Back to School Desk

I have had this desk since I was a senior in High School. 
Its very sentimental to me.  It was the 2nd piece of furniture
I ever bought with my own money. 
It was also the first piece I ever refinished,
I used it all through high school and college,
and then I gave it to my brother. 
He used it all through high school and college,
and has been in my parents guest bedroom ever since. 
I soooo wish I had a pic of how it looked when I
purchased it 17 some years ago.  I stripped it and sanded.
I also bought it new hardware  Its was all stained up. 
I think it had been in someones garage with various chemicals spilled on it,. 
It was solid oak, and under my Dad's guidance all oak should be stained
what else...golden oak!  So this poor desk has been trapped in 80's hell for almost 20 yrs.

She is now saved!  I painted the top with some school type words. 
I was inspired by my library table that I refinished HERE
I painted the bottom with old white chalk paint and sanded and distressed.
I just love the look of the dark stained wood
with black letters mixed with the white distressed bottom.  YUMMY!
I spray painted the hardware with oil rubbed bronze.  I used word to rub and trace on my words.


  1. Beautifull:)!!
    Meaningfull words to:)

    Ha en nice day:)
    Hug from Kari

  2. Girls!!! I love it! I'm liking anything white with a stained top but I especially love all the words you used on the top! Great job!

  3. Nan@youcouldmakethat.blogspot.comAugust 4, 2011 at 7:17 AM

    You did a wonderful job - great story behind the piece too! I love the stained top, and painted/distressed bottom! You also did a wonderful job painting the letters - that is picky, time-consuming work!!! You have some great memories behind this desk and have honored them by bringing it back to life! FANTASTIC!!

  4. you always have the greatest ideas!!!!

  5. Love this- it turned out great and has a great history :) What kind of staing did you use? I love the color of it!

  6. I Love it! I Love the stained top with the painted bottom....and the words you put on top. Awesome makeover! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Now it will serve again for many years in all its new glory! Love it.

  8. Gah! I *love* it! What a terrifically fabulous idea for the top!

  9. Oh how I love this! Brings back so many memories. I sure wish I still had the desk that went through my mother, myself and one of my siblings. Last I saw it was painted navy blue and gold for Notre Dame. So happy for you to have it back and now it looks so fabulous!

  10. Love the painted bottom, stained top and the words. Fabulous idea!

  11. I am a teacher and I would love to have this desk in my classroom. Beautiful!

  12. Great minds...come see my version. Love yours!!

  13. Love the redo and that worded top is to DIE for! Nice job and very inspirational!

    Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed's Linky Party tonight

    ~Suzanne in Illinois

  14. This is INCREDIBLE! I would love to feature it on my blog. I hope you will show this off at my VIP party today!

  15. Very, very cool! I clicked on the pic because I just stripped a big oak desk and am looking for ideas! I love the dark stain on the top! And , of course, the words are brillliant!

  16. Wow!! This piece is BEAUTIFUL!! I am SO in love! Awesome job!!
    I ♥ Nap Time

  17. Love this! And, love the history! Newest follower! laura

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  18. You did an amazing job on this desk! What a great way to update a sentimental piece!! I featured you today in my Friday I'm In Love Favorites!

    - Jenn @ Social Salutations

  19. This is sooo cute! I love how it turned out! I would love it if you linked up to my link party!

    xoxo, Ashley J @

  20. This just made me giggle: "I used word to rub and trace on my words." Oh, sure. Me too all the time. Yeah, I have no idea what that means. But I love the desk and am a HUGE Sisters fan! Thanks for all your inspiration.

  21. i LOVE what you did to this desk! it is just awesome. truly an inspiration to others on what can be done to any oak piece that is locked into the 80's! you've got me thinking of some transformations here at a blanket chest that was covered in layers of paint only to discover it was oak...and meant to be painted again!
    found you via roadkill rescue.

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