Friday, May 18, 2012
I love a challenge, especially if it's something I've never done before. So when I a client sent me this picture I was beyond excited - an also extremely nervous.
It's funny that the kind of things I love to do to most, the challenging ones, also tend to give me the hives. To start I'm stressed about getting it cleaned enough for the paint to stick. Have you ANY idea how much gunk is on an old school desk. I mean, I'm used to working with vintage furniture so my best friend is a degreaser but an old school desk basically needs to soak!
On top of that, the veneer is coming up in places and since you know it's for a 3 year old all you can envision is a sweet little leg getting pinched.
Then theres' the rusty and/or peeling metal to deal with.
But then you get past all that and think, now what?!
There are so many possibilities really. Where to start? Which to go with?
Mommy said her little girl was a princess loving drama queen who likes purple. Well, that's as good a place to start as any! So I went into it thinking purple and drama and this is how it ended up. Soooo, whattaya think??
I debated about painting the wood and the metal and going with a solid purple but I just couldn't bring myself to paint the wood. So I spiffed it up with some stain and gave it a nice coat of poly. I wasn't sure it was the right decision at first but as soon as I saw that rich wood come to life with a little stain and add to that a little gloss from the poly, I knew I'd made the right choice. Drama, indeed!
Now, all I need is a little girl of my own to make one for. I have a feeling though, what with my SILs, friends, and their friends who've put in an order for one, I probably wouldn't get to it until she was in college.
Thanks for stopping by! As always, let me know what you think!