What I really thought was going to be a quick DIY project has turned into quite the undertaking! It became painfully clear that this was not going to be a quick sand and paint project so we had to upgrade to paint-stripper. For some unknown reason, Hubby founded great humor in letting the neighbors know that I was going to be "stripping" all day. Why do boys never outgrow college humor!?!
The paint-stripper that I used was spray-able. This sounds like a great time saver but if I were to do it again I would buy the thick and messy regular kind. My sweet neighbor was kind enough to give me her leftovers when I ran out of the spray-able but did not have the energy to get in the car. Do you ever get into those moods, the "I want to finish this tonight but I have no desire to drive to Home Depot right now" kind of mood!?!
I was totally in awe of all of the layers that were under the white paint! White, red, yellow and two different green paints plus what must have been ink from a pen explosion. Not to mention the gum and tape that people had just painted over through the year!!! I am happy to report that the gum was no match for the paint stripper. Gum - 0 Me - 1
Finally me and "mouse" tried to tame this beast of a desk again. Man did things go better this time!!!
After about two hours of sanding I was able to get whatever was leftover from my first attempt at paint-stripping. It was not perfect by far but I have learned a lot with this project. Hubby might not like to hear this but I think that I need to spend more time in antique stores. (Hubby's note- I tried to insert more college humor here but I was shot down. Still, I am very proud of how hard she worked on this desk.)
So my friends, we are at a crossroad. Do I just polyurethane the desk, imperfections and all? Do I paint the whole desk after all that hard work? Or should I just paint the legs and polyurethane the desk top so I can vainly remember how hard I worked?
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