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How to Paint a Desk – A Simple Guide

Giving your desk a fresh coat of paint can mean a world of difference. If you don’t want to spend money on a new desk and you have an old desk just sitting around, or you have your DIY desk, painting it will make it seem like a whole new desk.

It may sound terrifying at first, but painting a desk is not that complicated and with this guide, you will learn how to paint a desk like a professional. It will save you money and best of all, you will feel proud of yourself.

Let’s learn how to paint a desk.

Things You Will Need

Before painting a desk, you’ll need to get a couple of supplies and materials. Maybe you have some of them at home, maybe you need to buy some of them, or maybe you are already prepared with the supplies.

Either way, below you’ll find a list of supplies that you need to have before painting your desk.

  • Paint (your color of choice)
  • Primer
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Medium grade sandpaper
  • Flat brush
  • Wax brush
  • Finishing wax
  • Respirator
  • Polyurethane
  • Cleaning cloth

When you have all the supplies you are now ready for the very first step. Before we begin the first step, it is best if you paint your desk in a garage or a separate room, so you don’t inhale the smells from the paint all day. Another reason is that the paint needs time to dry during the painting process, so it’s best to leave the desk in a separate room.

Step 1 – Preparation

When you know where you want to place the desk, put some oilcloths beneath it so you don’t spray the paint on the floor. If there are some walls near the desk, you should also protect them.

Now that you’ve done that, you should either tape all the hardware on the desk or remove them so you don’t paint them accidentally. It may take a little more time to get them removed than to tape them, but it’s the safer option.

You also need to remove the drawers and place them somewhere near the desk so you don’t forget about them.

Step 2 – Cleaning

Now that you’ve completed the first step, it’s time to move on to the cleaning process. This is a very important step, as in the cleaning process you will remove all the dust and grain that has been sitting on your desk for years. Don’t skip this step.

Cleaning cloth

Take a cleaning cloth and soak it in water just a bit. Don’t soak it too much as too much water that may damage the wood. When you’ve done that, now it’s time to clean the whole desk and the drawers from dust. Do this thoroughly and when you are finished, take a dry cloth and wipe any place that may contain water.

Step 3 – Sanding

Once you are finished with the cleaning of the desk, the next step to take is to sand it. This step is very important and without it, the paint on the desk just wouldn’t look as good.

For the first step of sanding our recommendation is to use the 220-grit sandpaper. Now you should sand all the surfaces of the desk lightly, evening the desk out. If you notice any rough parts, use medium grain sandpaper to smooth out those spots, then use the fine sandpaper and sand those places again. Try to make the desk as smooth as possible, as that will make the paint stick much better.

Before we continue, use a cloth to wipe off all the dust that was created by sanding to get a clean desk.

Step 4 – Using a primer

Now it’s time to use the primer. You can use a primer in a spray can or you can use a printer in a can that needs to be brushed. Prime the desk evenly a couple of times and let it dry.

Step 5 – Painting!

Finally, we’ve come to the most interesting part, the painting of the desk! Before you start painting, it’s recommended that you shake the paint can for a minute and when you open the can, stir it up with a wooden stick so that the paint can spread evenly throughout the can.

Once you’ve done that, now use a brush and dip the tip in the can. Don’t dip the whole brush as then the paint will be all over the place. Remember, just the tip.

Now comes the part where you should be relaxed but focused. It’s painting time! When you dip the tip of the brush in the paint can, you should start painting evenly, dragging it from one way to another. Once you see that the brush loses the paint, it’s time to dip it in the can again.

You can also paint in the opposite direction, just don’t paint it left or right since that movement will be seen after you’ve finished painting. Plan the movement of the brush before painting and you will be good to go.

Now, once you’ve painted the whole desk and the drawers with the first layer, it’s time to let it dry. When the paint dries completely (be patient) it’s time to sand it lightly before painting it again. This second layer of paint will fill the wood with it in all of the places where the paint didn’t stick the first time. When you are done, let it dry.

Step 6 – Protecting the wood

When the second layer of paint completely dries and there is no rough sport, it’s time to use a protective wax or a protectant like polyacrylic. We like to use protective wax, but it’s just our preference.

