I found a great old fashioned school desk at a rummage sale a few weekend ago and I just finished it's rehab. I chose I really awesome Marigold Spray Paint (Krylon brand from Kmart, I believe) which I coated the whole desk inside and out with (the top of the desk lifts up for storage inside).
Then I painted the alphabet and some alium in a walnut color. I traced the letters onto the desk very Old School. Because I couldn't find any carbon paper....where the heck do you find that stuff??
Here's how I did it:
~I printed out large letters onto regular printer paper and cut them out.
~I flipped over the paper and traced the shape of the letter on the back of it in a colored pencil (but a regular pencil will do, too).
~Then I placed the letters (traced side down) where you would like them. Trace over the lines on the front side of the image and it will PUSH your tracing on the back side right onto the desk (or whatever project you're working on).
~Then, I just painted over the letters. The alium I free-handed. I was actually inspired by THIS hand-painted alium sidetable from Art Is Beauty.
~I coated the desk with clear acrylic spray paint once everything was dry to keep the paint from smudging/scratching easily.
So, that's my little school desk redo. I am in love with that marigold spray paint, by the by. I am a woman to be wary of with spray paint.....once I've got a can I find myself scanning around for the next thing to spray. I can totally see the appeal in graffiti. :-)
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