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Lawyers Office - Vintage Desk - Receives a Superior Makeover!

21 Materials
$100
7 Days
Easy

In our refinishing shop we love seeing pieces that were handed down from generations, have a story and sentimental value. Here's the perfect example!


This vintage desk once belonged to our clients father that was passed down to his daughter who is now a lawyer and uses this desk in her professional office.


Her office moved to a new modern space and needed an update to suit their new space... come see how we updated this treasure for her!

lawyers office vinage desk recieves a superior makeover

Here's the before photo in our shop.


The plan:

1. Prep Clean, De-gloss and Repair damage

2. Chemically strip the top and stain the top using Saman Whole Wheat

3. Prime & Paint the base using Superior Paint Co. Little White

4. Seal the entire desk using Saman Satin Varnish

lawyers office vinage desk recieves a superior makeover

Here's a close up of the top. As you can see its made of veneer and over time the veneer cracked and started to bubble.


Our plan is to chemically strip the top and fill and repair the damaged veneer with a two part epoxy for wood.

lawyers office vinage desk recieves a superior makeover

We removed the top and repaired the base. Now comes the fun part... Prepping and Refinishing!

lawyers office vinage desk recieves a superior makeover

When it comes to prepping furniture these 300 grit sanding pads + Saman TSP ECO are a MUST! The nano smart bubbles will remove the dirt/grime... and the 300 grit sanding pad will lightly etch the surface while you are cleaning so there is no need for sanding afterwards!!!


***unless you need to do filling and repair work***


HOT TIP: I use this for cleaning scum from dirty shop sinks, at home bathtubs and toilets - it's eco friendly!

lawyers office vinage desk recieves a superior makeover

We primed the base using Superior Paint Co. Base Coat

lawyers office vinage desk recieves a superior makeover

As you can see this piece has "tannins" aka blead though

lawyers office vinage desk recieves a superior makeover

To block the tannins we use Kilz Original in a spray can.

lawyers office vinage desk recieves a superior makeover

And here's the "After" we painted the base using Superior Paint Co. Little White chalk paint, stained the top with Saman Whole Wheat and sealed the entire piece with 3 coats of Saman Water Based Varnish.

lawyers office vinage desk recieves a superior makeover

The piece will need to sit and cure in our shop for 7 days and then it will be ready to be delivered to the lawyers office.

lawyers office vinage desk recieves a superior makeover

We're really happy with this stain colour - "Whole Wheat": Its a medium beige/brown with a light hint of grey undertone. We hvlp sprayed 3 light even coats of stain to achieve this colour - mix: 2 parts distilled water to 1 part stain.

lawyers office vinage desk recieves a superior makeover

Here's a hand full of products and tools we used for this project. The only things missing is Drop Cloths, Varnish, HVLP Sprayer and the respirator. We hope you liked this home talk makeover :)

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  • Harriette
    on Mar 12, 2019

    You said you covered the whole piece with Saman water based varnish. This obviously is a clear varnish. Does it make everything shiny or just dry clear and why on the bottom part? Interested as I refinished a table in much the same way and onlyv arnished the top, and am wondering if I should also do the rest, as well. Thanks for your help and you did a great job.

    • Terra
      on Mar 12, 2019

      Great question! Yes Saman Varnish is clear and is available in Flat and Satin finishes - all stain and paint needs to be sealed to make it washable and durable. Here's a link to a YouTube video which goes into further explanation: https://youtu.be/YZBJZIBdpH0

  • Bink
    on Mar 13, 2019

    I am more interested in how you patched and repaired the veneer. My tabletop looks just like the desktop and I don't know how to fix it.

  • Dka27519972
    on Mar 14, 2019

    Just wondering why you didn't fill in the gaps in the moulding with wood putty before painting? (pictures 6 and 10)

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