Sometimes we see something that we fall in love with. Simple as that. One such instance is Rachel Hirst's stunning desk - having seen it, we just had to find out more. We sat down with her to find out the story behind the desk, the process behind refurbishing it, and how you can get a similar look in your home.
1) What's the story behind the desk - what drew you to it?
When I was redesigning my living area I wanted a fresh and modern design. I am a huge fan of the Industrial look and have quite an eclectic taste anyway. When I was searching for a desk my father made a suggestion that he had an old workbench that I might like. It had been stored in his garage for the last 20 years used to store his tools inside.
I feel in love with it the second I saw it, I loved every pencil mark that was etched into the wood and even the mug rim marks gave this engineers work bench a hidden charm.
2) What did the refurbishing process involve?
To be honest turning it from a workbench to a working desk involved very little work. My father cut a hole in the work bench to make an area for a chair to fit underneath. I decided against changing anything else so I kept the same colour and just cleaned the desk and gave the wood on top a quick coat of stain, I wanted to still see the marks on the wood where engineers had sketched rough drawings on, it gave it real character, even the hole on top where the clamp used to be makes it perfect to me!
3) How did you find a suitable chair to match the desk?
Finding a chair to match the desk was actually the hardest part! As this is not a standard desk I really struggled to find a modern desk style chair for the height needed. I wanted a chair to complement the desk and not look ultra modern and out of place.
My husband visited an Antiques fair in Lincoln for the first time and came across this 1950's office chair in perfect working order and in fantastic condition.
He paid only £50 for this which I think is a complete bargain. It not only complements my desk but is the exact same colour of my new sofa, what a stroke of luck, it was as if it was meant to be.
4) Have you got any advice for anyone who wants to get a similar look?
Search Pinterest for some great ideas and always think outside the box. Have a day out at an Antiques fair where there is plenty of Industrial themed pieces of furniture to be found at prices much cheaper and look much better than reproductions found in stores.