Happy Tuesday, Welcome to another addition of Trashy Tuesday, where we talk trash. This week we are talking about the trash I found outside of a warehouse last week. This Desk:
Do you remember my tale of not being able to lift it so I took the drawers and came back and waited for some heavy’s to help me get it into the car? Then Adrenaline took over when I got home and I managed to get it into my home, with sliders!
This is where it was planning to live:
Originally I had placed that cheap book case on top thinking I would put two of them there and attempt to build some kind of shelving/built in. When I put it all together, I realized it was too heavy and too big for this space.
I turned to Plan B. This Shelf/piece of junk I purchased on my birthday when Mark and I went to Urban Ore in Berkeley. I have no idea why I bought it, #1 it was cheap, but it was rickety, badly scratched, and just ugly. It was begging to come home with me, so I took sympathy on it, knowing I would find it a good home.
Time to get to work. The first thing I did was scrub the desk inside out. It was “plein de poussière” in other words, it was deeesgusting! Look at the rag!!!!
Next I gave it a nice light sand, the wood was not in good condition, the top was a plastic type veneer, so I knew I needed a primer. Didn’t want to waste all my beautiful CeCe Caldwell’s paint covering up yucky wood.
Now for the shelving. I did a quick mental inventory of my “junque” and remembered this horrid little “I don’t know what the heck it is” I purchased from Urban Ore on my birthday.
Really, really bad scratches…
There is life left in there, I know it!
A major sanding with a 60 grit to get rid of the flaking off lacquer and get the scratches out, finished with a 220 to make it super smooth. I left some of the stain, you know how I like my things to look rustic.
A nice coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Wax brought this piece back to life.
And now for that desk…..after a light prime, I sanded again lightly with a 220, then wiped the dust off. Two coats only! CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White, a lovely coat of all natural CeCe Caldwell’s clear wax, a good buffing to make it shine, and it is ready for service! My daughter is playing on the computer at its new home as I type.
And we have an entire new space in our home!!
We couldn’t be happier. I still can’t believe I found this sad little thing outside of a warehouse that looked like this:
And became this:
Hope you find some good “junque” this week!