Guys, I have the COLD FROM HELL. My dear husband always seems to catch colds from his music students, and then I always catch them from him, but I always get them ten times worse than he does. I'd gone for almost a year without getting sick, but I'm paying it back in spades now. I really thought yesterday was the worst of it, but nah, today is worse. UUUGHHHHH.
On the bright side, look at this wonderful antique c.1920 desk I just finished up for a client. I love love love when I'm able to find just the right piece for a client, especially one I'm very fond of. This gal had been looking for a large simple lined chunky legged antique desk. I'd been looking for almost two months and then bingo, I spotted this beauty at the flea market last week. I haggled the guy down a bit because it had two dark ring stains on the top and with oak it's always a crap shoot if those sand out, or can be bleached out. Luckily these sanded right out. But when I sanded I found several imperfections to the top- someone had repeatedly used an xact-o knife on it, and near the rear it looked as if a large industrial clamp had been ruthlessly attached to it, and then the marks sloppily filled.
BUT the client decided she wanted some decorative painting on the top, and I was able to completely hide all the marks. Now it's perfect! So first I sanded the top, then I drew the branches and leaves in by hand in pencil. Here's the inspiration piece I referenced-