CHI Good Questions: Refinishing Ideas?

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Andrew sent us an email: "I just picked up this 30s-style wood desk from a resale shop for $20!!! I would love to get some feedback from you and other ATers for refinishing ideas. This piece will most likely be showcased in my living room or bedroom."

What a deal! The desk is a really nice shape and we love the little detail on the middle drawer. Our January Jumpstart project started somewhere similar; we had a little desk that we really wanted to update with a lacquer-like paint finish...

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...We won't lie, it was a ton of work, but we're happy with the super shiny results (shown above) , so we'd recommend an ultra high gloss paint finish for your project as well. Two things we would NOT recommend from our experiece - the take forever to dry and very smelly One Shot enamel paint we used and brushing on the glossy paint - for our final coat we use a small roller and it was MUCH more effective.

Here are the links to our step by step project for more details:
Janel's January Jumpstart Project: Desk Redo #4 - Finished!
Janel's January Jumpstart Project: Desk Redo #3
Janel's January Jumpstart Project: Desk Redo #2
Janel's January Jumpstart Project: Desk Redo #1

January Jumpstart Project Preview: Desk Redo

AT Design Minds - what do you suggest for Andrew's upcoming desk refinishing project? Let him know in the comments...

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