I first cleaned the entire thing with TSP which you can find at any home improvement store. It’s great for taking off all of the dirt, grease, grime, and scary spiders.
Here you can see where I cleaned and where I hadn’t yet.
Ew. This baby was nasty!
And here she is all fresh from her bath. So much better!
After I drilled my holes, I applied a liberal amount of Gorilla Glue in each hole and on the base.
After priming everything, I filled the joints of each leg with wood filler. Yes, it looks bad here, but all you do is…..
…sand it and it looks much, much better!
Finally, I gave her several coats of Rustoleum Gloss White and she now looks like a super star!
I was going to distress her just a bit, but let’s be honest here. This desk is totally girly, and I wanted Hubs to accept her as his own. If I distressed her, he might have rejected her and I wasn’t willing to take that risk!
This room is our library/ guest room. We have four floor-to-ceiling bookshelves filled to the gills with Hubs’ books and could easily have four more. The room needs a little makeover, but it’s not going to happen until next Spring. I want to paint all of those Ikea bookshelves white, but I barely got this desk painted without freezing my tail off! Sob. I’m afraid that spray paint days are over for awhile for us Northeastern girls.
So what do you think? Could you see yourself working here? Would it keep you out of my craft room :)?
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