Our daughter is home from her first year in college. Her “stuff” is everywhere! But, it’s nice to have her home even though it is only temporary until the apartment she and her friends are moving into becomes available on June 1st. Then she is going back to take a summer session class and to work at her part time job. She is going to need some new furniture like a bed and I am happy to say that I am almost finished with re-painting the desk I dragged home with me from Goodwill a few weeks ago. I had big colorful and creative plans for that desk. I wanted to try my hand at painting it a bold color like “aqua” and then maybe trying my hand and “antiquing” it with a glaze of some sort. That’s not going to happen. “:( The “Just Finished Her First Year of College College Student” wants a white desk. WHITE with no bells or whistles. “You know I could paint it black and put some numbers on it…would you like that”? No…just white. So…..I am complying with her wishes and white it is.
As you may recall, a couple of weeks ago I cleaned it up and gave it a coat of primer. Yesterday I gave it a coat of white paint. It’s rather boring but it’s clean and pretty now and my daughter is happy with it. We ordered a piece of beveled glass for the desk top which was my daughter’s idea. She wants to be able to put a bunch of her snap shot photos underneath the glass. I thought that was a great idea and the cost of the glass for anyone who is interested the piece of glass was $35.00 for a 40 x 17 inches pieces with a beveled edge. The plan for today is to pop by the Home Depot to get some new hardware for the drawer fronts, get some fine sandpaper, and to buy some paste wax to use as a sealer.
I found this wonderful tutorial on how to paint wood furniture off of a beautiful blog called My Romantic Home by Cindy. If you think you might want to try and paint your own piece of furniture, this is one of the best tutorials on how to do it that I have come across. Today, I learned that she likes to use a latex indoor paint like I used but that she likes to let it “cure” for a about a week. She also, lightly sands her pieces with a very fine sandpaper after the paint has cured for about a week so I have added that to my Home Depot list for today. And Cindy doesn’t use a polyurethane sealer but instead rubs her pieces with paste wax to get a professional finish. I am going to give this a try! Here is the link for the How To Paint Wood Furniture tutorial.
Now look at the latest “find” I dragged home from the Goodwill this week! It’s a filthy dirty end table/night stand. But as “they” like to say it has good bones and HUGE potential. It was manufactured by Henredon, very solid, and it only cost me $10.00. It too will probably be making it’s way to my daughters apartment. It will either end up in her room as her night stand but since I haven’t seen her new bedroom yet I am not sure if it will fit. But I am confident we will find a home for it somewhere.
Stay tuned! I don’t mean to string you along but this is a slow process! I hope to have finished desk photos for you later in the week. And I am sad to say, don’t count on seeing any numbers on this one. :)