This is the story of good intentions. Good intentions of simply turning a black writing desk into a lovely white writing desk for a daughter’s bedroom. This was for a project that was coming down to the wire and we had found no other white writing desks within budget…so since the family is leasing our inventory already, we thought we could just convert some existing inventory to fit our needs. Sound easy enough, doesn’t it? Behold, the “Before” photo:
Don’t mind the red – it’s just some other paint on the drop cloth in my garage.
So I took the advice of the man at Lowe’s and I got some fine sandpaper and roughed up the texture of this desk, used spray primer as directed and finally, a white “furniture” spray paint in semi-gloss. The can specifically said it was for all types of furniture so I thought I was golden.
I got the desk on site, and realized it looked much better in the dim light of my garage. The spray was uneven (that isn’t a shadow on the back, left leg), and the next day it CHIPPED to show the black desk hiding under the white paint. I was more mortified than Ted Danson was at Whoopi Goldberg’s roast.
Thankfully, Maria rescued the day (stay tuned for her amazing transformation of a cornice board) and took the desk home the night before the clients were scheduled to arrive and created this beautiful wonder in green:
Isn’t that just the happiest little writing desk for a 13 year old girl? Maria painted the desk with a ROLLER (and not a spray can) and then finished it with polyurethane. Just like a pro. WHEW.
Note to self: let Maria do these projects instead of trying to do them myself. Obviously.
How about you? Do you have any good, bad or ugly furniture painting stories?