At the beginning of last summer (before we moved into our new house) I had gone to a few yard sales. At one yard sale I came across this desk and knew I wanted it badly. The price was a little more then I wanted to pay but when the owner walked over to bargain with me we quickly noticed we had met before at a local market (our tables were side by side). She said she knew that I would take great care of the piece and was happy I wanted to keep it for my daughter so she sold it to me for $20! Here is the little darling before her makeover.
I gave it a full coat of primer and let that dry. Don't you love my work area? My living room! Yea...my husband loves it too (insert sarcasm) but with a toddler around sometimes it is just not practical to work outside or in the basement.
Next I gave it a quick coat of an off white and wasn't too particular about the coverage because I wanted this piece to be distressed and look its age.
Here is the student trying out her new desk right before mommy finished it off with some dark wax! I think she's happy (well happier then she looks in this picture anyway)
And here is the finished piece.
I kept the hardware the exact same and didn't even want to scrub it for a fear that I may take off some of the aging and make it look new again.
I distressed the seat the most and the dark wax does a great job of showing the 'wear and tear' I love that this desk now looks like it could have been just taken from a 1920's classroom.
Here she sits in the playroom right next to the chalkboard. We may have the perfect homework spot in our future...hopefully not too soon though.