I’ve never worked on something that was so terrible in its’ before stage, before. This was a desk given to a coworker of mine by another coworker of mine. It is a good sixty years old, had been painted three times, the last of which was HIDEOUS! It was an obnoxious green, and apparently matched someone’s dinosaur themed room.
Not only was it bad, but it had been painted badly. We scraped the paint off with putty knives, and it came off way too easily (which was nice for me). Here is a better picture of what the color looked like.
The coworker, Sherry, that I was painting the desk for wanted it to be the same color as the dresser I did this summer. She is going to use it as a vanity in her bedroom. So I started painting. And painting. And painting. It took FOREVER to cover the paint that wouldn’t scrape off. (I sanded and primed it, so my paint would stay) Also, because it is cold outside now, it didn’t go on so smoothly.
When I finally got the body of the desk done, I brought the drawers inside and downstairs so I could paint them in the warmth of my bathroom. Once I got the base coat on the drawers, I stenciled using three beautiful stencil designs (Martha Stewart from Michaels) and my ASCP Old White.
The handles that came with the desk didn’t look very good with the new paint, and they would need a lot of cleaning and polishing to look good again so I decided to paint them and make them look antique. I painted them the same white as the stencil, and then I sanded them down to let the gold show through.
Once I had the handles on, the drawers back in, and everything else done I decided to do a stencil across the top. Then it was finished!
I am in love with how it turned out. Especially with how terrible it looked when I started.
And one more time, the whole thing. Cause it looks so good!
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