Last week I shared some pictures of an old desk my dad had picked up years ago. He had almost forgotten about it until I discovered it lying in pile of dust and cobwebs in his workshop. I should have taken a picture of it before I washed it up!
|Desk with a lot of rust buid-up.|
I used a solvent that you can paint on to remove the rust. I also sanded down the metal sides and legs to help remove any rust that remained.
It was then time to sand down the top and inside. I'm glad I was at my parent's doing this job because I do not have a nice sander like this. The job went very quickly!
|While we were sanding, the desk collapsed. My dad had to put in some new screws. Thanks, Dad!|
You can see that the legs and the sides look much better without all that rust. At this point, I decided to work on the wood some more. We used a stain my dad had on hand. If you have never stained anything before, it is really easy. Just find a nice brush, dip it in the stain, remove excess from brush and then begin. Move the brush from one end of your work surface to the other in nice long strokes, working with the grain. You will leave the stain on as long as you like. The longer you leave it on the darker it will look. I stained the entire desk and then wiped off with an old rag. Let it dry completely, lightly sand with a very fine sheet of sandpaper, and then repeat the process until you are satisfied with the color. This puppy got 4-5 coats before it was all said and done! (sigh) But, it was worth it. :)
Time for the legs. I used a brown color at first, but did not end up liking it. So, I went with black to match my other daughter's desk.
Here is the black spray paint I chose.
It was a pretty windy day, so I did manage to get some paint on the legs of the desk and in my eyes! "Safety first!", is what they would always say when I worked in the lab. I never really listened then either. Goggles just don't look good on me! :)
Do you like the chalkboard? That was the other treasure I picked up on my parent's farm last week. Hop on over and read how I made it here.
I had forgotten how much fun it was to refinish furniture. It's so rewarding when you are all finished. If you have never tried it, you should!! What are you working on right now? Are any of you sanding and staining your little hearts out? I'd love to hear from you! :)
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