As I’ve said in a previous post, my daughter has a tiny bedroom and a huge sense of style. She’s in love with all things Steampunk right now. She had a small vanity I had refinished that (sort of) doubled as a desk, without having enough room for either job.
Now, if you know my daughter, her tastes are subject to change at any time. Right now, she loves her black furniture, but she likes the flat black, which doesn’t always hold up to wear and tear. I’m hesitant to do heavy polyurethane finishes, because if she changes her mind, guess who’s going to be doing the stripping – again? Yup – ME!
Then I found this gem at one of my local Goodwill stores!
Now, she was obviously a little worse for wear and was sporting a shiny, high-gloss, chipped black finish. But she was only $20, including the glass top! That was too good of a bargain to pass up, so into the SUV she went.
I would have liked to just get by with a good sanding, but this baby needed the full monty, so out came the stipper. I love CitriStrip! OMG, it works like a charm and no nasty fumes!
Paint it on, scrape it off, clean off the residue with steel wool and mineral spirits, sand, and wipe down. It’s a beautiful thing, even to someone who strips wood as a last resort! (I admit it, I’m lazy sometimes)
I honestly started second guessing myself about painting the desk at this point. The wood came up so gorgeous!
(And no matter how easy the CitriStrip makes the project, it’s still super-messy. LOL)
Once I had the entire desk and all the drawers stripped, sanded, and cleaned, it was time to paint. I had used the Rustoleum’s Painter’s Touch Ultra Coverage spray paint in Flat Black for Rhiannon’s poster bed, dresser, and nightstand. She is still in love with it, so that’s what I used for this project again.
I gave the desk two coats of paint, for durability and even coverage. I prefer to paint the sides and insides of the desk drawers, too. I never care for the two-toned look when drawer is opened. To me, if I can see it, it needs to be refinished.
Finished and drying, after a wax rubdown,
you can spot the feet and legs of the impatient owner
in the picture above.
(And don’t you just love my posh workspace?
At least I remember to back the car out before I go to work. Well, usually…)
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10 thoughts on “Desk Do-Over”
Awesome! You definitely rescued that desk!
Looks so good!! And well worth it
Thank you!!! 🙂
Wow! That was a LOT of work and it turned out great! I found you on Debbie Doo's Newbie Party – am your newest follower! Nice to "meet" you.
Cindy @ Art,Books,Tea
The desk is looking good. Thanks for joining Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop 🙂
Came here from PIWTPITT, was impressed by what you did with the desk. It's fantastic! Definitely following for good (and economical) ideas!
love it great find and great job making it pretty
Drab to FAB! Love it. Great use of a GW find.
Such great work! Hey, I also really liked your post about Google Friend Connect going away. It has inspired me to write a post (or 3) on my blog about how people should follow me in the future. Good tutorial 🙂
Amy @ Sugar and Spice
Such a handsome desk! I'm sure your daughter is in love with it! Great job.
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