Who are you? I have tried everything to get to know “you”, the real you.
I found a gorgeous desk at a Thrift Store for $50.00. Sure it was more than I would normally pay but my “Super Saver Card” was filled so I received an extra $5.00 off. I think $45.00 was a great price for this desk.
I took the desk home and started to clean it. As I was wiping it down, I found this. A brass plate stamped John Wanamaker Fine Furniture New York.
I had no idea you made John Wanamaker Fine Furniture! How could I not know this? The only thought that came to mind was that I was born and raised in the South and would have no exposure to you, John Wanamaker. How can I fault you for that?
My heart sank. My ideas for transforming this desk may end up being the ultimate betrayal. I always try to do the right thing but painting it a creamy white may cross the line. Would I destroy an antique?
So I Googled you, isn’t that what everyone does? I Googled John Wanamaker, John Wanamaker Fine Furniture, Desk, Vanity, Antique, Vintage and even went so far as looking all the way through page 10 on my iPhone. Sure, I saw a desk here and there, not my desk, but a billion pictures of you sitting behind your desk. Apparently, this is a pretty famous picture of you.
I have to say that I learned a lot about you. You pioneered the first Department Store in Pennsylvania and manufactured your own house brands. Umm Hello, I love to Shop!
In 1878 you opened an in store restaurant, John Wanamakers Crystal Tea Room. Fabulous advertisement by the way!
You printed the first-ever, copyrighted store advertisement in 1874. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have the Sunday paper sale ads to look forward to every weekend!
One thing I have learned in life is that sometimes you have to take risks. Since I could not find anything about this desk, I decided to continue on with the revamp anyway. Take a chance, right?
I really wanted an office space that was bright, cheerful with unexpected touches to use strictly for my creative work.
I repainted the desk a creamy white and used Vintage yellow curtains and cut them to size for the drawers. I sprayed the fabric with spray adhesive and covered the drawer fronts. Then I used a black Sharpie to highlight the moldings around the drawers.
The chairs were painted black and then upholstered in a matte satin with velvet damask print "Prom Dress" material which was on sale for $2.99 a yard at Joanne fabrics.
John, I think you would be proud to know that 135 years later your furniture is timeless and still fabulous! Thank you for being you, a pioneer.
If I could kiss you I would...so for now this will have to do.
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