Thursday, September 8, 2011

Desk Reveal

This is a little desk I bought from my one-street-over neighbor when she had a garage sale. That was about four years ago. Here it has its shiny black glaze over the original orangey-brown factory finish; not much to recommend it. I bought it because it was only $10 and I figured I could refinish it someday. And we always seem to need another desk in this house, with so many computers and other electronic gadgets scattered about.

After redecorating the girls' old bedroom into a guest room, I decided to put the desk in there for both suitcase space and as a writing spot. And so the time had come to do the refinishing.

First I sanded it to bare wood using our new orbital sander. That only took eight hours or so.
Then I stained just the top with dark walnut stain, with two layers of urethane brushed on afterward.

Primer to the base came next.
Then beadboard wallpaper applied to the recessed panels on the sides. That includes the side panels in the knee hole area too.
That had to be caulked before I could proceed.

And finally, two coats of Behr's paint and primer in one.So here we go, awaiting new handles that I haven't begun looking for yet.

I'm joining the Met Monday party at Between Naps on the Porch.


NewKidontheBlogg said...

Very nice work!


Marj Swierenga said...

Great job! What a transformation. It's going to look great as a writing desk.