This was a desk that my dad built my sister years ago. She had given it to me 13 years ago. I decided to keep it and re-do it because I needed a crafting desk –but, boy, was it a lot of work.
Trying to sand that old finish on top wasn’t easy. The sanding belt whooped my arms, and I’m so sore I can barely move.
However, I still enjoyed the process – I take up after my daddy a little bit, he loved his woodwork. Miss him so much!
What I love about this table is that it’s made up of sturdy wood that has retained its gloss despite all the decades have passed by. You can see how shiny it looks!
The spaciousness is another thing I loved about this desk. Because I was going to use it as a crafting table, I needed the extensively lengthy top of the table as well as the six-small-one-large drawer and storage capacity.
The handles and drawers could still pass by as modern, chic designs but they just would not go with the décor of my crafting room. Therefore, I decided to whiten it up a bit and give it newer handles.
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I used a belt sander to take off the stock on the wood quickly. They’re a great way to correct misalignments on woodwork, and even out the surfaces or uneven ridges. Many people chose not to use it, but I find it convenient because they’re faster than manually fixing the wood.
Once the top layers of the wood were shaved off, the table became smooth around the edges, had even openings, unwanted botches of paint and varnish had remove and all the splinters were gone.
Then I put on some primer and gave it one last sanding. Now was the time to paint it! The paint I used was a flat white and the stain on top is dark walnut. After I’d painted it, I left it to dry for a day and sealed it for extra protection.
What came out was an amazing, modern looking, fit-for-the-décor desk that had all the labor of my daddy dearest in touch. Every time I craft on this table, I can almost feel my father’s love and presence –it’s almost like he’s with me there and then.
This is one of my most prized possessions and I love using it!
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