just a "casual" question, she knew without me saying that I wanted to get my hands on that desk........... She said I could have it. My heart skipped a beat, and my mind raced because I already knew exactly how I was going to make her over. I got on the internet and began ordering supplies.........
Her husband brought Clara to me when he brought the kids to Michigan for spring break. We carefully carried her down to my work area.
This is the first time I got a really GOOD look at Clara... Oh my, Clara was missing ALL of her front feet! as well as having chipped two of the back legs. The rest of her was in relatively good, solid shape! Thank goodness! A bang here, and a loose spot there, but all in all, terrific shape. I was in a quandary. I had no idea what to do with her missing 'feet'. I remembered reading a post on Hometalk about a woman that had made a mold using hot glue (thought it was darned ingenious at the time, which is why I remembered it), but darned if I could remember where that was.. so I asked the Hometalk community and SHE ANSWERED! I re-read the post, but I had another problem , all I had was three small pieces of 'feet' that I found in one of the drawers. These pieces were all I had to give me any kind of clue what Clara's feet used to look like, and nothing to actually mold... what to do..