Painting in the Texas Heat

I’m done.

I’m done with this heat. 

I actually love summer, and normally I enjoy the heat… to an extent, but today, on September 5th when it’s almost 100 degrees out… I’m just done.

The whole blogging world is getting ready for Fall, and I want to be getting ready too!

Enter stomping hissy-fit here.

But, there’s another reason I’m hating this heat, and it begins with this desk.

The Rustic Pig: Desk

The sweet lady who bought my red desk I painted a while back, emailed me and asked if I would paint an old desk of theirs.  They wanted something that went with the rest of the furniture in their home and something that would be timeless.

We decided the desk should be painted white with some distressing, and have a stained top.

Once I got it, I immediately got to work.

This was at the beginning of August.

I knew this project would take me 2-3 days.  

I was wrong.

The Rustic Pig: Desk

I painted the desk in Old White and sanded down the top until it was raw wood.

The Rustic Pig: Desk


Next, I stained the top with Minwax’s Dark Walnut.

Finally, I added a few coats of polyurethane.

Then I stood back to take pictures…

The Rustic Pig: Desk


Isn’t it lovely?



I thought it turned out beautiful..

The Rustic Pig: Desk


And that’s when I noticed it…

The Rustic Pig: Desk


It is kind of hard to see in this picture here, but there were streaks.

So, I brought it back into my garage, sanded it again, and added another coat of polyurethane.

From there, it just got worse.

The streaks got worse.

So, I switched over to a spray poly because everything I read said the streaks were most likely caused by the heat, and that spray poly is thinner so it might level out quicker in the heat.

Well, that helped a little, but then there were a few splotches here and there.  

And, so that’s where I am today.

No happy ending.

Ready to start completely over again.

Tomorrow we buy a belt sander….and if that doesn’t work, then we wait for Fall!!

PS-In the meantime, if you need a safe place to hide in the event of a tornado or earthquake, you are welcome to come hide under my desk.  🙂





My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. Oh no!!! I am so sorry about the streaks. Bummer…. I am NOT a heat luver… I am so over the rather short heatwave we have had this month. Ready for temperatures in the 70’s 🙂
    Hoping the belt sander works.
    Hugs, Gee
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  2. Desk looks great I did t noticed the streaks which is a bummer. I am also so over the heat here in AZ it’s time for a cool down!

  3. Wow, this came out great! You need a window air conditioner like I have in your garage window! Makes painting more bearable.
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  4. I am right there with you! Since moving to TX almost a year ago I have been wanting to paint the den in our house. Found a decent Labor Day sale at HD but it is still too hot to paint!

  5. I’m so sick of the heat too!! I had a heck of a time with some Miss Mustard Seed paint outside last weekend so I’m going to have to sand the piece and start over again – in the front hall of the house!

  6. Claire,
    Quit wasting the wood and your energy.
    Get 1 container of Citristrip and it’ll not only take the poly off, but it sucks out stain if you use it for that, too.
    You can put it on and walk away.
    Crazy to keep sanding.
    I’m down to bare wood on 5 of 15 antique doors (with 5 base cabinets, 1 upper, my front door & its sidelights) with one coat for the paint, then a 2nd application to suck the stain out of the wood. Just gorgeous.

  7. This does look beautiful. It must be so frustrating with the heat and trying to do projects. You are right, you can’t notice the streaks in the photo. Good luck with the redo and I hope the unbearable heat ends soon.

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  8. I hate when things like that happen, Claire! From here it looks good and the streaking doesn’t show up. The worst part is that it is a commissioned piece so you want it to be perfect. xo Diana
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  9. I live in the piney woods of east Texas and, like you, love summer. I gave up the first of August and have been hiding in my house ever since. I have always been able to take a big jug of ice water and my lunch out in the garden at 8:00 a.m. and stay most of the day. I no longer can do that. . .and, it is not so much the heat but the ‘boringness’ of no rain. I am jealous of those bloggers who are giving us daily weather reports of the chill in the air, putting pumpkins on their mantels and making Halloween costumes. Calgon take me away. . . . .
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  10. Oh what a bummer! If you were just painting it for yourself, you could probably live with it, but doing it for someone else…I know you’re going for perfection. I feel your pain 🙁 It’s been super hot here too. i’ve been doing my painting in the house. Good luck with the restain!!
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  11. I think it looks awesome! Good luck with it though and welcome to Social Fabric!

  12. I thought I’d take a look at your desk again, which I love. I also can’t really see those streaks. It’s just such a pretty desk.

    I thought I’d also mention (proudly, I might add) that this morning in 3 hours I stripped two 30×33″ tall, cherry kitchen cabinets and their doors. Right down to gorgeous, bare wood. [waving wildly] CITRISTRIP again!

    Had to crow. Sorry. I think on my bottom cabinets I’m going to use your sweet white, antiqued finish. If you don’t mind another copycat!

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