When I was pregnant with Noah I found this desk on Craigslist for $20. I has beautiful lines and details that will work in Noelle's room but it was unfortunately spray-painted black...poorly spray-painted. It needed some major TLC which is what I was finally able to give it.
First I sanded it down to a smooth surface and wiped it down with a wet cloth.
Then I primed, primed, and primed again. Seriously - 3 bloody coats of primer.
I also lightly sanded it between coats of primer.
Next step - Paint!
I mixed 1 cup of Noelle's wall color with 1 cup of white and added a shot of Floetrol.
Floetrol is absolutely imperative when painting furniture. It makes the brush strokes disappear, therefore giving you a smooth surface.
I bought new silver handles but decided first to paint the old ones to see if I liked them. Luckily there was just enough Heirloom White left in my paint cabinet to cover all 4 of them.
I ended up loving the look of the off-white handles against the soft green.
Here she is!
The desk fits perfectly in Noelle's room and she wasted no time filling it with crayons, paper and a few toys.
My last step was 2 coats of Polyurethane to make it nice and shiny.
Wow, this post makes it look so easy! It actually isn't a whole lot of work - just a whole lot of time and patience - Prime, wait, sand, repeat. Paint, wait, sand, repeat. And hope that in the end you have a piece that you love and will keep for a long time.
If you're looking for detailed information on how to paint furniture check out this post from Centsational Girl and this post from All Things Thrifty.