Brown desk refinish

This desk was a quick little project
I bought it thinking it was a five drawer vanity. My original plan was to add a mirror and a fun little stool.
But unfortunately, it was only 3 drawers and one of them had a divider so I decided to just leave it as a desk.
So I started sanding.
And sanding
And sanding. So. Much. Sanding.
It was beautiful cherry wood!
I tried using minwax Polyshades in espresso. Rather than giving it the rich brown I was hoping for, it went almost black and it was pretty blotchy. I checked it again in twelve hours and it’s still didn’t cure. It was still super sticky and I was not happy with it at all.
So I used sandpaper and steel wool to remove the finish. I still couldn’t get it completely clean again, so in the end, I decided to paint the whole thing. I sanded down the rest of the desk and the drawers.
My first coat of paint! This color of brown took three coats which was kind of a pain. I expect better coverage from Behr Premium Plus.
I normally choose cool colors or bright fun shades so this brown was a little outside my comfort zone but I still think it turned out pretty nice!
A few coats of Minwax Polycrylic to protect the top and it’s done!
After looking at it for a few weeks, I decided to try again. I sanded the top down to bare wood and refinished it with Minwax Polyshades in Espresso. I also repainted the body in Perfect Taupe and I love the transformation!

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