This beauty was an old school teacher's desk.
It is so SOLID and HEAVY.
I was really excited when I found this one.
The wood grain was beautiful so I decided to strip down the top and stain it.
I must admit that the photos make it more turquoise looking than it actually is.
It's really more of a JADE green color.
I used ASCP "Florence" with clear wax followed by dark wax.
Before I started painting the desk, I liberally applied Citristrip and let it sit for 30 minutes.
Then I scraped it off and reapplied and let it sit for 40 minutes.
Then I scraped it off and reapplied and let it sit for an hour.
I could go on... I think I lost track after the first couple of coats! No but seriously... I think I reapplied and scraped a couple of times after the initial attempt. Finally, it started to look beautiful. I used steel wool and mineral spirits to clean it up. Newspaper works best for absorbing up the gunk and spirits. I had to include this lovely photo of the scraped gunk, when all was said and done. I stained it with a dark wood that was a similar match to the original stain. Then I applied a clear wood protectant. When the top was all completely finished, I painted the rest of the desk and used clear and dark wax along with some distressing.
And now it is FOR SALE at Amity Pottery.
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