Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The desk that "schooled" me

I thought I'd re-visit a project that I did way before I started my blog.  Thank goodness I had the presence of mind to take before and after pictures.  This old school desk belonged to my husband and his family.  We have two of them, but refinishing one was a lot of work, and I'm still on an extended break from finishing the second.





Like my messy garage?  Hey, if I can make even one person feel better about the condition of their garage because of this post...then I've done my good deed for the day!

It needed a thorough scrubbing and sanding.  The metal on the base was pretty rusty.   Afterwards, I painted it with a metal sealer. Because this went into my daughter's room, the base was then painted purple.




  Hey look! Another messy room.  Who knew I would be putting these photos online someday?  Not me, apparently.

 I sanded the wood top and chair, and painted them an antique white.  I sealed it with a polycrylic finish, and lightly sanded in-between coats so it was very smooth. 

It came out  pretty cute and cleaned up.  There are definitely things I would do differently when I decide to tackle the second desk (whenever that is).  I would spray paint the base, instead of hand paint it-even though it did come out nicely.  I believe it would just be easier.

Also, I  refurbished  this during the summer months, and found that by moving it into the AC, the paint cured quicker.  Thank you for taking a walk back in time with me through my messy archives.  I'll be sure to let you know when I'm working on that second desk...



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30 comments:

  1. Oh! we had one of those school desks in our basement growing up - I hated it! Now I wish it was in MY basement!!
    Your makeover makes a little someone want to sit down and do a worksheet : )

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  2. You've done a wonderful job with this project. Believe it or not, I love those desk...not for sitting in, but for cracking my back and since my neck is killing me right now, that would feel really good right now.

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  3. This is really gorgeous! How sweet that your daughter can use the same desk as your hubby. p.s. also love that you're cool enough to post pictures of a less-than perfect garage - who has time to clean when crafting's more fun? Amen, sister!

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  4. my daughter would go nuts over the purple!! great job you did!

    visting from blue cricket!
    {brandi}
    {http://blakadomesticgoddess.blogspot.com}

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  5. I love this little desk. I have one I've been meaning to do for my son. This gives me some great inspiration!

    Rachelle @ http://adventuresincreating.blogspot.com

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  6. Very nice work. I love this desk. I had one when my kids were little and they used it all the time.
    Nice work on the redo...

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  7. You did a very nice job redoing this desk. I have used several of those in my day. I like the color you picked.

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  8. Nice job on the desk! Wow, I would never have imagined such a transformation. It looks so fresh and new!

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  9. Wow, what a change! It looks marvelous!

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  10. Very cute! My girls would love this...the good 'ole days! Thanks for sharing at It's Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales!

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  11. I just love what you've done with that old desk! I sat at a desk like that all through school...this brought back lots of memories.

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  12. I remember some similar desks from my school years.

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  13. Great job and perfect for any little girl who loves purple ... and many do!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  14. Hi Christine,

    Cute desk! You did a great job!

    I really appreciate you stopping by and leaving me a comment but I sincerely hope you'll follow me back. I'm now your newest follower!

    Please do stop by again and follow me back. Thanks!
    http://whirlwindofsurprises.blogspot.com

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  15. OMGosh, I love that desk. Turned out fantastic. Beautiful color.

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  16. Great job, and yes, great presence of mind to have photographed the before and after before you ever had a blog. Looks like you were meant to be a blogger.

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  17. CUTE!! I love your blog, so adorable! I'm a follower now! The desk turned out fantastic!!Stop by Sassy Sites and say hi! ;)

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  18. great makeover! Thanks for linking with Sugar & Spice.

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  19. What a cute makeover. I wish I had saved a desk like this I had when my daughter was small. I would have never thought to paint the top! Really cute! Thanks for linking in with Vintage Thingies Thursday! Have a great day.

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  20. Great job! I will be featuring you.
    Bonnie :)

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  21. It turned out so pretty! I just bought an old school desk at the local Good Will and can't wait to get started on it.

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  22. Hi Christine-
    Love the color, oh how I love that color. If they painted school desks in this color when I was in school, I might have paid more attention to my school work. A great piece with lots of memories for you - making your house truly a home.
    My best- Diane

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  23. I also have an old school desk that needs some attention. This pushes me to get it done!

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  24. This desk look so cute. I love the contrast of the "old school" shape and the modern colors. No pun intended. :)

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  25. It turned out so pretty! I just bought an old school desk at the local Good Will and can't wait to get started on it.

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  26. Hi Christine,

    Cute desk! You did a great job!

    I really appreciate you stopping by and leaving me a comment but I sincerely hope you'll follow me back. I'm now your newest follower!

    Please do stop by again and follow me back. Thanks!
    http://whirlwindofsurprises.blogspot.com

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  27. I remember some similar desks from my school years.

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  28. Very nice work. I love this desk. I had one when my kids were little and they used it all the time.
    Nice work on the redo...

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