Old Desk

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    Oct 07, 2012 8:33 PM GMT
    There's this old desk in my dad's office that he can't really get rid of right now. I'm helping him clean out the place of junk and the desk was originally where someone worked but they got fired, so now it's like a junk desk where everything is piled there. I took all the junk off and well, it has an old tablecloth over it to make it look 'good' because underneath it looks really bad. It's an old wooden desk. Anyone have any ideas of how to make this thing look good until we can get a replacement? It really bugs me when he has clients come in and they see it.
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    Oct 07, 2012 8:41 PM GMT
    Pics would help.
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    Oct 07, 2012 8:42 PM GMT
    Sand it down. And apply a dark stain or paint it flat black.
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    Oct 07, 2012 8:52 PM GMT
    xrichx saidSand it down. And apply a dark stain or paint it flat black.


    That's actually an interesting idea, I'll see what I can do with that!

    And pics would probably make you all wonder why we kept a desk looking like that for so long.
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    Oct 07, 2012 9:19 PM GMT
    LOL. If you were in LA, you can just sell it on Craigslist as a "vintage desk" and people will buy it in a hurry. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 07, 2012 10:03 PM GMT
    If it has a finish, remove the finish first. I use CitriStrip cuz it's non-toxic and works well. It is a gel so it is gloppy to take off. I hope the desk doesn't have a lot of detail woodwork. Also use a putty-knife like scraper to remove the CitriStrip. Steel wool gets it out of the corners etc. Wash/wipe any residue off.

    Sand the bare wood to whatever extent it needs it. Then stain it. Finish off with polyurethane mat or shiny finish.

    You may not want to throw it out afterwards.

    I did this to an old painted chest of drawers a neighbor threw out. It had been a childhood piece of furniture of her husband. all scratched and had sat in a basement that was repeatedly flooded. Under the paint was beautiful solid wood. After I refinished it, I gave it back to her. It is now beautiful piece of furniture in her guest room. I'll try to find a pic.
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    Oct 07, 2012 10:05 PM GMT
    It has no fine details so sanding it should be fine. I'm going to google how to give it a good finish.
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    Oct 07, 2012 10:11 PM GMT
    OneSongGlory saidIt has no fine details so sanding it should be fine. I'm going to google how to give it a good finish.

    Wear a mask if you are going to sand a finish off.
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    Oct 07, 2012 10:16 PM GMT
    Thanks for the help everyone!