It’s time for another round of Themed Furniture Makeover Day. Once a month a group of blogging friends challenge each other to makeover a piece of furniture using a theme; this month’s theme is black. For a long while I was stumped for a project for this theme and then I happened across a vintage teacher’s desk at Goodwill that I knew would be perfect for this makeover.
This piece is huge and heavy. Lucky for me, Mr. SP had driven his vintage Ranger to work and was able to drive out to Goodwill to pick up this piece. Even luckier for me, two kind Liberty University boys drove up to Goodwill just as Mr. SP did and kindly helped him to load this piece onto the truck. That evening it took all of my muscle power to help him to unload it and carry it around our house to our basement.
We had weekend after weekend of rain in Virginia in September and October. Finally we had a sunny weekend so that I could work on this desk. It required a lot of sanding and we do not have a dust collection system in our workshop, so it had to be sanded outside.
The years had not been kind to this desk. Luckily sanding and stain was all it needed to bring it back to life.
Since rainy weekends left me with little time to work on this project, Mr. SP helped me with the sanding. We were able to complete most of the sanding with our palm sanders (Mr. SP was nice and let me use the good sander.) but you can see in the picture below that the palm sander won’t get into the corners because of its round sanding surface. Mr. SP got out the detail sander and was able to make short work of sanding those hard to reach places.
I stained the desk with my favorite stain, General Finishes in Brown Mahogany. The stain was protected with a coat of satin top coat (also by General Finishes). I am planning to do one more coat of top coat just to be sure that this piece is totally protected for many more years of use.
One feature that really caught my eye when I spotted this piece at Goodwill was the design of the handles. After sanding the wood, I painted them with several coats of Black Tie paint by The Plaster Paint Company. To protect the paint, I sealed it with a coat of liquid wax also by The Plaster Paint Company.
This desk has so much storage! And guess what? It’s going to be my new desk! We are going to have to do some rearranging in our office to make this piece fit and I can’t wait! I’ve never, even at school, had a large desk like this one.
The office chair that I paired with the desk was picked up at a neighbor’s yard sale for just $20. Mr. SP and I put new wheels on it last summer and it has patiently been waiting to be used. I think it looks great with this desk.
I am so pleased with this makeover and I’m glad that I rescued this desk from Goodwill and gave it a makeover. I plan to use it for many, many years to come.
Now enjoy the makeovers that my friends completed this month.