Terrible Furniture Vol 1: Rosewood Desk

A little piece of me dies inside every time I stumble upon a beautiful piece of furniture that has been destroyed by the current owner. Since this problem seems all too common, I figured it only makes sense to begin a series on this blog post titled "Terrible Furniture" highlighting some of the worst postings on the Seattle Craigslist. 

Up this week on the chopping block is this rosewood desk...

At first glance it doesn't look too bad, but a closer inspection makes me want to facepalm myself so hard my hand actually goes all the way through my face. Kinda like this: 

The desk, on it's own accord, has pretty sexy lines and the rosewood has some incredible coloring and grain. Unforunately, whoever decided to restore this mid century stunner went a little above-and-beyond the call of duty when it came to applying the protective coat. I mean look at the gloss on this sucker. It looks like the desk was coated with about 3" of resin...


Every angle shows a new imperfection in the finish. It looks wavy in some spots. Uneven in others. Awkwardly glossy. Fingerprints and smudge marks can't be missed. 

I can't imagine how many gallons of stripper one would need to purchase to remove this desk's unsightly finish coat. 

But hey, if you have $600 to spend, this rosewood desk that has been dunked in a hot tub of resin can be all yours.