A Desk Do Over

A ‘do it yourself’ that I supposedly didn’t really ‘do much to’ myself, according to Mike 🤪
But none the less, I wanted to take you through the process of my finally getting a desk for my craft room!

We found this table at the Mac house and I was immediately taken with it 😍
I love the unique legs and the fact that I can use the table as one larger square table or as two smaller ones.

I started off by sanding it down and washing them.
Or trying to wash them.
I started with Mr. Clean and a sponge and that took off the first layer of grime, as well as released an odd oder 🤪


I will pause here to say that I think it is better for peace of mind to buy and redo items, when you don’t actually have to see where they originated from😜 Typically I imagine where a piece has been and what its been used for but in this case all I could picture was some big slabs of meat thrown down and sliced up with a butchers knife, wielded by a man with a large belly, chewing on a toothpick and wearing a canvas style apron who then walks away from the table, leaving it for cats and strays to roam around and clean up. Yes, my imagination has a mind of its own 😜

So moving on, in order to remove the smell and induce a stronger feeling of contentedness while using the desk in the future, I resolved to scrub them with TSP cleaner

You can see that the top half of the table is obviously the one I hadn’t rinsed off yet and the bottom is post TSP and rinsing.

I went at them with a tooth brush and then began the stupidly repetitive procedure of rinsing OFF the TSP 😏
It took a ton of refreshing the water bucket but finally they came clean.

If you have a stubbornly dirty item, I strongly* suggest TSP 😜… get it?* 😏

Though I was now confident that they were thoroughly cleansed, I wasn’t happy with their ‘dirty’ colouring.

So, I watered down some white paint and gently applied a liiiight layer over the entire pieces and it was the perfect ‘freshening’ without taking away their chippy charm.

In my opinion ☺️

So, one half was moved up to my craft room and the other stayed in the basement.

That may or may not be a semi permanent placement but for now I’m happy with it 😊👍🏻


Author: jessicapeters95

Hello humans 😊 This is where you learn about me I suppose, though anyone reading this right now most likely knows all the boring details ;) I am Jessica Rose Peters-Hagenouw. (Always thought I'd be able to pronounce my married name but hey, life doesn't go as we plan.) June 11, 1995, tis the day Robert and Bonnie Peters received the most adorable, amazing, wonderful, surprise 3rd child they could have dreamed of. Speaking of being the third child, I have an older brother and an older sister. Both of whom are married and have wee little families of their own, making 'Aunty Jess' another name I go by. I grew up and have lived all of my years up till November 2015 in Saskatchewan, Canada. Making summers that are extremely short and winters that never end, vast open spaces, northern lights, unthinkable amounts of mosquitoes, lakes, forests and people waving to you on the grid road all different things that mean = Home. But Home is not where I'll be for some time. My husband is a Dutchman, living in Europe. Therefore I too have been living in Europe for the last few months. The reason I started this little blog/journal/writing thing, is to document a bit of my "whole new world," for those at home who wont be awake at 3:00 am wanting to hear about how I couldn't find flour at the grocery store. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek into my little life 😊

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