White Gel Stained Desk Top

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"Donna’s mom has had this sewing table for a long time. While her sewing days are behind her, this piece means a great deal to her. She’s recently moved into a newer place and seeing the sewing table to desk conversion I did for my niece, asked if it was possible for this. I removed the top (screws were underneath) and used it as a guide for the new one I was making from 3/4” plywood. The edges were sanded smooth and I applied wood veneer edging. Once prepped, I applied two coats of General Finishes white gel stain. After waiting 48 hours (the recommended amount of time to apply a water base product over an oil base one), a high performance topcoat was used. With the piece being used as a desk, I applied three coats. The frame was cleaned with Krud Kutter and then primed using BIN 1•2•3 (2 coats). Annie Sloan chalk paint in Chicago Grey was applied to the entire frame and drawers. Unlike dressers that go up against a wall, a desk can sometimes be seen from all angles. This is why I painted the back as well. The existing hardware was cleaned and then painted silver using Rust-Oleum’s Metallic Paint & Primer in Titanium Silver."
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Kristin Lia Restoration
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Post Date
May 20, 2021