{Pre}School Desk and Chair Makeover

{School Desk and Chair Makeover}

Hey friends!!  I recently updated a school desk and chair for my little boy! My son, appropriately named Chase, is old enough for Preschool, and I plan on homeschooling him this year.  
 
As you know, I almost always shop second hand for furniture pieces, and try my best to use what I have in my crafting closet to make them over.  A few months ago, I had scored some great pieces on Craigslist for free, including this wood chair, this Thomasville desk, and a little child size desk and chair set, that my son’s been using as a t.v. table.  T.v. table no more, this little desk and chair is just the right size to start mastering the ABC’s and 123’s!  

 http://www.chasethestar.net, Preschool, Desk and Chair, Schooldesk, turquoise and red, craigslist

 
 My plan is to teach him in what is now his playroom, so I wanted to stick to the fun whimsical look already in there..check out the side table I had made over for that room a few months ago:
 
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The set was in great shape, just had typical wear on it. So I my got gear on (o.k. just a mask) and went to town!

 Kid’s Desk and Chair Makeover Tutorial:

{Prep}:
With an orbital sander and a course grit disc, I removed all of the paint from the top, and most from the apron and legs of the desk. Using a fine grit disc I went over the chair lightly.http://www.chasethestar.net, Preschool, Desk and Chair, Schooldesk, turquoise and red, craigslist
I primed both pieces (except the top of the desk) with 
Zinsser Cover Stain primer.
http://www.chasethestar.net, Preschool, Desk and Chair, Schooldesk, turquoise and red, craigslist
{Desk}:
 
I painted the legs and apron a perfect shade of turquoise (in my humble opinion!) and added a dark walnut stain to the top with a foam brush.  
Already loving the combination!
http://www.chasethestar.net, Preschool, Desk and Chair, Schooldesk, turquoise and red, craigslist
 

{Distressing and creating an aged (glazed) look}:

 
With sand paper I went over all of the edges (on the legs and apron) to slightly reveal the bare wood underneath.  Using the same stain and foam brush I went over the sanded edges lightly, and wiped the excess off with a damp paper towel.   
 
{Chair}:
 
I had some vinyl letter stickers in my craft closet, so to personalize the project, I spelled out his name at the top of the primed chair, and then with spray paint added two good coats of Candy Apple Red by Rustoleum.
 
http://www.chasethestar.net, Preschool, Desk and Chair, Schooldesk, turquoise and red, craigslist
 How ‘about that glossy red finish?!
 
Then simply peeled the stickers off when the piece was dry to the touch (about 30 minutes), and used the same method to distress/age it.
http://www.chasethestar.net, Preschool, Desk and Chair, Schooldesk, turquoise and red, craigslist
Both pieces got a coat of polyurethane as a sealer.  
 
I recommend letting the entire project dry overnight before handling it!
http://www.chasethestar.net, Preschool, Desk and Chair, Schooldesk, turquoise and red, craigslist
 
I’m seriously loving the red and turquoise together!  
 
Take another look at the ‘before and after':
http://www.chasethestar.net, Preschool, Desk and Chair, Schooldesk, turquoise and red, craigslist
 
Let’s do the math:
Chair $0 (Craigslist)
Desk $0 (Craigslist)
Turquoise Paint (craft closet)
Wood Stain (craft closet)
Polyurethane (craft closet)
Vinyl letters (craft closet)
Foam brush (craft closet)
Red spray paint $4 (you got me!)
 
Total Cost: $4 {Oh yeah!}
 
Here’s my little guy on his first day of Preschool:
 
If you don’t already, take a look at the ‘free’ section on Craigslist.  Sometimes it’s junk, but sometimes it can be a treasure!  
 
Hope you’re enjoying ‘Back to School’ everyone!
 
                        
     


 

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Barbara is a lover of all things creative, simple, and budget friendly. Chase the Star began in 2012 as a creative outlet and to chronicle her DIY and crafty adventures. She is a working mom and wife residing in sunny Southern California.

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Comments

  1. says

    LOVE this.. SO pretty.. ;))) A bit late but I’m stopping in from GFC linky and officially a HAPPY follower here of yours.. LOVE your blog, SO much to indulge in and be inspired..So excited to get to read a bit more.. Hope you can stop in and follow back / visit whnever you get a sec.. Thanks SO much .. Wishing you a beautiful week. Marilyn.. Via http://www.theartsygirlconnection.com ….

  2. says

    Hey there! Visiting you from the GFC Blog Hop. I love this link party, it is one that I join in pretty much every week. There are always great blogs that I haven’t seen before linked up. I am now a follower :D yay! Looking forward to keeping up with things around here.
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  3. says

    That is so cute! I am working on the exact same chairs if you can believe it! Really fun!
    Thanks for sharing your excitement and ideas at the Creative Inspirations Linky! Please stop back next week for the Autumn Inspiration Linky Party to link up your fall ideas!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  1. […] Distress and Age it! This is optional of course, but with this piece I just couldn’t resist!  Using the sander, I went over the edges lightly to remove just enough paint to expose the fresh wood underneath.  I took a the corner of a paper towel and dipped it into a can of stain (dark walnut), and went over the exposed wood, immediately wiping it off with the clean part of the paper towel.  See this method in action here. […]

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