My precious little girl is taking a nap. I have approximately one half hour before the first boy gets home and I shall use it to do a number of things, first of which is talk about something dear to me...my new writing desk.
Last Friday I went to my favorite secondhand shop looking for two things: books and a desk that locks. Ended up not getting any books but I found the desk for which I have been longing. It's a secretary (also called a drop-front) that has a lock not only on the main portion but also the large drawer underneath. A removable shelf with one tiny drawer and dividers sits inside, and two small drawers are on top of the desk. It is functional yet elegant in an understated way. I believe Jane Austen would approve.
When the desk surface is opened, the original red-brown finish is visible as whoever painted the desk black only covered the exterior. There are no marks to indicate a manufacturer, but there may have been on the back at one time. There is evidence that the back panel has been replaced. Given that I prefer the original color over the black, I'm thinking of refinishing the desk, but that project must wait. For now I am content to have this lovely little piece of furniture that is perfect for my purposes: a place where I can not only work, but also secure my work from my children.
Now I just need the right chair...