seen: my new old desk
Just a couple of weeks ago, this was an all black desk. One that was bought on a student budget many years (and moves) ago. It was desperate for a makeover so I spent a week with an electric sander (surprise! pretty natural wood under the old, black paint), mirage white paint/primer in one and the darkest (non-black) stain I could find. This tutorial gave me some guts and then I went at it. Although I still dream about this desk, it's a happy improvement.
Now I'm onto painting our bookshelf with a gray lacquer (trying paint #2- gray is tricky) and searching for the perfect white chair: