Ok, since I got such helpful answers once, I have another question:
I had this old desk that I had been meaning to paint forever (before and after attached). I love how it turned out, but it's sticky!!
Here's what I did:
Sanded the whole thing, and wiped it completely.
Primed the whole thing with Kilz premium primer.
Following day did a coat of latex paint (Behr glossy finish).
Did a second coat the following day, and a 3rd coat the day after that (Sunday)
Yesterday (Monday) I took it to my floor, but left it outside my apartment for an additional day of drying "cat free" (I have 2 cats, there's no way I can keep them off anything).
Today (Tuesday) I took it inside and put the drawers back in.
I'm in San Francisco and it's humid here no matter what. Add the fact that it's winter...
The top of the desk is sticky. It's my office desk, so lots of paper and junk to go on there, everything sticking will drive me insane.
Now I understand that it's somewhat normal to have stickiness with latex paint (wish I had known that BEFORE I painted the thing). One solution I've seen is talc powder, I'm tempted to try this first, before I put a layer of poly, because THAT means taking the desk back downstairs (cat free) and if I could avoid it...
How long should I wait before putting on talc? I am turning the heater on in the room where the desk is hoping to help it dry faster... Any other way to deal with this?
I so love how it turned out, I want to love using it too!
P.S. Still missing hardware, that's on today's shopping list!