Nov 11, 2013

NOVEMBER'S Do-Overs---Desk Drama.

How does that old saying go?  "Best laid plans of mice and men often go astray....?"  Such has been my life the last 3+ months.

Same goes for my plans for amazing furniture redos.  *sigh*  Remember my grand plans to redo all the pieces of  furniture in the hoarder-ish collection in my garage?  I was going to do one or two projects/redos every week in October.  I even named the series "October's Do-Overs!"  And then life stepped in.  I spent two days in the hospital, spent almost three weeks recovering and am JUST now getting to the point where I'm not experiencing any weird side effects from medicines and surgery and anesthesia. Yay modern medicine and yay for a crappy body/immune system making everything difficult!  So, I'd like to RE-introduce (with a little twist)....

 NOVEMBER'S Do-Over's!  It doesn't have the snazzy ring to it that October had, but what's a girl to do? To recap:  I will be redoing a piece of furniture every week of November.  And since the month is already half over, I have A LOT of catching up to do.  

FIRST PROJECT!!!  *drum roll*   This ga-orgeous desk I nabbed for $40 at an antique store many moons ago.  

I love the turquoise color that the desk is now, but it matches nothing in my house and it's beat up pretty severely.  One drawer is wonky and there are a ton of spots that would need touching up.  So this beauty is getting a total overhaul.  Since I'm just lovely at making decisions (a.k.a. I have the hardest time deciding something without a million opinions, pro and con lists and lots of deliberation first), I have three options on what to do with this desk.  

{Option 1}---painting the entire desk one color, then selecting a scrapbook paper/wrapping paper/stenciled design.  

Honestly, I think it would be the easiest option.  I just don't know that I'm in love with the look of it.  While I like the contrasting looks and colors, I think the paper strikes me as  And how long would that last before the paper would start to curl up?  Because that would drive me insane. But stenciling and painting a design would probably be a good compromise.

{Option 2}----Painting the outside one color, painting the inside another. 

The best part about this is that I could totally customize it.  I could paint the entire inside one color.  I could just do the cubbies, like they have in the picture.  I could do the inside and the fronts of the drawers the same color.  Lots of options. 

{Option 3}-----Painting the outside one color, staining the inside.

I'm OBSESSED with this.  I think it's clean, it's classic, it's timeless.  I just love it so much.  BUT.  Every single person that I've showed the picture of my desk and then showed them this has told me what a pain in the rear it is to strip paint.  Which is what I would have to do.  I'd have to be very careful and just strip the paint off the inside of the desk.  If you've noticed, the inside of the desk has lots of nooks and crannies and's just going to be a massive undertaking.  Not to mention, I already paid $40 for the desk.  If I go Option #3 route, I also need to buy stripping liquid (I saw an aerosol in Lowe's this weekend that looked interesting), a scraper, gloves, wood stain, paint and new knobs.  The expenses are adding up for this option.  But it's. just. so. pretty.

Too many decisions.  I keep trying to bribe my husband to just go ahead and strip the paint off for me and I'll handle the painting and staining, but he's not biting.  Honestly, I think he's had enough of my crazy projects for awhile.  *bigger sigh*

One, two or three?  Which one do you like better (weighing all the pros and cons)??


Carilynn Gravatte said...

3...hands down, but the undertaking is understandable.

Devan Gaddie said...

My thought exactly. A ton of work.....but I'm leaning towards it being worth it in the end.

Vickie said...

I like #2.

Blogger said...

I have just downloaded iStripper, so I can have the sexiest virtual strippers on my desktop.

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