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teaandcraft
« on: January 28, 2015 10:03:19 PM »




My brother recently got married, and he and his wife wanted a rustic vintage theme which included having this vintage school desk as their signing table. The picture above is how it looked on the day, and the photo below was how it looked before. That picture seriously doesn't do it justice though - it was so ugly! It had about seven layers of paint on it, the inside was all rusted and full of dirt (no idea why), and the top was coming loose from it's hinges.



I tried to use paint stripper on it, but it didn't really work so my husband and I ended up sanding the whole thing. It took ages! After it was all sanded, we managed to get out all the screws to take it apart. They had been painted over many times, so they were pretty stuck! We sanded back all the hardware to get rid of the remaining paint and rust and then coated it with a steel protectant, which we also painted the legs/frame with. The wooden top is coated with a sanding sealer in case we decided to stain it later, but the happy couple gave it the thumbs up so it stayed as is ^____^
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2015 10:38:27 PM »

You did a great job on this. It looks like new.
From my own recollections of the sort of things that sometimes got stored in our desks at school (hamsters, snakes, very old bags of sweets, sandwiches) I am not at all surprised that the inside was " all rusted and full of dirt"  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2015 01:19:33 PM »

 Smiley  You did an Amazing job!    I don't remember any of my school desks looking this good! 
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2015 05:51:46 PM »

Thanks elderflower and Tessie-pie! It's certainly come a long way; I hope no one tries keeping a hamster or a snake in it now though! ^____^
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2015 12:51:07 PM »

So lovely! I will never not love old-timey school things...
You did a great job restoring this little desk. I remember having one like this in primary school ^^

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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2015 06:17:32 PM »

Great job.  It looks great now.  I can't imagine why someone would want to paint it like that!!!  What a shame.   
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2015 10:05:13 PM »

Awesome revamp!  What a nice sign-in desk for the wedding guests Smiley
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