Here's a Drop Top Desk (is that what it's called?) I finished today.

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q here s a drop top desk is that what it s called i finished today, home decor, painted furniture, Pretty rough shape
Pretty rough shape
q here s a drop top desk is that what it s called i finished today, home decor, painted furniture, ew
ew
q here s a drop top desk is that what it s called i finished today, home decor, painted furniture, The drawer on top is waxed the base is not
The drawer on top is waxed the base is not
q here s a drop top desk is that what it s called i finished today, home decor, painted furniture, inside the drawer
inside the drawer
q here s a drop top desk is that what it s called i finished today, home decor, painted furniture, AS Provence lightly distressed
AS Provence lightly distressed
q here s a drop top desk is that what it s called i finished today, home decor, painted furniture, I was worried about the colors It s hard for me to step outside the white box
I was worried about the colors - It's hard for me to step outside the white box.
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  • I grew up doing my homework on one like that, except that it had an upper with shelves and glass front doors. I think they called it a drop front desk. The upper drawer supported the panel when folded down

  • 3po3 3po3 on Mar 11, 2012
    Very nice upgrade.

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Mar 11, 2012
    The drop front I restored a few years back was not quite that bad...but being built from solid Mahogany with mahogany and walnut veneers...painting was NOT an option.

  • Donna McCrummen Donna McCrummen on Mar 11, 2012
    Gorgeous KMS - just gorgeous! No before pics?

  • Donna McCrummen Donna McCrummen on Mar 12, 2012
    @Sheila - I only had to sand the small area that needed patching. It was mostly scratched not gouged. I used two thin coats of chalk paint then lightly sanded with a fine sanding block. Then I waxed and buffed.

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Mar 12, 2012
    Sorry shabby...the original finish was shellac...as was common of that time frame. The exterior looked like alligator skin...the top also had a number of white rings and some deeper damage. On the inside I left the "cubbies" original as the finish had some very delicate crackle. The writing surface however got refinished as well. My sweetie uses it as her "paper work / home office" area. It meets our needs and looks good to boot. The coolest part is I got it as part of a barter with one of my clients...( I knocked 200 bucks off of one of his tiling projects...I would have been hard pressed just to buy that much Mahogany at 6 to 8 times the price.

  • very nice! great transformation ...

  • Karen Pilcher Karen Pilcher on Feb 09, 2015
    i it called a secretary or writers desk desk. the ones with the glass cabinets above are called secretary desks. It does look very nice.

  • Country Design Home Country Design Home on Feb 11, 2015
    Very cute and well done! Love that color : )

  • Jeannie McCarley Jeannie McCarley on Feb 11, 2015
    That's really nice, awesome job.

  • Lukejakeleahsnama Lukejakeleahsnama on Jun 26, 2015
    Really nice - I love the colors and you did a fabulous job!

  • Lesley Cameron Lesley Cameron on Jul 04, 2015
    It's beautiful – you did a great job! I have a similar one I've I also redone: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/401805597977203055/

  • Debi53 Debi53 on Jul 05, 2015
    What a beautiful change & lovely color.

  • Dee Dee on Oct 27, 2015
    Very nice. The color really 'makes' the piece . . . I think that if you love the color you won't go wrong using it, though sometimes it is hard to be bold and 'declare' that love by just doing it. Good on you for stepping outside the white box!

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Jan 22, 2016
    Great job. Love the color choices. I hope you kept it. thanks for sharing with everyone.

  • Judy Judy on Apr 09, 2016
    I'm afraid to do mine, the original finish is still good, came from a friend's estate and I don't want to ruin it...I have several other antique pieces I'm afraid to try that on too. But then I really do love antiques in their original state. Maybe I should just sell them and let someone else make those decisions....lol

    • Nora Stidham Nora Stidham on Apr 11, 2016
      @Judy I'm with you!!! My antiques have a good finish and I like the original wood finish! When my kids inherit them, they can do whatever they like with the pieces!!!

  • Kathleen Kathleen on May 25, 2016
    It is called a Secretary. You did a beautiful job. Bravo! You are very lucky, they are hard to find.

  • Annie Doherty Annie Doherty on Sep 18, 2016
    We call them writing bureau or secretaries in the UK, it's interesting how we can have so many names for the same thing. I love what you have achieved with yours it's brilliant. You have turned a tired old lady into a beautiful girl with a lot more years on the clock. I love your colour choice, thank you for sharing.

  • Annie Doherty Annie Doherty on Sep 18, 2016
    Sorry should have read secretaires :)

  • Judy Judy on Sep 22, 2016
    Annie Doherty, some call them "writing desks", but "secretary" is a more updated term...my secretary is my writing desk, as opposed to my computer desk..lol