Retro Desk is Not Retro Anymore!

I had a friend give me this desk to paint and I have to be honest at first I had no idea what I was going to do to it. I find this era of furniture a little harder to figure out. It had some veneer damage so it took me awhile to figure out how to handle that. The finish on this desk was shot so we could only go up from here, so I got busy!
I realized that after I had taken all the hardware off and started stripping the top and the drawers that I had not taken any before pictures, so this is all I've got.
Stripped down drawers and ready for stain. I thought a deeper darker stain would be nice. I think I used English Chestnut.
The veneer on the top front corner was badly damaged, it almost looked like it had been burnt, so no amount of sanding was going to get rid of it, but I've got plans!
I kind of find the this 1940's style furniture to be a little boring so I decided to spice it up with stencils.
I fully stencil the top, this is a picture before I did any sanding to tone down the stencils.
Here is the stenciled top softened by sanding lightly.
Now that it has been stenciled you can't even see the damaged veneer.
I had to use the original hardware because the spacing was so odd that I could not find new with the same spacing. I think in the end it worked out.
I did 2 tones of French Linen to add more interest.
I waxed the whole thing with clear wax in the end.

Lauri Black / Shabby 2 Uniquely Chic
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