Get the wax just a little bit on your wax brush and then brush the desk in smaller movements. Be sure to use a cloth to even out the wax. Just don’t forget to wax the drawers also!

Jolie Finishing Wax

Step 7 – Putting the desk together

When you are finished with the waxing, now is the time to put all of the pieces of the desk together. Place the hardware where it has been before and place the drawers in their place.

And that is it! You’ve now learned how to paint the desk like a professional. Not just that you’ve saved money that you would spend on a new desk, but you’ve learned to do something new. Be proud of yourself!

If you are interested in how to measure a desk, feel free to read our guide here.

By |2022-01-28T11:41:07+01:00January 9th, 2022|How-Tos, Pastime|

10 Fun And Crazy Facts About Printers

Printers have become an important piece of equipment in almost any office or home office in the world. From the invention of the printing press almost 6 centuries ago to the 3d printers we use nowadays, a lot has changed in the world of printers. Printers have become smaller and printing speeds much faster. 

The evolution of printers brought with it a lot of fun facts about them. Some of them are crazy, some of them are amazing and some are downright unbelievable. In this article, you will learn a lot of fun facts about printers, like which were the biggest and smallest ones ever produced, how much energy they use and so on. 

If that sounds good, let’s hop into it and learn about the 10 fun facts about printers:

  • World’s largest printer has a size of 59 ft in length. 

The newest record holder of the world’s largest printer goes to the Dip-Tech AR18000 digital ceramic in-glass printer. There are only two of them in the world, and are capable of printing a pane of glass that covers up a 690 ft square area! However, it doesn’t print paper, rather glass, but the printing process behind it is quite similar. See glass printing in action on another Dip-Tech printer, called the Dip-Tech DX-3, below.

  • The largest 3D printer in the world can print objects that are up to 100 ft long.

3D printers are a giant step in the evolution of printers and a giant step in the evolution of technology. They are now in usage everywhere, from home offices to large 3D printers found in large corporations. However, those can’t compare in size to this absolute monster of a 3D printer. 

Researched for 15 years by the University of Maine and unveiled by them, the largest 3D printer in the world can print pieces that are up to 22 x 100 x 10 ft in size. It can print a one-piece boat! 

  • The smallest mobile color printer is just 72 x 51 x 68mm in size

Made by a company called PrinCube, the world’s smallest mobile printer is designed to be portable and fit in a pocket. It weighs only 160 g which also makes it the world’s lightest printer. The most amazing thing about this tiny printer is that it can print on any material, not just on paper!

Princube - world’s smallest mobile printer
  • World’s smallest all-in-one printer is the HP Deskjet 3755

All-in-one printers have gained a ton of popularity over the years because of their multiple abilities besides printing alone. They are usually big, but HP released the Deskjet 3755, dubbed the “world’s smallest all-in-one printer” which is just 15.86″ x 6.97″ x 5.55″ in size.

HP Deskjet 3755

  • Fuser rollers heat up to nearly 400°F!

Fuser units (two fuser rollers) are parts found on the inside of the printer and they are responsible for melting the toner particles and heating the paper, making the paper itself quite hot when it gets out of the printer.

Fuser Roller

Fuser roller

  • Toner melts at a much lower temperature

When you are thinking about fuser rollers heating to such abnormal temperatures, you would think that the toners melt at those similar temperatures, but that is actually not the case. Put the toner below some slightly more heated water and you could see it melting. Crazy, right?

  • Laser printer actually uses much more energy than your PC

Even though it’s much smaller than the PC, when printing, a laser printer uses as much as three times more energy than a regular desktop PC.

  • The fastest printer on the planet can print up to 150 pages in one minute!

Made by a brand called RISO, their ComColor 9050 printer can print 150 colored prints in a minute. That is blazing fast. Compare it to the regular laser printers, which can print 20 or slightly more pages per minute, depending on the model, and this fact becomes even more amazing.

  • 3 Times the Earth can be circled over:

by discarded and unrecycled printer cartridges. That is a crazy fact, and a pretty sad and terrible one, since printer cartridges are a tremendous threat to the Earth’s whole environment.

