As we talked about last week, the makeover plan for this college find was not so much a makeover as a clean-up, and that’s pretty much how it went. Lotta sanding to remove the rust, a coat of Rustoleum primer and two coats of what I finally decided for the color.
Who hasn’t had an indecisive day? First I picked up two cans of white gloss, but then put them back for turquoise, and finally went with my safety color. I find orange an easy color to work with for my interior spaces. If you feel the same and are in the market for a vintage desk, please let me know. I’ll be adding it into the inventory of the Fine Diving Store for $95.
After I shot these photos, I ducked out to see the movie, Julie and Julia. Like the main character’s mother, mine was also inspired by Julia Child. At a crossroad in her life, with her four girls off to college, my mom found a role model in Child, who was around 50 when she started her PBS cooking series.
In the movie, I loved seeing many of the touches I’d read about in Child’s bio, My Life in France. (The book is #2 on the Gapers Block Book Club list for paperback nonfiction this week.) Julia and Paul’s apartment in Paris was just as I pictured it. And, if you’ve seen the show, didn’t you love Julie’s place above the pizza parlor? The orange and black tile in the kitchen, the mismatched lamps on the night tables and all the found shelving. I wish Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Child didn’t make her seem drunk, but the heart and affection for her were there. Having read the lukewarm reviews, I thought it was a fun movie.