It’s been a good week for scouring and sourcing. The mid-century teak recliner has now travelled 100 miles to its new home. I actually rang to check it had made it safely as it looked a little precarious, a 55 year old chair strapped to a roof-rack. I would have shed actual tears if it had come a cropper.
And now to Pt 2 of my mid-century scores. A teak industrial style desk which was quite literally “saved”. Black legs, original screws and bolts. Storage compartments and original drawer with drawer pull. I fell in love instantly. The shape, mid century line and simplicity was right up my street.
The entire piece needed tlc and I cherished the thought of bringing this beauty back to life.
The wood was not in fantastic shape, so it was all sanded back, danish oiled and then waxed. I find it all so therapeutic, seeing that teak glowing again. It would look fantastic in a vintage lover’s home.
Some people may have decided to paint the whole thing, cover up the age and wear, but I personally love the distressing to the wood. It’s a 50 ish year old desk. Of course it’s aged. The only bit of “up-cycling” I did, was to paint the inside right compartment black to compliment the legs and drawer pull. That compartment was also a little discoloured, so this seemed like the simplest solution without losing the natural wood colour, which in my opinion beats Annie Sloan any day.
All the natural signs of ageing, wear and distressing to the worktop. Don’t hide it. Flaunt it.
The drawer runners were waxed and run super smoothly now and the drawers have been cleaned and waxed inside and out.
Black and Teak. Gorge.
Update: This was sold shortly after it was listed for sale to a vintage lover down in Cornwall. Happy new home!