March 7 I chased 30 miles south to pick up an old cabinet off Craigslist. Which happened to be ¼ mile from one of 3 ReStores around this area—so I stopped in.
A bit of a rant—feel free to bypass.
*We have 3 Restores—right here, about 30 miles North and 30 miles South of us. Now, I love and totally believe in the philosophy and purpose of the ReStore, and both patronize and donate…BUT. I’ve developed a bit of an attitude. Right or wrong, here’s why.
The best is about 30 miles North, and the one I actually feel committed to- by patronage, donations, and my own built-for-charity projects.
The one about 30 miles South is incredibly junky and grossly over-priced~IMO. The one right here? Dropping off a donation-load, someone just ahead of me dropped off 4 inCREDible french-styled paneled doors! I wanted them badly and asked the A-Mngr if they could be priced and I’d buy them right now!?! “….no, but check back in the morning.”
I was there as they opened next morn’ and was told they had lead paint and got crushed in the dumpster. W H A T? I was upset. 1-I would have taken them right to the strippers to make them safe, and 2-if I donated something they didn’t want to/couldn’t sell, I’d take it elsewhere! At least give the option—DON’T just destroy it! Before I left the store, a volunteer I had some familiarity with very quietly told me the “dumpster” was the MNGR’s TRUCK. W H A T?? I’ve only gone back there twice in 4 years. Under “duress.” I will NEVER again give that store a donation. TOO MUCH? Well…MOVING ON….
At the ReStore, I did buy this poor thing with no identity. It was priced at $75. Seriously folks?
They were calling it “a desk,” but I knew that wasn’t true. They also decided to reduce the ridiculous price to $37.50.
I thought it was interesting and had potential!
A few days ago -in the fog of a baaad headcold- I pulled it into my work space to figure out what it WAS and think about what it COULD BE.
Well~ it had the tell-tale signs of originally being a tall dresser. Damaged? That somehow caused the dissection? It was actually too low for a chair to go under it to be the desk they said it was—only 18″ leg clearance.
♥ I could picture lowering it even more to create a (masculine) coffee table—on wheels—but how to address the back…?
♥ It might be nice as a nightstand and add a shelf in the lower midsection…?
I stripped its top to see what I had. Nice– but for what looks like an ink ring. Let’s just call that CHARM!
By its size I thought about a younger boy—by its style I thought about travel. I dug through my collection of vintage maps and found one that covered a horizontal section of the upper Midwest-East coast that seemed meant to be!
It’s aMAZing how much territory it covers! It even caught NYC and a sliver of Vermont! It does look meant to be, but now I’m sad to give it up. :’ (
I painted the sides -inside & out- and the back.
I also repaired the inside sides from the old drawer construction.
◊ I ripped and contoured ¾” boards to beef up the cut off bottom~now “legs.” I ran them through the router to 1-round over the bottom edge and 2-add a bead detail to the top edge as it meets the desk legs.
◊ It also gives more support to the reproduction ball-styled wheels I’ve added. All this boosted the desk leg clearance to 21¼”, good for a bench.
The desk legs feel beefier, and the whole desk is more substantial now that it’s boosted higher.
It came out really nice and is at the antique mall already!
I’m sharing this project with The Curator’s Collection!