I managed to work on the tanker desk this holiday week. (I don’t think the name, Lola will stick so she is once again, nameless.)
The first thing I did was remove the drawers.
Instead of working on the entire thing at once, I decided to start with the pencil drawer. I cleaned and took a wire brush to some of the rust spots before priming it.
Next I used a spray paint I found at one of the big box stores – Flat Soft Iron. I had wanted to go the auto paint route but it would have been way too pricey and time consuming for me. If this didn’t work though, I would have.
This is the color after bringing it inside. (Floyd had to inspect the finished product in the first picture.) I did take a small brush and fixed the area around the lock.
The legs were next and they were a little rusty but still in good condition. The chromed legs were dirty but undamaged. I only worked on one so far and after cleaning, grinding, and priming, I got a coat of Brilliant Silver on (to see how it looked before I tackled the other).
The hardest thing so far was removing the pedestals from the table top. The bolts had rusted out and I wasn’t sure I could remove a couple of them without drilling through. It was a no go so I went to see if I could buy replacements for them and luckily, I was able to find them. So I spent a couple hours drilling through the rusted bolts alternating with my little propane torch (the kind used for créme brûlée).
The end result?
A view of the new color next to the old:
I haven’t figured out how to remove the file drawer yet. I also haven’t decided what to do with the linoleum (formica?) top.
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.
I started to finish up on my moulding a couple weekends ago.
This was the cache in my car. It’s amazing how much my little Prius holds.
My first coped corner. Coping is hard (yes, it’s okay to insert jokes here, I did). This was prior to actually sanding and touch up paint.
Slowly but surely, the colonial style moulding is going away, replaced with a simpler design. (This is also prior to paint)
Anything that’s staying, is going to get a fresh coat of paint so it isn’t as dingy looking as before. (and it won’t be the gloss/semi-gloss sheen either)
I still need to touch up the walls since the trim paint has bled over but that’s okay. The large pieces of baseboards are in for both the living and dining room. I just need to replace the colonial trim put up before finishing. 🙂
And two more chairs started.
The first 2 painted chairs got their second coat of paint today. I also did a first coat on 2 more chairs.
I’ll need at least one more coat on them before they pass the paint phase.
I brought them inside the house after they dried. You can see the 2 chairs don’t have seats on them.
The current seats are in the garage since I am going to rebuild them with plywood before the fabric phase.
On one of my chairs, I mixed some of my teal paint with my door color paint (Wrought Iron) to give an accent color – mimicking how it originally looked.
A better look at the slight contrast.
I’m hoping the last 2 chairs will enter paint phase next weekend. If not, I’ll be getting the plywood cut for new seats.
Here is the before pic of the chairs before I go to work on them.
I’ve spent a grand total of $145 for all 6 so far. 😛 (not counting my quart of paint)
The 2 orange chairs are probably the oldest and will require the most work. I know I can definitely save one but I’m gonna do my best to save both because they are just really cool.
The one with the black cover was the first one and then the three other chairs, I bought for $100 on Saturday.
My plan is to work on them two at a time so I don’t overwhelm myself and I can take the time to do any necessary repairs.
The color of the chairs will be a dark teal color called Venezuelan Sea by Benjamin Moore (semi gloss, Advanced).
I am not sure of the chair cushion color but it won’t be vinyl. I’m thinking a microsuede fabric so I won’t get claw marks from the cats. 😉
I started my ‘accent ceiling’ this long weekend and got a small swatch done.
The color is Benjamin Moore’s Inspired but 50% less intense.
I knew I wasn’t going to finish this but wanted to get just enough to install my new ceiling fan and repaint the heating vent. Yep, I painted the blades the ceiling color so they won’t be so noticeable. The incandescent lightbulbs that came with cast a yellowy tint so I’ll end up with LEDs in the near future.
I just wanted the tough areas done first and then I’ll cut in and start painting when I need a flooring break.
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!