It’s not a project unless toxic chemicals are involved.

I just spent an hour at home depot talking with an employee about refinishing the desk I bought a long time ago with intentions of refinishing. Eventually in the new place I’d like to use it as a makeup vanity instead of a computer desk because it could amply store my buttloads of makeup and be less awkward to use than the dresser I’ve been using. Since I’ve got a ton of free time now, what better time to do some of the projects I’d been putting off, right?

I brought in one of the drawers so he could determine what wood it was made from, and brought photos of the damaged areas to best determine how to go about fixing them–apparently I got the score of the century when I bought it as I got it dirt cheap and it’s oak which is a spendier hardwood. The employee mentioned liking the hardware on the desk and I scoffed, saying I wanted to replace it, but apparently I can sell the hardware for something like thirty bucks a pop on craigslist because you can’t get hardware like it anymore. If that’s true, I’ll be glad to sell it instead of just chucking it like I’d intended. I don’t think what’s on there now will go with the ebony finish I’m applying, and I’m thinking I’d like something a little more modern on there regardless. Or awesome. Like bird skulls.

So over the next couple of days, I’m going to be sanding and staining–and, apparently, if I don’t use proper ventilation, according to the home depot employee, I’ll also be “talking to Elvis”. It’s nice to have projects to work on! And maybe I’ll get some sandwich-making tips from the King.

23 Comments It’s not a project unless toxic chemicals are involved.

  1. vurumai March 2, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Tell the King hi for me

    1. vurumai March 2, 2011 at 5:18 am

      Actually I think I had the same guy help me build my potatogun.

    1. admin March 2, 2011 at 7:08 am

      NICE. Thank you!

      1. kindofstrange March 2, 2011 at 7:26 am

        It was weirdly timed. I had literally just seen those via a post from one of my friends on FB that linked to a treasury containing them, when I got the urge check in on Livejournal.

        Clearly this means you were meant to have them.

        …by ‘help’, I clearly mean ‘enable’.

        1. admin March 2, 2011 at 7:46 am

          Enable away!

    2. winik March 2, 2011 at 8:34 am

      Nice! πŸ™‚

    3. januaryfive March 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      I want to refinish something now just for those pulls!

    4. admin March 5, 2011 at 2:46 am

      I ended up getting them with a gunmetal finish which I think will look SWEET with an ebony stain.

  2. mschilepepper March 2, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I bet if you stop by to “visit” me and start discussing your refinishing project within earshot of my Dad, he’ll volunteer to lend you his vibrator sander. πŸ˜€ Barring that, you can rent power tools by the day from most of the bigger hardware stores.

    You can borrow my cordless drill anytime. It’s shiny and red!

    1. admin March 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      I shouldn’t need to borrow any power tools for this one but I’ll keep that in mind. πŸ™‚

    1. admin March 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Cool, thank you! πŸ™‚

  3. pikefish March 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    ok, well, my first obvious question is what new place? I thought Jason was moving in with you? are the 2 of you moving somewhere else?

    (your icon is distracting me! lol!)

    pics, pics, and more pics!!!

    1. pikefish March 2, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      ok, please ignore question about housing- I’m playing catch up right now!

    2. admin March 2, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      He accepted a job at MS so it makes much more sense for both of us to move to Redmond than for him to commute from Renton when neither of us has anything tying us to this particular location. We haven’t picked a new place yet but we’re going to go look at houses today.

      1. amazoni March 3, 2011 at 5:16 am

        I’m super happy for you…but I’m selfishly even more happy for all of us friends who will get to live closer to you once you move. πŸ˜€

        1. admin March 5, 2011 at 2:47 am

          Totally, it’s going to be great to be close to everyone again!

    3. admin March 5, 2011 at 2:46 am

      Oh, and I will take SO many pics of the process. πŸ™‚

  4. 1_rhiannon_1 March 2, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I’ll also be “talking to Elvis”.

    Oh kick ass! Tell him I said hey πŸ˜€

    1. admin March 5, 2011 at 2:47 am

      Will do!

  5. beachin March 3, 2011 at 12:38 am

    What kind of sandwich?

    1. admin March 5, 2011 at 2:47 am

      Whatever kind of sandwich Elvis is interested in talking about, I guess. πŸ˜‰

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