Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vintage Teacher's Desk

One day, while shopping at our local thrift shop, Mr. Rubbish and I spotted this rough looking, old teacher's desk outside with a five dollar price tag.  It may be hard to tell by the pictures, but this desk is gigantic and I was not sure if we could find a place for it to fit at Loot.  For five dollars we decided to give it a try!

The finish was really beat up, but I love the school house look.  I work at an elementary school and the day after I bought it, I saw this same desk in the computer lab.

This desk is oversized and masculine, so I picked two colors that would complement these features.  I painted the top with Graphite Chalk Paint and the base with Chateau Gray.  I painted the wooden handles with Graphite too and left the tiny, metal feet brass.

This desk is not meant to be against a wall because the back is finished too.  Mr. Rubbish helped me on this piece by waxing the massive surface area of this desk with Annie Sloan clear wax.  I applied dark wax over everything when he finished clear waxing.  

I never did find a spot in the shop for this desk.  It actually never moved out of our storage container until it sold.  I listed it on craigslist and a local high school teacher bought it for her classroom.  I am happy that this discarded, old teacher's desk made it back into a school!

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Kristal B. said...

Just beautiful! I love it.

pink*cherub*moon said...

What a happy ending for a beautiful piece! Hugs, Leena

Cyndi ✪ Blue Star said...

I've got a vintage teacher's desk and I was just thinking today that I should do something with it! Great idea!!

Emily said...

That turned out beautifully! I can see why it sold so quickly. :)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

gorgeous! i love how masculine it is!

Between Blue and Yellow said...

Very cool! I love those old desks, great job :)

Justine said...

I have a huge! Teachers desk and I almost sold it because I was not sure what to do with it. Thanks for the inspiration. Found you through the Mustard Seed linky party.

Rachel said...

Love this! I have been eyeing one of these on craigslist, may have to pick it up!

Nicole said...

You did an amazing job!

Lovely Idea

Deborah said...

Its beautiful Amanda!
I love how you gave it new life!
I have an old desk too that i just painted..come and visit at my Faded, feminine and cherished blog.
I still need to do something to the top of the desk but not sure what. Its a grey surface.
Love to you my sweet friend!

Deborah xoxo

lowara pumps Perth said...

Simply gorgeous. Even old stuffs can still be reused. It only takes imagination and craftsmanship.

teresa said...

What brand of paint did you use? I love this. I have two of these and am planning on redoing my home office in a few weeks and I'm totally inspired by this. Thanks!

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kerry brophy said...

I have this desk. Its pretty beat up. How are your drawers on the inside. What did you do to them.

Teresa Patterson said...

Your desk is gorgeous and it inspired me to re-do mine, plus some other pieces to match for my new office. Thank you for the inspiration!

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