|The color is darker and so much richer in person! Wish my camera would capture that! grrr!|
|BEFORE-Dark and dreary, just like the lighting in this picture|
Before I get into the details, I need to tell you what the coolest thing about this entire thing is: it was FREE. Yup. Gratis. I can’t believe it either! The desk was listed on the Free section of Criagslist and wouldn’t you believe that it was located 1.7 miles from my house? Um, YEAH! So I ran down there and the lovely lady who was giving it away and I visited for a little bit before I committed highway robbery and took her Thomasville treasure, for FREE. Yes, ‘Thomasville’ and ‘free’ in the same sentence!
I thought long and hard and decided I wanted to paint it my favorite shade of blue.
The very first thing I needed to do was to remove the hardware and sand the whole thing down. I could’ve used cover stain and skipped the sanding but this had a few layers of pretty old looking varnish so I figured an orbital sander was the best way to go:
I went at it with the sander for a while until it looked like this:
And just when you thought I was done with the sanding, I had to go back and sand some more to make sure the finish was completely smooth, and to correct any drip marks. Not that I had any drip marks.
|I love these sanding blocks with the handles on them. Easy breezy!|
Once I had the top as smooth as I wanted it, which was pretty darn smooth, I added another coat to the whole thing including the drawers.
|I trust you are ignoring the mess in my garage, yes?|
Once the paint was dry to the touch I figured I’d put a coat of polyurethane, and several on the top of desk since it will get the most use. I LOVE this brand of poly. This little quart can has gotten me through a 6 chair dining room set, a cabinet, this desk, and still have enough for another couple of projects. Plus it dries lightning fast and has no odor. WINNER!
|Also applied the poly with a sponge brush|
|Are my hands really this veiny??|
Put the polished hardware back on the drawers and voila! I seriously could not be more pleased with the way this turned out! I LOVES!
|I promise I cleaned up the garage after I took the pics|
|A beauty in blue
To recap: ugly dreary desk in need of some serious love BEFORE
And a vision in lovely blue all dressed up for the prom AFTER
I think this could’ve been finished in one day, but I took my time and spread it out over 2 days, cause that’s how I roll! Now to figure out what to do with it?? What do you think?
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