Two years ago this month, I posted a blog about transforming furniture; pieces that open and expand to become more functional and look way more ominous. This table, while not a true transformer, fits more into the Hide-away furniture category.
As I walked through a local antique mall – generally that means junk shop, but there are occasional nuggets to be discovered – I ran across a chunky table. Yes, there are hinges at the middle of its top. That was an indication that there was more, so I decided to investigate. (Surely, if one were trying to pass this off as only a table a better way to hinge the top could be found.)
When I flipped up the top, I discovered the deep well allowed for small storage areas, an equally small drawer and a slide-out writing surface. I especially liked the apron filler that folded flat to the underside of the top. Clever, indeed.
Here’s the killer. This table/desk was made from mahogany. The surface was extremely dry, and there was little differences in coloration due to oxidation. Plus, I didn’t notice much wear. Was it a fake, or was it real?
If I hadn’t been a furniture maker, it may have come home with me for a whopping total of $250.
The area below the faux apron was also a drawer.