October 29, 2010
thifted. ugly. brown. old. veneer. $20.
functional. pretty. sturdy. revived. teal!
- -chair is an antique find made form an old trough.
- -blanket, picture frames and both lamps are thrifted.
- -the map is of colorado springs (macvan maps; $10) (borders are a piece of molding from the hardware store that i spray painted black and stapled to the map to for easy hanging).
- top picture is a piece of silk that i couldn’t turn down at the fabric store- so i framed it!
i refinished the desk by starting with a really good primer that would adhere to shiny surfaces (without sanding). then, i painted it using two coats of teal latex paint. once dry, i hit all the corners with a sander to give it that ‘new but old’ look and applied a stain to the entire surface (minwax, ebony). after wiping off the stain and letting it dry, i topped it off with two coats of enamel. it sounds like a lot, but i was done in two afternoons- and that was just because i had to let things dry!
i lined the drawers with this pretty handmade paper (from the local art store) using permanent spray adhesive on the bottom and a polyurethane top coat to keep it from getting stained, scratched or torn.
(i had to make at least one drawer manly)
i repainted the old brass handles- a good primer, two coats of yellow latex paint, a cover of stain and then a protective coat of enamel (spray paint) did the trick.
so there you have it! it’s where i’m sitting right now- can you picture me in the chair?
happy weekend to you! and be safe on this halloween. :) david signed us up for a 5.5 mile trail run on sunday (eeks!) so i’ll be sure to eat lots of candy afterwards. ;) see you monday! xo, bonnie