Son's Room Desk & Chair {Before & After}


On Monday, I gave you a sneak peak of the furniture hardware that I painted on the desk in my son's room.  I liked the wood finish on his vintage desk that I found several years ago at a consignment store.  It's an Ethan Allen desk and it's still in very good condition.  Here's a picture of his desk and chair before I got my hands on them.  A whole lot of brown going on here.

And here they are after I spray painted the desk hardware and the chair with Rustoleum's Fern in a gloss finish.
The green color I pulled from the Mod Podge map mirror frame that I DIY'd for Jacob's room.

The chair was pretty beat up and one of the spindles had fallen off.
Plus it had a lot of old varnish on it and the surface was really uneven.  So, first, I filled in any holes or splits in the wood with some wood putty and let that dry.  Then, I gave it a good sanding down with my electric sander.
After I had all of the old varnish sanded off, I needed to screw the spindle back on.  I attempted to drill a hole first, so that I wouldn't split the wood, but my drill bit broke in the process and it was the only one I had in the size I needed.  And you know I don't like running to the store in the middle of a project!
So, I improvised and just Gorilla glued it back into the hole.
I didn't have any clamps so I improvised again and put a garden paver on top of it to hold it in place while the Gorilla glue dried.  I just wiped off any of the glue that dripped down.
 While the Gorilla glue dried, I watched Bocce wrestle in the backyard with his nemesis - The Garden Hose.  What a ferocious beast!
 Finally! He has defeated his nemesis!
After the Gorilla glue had completely dried, I sprayed it with a few coats of primer and then a few coats of the Rustoleum Fern Green.
I still want to make a cushion for the chair so it's more comfy for Jacob, but I'm really happy with how it turned out.

I also love that it coordinates with the green in the marine photograph that was a gift to Jacob from my sister, Margaret.
Next week, I'm excited to show you a sewing project that I finished in the room.

Hope you have a great weekend.  I know I will.  My brother is visiting from Illinois this weekend so I'm looking forward to a lot of family time, which is always fun.

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