This large roll top desk was one of them.
IT'S SOLID WOOD, HEAVY AS AN ELEPHANT, AND HE GOT IT FOR FREEEE!
Good boy knows how to suck up to the mother-in-law, yep, that he does.
It was purchased from Montgomery Wards sometime in the 70's so it's slightly vintage-ish. Maybe not. The 70's were my teenage years so I'm really not willing to admit that it might be considered a vintage era.
You see this is pretty much my very first attempt at a serious furniture makeover.
Oh, I did make a chair into a planter for my mother for Mother's Day. But this is a serious makeover not a, for-the-fun-of-it, lets-see-what-I-can-do-with-this-chair makeover.
I've read so many great things about paints made from chalk in the many blogs I follow (see my "Blogs I Love To Read" section on my main page...shameless begging going on here), so I started by ordering my first can of CeCe Caldwell's Paint in beautiful Carolina Sun Yellow.
I really wanted to go to the nearest store that sold the paint but that's 4 hours from where I live. As much as I would love a road trip, I didn't have time for it now, so I ordered it based on the color sample online. I have to say based on the finished project, I am pleased that the online color really is close to the actual color.
I started with a coat of KILZ Premium Water Base Primer/Sealer/Stainblocker because I was worried that the brown wood grain color of the piece would be to much for the light yellow of the paint.
After several hours of drying time, I proceeded to apply the paint to the interior shelves of the desk.
I thought I was following the directions but for some reason it looked more like I used a dogs tail to slap it on there. I tried 2 coats with a paint brush and I tried to cover the terrible streaks left by the brush by dabbing at it with sponges. Finally I gave up and bought a small foam roller.
Two coats with the roller later....
Much better results!
You can't even tell how bad I had botched the first few coats.
From there, I moved on to sanding the top surfaces.
I sanded, and sanded, and sanded....
I did not realize just how much sanding it would take to get all that old varnish off.
And....yea, bad me, I was sanding in the house because it was raining outside and I don't have a nice dry garage to do this kind of stuff in. I did stop when I realized how much dust was building up on my counters and furniture. Two rainy days later, I was finally able to move this project out onto the deck and into the sunshine.
And by the way, this roll top part was seriously a beast to sand. All those groves and rounded slats. UGGGG!
In case you can't tell, my picnic table and deck could use a makeover too.
I applied only one coat of stain because I really liked the way the wood grain still showed through. Then I applied 2 coats of ZAR Ultra Interior Oil-Based Fast Drying Polyurethane in Clear Gloss. They're not kidding when they say fast drying. It was drying so fast I was having a hard time getting all the brush strokes smoothed out before it got tacky. Overall, I really like how glossy it came out.
Each piece received at least 2 coats of the CeCe Caldwell's Paint (a few received several more...see above fail). I lightly sanded everything down with a fine sanding block then rubbed on CeCe Caldwell's Clear Wax and buffed everything out after several hours. I'm debating if I should press my luck and try distressing it or if I better leave it as is for now.
After all, I wouldn't want to become an expert at everything at once. Ha! The only thing I will ever become an expert at is figuring out how to cover up my messes.
So here ya have it.
All back together, which was a 4-letter-word project in itself (actually several 4 letter words were harmed in the process).
Can you see that nice grain showing through the black stain? I like it.
P.S....This desk is for sale. Please see my Showroom Page for details.