The "beautiful" 1970's laminated student desk & hutch that is currently sitting in our garage would be PERFECT...if it wasn't so dang ugly & outdated. This was my husband's desk growing up, and up until a couple months ago it was still adorably stuffed with souvenirs from his childhood like cub scout memorabilia & grade school notes. We were basically going to be giving this piece of furniture away at our garage sale...so why not try painting it?
|The desk in its natural, buried state in the garage|
(Yes...that is a R2D2 fish tank...and 1 of our kayaks)
I have heard over & over again in my life that "you can't paint laminated furniture." Apparently the paint doesn't like to stick or the finish looks weird? So I'm hesitating about this upcoming process, since the desk is a combination of hardwood & laminated wood. Luckily, others have stepped into this territory before me. In a Google search earlier this week I came across these instructions on an awesome blog called Living with Lindsay, which was also mentioned on Lifehacker (I heart Lifehacker!). She gives great instructions on her experience on painting laminated furniture. Hopefully my attempt turns out half as beautiful!
So stay tuned on the updates on this project. Unfortunately, it looks like this project is going to be about a month in the works by the time I:
1) clean the piece [hello garage spiders. Ick.]
2) Sand the entire thing
3) Prime it & let it cure for 7 days
4) Paint 1-2 coats & let it dry
5) Convince the Hubs to help me haul it up 2 sets of stairs
I can't lie--I know this project will frustrate me, but I'm really excited about it. This will be the first piece of furniture I truly transform. I have refinished/refurbished 2 antique pieces, but I've never "re-imagined" a piece of furniture. My mind is running on this one...I will keep everyone updated on the progress. For now, I will leave you some "before" detail shots (complete with dust, junk, etc).
|Ahh...laminate + hardwood...this will be fun |
(& a large amount of vases leftover from our wedding...)
|Ah--tacky brass pulls. Love it. |
These will be pulled & the holes filled in.
And the grand finale...