I was excited to be asked to refinish an old school desk that was an original desk used at my daughters high school. It was auctioned off at the annual dinner auction held to raise money for the school. At first I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. I considered making the top a chalkboard, but I know that chalk dust gets kinda messy. Eventually decided to do something that was gender neutral but cute enough to put in a play room or even a child’s room.
When it came to me it wasn’t in that great of condition – completely understandable due to the fact that it is decades old and well used!
The Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint (Flow Blue color) was my go to for the paint and because there were areas of the desk and chair that needed a good sanding, I went ahead and gave the whole shebang a roughing up. The inside of the desk had some great kids graffiti & I didn’t want to lose that bit of character so I left it alone.
(This is what I use to mix the milk paint. It’s an old ninja blender & it does a great job, plus I can put a lid on the paint and come back to it for a second coat.)
If you’ve never used this milk paint before, you might be surprised the first time you put it on. I know I was. It’s a watery kind of paint, but does transfer a lot of color.
You can see in these pictures that although the paint is rather thin, it does cover well. Depending on the amount of coverage you are looking for, you might want to put a second coat on, I did for this project.
I had pinned a picture of an adorable desk done in blue & white polka dots from a blog & I used that as my inspiration for this old school desk.
For the polka dots I used the Simply White chalk paint. Then I distressed it quite a bit using a foam block sander and then the wet sanding method.
Wet Sanding Method: Simply use a wet rag in a sanding back and forth type of motion over dried chalk or milk paint.
To finish it, I used the clear wax from CeCe Caldwell. (my favorite finishing wax for chalk paint projects)
I was happy to volunteer my time & services for this fun project! I wish I had more time to stage it and take a great pinterest photo for you guys, but I had to get it back to the school in time for the auction. I’m sure it’s looking good in someone else’s home though! 😉