A classic piece of furniture can really pull together a room in an incredible way. They make great statement pieces, they draw the eye in certain directions, and they add a certain element of class. If you buy an antique pine desk, you can add all of this to your room while also adding a functional piece of furniture. When properly restored, an antique pine desk will offer you the same quality and function that it offered the original owner. You just have to make sure it’s restored properly. That’s not a difficult process, but you have to be careful.
Sand Off the Original Finish
First, you have to remove the original paint and finish. If you’re not going to do a full restoration, then you can skip this step. Removing the original finish involves using a fine grit sandpaper. Remember: the lower the number on the sand paper, the coarser it is. You want a sandpaper with a number around 200 or 300. You can go finer than this, but that’s not necessary as long as you’re careful.
You’ll sand away the paint and finish. We recommend using a hand sander for this, not a belt sander or a disc sander. It’s going to be a lot more work, but you have less chance of slipping up and removing too much. Once you’ve gotten the original paint and finish removed, it’s time to prepare the desk.
Prepare the Desk for Finishing
To prepare the desk for finishing, you need to sand it again. We recommend you use a sandpaper around 100 to 200 grit. That will be a coarser sandpaper than you used to remove the finish but not once so coarse that you’ll tear up the wood on the desk. You’re trying to create tiny scratches in the wood so that the paint will hold. It should still feel smooth to the touch, though.