Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Desk Before/After

I got this desk to sell at the flea market.  I was originally going to paint it white, but thought the stain would cover more of the flaws.  Here is the before picture:

I brought it outside and sanded it.  The top is some kind of laminate which is amazingly easy to sand.  I was pleasantly surprised by that.  I am new to this furniture refinishing business.  I would surely pick up other laminate pieces to redo!

I used a Ryobi Corner Cat Sander.  He's my new best friend.

Then it was time to stain.  I used Minwax wood finish that I got at Wal-Mart and the minwax brush that was recommended.


 I took these so you could see the difference it made in a side by side comparison.  You brush it on & then wipe it off/rub it in.

In the picture below you can't even notice the piece of laminate that is missing on the right hand side!  the stain was very forgiving of flaws.

I love the dainty little hardware.  One of the little drawer pulls is missing.  I guess I will have to drag myself to Hobby Lobby.  You know how much crafters hate Hobby Lobby!

Lazy confession:  Do you see how many curves are on those legs??  I did not even try to sand them.  I wiped them down and stained over them.  Basically it just filled in where the original finish was missing.  That works for me!  *insert whistle*  Look at those legs!

And again, the finished product.  I am pleased that I went with the stain.  This whole project took an hour from start to finish (not including drying time).  I moved it in the house that evening.  It went much quicker than I imagined it would!

I think it would make a really pretty dressing table with a nice mirror on top.
What do you think?   

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  1. That turned out great! You did a fantastic job. I can't believe it only took an hour.

  2. it looks great...I love it! And only an hour...? Amazing!
    Claudia xo

  3. Hi, I found your blog today and I really like it. You are like a proffessional, one hour. Really great! Greetings Cinna in Stockholm

  4. As much as I love to paint everything white, I believe stain is just what this piece needed.. She turned out Beautiful. Looking good in your home, she looks like a keeper.


  5. I like it!!! I love to refinish furniture and I would love to fund a desk like that.
    Think I would have painted it green though. :0)

  6. How lovely! I'm enjoying reading your other posts too! (Now I have to go find me some "Tangled" lanterns!) Thanks for entering my giveaway! Best of luck, and please come visit The Modest Peacock again soon!

  7. It is a gorgeous desk! good job!

  8. Kudos to you for taking on such a big project! Fabulous job. I'm here from Kim's party and I'm a new follower. Hope you stop by for a visit sometime!

  9. BEAUTIFUL piece...fabulous re-do!!

  10. I really like the idea of using this piece as a dressing table. You did such a great job. Rubbing it in is brilliant.

    Love your blog!


  11. I love it. Such a pretty desk and a great refinishing job. I agree, I would never have the patience to sand down the legs.

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  12. This is gorgeous! I love legs. Several pieces that I've purchased lately have been because of the legs. Gotta love the curves!

  13. Great job!... I'm your newest follower!!



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