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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Primitive Make Over....Slant Top Desk

I am thrilled to share with you
our special make over project

Primitive Slant Top Desk
I have been wanting a slant top desk forever.
Finding a vintage desk was next to impossible or affordable.
The only solution was to build one.

For many months we have been searching for the right
piece of wood, one with lots of patina.
Driving past my fav flea market I spotted this wood object
what was it, could it be, yes it was
an "old" oak table top
The table was almost square and pulled apart in the middle
no leaf and no legs...perfect
Price was perfect too...$25

Table top waiting for  the make over

With Mr B's incredible talent the table top was transformed
into this slant top desk.
One half of the table was used for the desk top
the other half was used to form the bottom of the desk
The sides of the table were used to make the sides of the desk
To maintain the correct slope for the slant
The end's of the desk had to be built up

See the neat design....
We added a back board from the other end of the table
Hinges are new but sandblasted then painted brown
The sweetest part....
The lid opens just like an old school desk
Love the old wood patina, this could never be duplicated
lots of dings, scratches and history here.

Remember when I said there were no legs...

First we thought of 4x4's, too big
Second we purchased turned spindles, not the look
Finally decided the legs needed to be tapered.
Mr B was ready to build a jig to taper the 4x4's when
a light bulb went off in my head.

I remembered a sewing cabinet I had from the 70's (in 1970's)
I thought it had tapered legs....

trotted out to the other shed, found the cabinet, sure enough
dinged them a little...they are perfect
my slant top desk has sewing cabinet legs

Now the fun part
bringing the Desk to life

Primitive Bonnet and Tin Lunch Pail

Leather covered books
Another Mr B creation

School Picture Stitchery
 In a one room schoolhouse
I learned my lessons well.
Reading, writing, arithmetic
As well as how to spell.
     Hetta Dobson    1864

Pewter Candle Stick
Make Do Ticking Doily

So Perfectly Primitive
44 inches in length
functional as well
What is under the desk, you ask
A vintage sewing machine with wood cover
I was trying to hide the modern plug in.

Thank you to my best friend
Thank you Mr.B
You are always so willing to
shower me with your talents.
You put a smile on my face
and warmth in my heart.
Life is a magical journey
I am  proud to travel it with you.


  1. That is truly awesome..I wish my DH would even try and make some things...you are a lucky Lady and have an awesome Prim Slant top desk :)

  2. Good Heavens above Connie it turned out perfectly prim perfect. And it has history behind it under it on top of it and made by your best friend.. I absolutely love it and you brought it to life as you said perfectly as well.. Now I wish I would have made myou a journal as one of your surprises..
    Tell Mr B I love the leather book covers they are awesome looking & relly set off your Desk display.. Couldn't I just have a hay day creating some gatherings with those..

    Thanks for sharing I've been waiting to see how it all turned out...it was worth the wait..

    Have a great week!


  3. you did a fantastic job on this..looks so authentically real.;) love how you decked it out too.:) hive hubby and yourself a pat on the back.;)

  4. OMGoodness, Connie, your desk turned out awesome - you and DH are very talented. Your display is beautiful - just prim perfect. I love it!

  5. Love what your and Mr. B created together. Who would have ever thought the way it started Out? A wonderful job. Love, Love it. And the way you have decorated it is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow Connie I love that desk how sweet and prim
    Your display is wonderful, I wanted to say thank you so much for all the lovely items you sent I am so thrilled they are all so perfect.
    Big hugs

  7. Oh COnnie it looks Great!!! And I saw the treasres you set my mom lat night! She let me join in her fun and open her box with her! You did such a nice job! Lovely!

    Carmen and the Primcats

  8. I was wondering if I could buy a print of this desk for above my old desk. It's the primitive slant top desk. Please!!!!!!!!!!