i was busy this past week!
here is what occupied most of my time:
stripping my vintage thomasville desk!
there is so much detail in this piece, that eventually, i ended up using q-tips to remove all the stain from the carved areas and recesses.
once all of the old stain was removed, i actually liked the way the way it looked unfinished....but i thought this piece needed some color.
the top had many areas with water damage, and i finally managed to remove it with a secret weapon i discovered! (more on that SOON!)
for the stain, i started with a coat of minwax "golden pecan", but it was so light, that all it did was highlight the fact that the legs and drawers are made from what i believe is oak, and the side panels and top have a cherry veneer. i ended up mixing "dark walnut" with the golden pecan, and ended up with what i thought was the perfect color.
here is the top, all refreshed and pretty.
i thought i loved this desk before, but now i am MADLY in love with it!
i made a total mess in the garage, but it was worth it.
i just started the fist coat of black paint on the drawers. i have been going back and forth about using the old hardware, and getting new polished chrome hardware, and for now i am going to keep the original. i think it will look nice against the black paint, and i want the desk to LOOK like the vintage piece that it is!
also this week----
we finally got the shelving up above the credenza!
first, we screwed and glued (liquid nails) some support cleats to the wall...
and then we used a nail gun (and more liquid nails) to attach the shelf to the cleats.
i am SO excited to have all of this extra storage space! having the shelves in here also makes the ceilings look so much taller!
heres what is still left to do:
-remove the rust from my office chair
-caulk, sand and paint the shelves
-repaint the walls
-get my chair cushions back from the upholstery shop and reattach to chair
-swap out the light
-hang the art
-organize and accessorize!
see you next week for the big reveal!