School Days

Can you believe summer is almost over? Where did the time go?! While browsing at a local thrift store, I found this- an antique school desk. It seemed the perfect piece to help me transition from summer to fall.

I had been searching for a great chair- something for my girls to sit in when they work with me in my craft room. But when I saw this desk, I knew this was better. I instantly imagined them drawing, painting, and even doing homework at this desk. The thrift store manager wanted $40, but I told him I only had $20 to spend. So for $20- this adorable desk came home with me.

I have been safe with some of my 're-do' projects. Choosing neutral colors that will stand the 'test of time'. But when I brought home this desk, I wanted it to be pink! A vintage school desk in pink and silver. Fun, fun, fun.

The weather in Texas has been HOT. We are on something like a 30 day streak of 100 degree weather. So one morning while Afton was at camp, Maisy braved the heat with me as I scrambled to paint the school desk before we both melted.

The project was pretty simple. First I spray painted the brown metal parts light pink. I taped off the wood with newspaper to keep the pink in its place.

Then I used "Rub and Buff" in antique silver to accent the details.

And finally I painted the wooden seat with a milk wash (white paint mixed with some water).  I had originally planned to leave it as is, but once I saw the pink and silver, I felt the wood needed to be freshened up a bit. I sanded the edges down once the paint dried.

I moved somethings around in my craft room to make space for the desk. And we all love it!

What projects are you working on in anticipation for the new school year?

PS. Don't forget to enter the Crafty Texas Girls/Kelly's Kids Giveaway to win a $30 gift certificate to spend at Kelly's Kids.

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