The original laminated plywood top was in need of TLC, being well-worn and bowing in the middle. We decided to simply replace the top and leave the metal base, as is, with the original green paint and all of its school-house patina!
And though the nearly 111 year old house we own is crying out for us to keep going with major renovations, we took a break last week-end to work on this desk. The decision was made to marry the vintage base with something that has a modern look but still retains some warmth. Concrete.
Using the same dimensions as the original, we created a form incorporating the detail of a pencil trough, tinted the cement with a touch of oxide black, and cast our form. Within a week, after multiple sandings, finishing and sealing it, we had our new top installed.