WOW. What a fantastic project! I’m going to be overly pleased with myself for a very long time. This is a good example of how rewarding distressing furniture can be when it goes well.. and I’ve had really good luck with it so far.
My 3.5 year old, G, was moved to a big boy room a while back and he really needed a sturdy side table for a lamp.
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- You’ll need to pick up all of your paint, stain, and poly as listed at the top of this post.
- The building plate was about $16 at the time I bought it. Just keep an eye on the price as it seems to fluctuate.
- My plate is painted black with the Rust-Oleum spray, but there’s a wide variety of colors available.
- I used Gorilla Glue to glue it down.
- I used foam brushes for applying the stain and poly… I find both stain and poly are difficult to clean off brushes so I wanted a cheap option to apply it so I could throw the foam brushes out after. Not super ecofriendly, but I try to do what I can in other areas.
- For painting, I use a regular paint brush. Pick the size that works best for your piece or use a couple different sizes. Regular paint is easy to clean off… I just rinse thoroughly under warm water, then let sit in a cup of water and blue Dawn mix. Then rinse again after a day, and let air dry.
- Drop cloth is a necessity, but if you want to save money then you could cut open a garbage bag and layer the floor with it. I have some drop cloths that I reuse often.
- Sander and sandpaper to fit it… this is ideal. You can get sandpaper and do it by hand, but this makes the process a lot faster and easier.
- I didn’t link them, but I do use latex gloves to apply stain and poly because I don’t like how hard they are to get off my hands. Personal preference. You may also want to consider a face mask if you are concerned about chemicals. I paint in an open garage only to avoid issues with this.
- Free materials that you need:
- Old T-shirt to wipe off the stain. I really can’t find anything better. I’ve tried paper towels and also sweatshirt material and neither worked great.
Here are some pictures from when I updated the desk with “big boy” Lego plates!
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