I’m still wErking on my little old place where I can get my thoughts together…a creative shack…not a love shack. Remember that Steelcase Tanker desk I bought o’so long ago? No? Go here. Well, I finally got it in the new overhauled wErk space thanks to the help of my friend Steve from work. BTW, Steve’s working on a monster of a ’75 911 with a 3.5l engine.

Now you may think the above pic is a “before” shot which would disappoint me because it would indicate you don’t know me too well. It is indeed an “after shot” of the UNrestoration. I took a well preserved vintage desk and “ruined” it on purpose by partially stripping the finish, acid etching and applying water and hydrogen-peroxide to speed up the rusting process. The final step was to matte clear coat to seal it and to bring out the color (not yet done in the pics here).

All in all – the Unrestoration gave the desk so much more character than a perfectly glossy finished paint job.

Yes, I know my brain is damaged. And yes, I do enjoy the work of Mark Rothko.

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12 Responses to TIN ROOF, RUSTED!

  1. Rich says:

    Cool desk…you do some odd stuff.

  2. Bob Tilton says:

    Wait to you see the file cabinets!

  3. Colin says:

    (Dirty hipster;)

  4. Bob Tilton says:

    Ouch Colin…that hurts. 😉

  5. Don aka mrgreenjeans says:

    one of the chrome drawer handles needs to be dangling by one screw to complete the look….. maybe get a glass desk cover to fit over the top with a couple of edge chips out– under which you can put some yellowed newspaper of the day JFK was shot or the moonlanding…..
    Nice look going on here, just need some plastic roach bodies or a 3 lite pole lamp with plastic shades with burn holes from too high wattage bulbs……I’m there gooving the vibe, wearing a tin foil hat to ward off the neutrino bombardment

  6. Bob Tilton says:

    Don…you sir are my new environmental designer/consultant!

  7. Colin says:

    Mr Green Jeans nailed it!! Though perchance a clipping headlining Mario or Juan winning something would be more apropos.

  8. Curt Egerer says:

    Somewhat ironic given that Steelcase will not allow their products to be delivered in anything less than a spotless truck – a tradition dating back to the origins of the company. They have the sharpest semi trucks on the road. You should be ashamed of yourself Bob for tarnishing (no pun intended …) the Steelcase image 😉

    Porsche content: a friend of mine who owns an early 911 was a design engineer at Steelcase several years ago.

  9. Bob Tilton says:

    Interesting fact about the Steelcase trucks…makes sense.

    One day I will feel shame for the things I do but for now that day is out of reach and my arms are not extended. 😉

  10. John Glynn says:

    All hail the B52s. Will broadcast the calendars 😉

  11. Bob Tilton says:

    Thank you John!

  12. Eric says:

    Very cool! Wanted to see if you would be open to test out my glass etching supplies for free in exchange for feedback. Can you let me know if you are interested by email? These will be shipped directly to you at no cost. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Thanks in advance for your reply. Eric

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