This is one of those pieces I got and ended up wanting to keep because it is just so unique. As usual I got it off of craigslist. It looks like it is just a normal dresser, but the top drawer is actually a desk. The inside has these latches that keep it closed and usable like a drawer, but when you release the front, it is a desk! It is called a Butler’s Desk.
I originally planned on staining it darker since it was all scratched and dented, but I love the warm, worn look of the wood. Some of the scratches were more noticeable than others, but I just used orange oil to refresh the wood. That stuff is amazing! It covers scratches like charm. I used it on my MC danish modern dresser which I planned on refinishing, but after using it I think it almost looks brand new! I definitely recommend trying it out before taking all that time to refinish.
Here are some before and after examples. The scratches and dings were really obvious because of the light color, but after is is hardly noticeable.
Here are some better pictures of it closed and open. Just be aware I like to take a lot of pictures.
I might sell this piece, but I am still undecided. There is really no place for it, but people I talk to and I all think it is a unique are rare piece that I may not find again, and especially for the price I paid. I have seen a few selling on ebay for $800 to $2000. I’ll work on finding a spot for it!