The Kimball Antique Desk - Custom Refinish Before & After


This desk was brought to us by this family. They are dynamic, talented, and most importantly loving. Although they may look different from each other they were meant to be together. Just ask anyone who knows them! Allison has kept an online journal of their journey as their family has grown over the years. She is an amazing photographer, mother, and friend. I encourage you to visit them at Simple Inspiration.

The picture below shows the one last little baby girl that joined their family!

This desk originally belonged to Allison's great grandfather. You can see in the before pictures that it has been used quite a bit. Which is why I like it.
It has a curvy base and sits up on small french style legs.
Back in the day furniture always had keyholes and locks.
After much deliberation and trying on different types of hardware Allison opted to stay with the original dangly pulls. I think she choose correctly. This old desk has so much character and the original hardware accents it nicely. We were missing a few pieces so we scrounged through our old hardware and came up with these chunky twisty knobs. That top drawer deliberately hangs forward and has more rounded corners so the different hardware accents it wonderfully.
Once inside the desk you can see five organizer compartments and still another drawer. The little knob on it was also found as we rummaged through our older hardware.
We painted the inside hinges so they are hardly noticeable at all. We actually painted them and baked them in the oven so the finish would not chip. We hope the Kimball family is happy with their "new" desk. And that it remains in the family for many more days to come!

I linked to:

Keeping It Simple


Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

Absolutely gorgeous! The work that must have gone into this one...I'm in awe.


NanaDiana said...

Wonderful, wonderful job! I know how hard it is to paint the inside of those things! It looks absolutely beautiful! Diana

michelle said...

Beautiful!! I love old desks like this. You did an amazing job with the both the inside and out and I like that she kept the original pulls. We have one from my grandparents that I just adore!
What an amazing woman and family!

Biljana said...

Looks so elegant and wonderful:))
Greetings from Europe, Biljana

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

What a lovely piece!

Christa @ Modern Vintage Interiors said...

Stunning! The distressed edges really make it because those lines are gorgeous.

Memaw's memories said...

When I saw the first before pictures, I thought what a shame to cover the beautiful wood grain, but the after pictures take my breath away. I believe it was always meant to end up black. You did a great job as usual.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is so classic and gorgeous! i love it. even though it's acustom job, it so look slike you to me. :)

Christy said...

Hi, your work is beautiful and inspirational. With this secretary desk it looks like veneer is missing on the first drawer. What did you do to make that drawer look so great? Just got an old vanity with missing veneer we want to paint but not sure what to do the rather large 3-7" piece missing. Thanks for any input.

AllisonK said...

MEL!!!!! It's amazing! I can't tell you how much I love the overall effect of the pulls and the hardware. I did not know you had baked the hinges! A piece that I have always loved and will treasure even more! Thank you!!!

cindy @ ::cottage instincts:: said...

Beautiful....the family and the desk both :)

Linda @ Painted Whyte said...

Wow!!! That turned out fabulous! Good job as always!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The desk is stunning. I love it painted black and antiqued. YOur vignette on top is so perfect too. What a lovely piece. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Shelia said...

I love love this wonderful desk! How gorgeous it is with it's new paint job.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Such a dramatic and glorious transformation!...and what a beautiful family!!

Debra@Common Ground said...

I just love this piece and being painted black is just perfect to show it off. And what a gorgeous family, you can see the love on thier faces. Thanks so much for linking up.

Corinna said...

This is gorgeous! You did a wonderful job!

Madigan at madiganmade said...

Just a lovely job!

decor4poor@blogspot.com said...

Wow that turned out great. You accounted for ever detail. I love that peice.

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, this is just gorgeous--I love how you changed it--stunning!!!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

That piece looks very classy now. It's wonderful that it was a family piece passed down. That makes it even more special.

What a precious family. I have so much respect for those whose hearts are so big that they just have to spread their love around.

Thanks for linking to the party.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Julie (Legacy Crafter) said...

nicely done. Great piece of furniture and heirloom

Ellen said...

what a stunning transformation, love it!


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