Another Trash to Treasure This Time Found at the Local Mission Thrift

Franny Monaghan Lathe
by Franny Monaghan Lathe
3 Materials
2 Days
I found this sad looking fold down desk at the Mission shop . Some had done a horrible faux finish on it. Not even sure what look they were going for the color was just down right ugly . But they did use a good paint and it was a mess to get . I don't usually use stripper I like to sand the finish down but this puppy needed the heavy duty stripper.
This is how I found the poor thing . I could tell it was oak underneath that terrible faux finish . Still not sure the look they were going for . It looked like something out of a flood.
At one time I think there shelves and cubbies in there
After stripping off all that mess I went to work on the detail with my Dremel . Usually when I sand a piece I try to safe the patina bot what ever they used really bit into the finish.
Here she is all ready for new pretty clean face , no makeup needed .

Here is her close up the detail is beautiful.
This a is a full view of this beauty. I used Helms Spar varnish because she is going to sit near the front door and used as a phone charging station and a place to put my purse and my keys . So I wanted her finish to last.
I'm not sure why but the bottom shelf folds up and the legs fold in . Does not seem to stable that way. Andias as why?
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  • Nana Nana on Aug 31, 2018

    Well done. You definitely saved her! I just wonder if the reason the shelf and legs folding feature might be that she had a counter partner chair that stored there when not in use. I can’t imagine any other reason especially if it make her unstable.

  • Khp31287609 Khp31287609 on Sep 04, 2018

    Beautiful! Can’t understand why people try to change such beautiful hand made pieces!! My family had carpenters and their work was second to none! Great job. I’m