Hello amazing Friends! Welcome to Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday!!
You know I love turning trash into beautiful functional décor and so do four of my favorite bloggy friends! They will be sharing their own makeovers today as well, so be sure to look for links to them at the bottom!
Ok I do have to admit that today’s makeover isn’t really very trashy…at all. It is this awesome antique desk that I picked up while thrifting last week:
Cool, right?? I paid a little more for it than I would have liked…it was $70, but I knew it would be a quick redo and would sell well. (Quick ahem…yeah right.)
As a bonus, I am also sharing this chair I picked up a couple of weeks ago for $10:
I thought these might make a great set!
This desk may not have really fit into the “trash” category, but it was filthy on top. Years of build-up needed to go…good thing I planned to sand the top.
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I started with 100 grit sandpaper and my Ryobi Orbital Sander to remove the stain and gunk build-up…
Then I gave it a once-over with 220 grit until it was smooth. After cleaning up all the dust with my shop-vac, I used a soft cloth to apply a coat of Wood Conditioner to the top. (This allows the wood to take the stain more evenly.)
I followed up with Java Gel Stain by General Finishes. I had never used their stain before, but my buddy Nancy at Artsy Chicks Rule uses it often and I love the look of it, so when I came across it at an unfinished furniture store last week, I decided to give it a try!
I applied it with a soft cloth as well and let it dry for about 36 hours. One coat was enough for the look I wanted. Then I sealed it with their High Performance Topcoat which I already had. To apply it, I used a brush specially designed for polyurethane by Wooster.
Then it was time for paint!
Ahh…The Dreaded Bleed-Through
Because I knew I would get that dreaded bleed-through on this older piece (Older mahogany and cherry pieces almost always have issues with bleed-through.), I gave the base of the desk a coat of Zinsser Shellac, applied with a foam brush.
The suggested wait time before painting over the shellac is one hour, so I waited about an hour and fifteen minutes and came back to paint. However, I was still getting bleed-through, so I gave everything one more coat.
Now I have had this happen before and I should have known better. It was freezing cold this weekend and I was working in the garage with the door open. (This stuff is stinky!) The temperature was simply too cold, and I needed to wait longer than the suggested one hour wait-time before painting. (This will be the case in hot humid conditions as well!)
So don’t be in a hurry! If you still get bleed-through after the first application…wait a few hours or even overnight give it plenty of time, and then paint again.
And if you’re still getting that pesky bleed-through?
You shouldn’t if you are patient and give the shellac time to fully cure before painting, but it sometimes still happens. You have a couple of options at this point. One is to spray the few areas with another clear matte sealer. Just about any one will probably do. I like Rustoleum Clear Matte Spray and Clear Matte Sealer by Plaid. Allow those to dry completely and then repaint. (An hour should be plenty this time.) That should do the trick.
Another option is to wax those areas with clear soft wax and allow them to dry for 30 minutes or so, then paint over those areas. Bleed-through is one of the most frustrating things when painting furniture, but I’ve never met a bleeder that I couldn’t tame!
UPDATE: My NEW favorite go-to for sealing in those pesky tannins is Dixie Belle’s BOSS, which stands for Blocks odors, stains, stops bleed-thru! This stuff rocks! It comes in white and clear.
Although painting these super dark older pieces white can have it’s challenges, I love how they distress!
You can find my How to Paint Furniture using Chalk Paint Tutorial HERE!
For the chair, because it was small, I stuck it in my Mini Spray Shelter and primed with Rustoleum Spray Primer. I still had bleed through in a couple of places, but I sprayed some clear sealer on those areas and I was good to go.
You always want to spray prime cane before painting so the paint won’t flake off on you or your guests. #askmehowiknow #oopsie
I spray primed the cane seat, then used chalk paint to paint it, and sealed just that area with clear matte sealer. You could also spray paint the cane after priming, which would not require a sealer.
This chair is a cute companion for this desk, but it will be staying with me. I just love how it turned out and it will make a great prop for photos!
It was pretty nicked and beat up along all the edges, but that just made it distress even better…
I wish I had a place for this desk as well. It would make a great dressing table…just look how huge that drawer is!
The wood inside the drawer was so pretty I decided not to cover it with fabric this time.
This would also be great if you had a large entryway.
I suspect it won’t last long in my booth!
Don’t forget my girls are sharing trash-to-treasures of their own…I can’t wait to see them myself!
Want even more Trash-to-Treasure inspiration? Visit all of my makeovers from this series HERE!
I’ll be back on Thursday with my favorite thrifting buddy, Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule! We have a new video of us thrifting to share, plus we will share what we bought and made over! Here’s a hint:
See ya then!
UPDATE: No need to come back…you can see it now HERE! 🙂
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