Anyway, it was painted this horrible brown color. Yikes. I really, really wanted to stain this one too, but it was in too rough of shape that it wouldn't have been worth all the sanding and stripping. So I spent a couple of hours getting most of the thick, uneven layers of paint off (or at least smoothing it out) and painted it with a latex mint green paint (primer included). I really need to learn more about the world of enamel paint and maybe even try oil-based, but I just dread the cleanup. But in this case, it may have been worth it because this paint had a tough time hardening up. Eventually it did, except the drawer fronts, which have a rubber texture on them and will forever have a sticky feel I think.
I painted the original handles, the metal brace under the desk top, and the brass feet a bright white. Once it was finished we moved it into my office and added a glass top to protect the surface, knowing I'd be using it daily for work.
My mom says it's a little too bright but I like it. This was my fun piece that the hubs said I could paint any bright color I wanted as long as I hid it in my office. Keyword is hid.
I'm not so great at taking photos... or setting up shots without wires and boxes. :)