My friend Caryn gave me an old school desk and she totally inspired me to give it a makeover.
Here it looks just like the desks I sat at in elementary school, waiting for it's cubby to be filled with rainbow and heart shaped erasers and #2 pencils. That nostalgia (and a little bit of laziness) tempted me to leave it as is.
But reading Trey and Lucy and Lemonade Makin' Mama gave me the inspiration and courage to try a little spray paint therapy. (Those girls spray paint everything!)
I didn't understand the attraction until I stood quivering in awesome wonder in the spray paint aisle at the hardware store. You can spray paint anything! Your refrigerator. Your barbecue. Plastic toys.
After a little sanding, I spray painted everything black. After it dried, I spray painted the writing surface of the desk in an almond color.
After it dried, I had a cathartic experience beating up the edges and sanding away spots here and there to reveal the first coat of black underneath, giving it a nice worn look. (Thank you again LMM!) Then I finished it off with two coats of satin polycrylic.
A wood and metal schoolhouse chair is waiting in the wings for it's matching makeover, but for now, the desk is all ready to impart some learnin' to some little ones!