I am still sick over this desk.
No, nothing is wrong with it; in fact, it's gorgeous. I’m sick over it because I let it go.
I have no idea where I would have put it. I just know that it was beautiful and I may never come across another like it again.
The only reason I got this desk to begin with is because I wanted the chair that came with it. And when a friend found the chair at a yard sale for me, the desk had to go with it.
I did keep the chair, though.
This desk had the most beautiful lines and was solid. It was just covered in some sort of sticky substance and a gross amount of cat hair. Eww.
The inlay on top was pretty gross, as well. There was no way to salvage the gold design there.
After a seriously deep scrubbing, I gave the entire piece a coat of primer with my paint sprayer.
Next, I pulled out the gold spray paint to define the top edge of the desk and add some interest. I just went right over the top edges with the spray paint. Once it was dry, I took plastic wrap and painters tape and wrapped up the top.
When the top was good and covered with plastic wrap, I loaded my paint sprayer back up with Onyx Black paint by Glidden. If you want a true black, this is your paint. Trust me, I have tried every black paint known to man, including one that made my porch spindles electric blue. I went over the desk base and all the drawers with the sprayer. Then, I pulled off the plastic wrap and hand brushed and rolled the inlay black for some added contrast against the gold. Finally, the whole thing got a coat of polycrylic.
The original hardware was too beautiful to switch out; it just needed a coat of gold spray paint.
The classic contrast of the black and gold turned out better than I ever could have expected. Head over to the blog to see the full makeover and more beauty shots of this little piece of heaven.
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Jenna LaFevor rants on at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY projects, junk décor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. She went to UTC, where she got a teaching degree that now collects dust. When she isn’t trying to keep her kid from climbing out of the circus ring or making sure her husband’s shirts are taken to the dry cleaners so she gets out of ironing, she can be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cheap beer in the other. But if you’re buying, she’ll have a cosmopolitan. You can email her at email@example.com; or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @raintinroofblog or at her blog. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.