Dropped of Desk

2 Materials
$15
2 Days
Easy

A friend of mine was about to send this beauty to the trash, she didn’t have room for it anymore. She called me and asked if I wanted it, well heck yes don’t throw it away let me look at it I told her. Next thing I know within minutes of hanging up the phone with her, her son is delivering it to me
dropped of desk
First thing I did was smile, I couldn’t believe she gave me this and was throwing it away. I immediately took before photos and started cleaning it with TSP. This is a great cleaner to prep furniture it gets all the gunk off. I then realized oh goodness this has been previously painted with latex paint ugh!!! I don’t like latex paint it peels. So I went ahead and sanded all the old dried up drips and peeling areas With my electric sander and 100 grit sandpaper. I Cleaned up the hardware in vinegar overnight and scrubbed it the next morning.
dropped of desk
Once I had all the old latex paint smoothed out, I began painting with my homemade chalk paint. It’s a mixture of warm water & calcium carbonate and warm water into a sour cream type consistency. Once that was mixed I poured it into my Walmart brand paint & primer in one in a light gray color. Then began to paint over the old latex paint. Once it was done I painted the top and hardware in a darker gray I had previously mixed up.
dropped of desk
dropped of desk
dropped of desk
dropped of desk
dropped of desk
Once all dry I sealed it with water based polycrylic,I think it looks better with a fresh coat of paint.
dropped of desk
dropped of desk

Suggested materials:

  • TSP cleaner, electric sander, 100 grit sandpaper, Walmart paint and primer in one, calcium carbonate, polycrylic  (Lowes, Walmart)
  • TSP cleaner, electric sander, 100 grit sandpaper, Walmart paint and primer in one, calcium carbonate, polycrylic

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  • Patrick Waters
    on Apr 7, 2018

    What does polybucarbonate do too the paint?

    • Leesa Osborne
      on May 18, 2018

      Polycrylic is a sealer and the calicum carbonate is a paint additive to give paint the chalky look.

  • Kathy A
    on Apr 14, 2018

    Great job! Did you show it to your friend? Did she want it back?

  • Jane
    on Apr 18, 2018

    What is TSP??

    • Lee
      on Apr 20, 2018

      TSP is a great cleaning product--worth every penny. And saves back-breaking cleaning jobs. Read directions. Angleworns and some plants donor do well if sprayed!

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