Hi guys! Open House with the boys went very well yesterday! I think I may have a slight problem with Nick only because he tends to stay off to himself when he does not know you. But we’ll see. I have until Monday to get him excited about school!
Today I’m going to show how not to paint furniture. Why, you ask? Because I completely messed up this desk for my sons room a few weeks back and that’s why it didn’t make into the room!
I started with this desk found on Craigslist for $20
Before I start, I must say that this piece is laminate (meaning that its not wood) and therefore it needed a special kind of primer. With that in mind, I decided to use Glidden “GRIPPER” primer that is recommended for this type of furniture.
It’s basically for anything that will make regular paint hard to stick to plus its grey which is good for using under dark paint colors.
Everything went well with the application of the primer. I forgot to mention that it also fills in any “hair line cracks in the wood”. This piece did have three going up the side and the primer sealed them. I didn’t think to take a picture, but I’ll try to show you on my next post on “HOW TO PAINT A CAMPAIGN DESK”!
Okay so it’s primed! Looking good right? Here comes the horror. The application of the navy blue paint (I chose navy before I found the orange)
This is a really nice blue! And it’s gloss so its gonna shine. Here is where I screwed up
Do you see how the paint looks on the top of the desk? I couldn’t get a good shot of it, but it’s caked on. Why, you ask? Because I used a regular paint roller that you would use on your walls
That paint caked on the desk like icing on a cake. And I’m not talking about fondant! Oh it was a mess. The more I rolled the messier things got
And then the worst possible thing happened…..The paint started peeling….
I was so frustrated that I wanted to take a hammer and beat the desk to pieces and toss it out! Don’t believe me? Ask Dayka! See, I know better. I was trying to take the cheap way out and use what I had on hand. In some cases that work, but when you’re painting a piece of furniture and you want it to look nice DO NOT SKIMP ON THE RIGHT TOOLS. So now I have to start over on a desk that is in worse shape than it was when I brought it home. But no worries. At least I know how to fix this problem. In my next post on this desk, I will give you a step by step break down on how to update furniture with paint and get great results. Well, I’ll show you how I fixed my mess;-)
Have you ever ruined a simple DIY project? Did you go back and correct it? Or do you not know how to correct it? If you have pictures I’d love to feature them or give you advice that you may need! Email me at lakeitha_duncan(at)yahoo(dot)com
Have a great weekend!