I picked up a small secretary/writing desk from Kijiji last week for $70, and painted it in antique white so that it could go to one of our guest bedrooms. Our guests will then have a comfortable desk to write and use their laptops on.
A desk in solid wood with a design like this could easily cost me hundreds of dollars buying it brand new.All it takes is a couple of coats of paint to freshen it up and modernize it. A vintage piece in such great condition is not only economical but environmentally responsible and stylish.
Here is the BEFORE
AFTER in Antique White with Oxidized Pewter Knobs
Now all I need is to find a matching chair or bench. I am thinking along the line of French Provincial or shabby chic style. We shall see.