Monday, December 2, 2013

Desk re-do

 This is the dresser I started with. I wanted to change it into a telephone desk. The mirror was broken on the original piece, so this suited my purpose perfectly.
 The veneer on the top of the desk was brittle and ruined before I got my hands on the desk. I chipped away and peeled away the veneer a chunk at a time. Then I sanded down the two sides.
 Because I didn't want to strip the piece of the finish, I used TSP cleaner and wiped it all down, taking the shine off so that the primer could adhere to the piece more easily. I used Zinsser primer, a stain killer so that the finish (whatever it was) would not bleed through. I applied one coat. Zinsser is a bit runnier than some primers but it really does stop the bleed through of the previous finish not to come through. Love this stuff!
 I removed the handles on the drawers and spray painted them with a flat black in the Tremclad line. (I did wash them down with soap and water and had them dry completely before painting). It did a beautiful job on the old handles. I did spray them two coats to make sure I had really good coverage.
Then, finally I applied 3 coats of Beauti-Tone Designers Series Cabinet and Furniture paint. The color I chose is Barrington Passage.  Love this acrylic paint! My favorite paint to use on painted furniture! Easy to use and it makes me look really really good. The paint was allowed to dry completely before applying the next coat.

 Because I'm using such a vibrant color, I had to make sure to paint around the drawer openings so that when the drawers of the desk are closed, that the color matches the drawers. Otherwise, you would see a crack of wood color all the way around.
 This is the finished product and I love it! The actual color is much darker but photographing with the flash has made it much lighter than it really is. Great little desk!


  1. That dresser is a great looking desk! You did a really good job. You are a lady of many talents Diane!!