I've been trying to have success with Craigslist forever now. I finally had luck and scored this desk:
for thirty dollars. It needed refinishing, but it was a great find.
After a sanding and a little bit of patching, I painted the desk flat black. I used Valspar Latex Enamel which you get at Lowe's near the spray paints.
Once it was dry I got out the sander and distressed it. I don't often do this, but I was really pleased with the results.
Then I tried finishing wax for the first time. After talking to a man that restores furniture, I really wanted to try Briwax, but there isn't a supplier here and I was too impatient, so I just tried Miniwax.
I LOVE it! The finish is protected and so much richer now. I seriously want to just go around and wax everything now. :)
It was super easy. Wipe it on, let it dry for fifteen minutes and buff.
The patina had a certain charm, but I really wanted silver accents. So, out came the silver leaf Rub n' Buff.
I am so happy with this piece.
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