Two Desks Means Double the Fun!

It feels so good when my junkin’ days pay off like this one did.  Do you ever have that happen to you…I mean, when you head out and score a piece that doesn’t really need touched or is exactly what you needed?Double-whamo desks in this instance.

While out doing the city-clean up run, I was ready to make a right-handed turn on a Y-shaped intersection when I glanced to the left to check for oncoming traffic…there it was.  Perfectly retro desk!!!

Vintage Mid Century Modern Desk Found Curbside by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
I peeled back around and turned on my hazard lights, since there was no side-street parking and didn’t have a care in the world who I was annoying as I snatched up this cutie.
Don’t you just love the original green paint?
vintage green desk found junking via Prodigal Pieces
Or how about the perfect condition wood top?
vintage green desk found junking via Prodigal Pieces
This was perfect for my 3 girls bedroom – they had so been longing for a place to sit a write in their journals.  I snatched up the chair at a garage sale for $3!
Even better was this jewel…a vintage Smith Corona electric typewriter!! GASP! It was curbside with its original case, key, ribbons, instructions, and even those little white-out tabs. God is good!
vintage Smith Corona electric typewriter found junking via Prodigal Pieces
They just love pretending to be the American Girl, Kit. And well…it’s just so much fun! I remind them that the blue beauty is mine, but they can borrow it for now.  I’m such a good mom, eh? hahaha
vintage Smith Corona electric typewriter found junking via Prodigal Pieces
On to the next goodie…

My son and I headed out for the third weekend of city-cleanup and on our first stop picked up this desk.  It was complete with glass top, at least it had a glass top. We loaded it up and leaned the glass on the side of the desk.

painted desk found junking via Prodigal Pieces

We also scored this mirror at the same stop which I put up front…

antique etched mirror found junking via Prodigal Pieces…not taking any chances with that beauty.

Just after we loaded up, we headed down a slightly curved street when CRASH!!! The drawers had come out of the desk and smashed into the glass, completely busting it up.  We seriously were turning at a snail’s pace, but that was all it took.

painted desk found junking via Prodigal Pieces
You should have seen the look on our faces when it happened.  I busted out laughing and said to my son, “Dada is not going to be happy about that!” Needless to say, that stopped our trip and we turned home to clean up the mess.

Word to the wise: Turn drawer side of said furniture to the outside before loading glass.  Uugh.

This desk was my answer to my prayers of needing a sewing desk to replace the tiny one I sold months earlier.  I couldn’t find a single one anywhere that was what I needed.

painted desk found junking via Prodigal Pieces
I even scored this retro office chair in my neighbor’s trash – totally a rubber-neck experience.  Saw it and flipped my vehicle around quick. as. a. flash.
painted desk found junking via Prodigal Pieces
 The desk is a solid piece, but had tons of deep scratches to the top.  After some wood putty and sanding, it was as good as new.
painted desk found junking via Prodigal Pieces
 I put a dark gray chalk paint top with a whitewash on the sides. Spray painted the pulls an oil-rubbed bronze, and bam!  I got a sewing desk.  Yipppeee for me!
painted desk found junking via Prodigal Pieces
 I LOVE junking!!! Not only did I get these awesome desks, but I had fun and that’s what it’s all about. Can I get an amen?

How about you….and good treasure hunts lately?

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15 Comments

  • Donna Wilkes

    Great finds! Our city does not allow free curb items anymore – they all go to the landfill. I shudder to think what treasures end up there. I am glad you saved the desks and the typewriter. Yes, I learned that glass-hauling lesson the hard way, also!

    October 3, 2013 at 9:32 pm Reply
  • kellyorr

    Wonderful finds, love the green desk for the girls. I bet they are pleased!

    You did a great job on the desk, too, it’s very pretty.

    October 4, 2013 at 3:27 am Reply
  • Amberly Steele

    Love the finds!

    October 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm Reply
  • Denise Stain

    Your desk is gorgeous! But the chair is so fab!

    October 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm Reply
  • Tammy Henderson

    Great finds and a beautiful re-finish! Looks very nice

    October 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm Reply
  • Heather Hinchliffe Rode

    I love that second desk so much! I’ve been on the lookout for something similar to redo as a sewing machine table too. Yours is so lovely. Lucky girl 🙂

    October 5, 2013 at 2:36 pm Reply
  • Marie Blackburn

    Awesome finds! I found you over on G+ with Anne Davis’ share and I’m so glad I did – definitely adding you to my Circles! You brought back fond memories – my first typewriter was that cute little Smith Corona Coronet Electric. Spent many hours in my room as a teenager playing Secretary! LOL
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    October 5, 2013 at 3:54 pm Reply
  • Christy James

    I am so bowing down to you right now, oh queen of the curbside. You found some amazing deals! I love the typewriter too 🙂

    October 5, 2013 at 11:15 pm Reply
  • White Lace and Promises

    What fabulous finds! Oh I so want the typewriter!

    October 6, 2013 at 1:05 am Reply
  • Kayla Janachovsky

    It looks great! I’d love if you’d link up to The DIY’ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/10/diyers-32-and-marathon-weekend.html

    October 7, 2013 at 3:09 pm Reply
  • SheilaG @ Plum Doodles

    Wow, you were blessed with some amazing finds! I love the whitewash finish on your desk.

    October 7, 2013 at 9:08 pm Reply
  • Christine Graves

    Love the way it turned out….looks wonderful!

    October 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm Reply
  • Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking

    What great pieces you’ve found! I’m featuring your sewing desk in this week’s PoPP Spotlight. Thanks for linking up.

    October 15, 2013 at 7:11 am Reply
  • Brooke Larsen

    Your desks are amazing. I love the chair, I would never think of putting those 2 together but it is beautiful!!
    I would love for you to come link up at my Furniture and Paint Party going on now!! Hope to see you soon
    Brooke
    startathome.blogspot.com

    October 17, 2013 at 4:07 am Reply
  • Roses, Lace and Brocante

    Hello Larissa
    I love it when you go junking – oh I would love to find those things here!!!
    Visiting from Michelle’s party.
    have a happy weekend.
    hugs
    Shane xox

    October 18, 2013 at 7:44 am Reply
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