I found this old school desk several weeks ago along the curb in my neighborhood, sitting right beside the chair I recently repurposed as a planter. It had just rained as you can see in the picture so I was glad I picked it up when I did!
I knew my daughter would want this desk and would get plenty of use out of it. It would make a great place for her to do her homework in her room but she also enjoys arts and crafts and writing letters. It sat around longer than the chair did because we were trying to think of how we wanted to paint and decorate it.
I started by filling the split in the wood on the desktop with some Elmer’s wood filler and tried to smooth it out as best as I could. There really wasn’t a lot of work involved in preparing the surface for painting. Since it appears to be an old piece I did consider sanding it and staining the wood, but since it was for my daughter, we decided it should be fun and colorful!
We found a pretty spray paint color from Krylon called Blue Ocean Breeze, which looked great against the purple wall color in her room. Jocelyn wanted polka dots with different colors, so we picked out a stencil and five different acrylic paint colors at Michaels. We also grabbed a bottle of chalkboard paint for the desktop. She is always excited to join in on any craft project I’m doing but was especially excited that she would be painting the polka dots using the stencil. She kept at it and was very patient, carefully painting in the stencil and waiting for the paint to dry to begin another area.
Since the spray paint is a primer and paint in one, I didn’t use a primer as a base coat. I just did two coats on the chair and a very light coat on the desktop that would be just enough of a primer for the chalkboard paint. After we finished painting, I coated the polka dots with a clear gloss acrylic to give them a protective coat. Jocelyn is so happy with how it turned out and is so proud of herself for painting all the polka dots!
Yeah, sorry I took a lot of pictures. I couldn’t decide which one I liked best. 🙂
We also found some things to fill her caddy that stores perfectly right under the desk…which includes notecards and sidewalk chalk she can use for her chalkboard top.
This was such a fun and easy project…thanks to my nearby neighbor for setting this out by the curb!