I've seen writing desks like this from Pottery Barn for $599. Just a little out of my price range.
So I wasn't about to fork over all that money plus shipping when I had a perfectly good table sitting in my garage. With a little help from.. you guessed it, my Tall Man.. we removed the fold down sides of our round table, leaving us with this. (I call the rounded ends "detail")
I didn't bother sanding this table, looking back I should have taken some wood filler and filled the little grooves where my girlies left their mark, then lightly sanded and primed. Instead I went straight to priming with Zinsser and a foam roller, the detail on the legs was done with a foam brush. After letting the primer dry and cure I started painting with Olympic's Star Anise in egg shell. I ended up putting three thin coats of paint to get smooth coverage over that white primer. I let my paint dry for about 36 hours and brushed on two coats of polycrylic to get that finished shine. And here's the finished product.
Linking to: Centsational Girl