I don’t know where this week is going – I feel like I’m in a bit of a fog. I’ve been up at 4 AM the past two nights (and wasn’t able to fall back into a good sleep), so my eyes feel so tired that I just want to pop them out and let them rest on the counter. I hate tired eyes.
However, before the tired eyes kicked in, I was making some great progress on this desk, from, um, forever ago. See it in the back, partially stripped of it’s layers of paint
only to be abandoned in my garage for over a year.
Here it is before I started working
procrastinating on it.
I’m happy to report that I have actually made forward progress on this desk. Who knew that the curves and details on this thing would be so maddening?
With the help of my Mirka dustless hand sander that I told you about here, I finally had a breakthrough in removing the layers of gunk. Is it bad that I want a tricked out power sander for Christmas?
This is what progress looks like, people.
I’m finally getting to the good stuff now – painting! Well, priming. Close enough. At least it’s not sanding. I started with my old standby of Fresh Start primer by Benjamin Moore, but I was having problems with some of the wood grain bleeding through. It’s kind of hard to tell in my not-so-blogworthy iPhone photo, but you can see some yellow patches if you look closely.
So, I had to pull out the big guns.
I try to avoid oil based products as much as possible, since they are such a nightmare when it comes to clean up, but there is a time and a season for them, and this is one of them.
The top drawer in this photo has been primed with Coverstain, the bottom one with the Fresh Start.
Now, I’m just kind of stuck on deciding what color to paint it! I was thinking about staining the top and painting the bottom, but the top is going to have to be painted, because the wood is just in ugly shape. I really don’t want to go with just plain white. That seems like of boring. Although at this point, I’m not even sure if this piece is going to work in my daughter’s room – the curves are tricky, and the girl is a borderline hoarder at times. That said, I feel like I need to paint it a color that also appeals to the masses, should I choose to sell it.
Ok, it’s not a desk, but you get where I’m going here. Yay or nay?
But then, I’ve always loved minty fresh painted furniture pieces…
I just love green in general.
I’m planning on changing the hardware too, but haven’t made any final decisions on it yet. Maybe some nice contrasting glass knobs? Or do I go more classic? Weigh in, I’m all ears!