Have you seen the old time school desks? I have one by my front door. I also have one that needs some tender loving care. I’ll show you how to bring an old school desk alive with a makeover.
As with most of the things in my stash of unwanted, unloved furniture I have had this school desk for a while. If you have stopped by to see what project I have been working on, you may have seen it in the background of some of my pictures. I was storing it on top of a table that I have been using as a work area.
I am on a mission to work through my inventory so I finally made myself decide what to do with it. And working with the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company when I painted the vanity and bench gave me the inspiration of how to bring this old school desk alive. Before painting, I sanded areas that I repaired with wood filler. Once the filler was dried I sanded the repaired areas. I decided to paint it using the Oyster White and do a combo of paint and stain. I applied the paint with a sponge brush.
Because I went with the 2 tone look, I taped off the parts that I did not want to get paint on. I mixed up the milk paint according to the directions but did not add the extra bond. I wanted the chippy look for this piece.
I painted the areas and let it dry and then came back and painted areas I felt needed more coverage. When the paint was dry, I sanded it back with the 1200 grit paper and the 120 in some spots. I wanted the desk to show a little wear and tear.
After wiping the painted areas down to remove the paint dust, I waxed it with Daddy Van’s wax. Oh so smooth. I love it.
To contrast with the white paint, I used General Finishes Java Stain. But first I taped off the areas that I had painted by where I was going to stain because I didn’t want the stain to get on the paint. The stain is an easy product to use. I grabbed a sponge brush and brushed it on, let it sit for a bit and wiped off. It is such a nice rich contrast to the white.
Then for the final touch. I riffled through my font stencils and found one that would fit on the back of the first rung of the school desk and drew on No. 1. In my mind, I always wanted to have letters or numbers on the desk somewhere. After I drew the numbers on, I mixed up a little DIY chalk paint in white and filled in the letters and number with a small brush Once it was dry I sanded it back and then waxed all of the stained areas with clear wax and then dark.
To bring up the luster of the wax I did use my drill with the waxing brush. It does such a nice job polishing it.
All in all, I am pleased with the project. Actually, it may inspire me to redo the old school desk I have by my front door. Oh gosh, I have more projects than time. So that is my take on how to bring an old school desk alive with a makeover. Do you like the look of the dark stain with the white paint?
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