Remember I posted about my secretary desk?
Yesterday I decided that it was time to start transforming my desk. Like I said, I still have no idea about the final plan, or where it will live. But, it is time for me to focus on a project. So, here we go.
I came downstairs at the start of Hubs’ basketball game. I told him that I was going to go dig out the desk, and start sanding it. He said that I needed to strip it instead.
Me: “Can we go find some stripper tomorrow?
Hubs: “Sure, it can be our ‘Spending Time Together’ for the weekend.”
Me: “Will you do the dance?” (I will have to try to get the dance on video, so you can all appreciate it!)
Fast forward to this morning.
We get into the car to head to Lowe’s. We bought stripper and mineral spirits. We bought a couple of scrapers and brushes too, so I wouldn’t ruin my existing good stuff. And some protection from the fumes. Awesome gloves, mask, and goggles.
So, I moved the desk out to the driveway.
I removed all of the hardware.
I emptied the drawers. Then I cleaned the hole punch confetti off of the driveway. Hubs killed the spider and eggs living on the bottom of the bottom drawer. I removed the dust and dirt from the desk.
Then, I made my first test of the stripper on one of the tiny little drawers. I figured they could be removed, and just be more shelves if I screwed them up. The stripper worked fine, but it gunks up my scrapers before I can even get them cleaned off.
So, feeling confident with my plan, I applied stripper to all of the small little spaces inside of the desk.
The rain came down.
So, I practically threw the desk into the garage, at least as much as one girl can throw a piece of furniture. So, I started scraping the inner bits of the shelves. By flashlight, because our garage does not have enough light.
After about 20 minutes of this, I could not decide if I was going to vomit, or pass out. So, I gave up and went inside. This is a project meant to be done in open air. My garage is not that!
Day 2 is next!