Refinished Pink Desk {Tips and Tricks}

May 18th, 2011

When I found this desk, my seven year old daughter was soooo excited! I found it for $12.00 at a Las Vegas Goodwill store. I love going thrift store shopping in Vegas. I wish I could make it to Vegas more often! Although I have already shown you the before and afters of this project, I wanted to go into more detail about the transformation.


For those that missed it the first time, here is the desk after I got done!

I loved the intricate details of the furniture from the start.

 But as you can see from this picture below, the furniture needed a good scrub with soap and water before the transformation could begin. It was filthy!

 It also had some stickers across the top.

 It took a little bit of elbow grease and “goo gone” to get the stickers to come off completely.

 After I had removed the stickers and washed the desk thoroughly, I primed it with KILZ. Kilz is the best primer. I can’t tell you how many times I get emails about projects gone array because they haven’t used the correct products. Believe me peeps, I only give advice about tried and trusted brands. If you don’t use those brands…you’re risking a lot. This desk took two cans of KILZ spray primer. Yes, it is OIL based primer. That is the VERY best kind.

 She already looks a MILLION times better at this point, don’t ya think!?!? The other great thing about KILZ spray primer, is that it covers up odor. If you have ever gotten a stinky piece of furniture that smells like smoke, KILZ will cover that smell for good.  Don’t forget to lightly sand with 220 grit sandpaper after your primer is dry. This will remove the gritty sand papery feel.

 Then, I started spraying her with Watermelon colored Krylon spray paint. I love Krylon because of the nozzle. I’ve been doing this for a long time peeps. Trust me. Krylon is the best.

Watermelon pink is one of the colors that covers pretty darn well. Here is the desk at after its first coat of pink.

 Here she is after the second coat.

This desk only took two cans of spray paint.

I have been spray painting for a long time though, so for a newbie, it might take you three cans. Remember that the number of cans of spray paint you will need for a project COMPLETELY depends on what color you are spraying. Some colors cover better than others.

Check out my painting furniture 101 tutorial and my spray painting tutorial for more details and tips.

Then the glazing process began. I wanted the nooks and crannies to stand out.

 As always, I painted on the glaze, and wipe off the excess. Check out my glazing tutorials for more details on this process. I even compiled a few video tutorials on how to glaze found HERE and HERE.

I sprayed the hardware with Rustoleum hammered spray in dark bronze.

The desk was a huge hit with my daughters. I finally got it up into their room.

Slowly and surely we will decorate this house! :)

The mental “to do” list is never ending! I need to start painting some more of my beige walls. I’m drowning in TAN….AAAAAAHHHH!

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