Feb 21, 2013

Vintage Metal School Desk Before & After

Remember my post a short time back about this metal school desk I found a few weekends ago?

Well I finally got around to finishing it.

 It took me a while because shortly after I started it I came down with the flu, and then strep, and then strep again.  But here she is and she's up for grabs.

I started by removing the top and sanding down the bottom to achieve a smooth surface to work with. I spray painted the bottom with Rust-Oleum Charcoal spray paint and then I marked off the middle section with a herringbone pattern, and did an awful lot of taping and painting using a homemade chalk paint recipe. I used a spay lacquer to finish the bottom off.

I discovered quickly that the top was just a piece of MDF that was covered in a faux wood veneer so I decided the easiest thing to do would be to paint it with chalk paint.  Since I used white and wax has a tendency to stain white paint I topped it off with three coats of Polycrylic.

Shared with:
Live, Laugh, Rowe
House of Hepworths
Simple Home Life
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Craftberry Bush
Design, Dining & Diapers
Liz Marie
Silver Pennies
Miss Mustard Seed
If It's Not Baroque
Parlo & Logi


  1. Love it!! Is it for sale? {giggle}. Thanks so much for linking up!

    1. Actually it is for sale in my Etsy shop.

  2. What a cute transformation! This is awesome! I found you at Link Up With Me, Liz Marie. Thank you for sharing your project!

    ~Abby =)

  3. So funky! I couldn't even begin to figure out how to paint that pattern, great job!

    1. It wasn't too bad. I've been considering posting a quick tutorial on how I achieved that pattern.

  4. This looks fantastic. Great transformation. I am hosting a link party and would love it if you would link up. http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/

  5. This is ADORABLE. Love it!!

    Stephanie @ thestyledsoul.wordpress.com

  6. I'm so glad you're feeling better! I love how your desk came out. It looks so sleek! Thanks for sharing it at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  7. I am featuring your vintage desk today on my blog. Thanks for linking it up. I really love it. This week's party starts later today, I hope that you will link up again. Thanks.


  8. This is amazing! I love everything about it, the color, the shape, the design!

    It would make my day if you would share this sometime on my blog's weekly Friday link up party!


  9. This is just beautiful! The herringbone pattern you have done is amazing :)

  10. Amazing work! I love the design and colors and a vintage desk always makes me smile. I featured your work at my link party!

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