A total overhaul of a vintage kids desk took place and no I am not starting homeschooling – meet our newest furniture piece:
I saw this desk posted on Freecycle and just knew the kids would love it!
I however did not love the bubble gum pink paint and I knew that wooden seat was too amazing to cover up with paint. Plus I wanted to be able to use the desk on the main floor for homework and play so I knew it was going to need a serious makeover.
The top even opens for storage and holds straight for writing level – brings back some memories!
You know how they say “it’s going to get worse before it gets better”? Well that was definitely the case here. This picture is after an entire can of stripper and lots of sanding with the mouse sander:
Here you can see the original salmon color slightly on the inside, it was all over the desk portion too, hiding under that bubble gum pink:
And then I found some aluminum paint (Rustoleum oil based enamel) in the basement and went all over the metal parts including the inside, two coats, it looks so smooth and sleek and shines like the top of the Chrysler building!
Looks like these chairs (no longer available):
image from Pottery Barn Kids
Then for a little color I sprayed the bottom of the desk portion with Rustoleum in Colonial Red gloss finish.
Now she’s really ready for some schoolwork and lovely enough to have a place in the main living area. Thank you to Freecycler Gary, hope you don’t mind the color change!
A shiny fresh inside:
Someone woke up this morning and decided to lay her claim already:
So an official before and after: