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Friday, August 27, 2010

Vintage School Desk {Transformed}

A big thank you to Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming & Shauna at Perfectly Imperfect for featuring my school desk!

When I was a teenager my mom was given two of these desks.

I never thought they were that pretty as they were. As the years went by, I wondered what it would be like to have them and transform them into something pretty.

Not long ago, I noticed the desks were still in my parents' garage and asked my parents if they had plans for them. {Hint, hint...If you'd like, I'd love to give these beauties a new home.} Ends up my Dad was thrilled to get rid of them. {Gives him more space for his tractor and tools!}

So far, I've only transformed one desk...

Step one was cleaning and sanding...

Second step was painting the desk with white primer paint. {Over and over again...}

Third step was painting the color I discovered for .50 cents at Lowe's on their clearance aisle. The minute I saw this small can of paint I knew it was love! Both the price and shade were right. The paint color you ask? That would be,Woodlawn Colonial Gray Satin, by Valspar.

I've always loved chalkboard paint. While sanding this desk I got to thinking. What would be better on a school desk than a permanent chalkboard? Nothing that I could think of so...

...I painted some on a well sized square of the desk.

Still the desk wasn't "complete." I noticed a sweet stamp in my Mom's office and asked if I could "borrow" it. She said that would be fine.

{I love my Mom!}

I think this little design adds to the desk. What do you think?
I used chalkboard paint, because well, it's what I had on hand. Literally.

So are you ready to see the new improved school desk?

Painting tape removed around the chalkboard...

...voila! A {vintage} school desk transformed!

Lower shelf ready for school books...

All that's needed now is some chalk, but not for 24 hours until the last coat of chalkboard paint has time to dry.
{waiting, once again. taps foot impatiently...}

{It's love}

simply . living . life

I am linking this desk to the following parties...

Perfectly Imperfect 
Under the Table and Dreaming
Domestically Speaking 
Shabby Nest
Tatertots & Jello


Julie said...

I think it's gorgeous. Great job!

Unknown said...

Cute, cute, cute!!! I love how it turned out. The chalkboard is such a nice touch. The stamp on the back is cute, too. I have a chair like that; maybe some day it'll get a facelift!


Elizabeth said...

It's beautiful!!! I've seen other ones before, but the chalkboard paint and stamp really make yours stand out. :) Great job!

Debra @ Life in a 320 square foot home said...

LOVE the chalkboard! Crisp, clean white, so pretty....

Sarah said...

So charming! where do you think you'll put it? Thanks for for your comment about my grace frame! Love your bio,
God Bless you! from one child to another : )

Erin said...

That is beautiful!!! Great transformation, and I like the detail on the back:)

Karie said...

What a beautiful transformation. You did a great job. Love the chalkboard on the desk also. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

You did a great job! It looks great!

Amy S. said...

I love it! Great job!

Unknown said...

GREAT JOB! come on over and link up to MMM!

Diane said...

Gorgeous! I love old school desks and this one turned out great. Glad your mom and dad gave it to you Ü

Sky said...

I love it! I also have an old school desk I keep in the living room for my girls. I think I might do the chalkboard thang. Thanks bunches for your awesome ideas :)

Shaunna said...

This is SO adorable and I'm so jealous I don't have one!! You did such a great job; I love the detailed touches that make it unique. Thanks so much for linking up to Style Feature Saturday; I'll be posting this as my favorite project tonight! :) shaunna

Unknown said...

Found you through Style Feature Sat. You did such a great job on this desk! It's just so beautiful. What are your plans for the other one> Will they match or are you planning something different with it?

~ The Speckled Dog

Deborah said...

This is so perfect..I love it! And the chalkboard paint..well there seems to be no end for the use of this paint..and I am crazy about it! I have about 4 projects just waiting for me to open my can sitting in my armoire.
Im coming little can of paint and I've got great plans for you!! lol

And the stamps are a sweet touch...gorgeous job!
Im your newest follower (purehunnybee)
Come and visit :)

Deborah :)

GREG said...

Wow what a great job you did.Now i know what to do with mine,lol.

Meredith from A Mother Seeking said...

I know this is an old post, but I am so in love with this desk. I just pinned it and can't wait to do this for my daughter! I have been wanting to do so for a while, but this really puts me over.... No question!
~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

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Anonymous said...

does any 1 have a clue the date of this desk u have here..i have 1 just like it and i am wondering when these came out..i also have a different 1 2 i would like 2 find the date of....thanks

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