shared a before photo of a vintage campaign desk I had found at my local Salvation Army for only $30. I mentioned that I was planning to paint the desk a vibrant coral to add a pop of color to liven up the neutral colors of my office.
For those that are curious what steps I took to to refinish the desk and what products I used, keep reading.
When I got the desk home, I set up a work area in the garage. First I removed all the hardware from the dresser and set it aside. I then removed the drawers and set them on folding tables, with the drawer fronts hanging off for the duration of the project. I decided to place the desk on a low table to work on it so I wasn't on my knees for most of the project. I am SO glad I did this because I was able to sit in a chair and really get a better angle for working on the bottom half of the desk. This made the task a lot less tedious than it would have otherwise been.
Once everything was set up, I began sanding the desk lightly with medium grit sandpaper. Because the primer I used, Zinsser Cover Stain, doesn't actually require sanding of glossy surfaces, this step wasn't necessary. However, because this will be a high use item, I decided to take as many extra steps as I felt necessary (without going overboard) to insure the paint job holds up for years to come.
After lighting sanding the desk and drawer fronts, I wiped everything down with a damp cloth to remove all dust from the desk. After everything had dried completely, I began brushing on the primer. I used two coats of Zinsser Cover Stain primer, followed by another light sanding (this time with fine grit sandpaper) and a wipe down before painting.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I used Benjamin Moore's Advanced paint in Coral Gables with a high gloss finish. I brushed on three coats of the paint, letting each dry completely to the touch before applying the third. Because this paint takes a while to fully cure and harden, I allowed the desk to dry in my garage for five days before I polished and reattached the hardware.
This was my first time painting a piece of furniture and I relied very heavily on tips that Kate of Centsational Girl provided in this post (where she actually refinished this very same desk!). I definitely suggest you check out her blog for amazing tips on painting furniture.