This process ended up taking a bit longer than I expected, but I couldn't be happier with the results. One benefit to the extra time is that the desk has been allowed to fully cure, so I know it's now ready for the furious scribbling of all my ideas and late night typing sessions. Here's where it started.
I wrote more about it here.
The transformation for this piece required some cleaning, wood putty, and a few layers of primer, paint, and urethane. This, of course, is in addition to the Brasso for the hardware.
It wasn't as bright as I would've liked this afternoon, so I had to use the flash on my camera which cast some funky shadows. Don't worry--the walls in my office are not baby blue. In reality, they're more of a blueish-grey, and it makes for a great place to read and study. I have another project I've been working on for above the desk, so hopefully I'll be able to get it done and blog about it next week. My office makeover is far from finished, but I'm on my way!