Step 1- Scour different antique malls, garage sales and estate sales until you find the perfect desk. Hem and haw over the piece, because you can’t make up your mind. Take a picture and the measurements, put it on hold and head home to stew over it for a few hours. Get a phone call that someone else is interested in buying it. Someone else wants it? Now you will HAVE to have it.
Step 2: Leave the desk in the entrance of your home for a solid week before deciding that you should probably choose a paint color. Then spend an extra three days picking out the color of your dreams, just to choose an oops paint. It’s so much cheaper.
Step 3: Get the energy up and a nice enough day, to drag the darn thing to your backyard. Sand the wood by hand with a medium grade, block sander. Just enough to rough it up, not enough to make divots in the wood. That would mean more work and more time. No good.
Step 4: Clean off the dusty furniture with a nearly dry washcloth. Prime the desk with a white primer. Or be lazy like me and buy a paint and primer in one. This stuff is AMAZING!
Step 5: Paint all of the infuriatingly small parts first. Outlining the entire piece and covering the legs. Don’t forget to paint all sides of the legs, or it will look dreadful.
Step 6: Fill in the intimidating empty space, in large sweeping strokes. Don’t glob the paint on or it will drip everywhere and you will have to sand down and start over. You do not want to have to start over.
Step 7: Allow the desk to dry for a couple of hours. Now, do it all again. Ugh. I know. Repaint every nook and cranny. Every part is now covered and there are no drip marks. Right? Repaint the open spaces in between. Beware making too many obvious brush strokes, they may show later.
Step 8: Let this beast dry overnight. Perhaps pick a time when pollen isn’t blowing everywhere, it WILL stick to the paint. Contemplate starting all over and using the paint color you originally wanted. Nah, you’ll just redo the entire room to match the desk…that should be easier. (Here is the shade my mom and I made recently to begin the redecorating)
Step 9: Drag your lazy bum back outside to apply a clear polyurethane coat over it. This is an important step. If you fail to complete this part, your desk will get scratches.
Step 10: Your friends will be so impressed they will help you decorate it with an adorable tiny hat, a cool clock and some books. Add some funky hardware and a contemporary chair. TAA DAAAA! You now have the cutest desk ever.