…fit for a king

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a desk like the one a client brought me to refinish a few weeks away. She found it off Craigslist and it’s dual-sided and filled with cubbies, drawers & even filing cabinets. What a find!


The top of the desk had three leather in-lays that she wanted to keep as is. My DH is my expert taper and we used the Frog Tape that Miss Mustard Seed gave to me at Luckett’s. Thanks, again!

It worked great, but more importantly it was easy to remove.



Taping is not easy and you do need to take care and be exact. Especially if you are painting for someone else.


Check out the detail on this thing!




The leather was in pretty good condition, but she will need to find a leather product to really clean it up and keep it protected. FYI – this type of leather in-lay can be painted if you are not fond of the look.


She asked me about a dome chair that she also found on Craiglist (!!!) as a pair for the desk. Imagine the work you could get done on a piece like this? Love it.IMG_2739

I would have photographed it in the morning light, but honestly I think it weighs 3,000 lbs!

Need a piece refinished & refreshed? Email me for an estimate: cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com





  1. What lovely detail. She is very lucky to find such a great piece! You did a lovely job!

  2. What a fabulous find! It is gorgeous! You did an amazing job! I am sure your client will be very pleased!!!
    BTW found your lovely blog on You Tube. I love all your tips on ASCP!! I am your newest follower.

    Have a blessed day!

  3. Beautiful! Can you tell me what color you used on this? Just clear wax? Thanks!

  4. Beautiful! We have never had anything like that in our craigslist area thats for sure!! I really think the midwest doesnt have the old beautiful pieces like the east or south. I may have to move!

  5. That desk is just stunning, what a find!

  6. Shelley Deakin says:

    Beautiful Job as Always.

  7. Wow! You would never find ANYTHING like that in Australia!! Absolutely gorgeous!!
    Love the colour too- what colour is that ?

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