Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Spray Painted School Desk

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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  1. You did an amazing job on the desk! It must have taken a lot of patience but so well worth it!


  2. Absolutely adorable!! I love it.

  3. Love the color you chose. Reminds me of a school bus. Nice job.

  4. This is great looking. I love the addition of the letters. Looks amazing! Will make a kid want to do their homework! :)
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  5. Great idea adding the alphabet! It looks great, I can't imagine a child not wanting to work from here :)

  6. So so adorable. I love the color and the alphabet!! So pretty!

    I featured it on my TT&J facebook page :)


  7. What a fun desk! I know what you mean about the spray paint! That stuff is addicting! :)

  8. Love the yellow color! I hope you will link up with me here:

  9. That turned out fantastic! Gorgeous!

  10. wow what a great idea and I love the beautiful yellow color...what a great job with the lettering...sooooo clever

  11. This is so cute! Never thought to paint the one I have, but I am so excited to do it now! Love the alphabet too! Great work!!


  12. That is super cute! Thank you for linking up with Home Sweet Home!

  13. I love this! The alphabet on top is such a great idea!

  14. This is perfect for my child who is in preschool so she could learn the alphabet while playing. wrought iron furniture

  15. With kids becoming more tech-savvy, i think a lap desk with the alphabet would also work out for them.

  16. This is a great desk for children. School age children will surely love the design and the compelling color of the desk.

  17. That's a very cute table. It reminds me of the tables we use when I was on Nursery school.
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