Refinishing Pine Desk - paint or stain?
I am trying to refinish an older (maybe '60s) inexpensive desk. It appears that the top and drawer fronts are pine but the side boards are a different wood because when I apply stain, the sides are quite dark and yet the tops and door fronts are much lighter.
I've resanded the desk (phew) and now I'm thinking I may just paint it black.
Will any previous finish prevent the paint from adhering?
What would be the best primer to use?
Which paint? - we want a gloss black.
The desk will be used for a computer and we don't want the paint to lift/stick when you pick up a book or keyboard. (this happened earlier when we primed a bookcase, painted it. Now whenever you pick up something that has been sitting there for a while, the paint comes up with it!) The heat & humidity are up high here now - not the best time of year to do this but if I prime/paint I will do in indoors.