This is kinda good:
A) stay in jammies without guilt
D) Bake lotsa cookies
E) I got groceries the day before it started..WOOT! WOOT!
Alright, so in my snowed in state, I managed to finish a desk that was given to me by a lovely stranger.I needed a new one as I sold this one and had no work space for myself...kinda. I tried to share Misters desk space, here, but well...he see's no problem with moldy coffee mugs hanging out beside the mouse pad and the piles of papers were mysertiously sticky with some caramel-type putty stuff so, I walked away from that idea. Ive been using a vintage sewing machine table that folds out. The problem with this...as lovely and retro and vintage and cool as it is, it is not meant to hold the weight of anything other than fabric on the flip out side and so more than once, Ive put my hand down to lift myself up to stand and sent the whole thing tumbling over...and a laptop (and my back) can only really handle so many coffee spills oand drops from 3 feet before she konks....and I CANT HAVE KONKING out of my laptop. Bills cant get paid, dinner wont get made, music cant get downloaded and ALL my friends and family would be unreachable..yes, konking laptops, a terrible terrible thing at Ophelia's house.
So! I know we LOVE before photo's!
I stripped the top which was so much easier than I was anticipating. I fear chemicals...I hate chemicals but I understood for stripping insanely solid 60 year old varnish off this item, it would take chemicals. I choose this product, because its biodegradable and the smell was almost pleasant..not at all able to give me that woozey, headache nausea feeling with exposure. It worked awesome! * I Recommend*
Here is my after. The pictures really do suck....I have carpal tunnel in my right arm so hauling this desk up 3 flights of stairs is, obviously not a super cool idea. Last night my sister and her boyfriend came over for dinner and WHY I didnt get one of them to help Mister do it is beyond me..but when him and I set out to do it at midnight, I knew I had a limited mobility window with which to work in. So, stopping in the best lit kitchen to snap photo's couldnt happen....or it would still be in my kitchen 3 days from now..Here we go!
The green was a Benjamin Moore "Oops" paint and its kinda greeny/gold shade that obviously doesnt get picked up in the photo...I glazed over the drawer details with copper, lime green, turquoise and gold and it has a metal finish to it that I just *heart*
I restained the top in Minwax Provinical which is my favorite too
I also glazed the sides and the insides of the desk with metallic gold, its very suttle but ooo so pretty in a not in your face pretty way.
My Bunny hasnt seen this finished yet but I have the feeling she will be asking for it to replace the Ikea Blek desk that she has. She recently asked me for a "old new" desk for herself and Im very excited about it.
I hate hate the Ikea one. She'll have to wait tho as I cant give this one up and go back to the treturious sewing table. Sadly, with this $%&#@#*@ snow, I only have one more project in my basement..and wont be going to pick up many more until the roads arnt as ridiculous, which will be like...March. I am SUPER excited about that basement one tho.....RED..that's all Im gonna say.