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OK, I could be a little happier – it could be in their room right now and then that would make me happier.
So, in true MAKEOVER fashion the before pictures are really crappy. Taken with a phone and not pretty at all. I swear somewhere I have a real picture of this desk on the day I picked it up. I cannot find it but I’ll keep looking because I think it’s important to document how awful it was when I got it. For now I’ll just tell you a little about it.
It had at least 5 layers I had to strip off of it. The top layer was a very drippy yellow *clear* coat. It wasn’t only drippy but I swear some of the drips were so thick that after years of sitting on the desk they were still tacky. Then we had at least 2 layers of what I assume was a white but it didn’t look white anymore. Under the white is where things got really interesting and why I don’t know the actual number of layers I stripped off. I found yellow, blue, red, pink, green. There were different colors in different areas. I honestly think that each section of the desk was a different color – and the top was at least 3 of them! To make it worse I swear the colors were painted with those craft (toll) paints. You know that come in the little bottles? Anyway, it was a wreck. BUT it was a deal and it was solid wood and since I knew it was going to go into the bedroom of a 5 year old and a 3 year old I figured solid was a requirement.
Here is the desk after some of the initial stripping/sanding. I don’t even remember anymore how many different times I applied citristrip or how many hours I spent sanding.
Here it is when I finally deemed it ready to start working on.
I didn’t take any pictures of the painting/staining process. I thought I did but I didn’t so instead you just get a lot of pretty pictures of the desk all done.
It is worthy I think to note that when I started out on this thing the paint was so thick that you couldn’t even tell there was a groove around the top of the desk or around the bottoms around the drawers. Everything just looked flat and painted. I consider this a jewel in the rough and am so glad I took a chance on it.
I really am in love. The desk has actually started a bit of a disagreement in the house. Nate thinks it is to nice now to put in a little boys room. He’s sure they’ll have it ruined in no time flat. Me….I did it for their room and that is where I want it. I am already recruiting help to get it moved down the stairs because I am not sure he’ll be willing to help me.
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