Cerusing for love.

Cerusing for love.

When Kelly got to work restoring this Craigslist desk, she ran into a bit of a snag.  Old paint from its many previous makeovers had become embedded down into the surface, and the surface was only a thin veneer. Thus, sanding the snot out of it was out of the question.

So she decided to try cerusing, which is a technique that sometimes involves opening up the existing grain with a wire brush, painting it, then quickly wiping off the excess, for a ‘paint in the grain on purpose’ look, and not a engaging in drunken revelry, like I had first thought. Oh wait, that’s carousing.

Anyway, she got beautiful results!  Get a close-up look on her blog The Ridiculous Redhead.

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  1. February 1, 2013 / 1:09 AM

    Hi my dear friend, I love your blog. This are beatiful, very nice! Biss

  2. February 1, 2013 / 5:25 AM

    So THAT’S the technique that I used on a turn-of-the last century dresser and vanity that I refinished nearly 40 years ago! It turned out beautifully and is on of my proudest refinishing projects!

  3. February 1, 2013 / 5:34 AM

    Lindsey, thank you so much for featuring my desk! It has quickly become one of my favorite pieces and I am honored to have it shown here.

  4. February 1, 2013 / 5:38 AM

    What a great look! I’ll have to look into that technique.

  5. Anonymous
    February 1, 2013 / 12:57 PM


  6. February 1, 2013 / 2:39 PM

    Wow! What a great result.

  7. Debi
    January 16, 2014 / 9:47 PM

    I can’t believe the before photo! I have to wonder if the owner got that desk from my family. We had one EXACTLY like that with that exact finish! My parents loved the “antiqued” look of the 70’s! It looks sooo much better! If the owner got that in AZ (or maybe UT), it was probably ours! LOL!

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