The storage trunk I bought months ago turned out to be a bust. Not only was it a little TOO big for the room (especially considering the tanker desk still isn’t ready yet), but I couldn’t get rid of the mothball odor.
I tried Fabreeze, Lysol, baking soda, 2 cans of coffee grinds before I brought it outside to strip off the fabric and prime it. Then I painted over it with the intention of covering it with fabric or contact paper. I never got that far, because the smell never left. In fact, all the other substances just seemed to add to the mothball scent.
I started to look once more for a ) a smaller size trunk b) one that didn’t smell.
I managed to find one. It was a little more spendy than the one I bought but was in much better condition than the one I had before. And it was metal footlocker type trunk.
A much more manageable size when looking at them side by side.
I switched the wheels over to the smaller trunk and brought it into the office. It was definitely a much better proportion than the one before. (Puck had to inspect it, of course.)
Compared to the trunk before:
It will need a little work on the inside since it has some contact paper liner that is not quite my style. 😉
I haven’t done much on my tanker desk—aka Lola but I have decided on a new paint color.
Instead of blue, I decided on a silvery lavender color called Evening Orchid (which is a 1965 paint color for Chevys like Impalas and Chevelles).
Sneak peak at the color:
This is during the late afternoon in natural light.
Night time with garage door closed.
I’m hoping to work on it soon. The first step I need to do is take her apart so I can prime and paint. If all goes well, I won’t have to wait too long once I get my flooring done.
This is the third time I’ve revised my office since moving here three years ago. (third time’s a charm, right?)
I went from plain walls and popcorn ceiling –
To a turquoise and grey combo.
To the turquoise and lemon ice (in addition to the sliding barn door and chandelier).
(Old pic before I revamped the light fixture)
I totally fell in love with the Slate Teal color that was in my spare bath and was going to use it in the guest bedroom as well but decided it would work better in my office since that room got more light than the other.
It took a little over 2 weekends to cover the turquoise with Slate Teal. I had run out of the paint about half way through and being it was such a deep, intense color, I used more paint than usual. I also stencilled a design over but it wasn’t the same pattern as before. I also decided to do something slightly different by using the same color paint but in Pearl finish (satin) to stencil over the matte.
The pattern is Atlas by Royal Stencil.
I’m now the proud owner of a (slightly beat up) tanker desk!
It was on Craigslist for $60 and at first I was iffy about it because I wasn’t going to be able to haul it anytime soon. They offered to deliver it to me so I decided to look at it and noticed the retro legs. There were a couple dents and some rust on the sides but it hadn’t gone through the metal. The top was dirty but still in good condition. So I didn’t haggle (since they were delivering it) and it arrived yesterday afternoon.
I cleaned out the contents and there were some creepy things (a bug nest?) so that was quickly dumped. The last time it had been used was sometime in 2004.
I didn’t really clean the actual body yet but tried to remove the top and possibly disassemble so I could move into the garage. That didn’t work. I did however manage to remove the modesty panel before I pushed it inside.
It’s a very bland, beige color right now and although I have named her Lola, she needs a makeover. Right now, I’m thinking a retro shade of turquoise or teal would be cool but maybe use a pearl finish (or metallic).
She’s in my garage and I’ll tinker with it over the next few months. Lola won’t be a 1 weekend project. I’m sort of treating her like a vintage car (since she’s heavy like one). My refinish process will be similar in process. I’m iffy on fixing the dents though, right now they don’t look too bad. I hope to clean the rust and further assess the damage in the next few weeks while also continuing to research on paints. 🙂
EDITED: I don’t think a pearlized paint will work since the shimmer occurs mostly outdoors. I’m better off doing metallic or solid color instead.
Other than the knobs, which are in the mail, the credenza is now complete.
Here’s a quick recap.
I took apart the pieces and cleaned them before spray painting the metal frame with Krylon Chrome paint (I found it at a crafts store). I thought I could use a spray lacquer but that turned out to be a waste a money so I stuck with Benjamin Moore’s White Heron in High Gloss.
I also drilled holes on the back for ventilation.
Then, once that was complete, I used my Benjamin Moore (leftover) Turquoise Powder paint and turned it into Chalk Paint.
The formica top was peeling apart so I had decided, early on, to use some of my leftover zinc sheet from my fireplace project. The only thing I should have done was add more contact cement. There is an air gap right now but since it isn’t a serving table, I will live with the flub. I spent the week shaping the metal onto the table top with my trusty mallet. I hadn’t intended to use nails on the sides but I needed to secure the sheet down (thanks Pat!).
I was doing fine with my hammer until near the end and now have a nasty blood blister on my thumb. 😦 BUT, I got it done.
The next morning was spent soldering. Never done it before and didn’t use enough flux a few times so the melted metal just fell off.
After that was done, I sanded it out so most of the rough edges were gone and blended into the table.
For the doors, I cut down the double doors and originally wanted to use a .25″ lexan but busted it while using a circular saw (another lesson learned). I can still salvage a good chunk of it for a future project though. I ended up buying a piece of acrylic (plexiglass) that was cut to size. I originally wanted to use perforated sheet metal or even cut out the center of the doors (before they were cut down) but ended up finding a cool stencil and used the White Heron as the stencil paint. For the doors, I used satin Super White so there’s a tone on tone effect.
So here’s the after!
I didn’t get a good seal on the stencil for the acrylic and spent last night and today scraping the design back. I also added a little Looking Glass spray paint to give a silvery, mercury glass effect.
UPDATE – knobs are on!
Quick update on the credenza –
The sides were put back together on Sunday night and a coat of chalk paint was added.
On Monday I threw a coat of wax on the paint and put my electronics in. A new HDMI cable is ordered so I can run the wire behind the wall again.
In the meantime I kept shaping the table top. Still needs nails along the sides and soldering before I can polish.
This is the dry fit a few minutes ago. Doors are on the way but it is more than half done.
Quick update on the console –
Slowly but surely, this is getting done.
This is a pic this evening
The outside has been completely painted and will be ready for turquoise chalk paint in the inside. Currently, the inside is still dirty especially compared to the newly painted sides.
Before fitting the sides back, I dry fitted the top. Shaping the zinc sheet will be the timely piece.
For the doors, that will be another week. I had bought a polycarbonate sheet and learned not to cut using a circular saw. it cracked so I am ordering one precut to my specs. The clear piece will be the center and the sliding doors have been made shorter to accommodate the new piece.