A few months ago I purchased a lovely, vintage Thomasville Bali Hai Desk that I wanted to refinish. I decided on painting it red after seeing a transformation at nattybydesign.com. She used enamel paint and to achieve a lovely, shiny red on a Bali Hai Dresser.
Here's how my desk turned out:
and here's what it looked like before...
Here's my steps:
1. Lazy girl here decided to skip the mineral spirits.
2. sand down the desk
3. clean it
4. paint it with three coats of the red paint (this took 4 days)
5. restore the hardware like this.
The Rust-oleum Protective Enamel was not fun to work with but it did leave a gorgeous mirror-like gloss on my desk. No top coat required! I would recommend this paint, but definitely apply it outdoors- it is oil-based and stinks!
I had great plans for to use this beauty in the catch-all room of ours. It was originally going to be a "mom only" room, but I realized that's an oxymoron in my home ;)
But in the end, I wasn't thrilled with the desk in there anyway. I currently have it in my family room and it is pretty, just useless. (The girl child uses it as a craft table). I've listed it for sale on Craigslist after I reluctantly admitted that there's just too much going on in there.
Oh well, I'm learning to say "when."