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10-Dec-12
Before and After
I found this desk in the garbage and restored it. It had obviously been used as a "crafts" table. Here are some before and after pics. I think it's an early Jens Risom, but I'm not sure. Anyone recognize it? Does anyone have any other good before and after photos?


posted by garlanre
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10-Dec-12

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posted by Mark
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10-Dec-12
Nice !
Looks like cherry ?

posted by SDR (USA)
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10-Dec-12
Beautiful!
What finish did you put on it?
posted by *spanky*
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10-Dec-12
Knoll desk
I think your desk is by Florence Knoll
posted by I Clock (USA)
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10-Dec-12
Could it be that
portions of this desk were originally painted ?


posted by SDR (USA)
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10-Dec-12
Early Jens Risom or Florence Knoll?
I don't think it had any original paint. The green paint had been put on pretty crudely. It's solid wood, not veneer, and whoever made it made an effort to match the grains. I don't think it's cherry. I lean toward maple because there are some nice curly striations in the grain on the drawers. But I'm not a wood expert.

I've seen it posted as both a Florence Knoll and a Jens Risom. Here's the Jens Risom link.

http://krrb.com/posts/13959-mid-century-modern-jens-risom-dr...
posted by garlanre
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10-Dec-12
Florence Knoll Link
Here's the Florence Knoll link. Anyone have any opinions one way or the other?
http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/florence-knoll-knoll-k...
posted by garlanre
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10-Dec-12
Knoll
Same desk, mistakenly attributed to Risom?
posted by Emcee M
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12-Dec-12
To other furniture restorers out there
Does anyone else have any before and after pics of pieces they've worked on?
posted by garlanre
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12-Dec-12
I posted this in another thread
Brown & Saltman dresser. Was really beat up. Not so bad now.

Still needs those funky brass caps on the legs...
posted by waffle
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12-Dec-12
one of my more dramatic turnarounds
I got this Vincent Cafiero chair (1969, i think) at an auction and had my doubts about whether it was worth the effort, but then I determined that the construction lent itself to pretty simple reupholstering---so I dove in. (Apologies to those who've already seen this.)


It had wool or maybe nylon, hopsack on the face of the seat and back, with black vinyl on the arms and outside back. And seat edges. Plus, the duct tape. And the dirt, and the tears and crunchy latex foam. And mildew, lots of mildew.

I redid it with latex foam and it was exquisitely comfortable. I'd have kept it except I don't work at a desk ever and I just couldn't see hanging on to it. But dang if I had a need, I'd still have it! (Fabric is Knoll's Classic Boucle.)



posted by *spanky*
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12-Dec-12
I accuse
photoshop! No way that's the same chair. Wow, that took vision. Nice results.
posted by waffle
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12-Dec-12
I must have missed this
the first time, so I'm glad you decided to post again, Spanky. Really, really nice work.
posted by Riki (CH)
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12-Dec-12
That before/after cracks me up, spanky.
I remember seeing those before. The chunks of padding littering the floor are especially effective! Nice work on a nice chair.

And a nice job by you as well, garlanre. Maple, or birch even, might be good guesses. Whichever, the desk should darken nicely in time.
posted by tktoo
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13-Dec-12
tktoo
The stuff on the floor is actually bits of foam peanuts from something else. The stuffing would have been that awful yellow powder from the crunchy latex!

Thanks, Riki. Once I got the dirty stuff off, it was pretty fun to work on. I did another one later but it wasn't quite as dramatic.
posted by *spanky*
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13-Dec-12
Nice work,
Spanky. It's a great-looking chair -- now !


I detected the red-and-green tints in that desk, which always makes me think of cherry. Admittedly, those subtle tones don't always make it through even a clear finish . . .

The wild grain in just one drawer front, and one end of the top, led me to think it might have been painted. The photo of another uncolored one settles my mind on that fantasy. Many manufacturers couldn't make it if they rejected every odd piece of wood -- I guess ?

posted by SDR (USA)
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20-Dec-12
ok good pics of furniture
ok good pics of furniture
posted by jamesincarl
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20-Dec-12
Is the new paints?
I felt its shape did not change,and use new paint.
posted by Lxiaoying
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20-Dec-12
yes, it has been painted..
color from the 'solid woods' series.
posted by bj (BE)
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24-Dec-12
Are you talking about the Knoll desk?
I don't understand the last two posts. Are you referring to the Knoll desk and SDR's suggestion that it might have been originally painted? If so, please say more.
posted by garlanre
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