My father was a great man and he had a very successful career as an Engineer. With his own business he designed and built churches, schools, industrial buildings, custom homes and much more. More than once he brought home some school desks (quite a few) of various sizes. They were mostly in pristine condition and having several I had my own classroom for my dolls and bears in my playroom.
The desks got shuffled between our lake house and our full-time home. I know at one point when I had the first of my kids I had one brought up here but it remained in the basement of the lake house. Several years ago I bought paint and had every intention of freshening it up but it never happened. 2 more kids happened and at some point it must have become damp or wet and rust happened.
However, I was steadfast in my determination and added it to my great list of projects. Friday afternoon I unearthed it from my garage. Yikes! It was sad, and in very rough condition but I had a vision. My husband also gave me some tools to achieve my vision. First I went over the whole thing with a wire brush and next my husband gave me a very powerful drill with a circular metal bristle whosiawatzit that just like magic buffed and grinded that rust away and left me with bare metal to work with.
After it was cleaned up, I applied a primer. Let that dry, that was Friday night. Saturday which was a busy day because it was Ethan’s birthday, I applied a coat of high gloss gray Rustoleum paint. Then today, Sunday, I sanded the seat and backrest. I taped and applied a second coat of paint, then stained the seat and backrest and applied a coat of polyurethane.
The completed project only took a few hours in total between late Friday afternoon and late Sunday afternoon. The poly is drying and I will bring it inside in about an hour to get some nicer pictures. I am really proud to have this memory of mine in my house, to be used by my little ones. It truly was a labor of love and it was amazing to breathe some new life into a tired, sad, little desk.
This is the first of many projects I have planned. So stay tuned for lots of transformations of all kinds. Okay, off to add some felt feet and bring this baby inside. I will update with a picture soon of the finished project.