my first diy project

When I was about 8 years old I got a desk from my grandma that I used pretty much all my life, until I went to college. Then throughout years of moving it ended up in our storage unit and I pretty much forgot about it. Recently my sister and I got our own apartment together and I realized I needed a desk in my room, and started looking to buy a new one because I wanted one to match my all white furniture. But, when I got furloughed because of COVID-19 I realized I needed to save my money, and find something to do with my free time. That was when I remembered my family still had my old desk, and I looked up how to repurpose it on my own!

Step 1. Find someone who knows what they’re doing.
Painting and sanding is honestly not my favorite thing, but luckily my Boyfriend loves to paint and is really good at it. So I got the supplies, and he secured us a place to do this project at his parents house.

Step 2. Get the supplies.
Since stores are a little crazy right now I tried to get in and out as quickly as possible so I got very minimal supplies.
1. 1 gallon of Rust-Oleum Professional White Semi-gloss Oil-based Enamel Interior/Exterior Paint from Lowe’s (I did not need the whole gallon)
2. 1 pint of Rust-Oleum Professional Black/Semi-Gloss Semi-Gloss Enamel Interior/Exterior Paint from Lowe’s (I did not need the whole pint)
3. Sand paper and a sanding block to make it easier to sand with (they sold it at Target in the DIY furniture section)
4. Rust-Oleum 10.25oz Imagine Glitter Spray Paint Gold from Target

3. Start sanding!
We had to sand the entire desk all the way down because the wood was finished, and there were a lot of intricate designs in the wood. We also unscrewed the handles on the desk to paint separately.

4. White paint.
My Boyfriend and I painted the entire bottom part of the desk white. It took about 3 coats and a lot of maneuvering around each other, but it came out perfect!

5. Black paint.
We did the black on top, while the white was still wet. I would really not advice this for anyone, unless you’re really good at painting like my Boyfriend is. Which is why I sat on the sidelines and let him takeover this part.

6. Add glitter!
While my Boyfriend was painting the more difficult parts of the desk, I took the spray paint and covered the handles. With glitter spray paint it was a little tricky, I learned the hard way that you have to spray a little on at a time and do multiple layers of that.

And you’re done!
After letting the desk dry (for a few days tbh), it is finally finished and works perfectly in my new room!!!

let me know what DIY projects you’ve tried at home!!

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