September 19, 2011

Desk Stripped and Refinished

I rescued this from my dark and dreary basement.   I’ve had this desk since the week  we moved into our house, the summer of 2008.  My stepdad, Herm, dropped it off and told me how to strip and refinish it.  He even gave me a bottle of Citristrip and some scouring pads.  He knows me too well it seems.  I believe he thought if he gave me supplies, I might get it done in a reasonable amount of time.  Well, needless to say, I didn't get 'er done. 

desk before

I only waited about 3 years!!  Yikes.  Well better late than never.  I was seriously worried about the spiders and other creepy crawlies that might have inhabited it at this point considering it had been sitting, untouched in our unfinished basement.


She is a beautiful desk don't you think?   I was a little bit intimidated at first but I figured since it was a freebie, anything that goes wrong is less painful.  Plus, I like the idea of getting some practice.  I have a few other pieces to work on next and I really am learning as I go.  So I… 

stripped her down.  Sounds dirty, but it isn't...well technically it is but oh never mind! The citristrip worked just like it should.  I let it sit on the desk top over night since the top had layers of stain. The process was more time consuming than  hard.  The desk, as you can see, was already peeling. I sanded her down and I gave her a new shiny coat of Minwax Polyshades antique walnut with the Poly in it.  This worked really well.  (BTW, those Citristrip people have no clue who I am nor have they or any other brand mentioned here compensated me in any way.  All opinions are mine.)

You can find Citristrip here

I like the shape and style of the handles that were already on the desk.  They just needed a little love.  So I painted them a pretty coppery look with DecoArt's Worn Penny Metallics.  I love the way they turned out and it required very little effort.   Love it!

Ready for the After photo?  Long time coming...

desk finished

I think it will end up in Kellan's room so he has a nice place to sit and do homework or work on his art projects.  It will provide a nice amount of storage and it will fit in nicely with his decor (which is mainly G.I. Joes, comic books, and video games ALL OVER THE FLOOR).  Ha Ha  Now he will at least have a place for all his “collections”.    I need to find a chair that is skinny enough…Goodwill here I come. 

So, what do you think?  Like the knobs as much as I do? Do you like the scrapbook paper lined drawers?   I think it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. 




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