Bonus fact: The world’s most expensive printer is the IBM Infopoint 2085, which costs slightly more than 30000$! It’s an absolutely massive printer and it means serious business. Nothing like those printers made for home offices that you can get for under $150.

By |2021-11-17T12:57:26+01:00November 5th, 2021|Pastime, Technology|

Evolution Of Printers – From Its Origins To This Day

The turning point in history was the invention of the printing press by the German inventor, Johannes Gutenberg around 1440. Those were big, bulky machines that helped to propel mass communication and made big changes to the evolution of society in general. That is known as the Printing Revolution. Safe to say, a lot has changed since then, and now you can have wireless and 3d printers in the comfort of your own home.

The invention of inkjet printing in 1950 helped a lot if the efforts to bring printing to everyone and from that moment, the evolution of printing and printers just skyrocketed. From hand-operated presses to 3d printers that can print and make various objects, even bridges. Yes, bridges! The evolution of printers is, to say the least, a fun and interesting topic.

If you want to know more, go with us on this amazing journey.

Origins of printing

Even though that Gutenberg invented the printing press over 600 years ago, the idea behind printing actually began much further away in history. Five thousand years ago to be exact, in Ancient Egypt, the Egyptians used seals to signal that they were owners of particular objects.

But, to print something on paper, you’ll need paper, and the Egyptians are credited for the invention of the earliest known form of paper, called the papyrus. It was made from the papyrus plant that was found, in those ancient times, across the river of the Nile, the longest river in the world, which stretches across most of the Egyptian territory. After that, the evolution of paper took place in Anatolian Greece, Ancient China, and Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.

Ancient Egyptian artwork on a papyrus

As papers evolved, so the idea of printing began to take shape. The earliest known form of printing originated in China, almost two thousand years ago. It’s called woodblock printing and it was popular throughout East Asia at that time, and it was actually not the process of printing on paper, rather on the cloth. Even though that printing techniques have been used throughout Asia for quite some time, they were first used in Europe, not before the beginning of the 15 century.

Printing Press

Then, the revolution began with the invention of the printing press in Mainz, Germany, by Johannes Gutenberg. That had a tremendous impact on European society at the time, as the access to various books improved and helped massively in the creation of public libraries.

For almost five centuries the principles of printing remained almost the same, and that should speak more than enough of Gutenberg’s genius.

Still, that doesn’t mean that the printing process in the printing press that Gutenberg invented was easy. Firstly, it can’t be done by just one person, as the task requires two persons, as the device was huge, nothing compared to the printers we see today at home. But, before that, most of the books that you can see before the invention of the printing press were hand-copied by monks, and that was an even more slower and detailed process, not to mention that they weren’t been available to a lot of people.

Gutenberg’s printing press, to put it simply, worked like this: there are inked type blocks, placed in reverse, made from wood or metal and they are used to create words. Then, with the help of a roller, the ink from the type blocks is then being transferred to the paper, hence the process of printing is then complete. Obviously, there are a lot more details and processes on how it worked, which you can see here.

Xerography

A printing technique that propelled the whole printing process to modern times was surely xerography. Xerography is a dry photocopying technique developed by Chester Carlson. He was so fascinated by the works of Pál Selényi, a Hungarian engineer, that he was so determined to develop xerography.

The first-ever picture printed with this revolutionary technique saw the light of day in 1938, in Seattle, Washington. The electrically charged surfaces help the dry ink to attach to the printer’s drum, therefore this printing technique creates a higher quality picture. That was a huge step forwards in the improvement of printing quality and in bringing printers to homes. In 1959 the massively successful xeroxing copier was introduced, named the Xerox 914 Copier. That copier weighed almost 700 lbs, which is unthinkable by the standards nowadays when you have the copying option in an all-in-one printer that costs under $150. For a long time, the Xerox company didn’t have much competition in the printers and copiers world.

Laser printers

Almost thirty years since the invention of xerograph printing, another breakthrough happened in the evolution of printers. In the 1960s, new printing technology was invented, called laser printing.

