09:31AM | 11/06/02
Member Since: 11/05/02
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Okay, I have a few questions. I'm kind of new to this but I figured it would be a fun project to start on.

I found this old antique sewing desk, and I thought it would be perfect if I could strip it, put new hardware on the drawers, and repaint it for my nephew as a desk.

So my questions..

It has this horrible wood stain on it, it's all uneven, it was done horribly, so I'm going to strip that off.

I want to paint it a light blue color..which kind of paint would you guys suggest? It's a wood desk, I'm not sure what type, but should I use acrylic? Keep in mind that a 2 year old is going to use this for many years, so I want the paint to hold up. Should I put a glaze overtop of it?

Next, I wanted to use a stencil of some sort to put an image on the top of the desk. Does anybody know of any free sites where I could print out stencils? (like racecars, cars, trucks..etc.) And I'd assume that once I paint that stencil on I'd want some sort of sealant or glaze overtop of it so it doesn't come off.

Like I said, I'm new to this, and I just wanted to refurbish this for my nephew for Christmas. Any and all suggestions would be very much appreciated!


01:17AM | 11/09/02
Member Since: 07/28/02
1358 lifetime posts
Once you strip the desk and make sure all the residue is off you will need to prime the entire desk with BIN primer from Zinnser as this will hold back any bleed thru from the wood. After the primer dries you will need to sand it litely as it will raise the grain of the wood some. The finsh paint can either be an oil based or acrylic enamel. You may want to go with the acrylic as it dries quicker and does not yellow over time like the oil based paints do. You can put an acrylic urethane over the stencil to give it more durabilty. Just be sure to follow all manufactures directions when doing a project such as this or any for that matter.


10:39AM | 11/09/02
Member Since: 11/05/02
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But since I'm just going to paint over it, do I technically need to strip it? I asked around on some other boards and they said that isn't really necessary.


12:23AM | 11/11/02
Member Since: 07/28/02
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No you do not need to strip all of the old finish but you do need to make sure that of the wax that was used on the desk is removed. You can do this by washing it down with paint thinner and follow this with an amonia and water wash to remove the last of the residue.
But be sure that the existing finish is sound before you go this route.


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