Then I was asked to do a similar treatment to a pine desk and a 50s magazine holder. The desk is where things started heading south. I thought I'd strip the top and sand away some of the uneven paint on the legs of the desk and that would be the end of the story. Not so.
I should have sanded EV-ER-Y-THING down right from the get-go. I have no idea why I didn't. So, in a make-work project for myself, I finished the desk...but it wasn't right! It looked pretty awful (or at least not as good as it could) and in the end I had to pull it all back to the pine. I went through a lot of sandpaper.
In the end...she's a beauty!
The [very patient] customer was happy...she said this:
Emily, thank you so much for the lovely job you did on my "garage sale" find!
We have received many compliments on the desk and are very happy with it. I
will be sure to recommend you to others. Mary Lou R. (Ennismore, ON)
Ain't that grand?!
And here's where she's sitting pretty now