- Mark wants it to stay stained.
- I always want to paint it!
Seriously. So much that I try to find already painted items to purchase on Craigslist so that it doesn't break his heart when I bring it home and start painting. LOL. It's a little game we play. ;) So after a little convincing he brought my new project to my office and then declared that I'm no longer allowed in his barn. Ha!
The desk had a veneer top that was in bad condition, like way to bad for repair. So I thought I would just take it off and see what was underneath (it couldn't be any worse than it already looked). So I just took a putty knife and scrapped away. I tried a few other things like using a damp rag and putting an iron on top but honestly I don't really think it helped. Elbow grease is what that top needed!
A few close ups!
Guess what was under the layers of veneer?! SOLID WOOD! Yay for that find!
Once it was all sanded was the fun part...PAINT. Well almost, I had to prime it first. I did 2 coats of Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 Primer, I had enough leftover from a previous project that I didn't need to buy any extra for the desk.
The original plan was to paint the entire desk a dark gray that I already had (from painting my couch) but once I got the first coat of gray on top with the bottom still primed I kinda liked how it looked.
Decisions! I consulted my decorating possy and everyone overwhelmingly liked the gray with white look. So I rolled with it!
After the desk was painted the only decision left was what color to paint the drawer pulls. After looking at tons of different options I went with Krylon 18kt Gold spray paint. It was super easy to use and dried in 30 minutes, which appeals to my impatient side. :) I have always been a silver girl but here lately have gotten pulled into this gold trend. I may end up changing it in a few months but for now I'm a happy girl!
I loved the final product and even the hubby admits that it looks much better being a painted desk. ;) Added bonus = Total cost was less than $5! I had everything I needed on hand except for the Krylon 18kt Gold spray paint (which was only around $4 with my 40% off coupon from Michaels)!
What about you, have you painted any furniture lately? I would love to see your pictures! Anyone else falling for the gold trend right now?!