Friday, August 5, 2011

School Desk Reveal

♪"Schoooool's (still) .....out.. for.. the summer...",

but I'm working on a school desk! Go figure:) Actually I just finished up this little school desk I found out yard sailing not too long ago. It was in really good shape.  I immediately grabbed it as there are a ton of home schoolers around here who'd probably love to get their hands on one. Let's just hope it's a boy who likes racing stripes!

Would you believe I forgot to take a true "Before" picture?! UGH! Sometimes I get ahead of myself and jump on a project before getting my ducks in a row. I'm sure none of you ever do that:) I remembered after I'd slapped on some Zinser Bin Primer.

It was all this color wood. I at least remembered to take pictures before getting primer on all of it! 

First, I lightly sanded the whole thing, then masked off the wood. Krylon's Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint was applied to the metal and allowed to dry. Then, the desk was coated in primer.

After appling a coat of Sherwin Williams "Rice Grain".

After applying stripes prior to sanding, staining and waxing.

Nice and neat stripes that I was about to rough up and stain. That part always pains me, but I love the after.
A layer of SW Rice Grain in satin was applied (that I found at the Habitat ReStore - a whole gallon for about $5!), some stripes were masked out with my favorite painters tape - Scotch Blue Delicate, a thin layer of sealant brushed on to make double sure of no leakage under the tape, and then navy stripes were painted in BM Midnight Blue. Lastly I re-taped the red stripe, sealed and applied some red acrylic paint. After it was all dry, I wiped on a layer of Minwax Dark Walnut stain to age it, then applied Minwax clear wax. Done! Sounds quicker than it actually was! I love how the stain, sanding and wax gave it a well worn and loved look.

Now it looks loved and worn from time (wink, wink).

Nice and lightly worn.

The finished product which is now in the booth.

Funny thing is my first refinishing/repair project was a little desk just like this several years ago and now sits in the boys room and has gotten TONS of use as both a homework and art spot as well as a timeout chair:)

This was my first little desk and refurbish job that put the bug in my blood:)

And lastly, I guess I'll spill the beans on the current big project, like you've not already guessed it...the love seat shown in it's before stages here:

I'll be as excited as anyone to see the finished redo on this baby!

I've pulled so many staples today that I have blisters forming on my hands and a crick in my back from leaning over. I have a whole new appreciation for upholsters! They earn EVERY single penny they charge and must have the patience of Job! Once I FINALLY get all those staples out, it should be quick work (please no surprises!).


  1. Oh my goodness!!! I love, love, love this desk! The transformation is wonderful. I see these desks for sale all the time but have never had a great idea for them...thanks so much for the inspiration!!! Next time I'll pick one up. It will look great in my boys' room.

  2. Love the racing stripes on the school desk. What a cute redo. I had 3 of those old desks. They were the kind I grew up with. I gave 2 to my daughter and still have one at home that the grands use to play school. I love the way yours turned out!

    Good luck on the sofa- what a big job! xo Diana

  3. Absolutely wonderful!!!! Oh, I just love it...

  4. That is ADORABLE!!! I love it!

  5. What a fantastic makeover. The colors are great. Just love it!

  6. Oh so CUTE! I have a desk downstairs and one in the garage. Do you think I'd ever come up with something this cute? Never...and school's not out for me as of THIS Wednesday!! Time for the bell to ring out summer.♥♫

  7. I remember having a desk like that as a youth, it brings back memories. I love the redo, nice choice of colors. Thanks for sharing. We hope you will consider helping kids with cancer by linking into the Miracle Makeover party this coming week
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  8. This is awesome! The stripes are such a great detail. Just discovered your blog and I can't wait to see more.

  9. Cute desk I will be looking to see what the sofa looks like after you finish.

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  10. Such a cute the stripes. :) Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog. Hope to see you there. {I’m a new follower, too.} Cute blog!


  11. so darling! the stripes are so fresh! well done! thanks for sharing this at the creative bloggers party and hop!

  12. This is amazing! I think this is my favorite student desk ever! The stripes look amazing!!

  13. My daughter and I just picked one of these desks up on the curb about a month ago. We have been deciding what to do with it as my 12yr. old grandson wants it.I think he would love the racing stripes. Thanks for a great idea!!!

  14. That is the cutest thing with the stripes. You outdid yourself with that one. I bet it sells quickly.

  15. I just bought a desk for $5 this past week! Great idea!!

  16. I know someone who has a desk like that .
    I would love to try and paint it for her
    with school strating and she has 3 little boys using it

    you did a fantastic job

  17. I had one of those school desks but did something real creative … I painted it ALL brown. Snore right? Your's is beautiful.

  18. Oh I just LOVE how you painted this! I have an old school desk that opens on the top and have been debating how to redo it -- you've given me another great option to consider!

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