Vintage School Desk Gets Modern Makeover

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During one of my trash picking adventures last summer, I discovered this amazing vintage school desk sitting road side. I absolutely loved the shape of it and could not resist shoving it into my car to take home for a future project.
vintage school desk gets modern makeover, painted furniture
First, I sanded the entire surface of the desk. Next, I stained it with Minwax Special Walnut. Then, I added a few coats of white paint to the legs to give them a paint dipped look.
vintage school desk gets modern makeover, painted furniture
Finally, the desk received three coats of Minwax Polycrylic. This will protect the surface and also prevent the paint from chipping.
The original hardware I left untouched. I love the beautifully aged look it already possessed.
vintage school desk gets modern makeover, painted furniture
Tada! What do you think? I love the way this turned out!
vintage school desk gets modern makeover, painted furniture
vintage school desk gets modern makeover, painted furniture

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  • Wyn
    on Jan 14, 2016

    I have 2 of these old desk and the chairs to match sitting in my basement. my 2 desk are the primary ones. Wyn.

  • Rosa Y Ismael Guzman
    on Jan 20, 2016

    You just created a work of art! Congrats!

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