Remember playing school at home with a desk like this – with the seat attached and the desktop that you held open with your head while digging through the inside looking for your puffy sticker collection? I do.
So when I rescued this from the curb a couple weeks ago, I hurled it into my minivan. When I got it home and saw that the underside of the desktop was covered in Han Solo stickers, and a few Jem (who is truly outrageous) stickers, I had another wave of nostalgia.
With a rush of childhood happiness, I had to restore this vintage schoolhouse desk to its lush glory. Of course I couldn’t paint it that awful, boring tan color, though. I had to go with a bright pop of color!
To make my life easier, I removed the top, wood pieces and sanded them down – top and bottom. Bye, bye, Han.
I didn’t stain the top, because stain likes to find fine lines like those carved by bored kids. Even though I sanded this smooth to the touch, the faint trace of “Emily” could get revealed by wood stain. Therefore I opted to finish it with a coat of clear wood finish.