Sunday, January 22, 2012
It sat in the garage for a few weeks, causing me to have to park in the driveway (and scrape ice off my car when I left the house in the morning) and I worked on it while Cupcake napped. I started out with some eco-friendly paint stripper that didn't smell. It also didn't work well. Or really at all. I was scraping, scraping, scraping and the paint was just sticking, sticking, sticking. I took the orbital sander to it, but that just made a huge mess (and who knows how old that paint is, lead maybe?). It was off to the home improvement store for me to get some real paint stripper. What a difference the stinky stuff made! That paint was just falling off the desk!!! I should have used it sooner. It would've gotten my car back in the garage one, even two weeks sooner maybe!
4 layers of paint later, the desk was stripped! There were a few spots where I had to smooth out where there was water damage. And then it was time to remove the gold paint off the drawer pulls. I decided to keep the existing pulls because they were kind of funky, they were silver underneath and I didn't want to fill and redrill holes in all the drawers. These pulls require two holes that are close together. Definitely not a standard size. I soaked those bad boys in the stripper, but they also seemed to have 4 layers of paint on them. It was a mess! I scrubbed and soaked and scrubbed and soaked and unfortunately when I got down to the metal I just couldn't get it shined up. Blah!
Excuse the mess! I was excited to move in right away. I painted it black in eggshell finish. I think used a overhead projector to project the swirl image onto the desk. I outlined it with pencil and then painted the design with black, satin paint. I also painted the top of the desk with the satin paint.
I didn't plan on having such shiny drawer pulls, but they needed paint. There was no way around it. They got a coat of primer, followed by a coat of metallic spray paint (because that is what I had on hand).
I had originally intended this desk to be a sewing desk and a friend is supposed to give me a desk to use as my office desk, but I need the office desk more so this will do for now. If I get another desk this one will be headed to the sewing room.
Now I just need to finish working on my chair........................