Saturday, August 11, 2012

DIY Modern Vintage School Desk

This is a great idea for little kids, it's really easy, very effective AND you can make it whatever colours you want.

You Will Need

Vintage Desk
1920's Chair
Spray can Chalkboard Paint
Antique White ( or your choice of colour for the part I've painted white )
Spray Can Clear Paint
Pale Green Paint ( or your colour choice for the chair)
Access to a Sand Blaster
Soft Paintbrush

1. Pull out all the old screws and separate the desk, the lid and the frame.
The frame will need to be sent off to the bead blasters to get off all the old paint, while the frame is being done, get out your sander and get to work on the lid, the desk and the chair. Start with a coarse grit sandpaper and work your way down to a finer grain.

2. Once all paint has been removed you can start re painting. Using your Antique White (or your equivalent) and the soft brush put thin layers of paint over the wooden desk, even if it means you must do three coats put it on thin otherwise you will gets run marks and build up on corners. Do the same in your desired colour for the antique chair, remember thin coats!!!

3. While it is all drying you can paint your lid. Hold your lid up straight or rest it against something that you don't mind getting paint on and paint in strokes, making sure it is all even. Don't stress if some bits are a little bit shiny and others are not, even if you don't get it perfect you can use a VERY fine sandpaper at the end to even it all out.

4. Complete painting and let them dry.
When your frame is returned you can finish that yourself. Try not to touch the metal with bare hands as this will leave fingerprints on the bare metal. Using gloves move your frame to an area without any wind. Spray your clear coat over the frame evenly and do not get too close to avoid runs in the paint.
Painting it clear really showcases the age and the manufacturing, back when these desks were made there was no such thing as welding so they used melted brass to stick together the joins.

5.  Once everything is dried (give it about 24 hours) you can screw it all back together and there you have it, a very unique and fun desk for your kids.


  1. Saw this on the Sunday FUNday link-up, and I must say I love this idea! Chalkboard paint makes everything better! New follower, would love the follow back!

    My Musings

  2. Following from Mom's Monday Mingle!

    I need this!

    Please stop by & say Hello, if you haven't already. (And follow back)


  3. love it looks like great place to do some studying come see what we shared at

  4. Many thanks for sharing your post at my Say G'day Saturday Linky party. I just pinned this gorgeous idea and will give it a +1 too.

    Hope to see you again this weekend!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  5. Love the look and so fun!

    Thanks so much for linkin up with me last week! Hope you link up again on Sunday!
    Kristine from The Foley Fam {unedited} Blog

  6. Thanks so much for sharing this week at The Gathering Spot. Hope to see you again on Tuesday! Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Thnkas for the ideas! I was just looking at an old school desk I have and was wondering what colors to do. I will be doing the chalkboard top! Love it!

  8. This is beautifully done. I am your newest follower. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesdays to Sundays
    I hope to see you there. It would be great if you would follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  9. Such a cute idea! the colors have it a whole new life! Pinned but didn't see a follow button! Thanks for linking up!

  10. I love this! Thanks for sharing at Fabulous Friday! I'm sharing it on my FB page.

  11. Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for linking it up at our linky party at