You can see in the photo below that the top had seen it's better days. I discovered a few messages carved into the wood by former students.
I hummed and hawed about sanding it back down to it's natural finish but that would have required taking it outside. At the time the temperatures were ranging around -26°C (that's around -14°F) and
there was no way in H.E. Double Hockey Sticks I opted to stay warm indoors by patching the scratches and painting the top.
I painted the entire desk with a mixture of Old White and Pure White chalk paint. The drawer fronts were painted with the color Pebble Beach (a grey).
I added some distressing along the edges.
Then I decided this table needed a little French goodness and so I headed over to The Graphics Fairy and found a fitting French Ephemera Graphic.
After a lot of digging I managed to figure out that the circular date stamp was postmarked on November 2, 1837 in Boulogne-Sur-Mer, a city in Northern France with a mileage stamp of 643 (I wonder where it came from)?
It was addressed to Madame Sugat at 9 Rue Neuve in St. Denis, a northern suburb of Paris.
The oval stamp on the top left says Bonne Frères Boulange S•M. I'm going to assume that is the name of the post office - Good Brother's in Boulange-Sur-Mur.
I'd love to hear from anyone well versed in Marcophily to confirm if I am correct? Regardless it was a little eerie tracing the handwriting of someone who was alive 177 years ago!
I always like to add an element of surprise when the drawers are opened and thought this Old World Map wrapping paper was perfect.
Most likely the bottom of this awesome double drawer won't be seen once hanging file folders are in place but I gave it some paper goodness too.
Instead of replacing the Vintage Chippendale Bat Wing Drawer Pulls I spray painted them (don't hate on me).
...and distressed them with sandpaper to reveal some of the original finish underneath.
I wish I had room for this in my house...but then I say that after every makeover.
Now for that chair that mysteriously appeared in my back yard. It looks like it originally was stained in a cherry color but had been spray painted grey.
Unfortunately fortunately for me (the reason it landed in my yard) was that it was full of paint drips. I forgot to take a picture before taking the power sander to it.
To unify the chair with the desk I painted it in the same colors and distressed it along the edges.
Then I transferred the same French Postal Graphic in a smaller size onto the seat.
Now they look like they've always been a matching set!
If any of you know anything about old postmarks I'd love to learn more about the one on this envelope dated back to 1837!
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