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« on: June 13, 2005 09:50:56 AM »

I started completely redoing my room about a week ago.  I've already bought a new bookshelf and a new TV stand from IKEA, but I didn't have enough money left over to replace my really crappy, ugly desk.  It had a black plastic/metal (can't tell) base with a stained, bubbled up, chipped, cut-up white 1/4" particle board top (black edging).

I dug around in the garage and found some extra bright green fluorescent spray paint I had meant to use for a different project last year, as well as a couple bottles of black (I always have black).

After thinking for a short while, I decided that my desk would be bright green and black.

But there was a problem: the green spray paint was defective.  The paint didn't come out evenly and didn't just shoot out of the hole in the front. 

So with a little creativity, a cloth rag, and a lot of luck, I came out with this.

And a top view, just so ya'll can see how awesome the top looks.

In the end, I thought it looked less like radioactive waste and more like Swamp Thing.  This will go perfectly in my room's theme when I finish redoing it.
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2005 10:26:15 AM »

LOL  That rocks! It reminds me of that stuff I used to get as a kid that was like plastic gooey snot. Goop I think it was called, somthing like that.
Gotta love defective spray paint!
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2005 10:30:18 AM »

That looks really cool!  I love the colors.  Though I fear for your eyes if you have a desk lamp reflect off that green, lol.

Holly ~
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2005 10:59:11 AM »

Though I fear for your eyes if you have a desk lamp reflect off that green, lol.
But that's part of the challenge. Wink
Seriously, with all the stuff I keep on my desk, I'll be lucky if I can see the paint job at all, let alone fit a nice desk lamp on there.
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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2005 04:47:25 PM »

I think...I have that same desk! Tongue (not in the awesome color though)  Neato!

« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2005 10:19:16 AM »

Well, I started to use the desk a few days ago, and discovered (unsuprisingly) that it was very, very rough.  I almost cut my hand on it.  So, I decided to actually finish it off (not just use a clear spray paint can).  I started off with an entire container of clear drying rubber cement, to put a nice, quick, thick coating of something smooth on the desk.  Then, when it was still pretty rough, I sanded down the rubber cement to make that even, and had a good old time with my old friend, modge podge.  Five coats later and my desk is nice and smooth.  And since I used matte finish modge podge, it's not nearly as shiny as it used to be.  Go me.  After this weekend, I'll have a few new electrical sockets in the wall.  Then, I can start painting the room.  It's going to be awesome.
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2005 11:54:15 AM »

woo hoo for neon green and black! great job on the desk, I'm jealous now because my own huge clunker of a fake wood desk is just not cool. haha anyway I just wanted to say please post pics of your room when its done! I'm really curious as to what its gonna look like now..

-Leah xx

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