a work bench & office light

Marian ParsonsMy House, Office

I mentioned a couple of days ago that Jeff and I worked on getting the basement cleaned up to make it more functional.  That involved bringing in some more wire shelving and moving things around.  We’ve had a workbench that was left by the previous owners in the basement when we bought the house.  It had an ugly remnant counter on it, but it was a useful piece, so we kept it.  Now that we were bringing in more functional shelving, the workbench needed to find a new home.

I just wasn’t ready to let it go.  There was something about it.  We removed the counter and saw the original workbench, probably original to the 1940’s house.

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The patina of the wood was the something I saw in it.

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And the bead board shelf…

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…and the wooden pegs holding the boards in place.

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Sure, there’s a big honking hole where the vice was…

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…and the back was a snack for a few termites…

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…but there’s still something about it.  So, I cleaned it up with mineral spirits, which brought out a bunch of paint splatters along with the richness in the old wood.  My plan is to sand it down and refinish the top and paint the base.

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We’ll see how it turns out and if others (ahem, Jeff) will be able to see the something in it, too.

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I’ve been itching to replace the light in our home office.  When we first moved in, it was a 1940’s glass fixture with a wheat design on it.  It was a cheap light fixture in the 1940’s and it still looked cheap 70 years later.  We replaced it with a free fixture and it’s stayed that way until I could find a good replacement.  Something that’s a bit more me.  It’s a bit of a challenge, because the ceilings aren’t very high and it’s a passthrough, so I need to make sure 6’+ guys aren’t going to nail their head on the fixture.

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I found this guy at a yard sale for $10 a few months ago and I think it’s perfect for the space…

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…or it will be with some new bulbs and a little “mustardization.”  Yes.  I made up a word.  Anyway, it’s going to look great.  Not too feminine.  Not too big.  Just right.  And it’s even better that it was only $10.00!

a work bench & office light

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