I do like to frequent the Goodwill. Okay, all thrift stores (including the terrifying DAV, for those of you in Central VA). Not only can I find clothes for all of us, shoes (usually just for me), and random household items, I can usually spot a quality piece of furniture dumped by someone who had no use for it.
Two weeks ago, Beard and I had gone camping, and on our way back I coaxed him into stopping at Goodwill. Don’t ask how this works; he’s a sweet man. I spotted a lightly stained wooden desk for $15.50. I had been scouting out a desk for myself for several weeks now, since my husband uses all of his desk (and doesn’t share well :-P). I hmm-ed and haw-ed over this desk for far too long until Beard made the decision for me. He got a “Sold” sticker from the woman at the register and promised to pick up the desk later in the week.
Of course, I hate light-colored staining. I don’t know why; it just doesn’t look nice to me at all. It looks very early 90’s, and we all know how styles in the early 90’s have been praised…
So my solution was I needed to paint this desk. My color of choice: black. Our home has mostly light (almost pastel, but not so gross) colored walls, so black furniture sets it off nicely without making my home look like a Precious Moments book.
I grabbed some supplies for the job at Lowes and Walmart. I want you to know that I used the absolute cheapest version of things possible for almost every supply. My husband and I are constantly arguing over price versus value; are more expensive things actually better. So to test my theory, I used cheap-o stuff.
First, my hand sander:
A Black and Decker Mouse. This was the only item purchased at Lowes, and it cost $43. That may seem really expensive, but honestly, check out some of the other hand sanders some time. Orbital sanders, for example, start around $50, and though they can be more useful, Beard chose the Mouse for me because the pointed front allows me to get into little corners. Love it!
From Walmart I acquired my Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Spray Primer in gray. Since I was painting the desk a dark color, a darker primer allows me to use less coats of paint. 🙂 I also grabbed a quart of Krylon Color Creations Black Satin Finish paint, as well as a 2″ paint brush labeled “Good”, but only because Beard wouldn’t let me get the “Economy” brush. (On a side note, I was thankful for that. This brush was actually a lot nicer than I expected.)
Of course, in order to do the job correctly I had my husband help me disassemble the desk, then I was able to get to work sanding it down:
I didn’t have to take every speck of stain off the wood, just rough it up enough for the priming coat.
Now, I will warn you that I used spray primer. And I stink at spray painting, so I really just put a good, thick coating on. If you have any skill at spray painting, do two or three thick coats of primer; it’ll work better.
Then of course I applied paint. And more paint. I ended up with three coats of paint, and no, I didn’t take any in between coat pictures. That’s because the first two had paw prints on them. Seriously. I can’t keep those kitties out of anything.
After letting the final coat dry for at least 24 hours, I had my Builder Beard put the desk back together:
Pretty shnazzy, huh?
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