I purchased this desk in Watertown, NY at a junk shop. I loved the shape, it made me think of the retro future style of the 50's. The poor thing was really beat up and needed major help. I was working full time and needed a desk so I lightly sanded it with the power sander, filled the chips with wood patch and spray painted it.
Several years and moves later, we're back at square one. The side veneer is chipped all along the bottom as well as one of drawers. The paint is worn and just sad.
I'm going to talk about the veneer chips and how to repair them for a piece of furniture of this quality, (low, I would have stained this piece of furniture if I could have). I would never do this on an antique or something I was going to stain.
This is the type of chip that is present in several places on the desk. The veneer is missing and probably littering some stretch of highway somewhere on the eastern seaboard. It's too big to fill with wood filler. Instead the husband and I picked up Band-It Veneer Edging.
First I trimmed a piece of the iron on edging about the size of the chip.
Then we ironed it in place according to the directions. The pink striped piece is a scrap of cotton fabric we used to protect the iron from the glue. (Before you make fun of my man hands, they're not mine. You may recognize the hand model from this post.)
This is how it looked after the ironing.
Since the repair was in a curved spot I covered it with some painter's tape to hold it in place while it cooled.
This is a good point to take a break, have a beer or pick up food, and ignore the repair until it has time to really stick.
Then I filled in the small cracks between the existing veneer and the patch with wood filler. Then I waited for the wood filler to cure, according to the directions of course. I then sanded everything to make sure it was smooth and painted it with my new color.
This is the painted desk edge once the new paint was applied. Pretty slick! I think as long as I don't point it out no one will notice.
The final desk. I was able to sand the top and refinish it. I used Minwax Poly Shades, Pecan Satin 320. For the bottom, after doing several repairs like the one featured above I knew there was no way I could stain it, so I pained it Valspar, Pacific Pleasure 5009-10, in a semi-gloss interior paint. I lightly sanded the existing paint and applied four thin coats of paint, with a sponge brush to cover the existing aqua color.
I think it looks more modern and absolutely more adult. I think it has a Northern California look to it. I can only cross my fingers and hope I won't be fixing more chips after the pending move.
For all of you who are reading this asking, "where's the door?" Thanks for sounding like my husband. I'm working on it! I just tackled this project because all of the equipment was already out. There's a bit more engineering to do on my impulse buy.