Ashley, one of my friends here in Lubbock is a teacher, and asked me to refinish a desk that was given to her. The desk was a little funky, but is very sturdy, and in great shape!! Ashley wanted the desk to be professional, but fun at the same time. She sent me a few pictures of what she liked/loved, but gave me free reign to do what I thought would look best. I love having free reign to work on a custom piece. It definitely makes the process a lot less stressful, and more fun for me of course!
Like I was saying earlier the desk was a little crazy!!
She wanted it multi-colored rustic similar to the picture below.
In order achieve the look she wanted I had to strip the whole desk. Since there was only ONE layer of paint I thought I would be able to sand the desk, and start painting right away. Wrong! Sanding barely took any paint off. I then resorted to my handy paint stripper. Thinking “this always works” I applied the paint stripper, waited a few hours, and attempted to scrap it off. Wrong again!! The paint stripper took off more then the sanding did, but still barely made a dent. I started getting a little frustrated not being able to figure out how to take the paint off of her desk. As I was applying another coat of paint stripper I rubbed the paint brush on an area that already had paint stripper. To my surprise some of the paint came off with every brush stroke that I made where the paint was wet. Hmm. Is water what I need to get this stubborn paint off? Yes! I ended up using water, and a soft bristle scrub brush. Worked like a charm!!
So I didn’t get all of the paint off, but luckily for this type of painting it wasn’t necessary.
I now have a beautiful wooden desk; The wood grain on this beauty is unbelievable!!
I really like the way the stubborn pieces of blue paint show through on the top. This adds a little color to the top without taking away from that beautiful wood grain!!
Picking out the paint was really exciting! I got to pick out several different colors instead of one or two. I used twelve different colors on this beautiful desk, sounds crazy right?
The desk did not come with knobs and the previous holes had been semi-filled in. Time to go shopping!!
At first I pictured beautiful, glass knobs. Max suggested bronze knobs since I was using a dark stain. When I got to Lowes, these were the first knobs I saw. They were the perfect size, shape, and a beautiful bronze!
Here she is – professional and fun!
I have so many picture’s of this beautiful desk that I want to share, but the post would be way too long. Be looking for a photo shoot with this rustic beauty, and a tutorial on my rustic painting process!!