Sunday, August 8, 2010

Antique School Desk – A New Look


School Desk - $21.00

I have been looking for a school desk for my son.  I found one listed on Craigslist for $20.00 and after a few issues with the seller forgetting to meet me twice, I was able to buy the desk for $10.00.  It was in good condition, very sturdy with a few cracks and in need of refinishing. 

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I knew I wanted to paint it Robin’s Egg Blue, with a chalkboard desktop.  A trip to the hardware store was necessary to purchase paint.  I bought Behr Liquid Blue in satin finish.  The paint cost $11.00 for a quart, it was more than the desk.   However, I have most of the paint left and am earnestly looking for more items to paint blue, it is a beautiful color. 

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First order of business was to clean the gum off the bottom, sand and prime.  After cleaning and sanding, I put on a coat of Kilz primer.



Then two coats of Liquid Blue and four coats of chalkboard paint later.  I applied the chalkboard paint with foam brush, for a even smooth finish. 



Lastly, I did some distressing.  I sanded off parts of the paint where it would have naturally rubbed off from use.  I hand sanded the edges and corners using 150 grit sandpaper.


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All done.

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  1. Bravo!! That is a fantastic find and re-do!

  2. OMG, I love this! The chalkboard desktop is genius!

  3. Now I think I should have bought the desk I saw at the thrift store. Very cute!

  4. I love it! What a good use for chalkboard paint!

  5. I have that exact desk sitting in my basement right now... what a creative way to use the chalkboard paint, which I just happen to have. I think I see a makeover coming up on mine shortly. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea.

    Hugs, Deb