Shabby Chic Back to School – Vintage School Desk Makeover

Vintage Shabby Chic School Desk Makeover

Vintage Shabby Chic School Desk Makeover

Vintage School Desk Commission for a Shabby Chic Makeover

We, as parents, are all relieved with a new school year beginning. Children, on the other hand, are not happy at all. Perhaps it is a good idea to sparkle their life with a Shabby Chic bits of their own history? Such an idea got to us a customer with old, rusty, old-fashioned school table – with a request for makeover for 11-year old daughter.

 

Vintage Shabby Chic School Desk Makeover
The desk was in possession of our customer’s father, he used it as a child, as well as our customer. Now was turn for the third generation, and we supposed to make it possible. Have a look at the picture above to tell if we did it right.

 

1. Before

Vintage Shabby Chic School Desk Makeover
The desk was heavy used in the past, and had a full lot of cracks and scratches, a clear sign of booooooring lessons.

 

Vintage Shabby Chic School Desk Makeover
Some of the holes were quite deep, it had to take a lot of time and sacrifice to make them. Also, take note at the edges of desk’s cover – there is a lot of chipped bits.

 

Vintage Shabby Chic School Desk Makeover
Inner part was in reasonably good condition.

 

2. Restoration

Vintage Shabby Chic School Desk Makeover
We stripped the desk to the bare wood. It was not a big problem as there was no veneer there at all. All the cracks we filled with a heavy-duty wood filler.

 

Vintage Shabby Chic School Desk Makeover
One good thing about shabby chic makeover (when painting is involved) is that you can use nails – at the end of the day they will disappear under the layer of paint.

 

Vintage Shabby Chic School Desk Makeover
In this case we used small nails to fix a strip of wood for rebuilding damaged edge of the desk’s cover. The nails went as a support to polyurethane glue we used before.

 

Vintage Shabby Chic School Desk Makeover
Cracks inside, these ones between original panels, were also filled with thin straps of wood and fixed with a polyurethane glue.

 

3. After – Final Look

Vintage Shabby Chic School Desk Makeover
We were asked to give it more Chic than Shabby look. We chose Annie Sloan’s ‘Old White’ chalk paint protected with satin acrylic varnish.

 

Vintage Shabby Chic School Desk Makeover
Inside we painted with a bit darker colour, we used Annie Sloan’s ‘Duck Egg Blue’.

 

Have a look at the rest of images.

Vintage Shabby Chic School Desk Makeover

Vintage Shabby Chic School Desk Makeover

Vintage Shabby Chic School Desk Makeover

Vintage Shabby Chic School Desk Makeover

That was our first shabby chic makeover of a school desk.
I hope the third generation of its user will make successful come back to school.

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Jen

    I was delighted with the desk. It looks completely different and I am very happy. Thank you!

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