Vintage School Desk Makeover
Good friends are moving into a new house and asked if I would give their daughter’s desk a makeover for her new room.
This desk is an old school desk but I don’t know its history. It’s size makes me think that it originally was used in a junior or high school.
Haley likes art and you can see that she’s spent quite a bit of time at this desk over the years painting.
I loved the natural wood top of this desk and wanted to preserve the pretty wood. It took quite a bit of sanding to get the top ready to stain. I sanded the legs down to bare wood so that I wouldn’t have to worry about the dark color bleeding through the grey paint.
The legs were painted with Grey Silk paint from The Plaster Paint Company followed by wax from the same company.
The top of the desk got two coats o Minwax Polyshades in Antique Walnut followed by two coats of Minwax Polycrylic in Semi-Gloss for extra durability. (affiliate links) If this chair looks familiar, it’s because I originally shared it as part of this Child’s Desk Makeover. I sold the desk but the new owner didn’t want the chair. The chair will be perfect for Haley to use with her desk and it matches her new room’s theme of grey, yellow, and chevron.
I always have fun pulling out my vintage things for blogging pictures. A milk glass vase makes a great pencil holder and an ashtray holds paperclips.
Have you ever seen a hobnail milk glass ashtray? I purchased this at a yard sale over Labor Day weekend where I scored some awesome vintage things.
I found this cool toy in my attic and have no idea where I got it. I believe that it’s from my mother’s side of the family since Charlottesville is in her area. It looks like it’s something that a store might have given away as some kind of prize or bonus but I’m not sure. Regardless, it makes a fun conversation piece.
Haley moves into her new house very soon and I can’t wait for her to start to use her updated desk in her new room.
I think that Haley is going to be pleased with her updated desk and new chair. What do you think?
Great desk! I remember those from when I was in school – usually made of maple. I’m sure Haley will love it!
I hope so, Ann! They moved this weekend and I’m hoping to take it over to their house this week.
Your desk turned out amazing! Love the color and the wood top combination. I can’t believe it’s the same piece. Beautiful job!
Thank you, Wendi! I can’t wait for my friend’s daughter to start to use her updated desk in her new room.
All I can say is Wow! It was loved for sure, and your makeover gave it new life. I’m sure Haley will it and the chair. Great job, and thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.
I love that you did that for a friend! The combo of the desk and chair is amazing. How neat they fit together so well!
I love seeing the final result of restoring vintage home decor items. This cute desk is fantastic!
Thank you so much! I especially enjoyed this project since it was for my friend’s daughter.
Hi! I’m getting g ready to repaint a similar desk. Question- how did you paint inside the storage area?
Hi, Julie! It was awkward to paint inside of the storage area of the desk but I did it with a brush. I always paint with a brush with a short handle, like this one: https://amzn.to/2yX6M4R
Good luck with your desk project!