It was in decent shape and the character of this piece was to-die-for! Watch out Kim Kardashian...this baby's curves might just give you a little competition!
Like all pieces, I sanded it down with my trusty, dusty DeWalt palm sander. I usually use 150 grit sandpaper, but depending on the shape of the wood I sometimes use 60 grit. For those of you who aren't common sanders, the lower the grit the rougher the paper.
After sanding, I gave the desk a good wipe down with a wet rag. I LOVED the way my recent end tables turned out, so I decided to follow suit and try something similar. I started with an antique white flat latex paint (did you know that you can buy this pre-mixed at Lowe's for $10?!?). Once the paint dried, I stained the top and painted the drawer fronts baby blue (another $5 mis-tint at Lowe's). I got so excited during this transformation (and rain clouds were lurking above) that I forgot to take a lot of "in between" pictures...
Lastly, I added a layer of rub-on poly to give it a little shine and to preserve the beautiful top.
Now it is simply stunning and patiently waiting at the Sleepy Poet for the perfect shopper to come along!
1. Paint before you stain - otherwise the paint will splatter and ruin your stain-job.
2. Check the weather forecast so that rain won't rush you along.
3. When hubby questions using three colors on a piece, tell him not to disturb your creative intuition!!!
4. Shop at more auctions!