It Takes a Village, or how I fixed my desk

With all the rain we’ve had lately, I’ve been staying inside more.

When I’m inside more, I have more time to look around the inside of my home, and analyze what I can do to improve things.

When I made a comment in a previous post that every corner in my house ” warms my soul”, I realized that it just wasn’t true!

I cannot look at every inch of the interior of my home and honestly say that it ” warms my soul”.

There are areas where things have piled up, like on my desk.


A Dull Dreary corner to be sure!

All of that time spent in Hawaii last year, made my desk at home last priority.  And looking at all of that mail that was piling up, was not on the top of my list when I was home.

I would just take care of the bills that needed to be paid, and leave the rest.

When I returned to Sacramento, the necessity of finding a J.O.B. was staring me in the face. I knew that Feng Shui had helped me in the past, and this corner needed to be addressed!

From a Feng Shui perspective, my desk is in the “Helpful People and Travel” area.

No wonder my travels had come to a halt!  There was too much clutter in that corner.


Prosperity corner

The helpful people area is also diagonally across from the “Prosperity ” corner, where my refrigerator sits. The reason I bring this up, is because diagonal opposites on the Bagua must be addressed because they work in synchrony.

The first week home, I cleaned out the refrigerator, without even thinking about Feng Shui.


But my mind kept falling on the desk.

So I got out the paint, and it didn’t take long to realize that it was in need of repair.


It was coming apart at the seams!

When I first bought this desk, it was kind of an impulse buy.

Recognizing the solid wood construction, the dovetail joinery on the drawers, I knew it would give good service.  I took it home and gave it a major clean up. ( It had been sitting in someone’s garage ).   I figured it just needed some  “elbow grease”.

But after being moved a few times it was beginning to pull apart at the joints, the drawers were sagging, it was cracked at one of the seams on the side, and was crying out for help!

I decided to paint it a  creamy white and leave the top natural, as it had a tough coat of varnish on it already and was in pretty good shape.


I needed two more of these!


But as I painted, the closer I looked and I knew it needed more than just paint.

I was kind of baffled as to how to go about “shoring it up”.

So, I put out an A.P.B. (all points bulletin) on Facebook, calling in anyone that I knew with woodworking skills who would be willing to help. I said “Please private message me if I know you”.

I received two messages!  A friend from high school contacted me and we discussed what could be done by phone.  He offered to come out if necessary.

My cousin Judy also messaged me and offered some advice.

Then I noticed some parts were missing, sent a photo to my friend, and he said he could whip some up in his garage, and I could pick them up.


I turned the desk on it’s side, put the new pieces in place, and tried using the hammer to get it back together.   I ended up breaking the end at a seam.  So, I asked my son to help me and he gently encouraged the joints to go back to their original position, and I glued everything into place, weighed it down with some heavy books and let it rest.

This is what I learned:

  1.  If a piece of furniture has good bones, is made of solid wood, and is well made, then it’s worth saving.
  2. If you bang on furniture with a hammer, chances are you might break something. Duh!
  3. When in doubt or out of your own area of expertise, contact your local Villagers.  But use common sense.
  4. Take a second and third look at something to figure out what it needs.




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How many of us long for our own comfy cottage in the woods? I know I do! We can make our own comfy cottage, right here, right now, no matter where we live. I'm a mother of two, grandmother of two boys, interior designer who thinks out-of-the-box, up cycler, and interested in just about anything related to living comfortably and finding contentment, connecting with the Great Spirit in the natural world and respect for all beings who walk the earth.

4 thoughts on “It Takes a Village, or how I fixed my desk”

  1. I’m going to go back and reread some of your blogs. I must have missed the one where you said every corner of your house warms your soul. And if I did read it, maybe I wasn’t ready to hear it yet… because that phrase jumped out at me in this blog. I believe I will be viewing my home a little differently now. Thank you! ❤

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