Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Desk

Our neighbor gave us this old desk for free. It's a cool desk, and we both determined that I would make it BEAUTIFUL! (having convinced Erin to let me have the desk, I got to do all the work)
Nothing like painting with white oil-based primer and then realizing you forgot to purchase the scrub hand wash to get the oil primer off your hands. In your pajamas. Nice.
And the finished product!
Isn't is beautiful?!

7 comments:

Stephen and Debbie said...

That looks awesome! Good thing you figured out who would own the desk before you started it!!!

Shelby said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this piece of furniture- you did a GREAT job!

sanpinney said...

It's so pretty! Did you have to sand it too? I'm trying to refinish a dresser right now and things are NOT going smoothly!!

Ashley said...

Thanks guys! And Sandi, yes, I did sand it a little bit. The secret (I was told by my interior designer friend) was that you really don't need to sand it as long as you use an oil based primer, followed by water based paint. The oil based primer will make it so the water based paint doesn't peel. And then you really don't have to sand it too much. The Home Depot guy said we'd probably want to do a quick once over with sanding, so that's what I did. :) Good luck with your dresser!

sanpinney said...

So, I have more questions. What EXACT color of paint did you use on this desk? And did you use a roller or a paint brush?

Ashley said...

I used a regular paint brush, and painted with the grain of the wood. The exact color was Glidden Base: GLN6213- SATIN, Glidden Int Ltx Satin (GLN) (BLACK) 00NN 00/000, CLRNT-OZ384th, B- 3 192. Not sure if this makes sense! I basically just wrote down everything on the label. :)

sanpinney said...

Thanks Ashley! I have a bookcase that I've been wanting to paint, maybe someday I will get to it...