Friday, January 25, 2013

Vanity Bedroom Set; Piano Bench, Nightstand, Dresser, Desk

This is actually an old piano bench and, with a few minor fixes, it was as good as new.
 Thanks for looking!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Chevron Desk

I found this boring old desk (and chair) next to my apartment dumpster with a FREE sign taped to it.
After looking it over, making sure it didn't have cooties, I realized it was in really good shape.
So... yep, I took it.
I already had paint color that would match the chair, so that decision was easy. Next, I decided on some different colors for the top, and I made the decision to attempt another chevron pattern. Last time I did this pattern (on my Chevron Dining Set), several people asked how I did it. So, if you would like try it, here's my process... hope it helps.
Primer is usually step one.
The first coat of dark turquoise went on the drawers, sides, and legs and a pale blue-white paint went on the top. Then realized I needed to fix a small blemish with some wood filler. Usually, that would be done first, but oh well.
You will want to start with your lightest color as your base color, because your contrasting darker color is easier to paint on top of a light color (less coats needed). Think how many coats of light-colored paint would be needed if you start with dark paint on the bottom.
Here is the top of my desk, finished with two coats of pale blue-white paint. Now the not-so-fun part starts, measuring and drawing lines. I found that using regular ol' chalk works best because it's easy to wipe off. Then you tape it off using the chalk lines as your guide, obviously exposing the part you want painted.
Next, using a clean damp cloth, wipe the chalk lines off where you want to paint your other color.
In order to make your lines super clean (without leaking under the tape), you need to paint the original base color over the edge of the tape, like this... and let it completely dry.
Then finally, the fun part... paint your contrasting color(s)! May take a few coats.
Once the paint is dry, you need to peel the tape off slowly.
Important note: you need to peel the tape back like this, not like that.
And... Yay! Perfect lines! The final step is to coat it with polyurethane so it's durable.   

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