Vintage Industrial Desk

by homebeautifulca

This clean lined, mid-century desk made by Kroeler has four drawers and centred legs. It has been finished in rusts and oranges.  The top and two small front inset panels have a uniquely textured industrial finish.  The drawers have recessed hand grips and have been painted inside to match.

This clean lined, mid-century desk made by Kroehler has four drawers and centred legs. It has been finished in rusts and oranges. The top and two small front inset panels have a uniquely textured industrial finish. The drawers have recessed hand grips and have been painted inside to match.

We can’t pass on a good deal so when my husband and I came across this desk a couple of weeks ago with a ‘FREE’ sign on it, we grabbed it. We were a little stumped with what to do with it at first – it’s not exactly the kind of style to shabby chic or distress, but we both agreed on the colour orange for it. This desk makes us think of the sixties and the colours that were in style then. So we decided to try something different, something a little edgier, a little more masculine.

I first painted the top with two coats of red paint (left over from the Darth Maul dresser). The orange paint I picked for the rest and overtop of the red was a CIL brand from Wal-Mart. And after using it I will probably never use CIL paint again. It took 5 coats of paint (I used an entire quart sized can) and it still did not completely cover. In the end I decided to use the dark streaks underneath to my benefit and aged the bottom with a bit of diluted stain which I think added to the industrial feel.

This desk is a well made one with great details like the recessed hand grips and the centred legs. It would be a great desk for a student, or as a small workstation, or to hold your laptop.

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