Vintage School Desk Make Over, Before & After!!!

Well, I finished another project today.  I finished what I showed you the before of last week, the big school desk.  It was one that I had as a child, but had been sitting in a basement for years and years and needed love and vision.  I really wish I had all of the school desks we had but lucky that I have a small one that I refinished and if you missed it you can check that out HERE, and this one.  I also bought another that I should have done before the week is over and that desk is a different style entirely.  Cannot wait to share it with you.

For this desk, I started by sanding everything,  starting with the metal which I did with a special wire brush tool that goes on the end of a drill and makes easy work of microderm abrasion as I like to call it.  After that, I sanded all the wood and then needed to do some filling, gluing and clamping.  After that it was time to prime the metal and I used Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Gray Primer and then I used a Rustoleum Green Gloss Protective Enamel Spray Paint for the final coats. I did the detail painting and the accent strip on the seat and pencil holder on the desk with the same green protective enamel by Rustoleum in the can so I could brush it on. I stained the wood with Minwax Special Walnut, sanding between coats and then used Minwax Satin Polyurethane, sanding between coats.  I really like it and so do my kids.  What do you think?

big desk before

So sad before picture

The Before

The Before

Priming the metal, don't mind the huge mess I work in with all my stuff. I also recycle old tablecloths as drop cloths.

Priming the metal, don’t mind the huge mess I work in with all my stuff. I also recycle old tablecloths as drop cloths.

Big Desk2


Big Desk 1


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13 Responses to Vintage School Desk Make Over, Before & After!!!

  1. Wanda McHenry

    WOW! How beautiful!!!!

  2. Deb Conness

    Looks very nice I see these all over around here.

  3. Margot C

    Oh gosh, that’s wonderful

  4. Tracy

    I love these vintage school desks. I remember using these desks. These would be perfect for my kids. Great project!

  5. Amy Orvin

    What a transformation! The desk looks great. Awesome job!!

  6. Wow! You did a great job! It looks amazing!
    I like these kind of old style desk. I have been looking for a few for my girls.

  7. HappyMomC

    Wow! How neat! Good for you!

  8. Todd Lovessweeps

    Wow this looks great – good job

  9. Brittany Ricciardi

    Looks great! It’s hard to imagine how old that piece of furniture is.

  10. Connie

    That’s adorable.

  11. Sandra VanHoey

    Nice job and I sure do remember these. I’d love to find me one of these at a garage sale and do this. These were nice little desks

  12. Heather Hollands

    Nice job! I am a teacher, and I think it would be cute to have a desk like this in my classroom.

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