Sunday, 27 November 2011

Vintage School Desk Makeover

Sometimes you have all the good intentions in the world to start to create masterpieces but then life gets in the way.  Way back when in the summer (remember when it was actually warm?!) I bought this old desk and chair in a charity shop for a few pounds.  It was covered in deep scratches and graffiti at the time and a bizzare rainbow created by years of inkstains.  However, I thought it was charming, so charming that I promptly snatched it up and it sat, unloved in a corner, holding up my TV aerial for months

I still have a stock of gorgeous Annie Sloan paint left from the painting course that I went on a couple of weeks ago so finally last night, I popped the TV on and got to work.  The desk and chair were sanded lightly first and then given a couple of coats of Old White which I adore.  Then the masterplan was put into action.  Using Annie Sloan's Henrietta (pink) and Louis Blue I painted a Union Jack on the lift up lid of the desk.  Now I have to stress that I'm no artist.  I bet I'm the only person ever to drop out of GSCE Art because I just couldn't cope with it.  For this reason I'm sooooo very proud of my wobbly slightly uneven flag.  The desk and chair then had two coats of clear wax and job done.

What do you think?

Hope you are all having a great weekend!


  1. Great job ... Been dabbling with my first pot of Annie Sloan this morning too x

  2. Tis a cute desk and table. Did I ever fit into one so small!!

  3. Thanks everyone. this chalk paint is good stuff!

  4. I think your desk is wonderful. I need to get up my courage and to something with a child's vanity. I have never refinished or painted anything so it will be a challenge for me. After seeing your desk I am inspired. Perhaps I will have to purchase some Ann Sloan paint.

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