Thursday, November 1, 2012

before and after: funky vintage desk

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i know i’ve said that i am not a girly girl.....but living with three guys can be a little bit overwhelming at times.  sports, video games, hunting, fishing, trucks, blah blah.  you know, the normal guy stuff.  sometimes I see things on pinterest or from my extended family and friends who have girls....all these pretty little hair bows, pinks and purples, and just plain cutesy girly stuff and my mind wanders to all the pretty things I could make.  i decided that just because i don't have girls doesn't mean i can't get girly when i craft. 

this past summer i found this vintage school desk at a yard sale and bought it not knowing what was in store for it.  it’s a nice vintage piece by itself I think, with the faded, rusty paint on the bottom.  but since i wasn't planning on keeping this piece for myself, i decided it needed a transformation.


i bought some krylon blue ocean breeze and knew this was the color i wanted to paint the bottom half of this desk....still unsure of what i was going to do with the rest of it.  i absolutely love this color and though it is blue, i was picturing a girly desk. 

after the desk sat painted for about a week I found this funky fabric at wal-mart and i fell in love with it.  i love all the bright colors.  and how convenient it was that it has some of the same blue in it that I had on the desk. J 

so i used some mod podge and applied the fabric to the top of the desk.  so far i was loving how everything was coming together, but I needed some kind of sealer for the desktop.  off to lowe’s i went and found this stuff.  this is some pretty neat stuff and super easy to apply.  it comes in two bottles and you mix what you need based on the instructions and pour over the surface.  did I mention that it is self-leveling and requires no brushing?  jackpot!  of course the desk is not level so i had to prop it up under the legs.  after pouring it on you will notice some tiny bubbles.  i wasn’t real impressed with that, but after reading through the instructions it said all you had to do was blow on the bubbles and they would surface to the top and disappear.  yeah right is what i was thinking....but sure enough that is exactlym what it does!  i was impressed!   

after letting it set up for 8 hours, the desk was done!  the top has a shiny clear top.  my husband was amazed and couldn’t believe how well it turned out.  he especially liked the desktop finish.  my boys loved this desk too.  not the colors or how girly it is, but they loved sitting in it and wondering how come we had desks like this when I was growing up.  geez, kids make you feel old!   i’m thinking this would make a great addition to a playroom or little girls room.  i love my funky/vintage/girly school desk!   i can’t wait for my next pretty project! J

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  1. This is so neat - I have a question? How did you roll the fabric under the edges and attach? and how did you get the varnish to roll over the edges or stop at the edges? Or do you just let the varnish drip over - I see your drop cloth! I have an old desk similar to this and want to try this - it looks great!

  2. Very good questions Susan! To attach the fabric to the edges I just used mod podge and trimmed off the excess. The sealer like I said is self-leveling so during that process the excess will fall to the sides and off the table. While it was leveling and drying I used a rag and would smooth over the edges to the underneath of the top. Since I didn't watch it the whole time it was drying there were a few rough edges so I had to file that off. If you have anymore questions I'd be glad to help! :)

  3. Looks fabulous, love the colour and the fabric!

  4. Fabulous! I love that shade of blue, and the fabric is gorgeous! Great job! I'd love for you to share this at my link party Submarine Sunday. It's open until Friday @ 11:59pm. I hope you'll stop by!


  5. Great answer to how to cover that laminate top! Love the result.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  6. I have been wanting to find an old school desk like this for a while now! I love how you revamped it :) very girly.

  7. What a fabulous transformation. I love the idea of using fabric on the top of the desk. I found a desk exactly like this many years ago at a yard sale too. I painted and stenciled the top for my son when he was about three. Wish we still had it:-) Great job!!

  8. Oh my goodness...I'm in love with this desk! So cute and girly!!

    Thanks for joining us at Keep Calm & Link Up this week! We're thrilled you chose to party with us and hope you'll join us again next week :o)
    xo, Meredith

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  9. I love this! You have given me some inspiration. Love the colors that you used!

  10. Such lovely upcycled desk. Fresh and pretty to work with.

  11. Really cute! Love the upgrade!
    Thanks for linking up this week -
    hope to see you this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  12. What a pretty color and fabric you chose for your vintage school desk--I love it!

  13. Pretty desk! love the color and the fabric. :)


  14. Great job on making this desk look so cute! Love the fabric idea on the desk. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Looooove!!! Why can't I find cool vintage desks like this?! Great job!
    Thanks for linking up to the CHQ Blog Hop! Best of luck in the giveaway!
    Barbara at Chase the Star
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  16. So pretty! I love the bold colors.

  17. I love how that turned out! I'm going to have to try that sealer!

  18. I love the after. Leaving the seat the original seat and back the original wood was a great decision. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you next week.

  19. Love it. I have been on the look out for one of these for a few months now. I would love for you to add this post, and any others, to my weekly Mom's Library Link-Up.

    Thanks and Be Blessed,

  20. So so cute, Leshia! I love the blue. How has the fabric held up with use?

    Thanks so much for linking up last week at the Humble Brag! Hope to see you back tomorrow to link up more great projects and see if you were featured. Don't forget, we will be giving away more free ad space! :)

  21. I love your vintage desk. Looks so cute. Thanks for sharing.

  22. I love the new look! Thanks for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

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