Printer toners close-up

It was invented by Gary Starkweather, an American engineer, and worker at the product development department at the previously mentioned Xerox. Laser printers use, as their name suggests, a laser beam that transfers information to the printer’s drum. The static electricity then builds up, attracting the toner, and not the ink (which laser printers don’t need) which then gives you a high-quality picture.

Laser Printer

Inkjet printers

Unlike the laser printers which use a laser, the inkjet printers have a nozzle that transfers the ink to the paper. That concept was developed even earlier than the laser printers, back in the 1950s. However, their development took a long time and inkjet printers hit the market in the 80s. But, in the 1970s, inkjet printers were able to print pictures from computers, which was a tipping point.

All-in-one printers

Similarly how Steve Jobs introduced iPhone to the world in 2007, as a device that is an iPod with touch controls, a mobile phone, and an internet communicator all-in-one, the all-in-one printers, which appeared in the 1990s, was a device capable of printing, copying, and scanning. Pretty cool, right?

Nowadays, these kinds of printers are everywhere, as it is better to have a printer with multiple capabilities than to get a separate printer and a copier. They are also rather small and there are many affordable options on the market.

Wireless printer

The wireless printer was invented almost 30 years ago, in 1993 to be exact, by Andrew Clams. That was a huge invention that enables printers to connect to a wireless network and gets rid of unnecessary cables while also letting you print remotely. Most of today’s printers are wireless and it’s pretty much considered a must that a printer needs to have wireless or Bluetooth connectivity.

3D Printers

Seems crazy, but the 3D printers were actually invented earlier than the wireless printers, in 1984, by Charles Hull. 3D printing technology is nowadays used in most industries to create numerous products.

It’s a huge revolution in the world of technology and it will certainly make an even bigger impact on the world as time goes by. As opposed to printing on paper, the 3D printers give you a three-dimensional object by adding layers on top of each other.

Now that you’ve learned about the whole evolution process of printers, see the 10 fun facts about printers!

By |2021-11-09T15:59:09+01:00October 19th, 2021|Pastime, Technology|

What is a desk job? It’s advantages and disadvantages

A desk job is a job that a person does while sitting behind an office desk. Americans are spending more and more time sitting at work, and those jobs are usually done while sitting at a desk. With the growing development of technology and the growing IT industry, you can expect that the software engineers and developers are the ones that are spending most of their time at the desk.

Woman working behind a desk

What are jobs that require working behind a desk?

However, they are not the only ones with a desk jobs. Other professions where most of the work is done behind a desk include attorneys, where at an ordinary law firm, most of the workers spend a lot of time doing their job behind a desk. Accountants, mechanical engineers, and insurance sales agents are other great examples.

Also, there are dispatchers, executive assistants, and receptionists are even more examples of workers who have desk jobs. So, generally, these types of jobs can be found in business, marketing, finance, IT, administrative departments.

The positive sides of having a desk job

So, these types of jobs are associated with offices and that means that those jobs are usually done in pleasant environments, tidy and air-conditioned spaces. For people that don’t want to work outside, this is a great option, and are these jobs are usually a bit less stressful than jobs that require manual labor. Also, there is a higher chance that you will earn a larger paycheck if you are working in an office job, rather than some sort of manual labor. If you are working from home, as a freelancer at your home office, that can also be considered as a desk job, as most of the working time is spent behind a desk.

Meeting in an office

Downsides to having a desk job

There are, however some downsides to having a desk job. Since you’ll be spending most of your day sitting, there are greater chances you will be inside most of the day and won’t get enough much-needed physical exercise. That can lead to growing back pain, vision problems (as most of the time will be spent looking at a screen), gaining weight among many others. You can get a standing desk, a type of desk that is getting more and more used, to make you work while standing, hence it’s much better for your health. The ApexDesk Elite Series is a great option.

Those people who have a non-desk job are much more physically active and don’t have a monotone day than those who are working in an office have. However, for those who want to acquire some daily habits, or already have some, desk jobs will be a much better option.

So, like with any job in this world, there are advantages and disadvantages of having a desk job. There is no secret that desk jobs are getting more and more popular as they offer a better paycheck. If you think that working behind a desk is for you then go for it, just remember to get enough exercise!

By |2021-11-09T15:59:00+01:00September 30th, 2021|Health, Pastime|