It really never ceases to amaze me how intensely some folks feel about painting furniture.
And they feel intensely in both directions.
Some for… Some against…
Okay. If I’m being honest, the anti-painters are a little more intense…
When I posted this photo on my Facebook page a few weeks ago (asking for paint color suggestions), even one of my closest friends contacted me and asked that I please not paint that piece.
The truth is though, that even though this little desk was in almost perfect condition when I found it, it had several chips (good sized chunks) in the veneer of the top surface. There was a tag on the back of the desk that dated it to 1940 – and I really think that someone had it in their house all that time but never actually used it. All of the signs of age were on the outside – and aside from those chips – it was almost perfectly clean.
But something had to be done about those chips.
It had to be painted.
Once I decided on MMSMP Boxwood, I worried a bit that the piece might chip a little more than I wanted it to. It looked pretty shiny to me. I could have added bonding agent to the paint, but I decided to paint some parts of the desk with a single coat of ASCP in Graphite and then let the chips fall where they might...(hahah!) As you know, the chalk paint sticks to ANYthing like glue – and I’ve discovered that MMSMP sticks to Chalk Paint like glue as well! I wanted a really smooth “perfect” surface on the top of the desk and I didn’t want the “inlay” section on the top drawer to show through if it began to chip in that area so I did some strategic ASCP placement…
As it turns out – I needn’t have worried. Even though the desk was shiny, and I thought the paint might just fall right off – it barely chipped AT ALL.
I decided to finish this piece with hemp oil. Two coats. Really, I don’t finish everything with MMSMP Hemp Oil. Only almost everything.
The following photo really gives you a good idea of the difference that the oil makes to the color of the paint as you apply it.
This desk has a special place in my heart because I was so proud of the way it came out that I decided to try and sell it. I opened my Etsy store because of this desk. And if you’d like to see it there – you’ll have to look in the SOLD section.
It sold almost right away.
You could have knocked me over with a feather.
Okay. That’s not true.
BUT I WAS REALLY EXCITED!!!!
And as far as I’m concerned…there really is no question that this piece needed to be painted. I think the paint made an immeasurable improvement!
And you? Which camp are you in?
Yay? Or Nay??