Student Desk Makeover


A few weeks ago I went garage sale shopping and walked away with this wooden student desk in desperate need of TLC. I knew it was gonna take a lot of elbow grease to get this baby looking new again. I was right about that, but even I didn’t realize how much work I actually took on!

Before Picture of Child Size Student Desk.

Before Picture of Child Size Student Desk.

Before picture of the child size chair.

Before picture of the child size chair.


I first started sanding it to get most of the spray paint and nail polish mess off, and being that I planned to use chalk paint (which usually covers everything) quit at a light rough up. As soon as I started painting I noticed how the paint wasn’t adhering properly and there were areas that looked very weird! It looked almost clumpy. I knew right away that I was going to have to sand it all the way down. So, I let the paint dry and the next day went to sanding. What a nightmare that turned out to be! Under the spray paint was layers of other colors and some kind of primer that when sanded turned to a blackish grey tar like goo! I went at it for some time then talked to the hubby. We both decided that a paint stripper might be a good way to get all those layers off. So I went to my favorite home improvement store and get some.
Sanding the desk was a nightmare!  you can see the layers of paint and tar like goop. YUCK!

Sanding the desk was a nightmare! you can see the layers of paint and tar like goop. YUCK!


That day I come home, suit up for chemical warfare and get to stripping…paint! SMH! (Shame on you for thinking otherwise! 😉 WARNING: Make sure you have the correct gloves for the job. Paint stripper will eat though regular household gloves. Long sleeves are also a good idea. Chemical burns are not something you want to experience!
I’m gonna cut right to it. The paint stripper didn’t work so great. It did however “loosen” the hold of the paint making it easier for me to sand. Unfortunately that’s when the rain started. For days, we folks in Florida were experiencing the damp weather and while I love a good thunder storm, it is really bad for business. I sanded when I caught a dry spell it took days and one pack of coarse sandpaper. After about a week I had the desk and chair down to the wood. I smoothened out the wood with a fine sandpaper and cut some slats for a new chair seat. I decided to paint it a nice light green so that it could be used by a little boy or girl and kept with a traditional golden pine stain. I’m very pleased with the results!
Antique Desk refurbished in a Lime Sorbet and Golden Stain.  Lightly distressed and antiqued.

Antique Desk refurbished in a Lime Sorbet and Golden Stain. Lightly distressed and antiqued.

Photography by My Three C’s

My love of photography began in 1994 when I became a contributing photographer for my high school yearbook. Back then I was young and had so many ambitions and as with youth I thought I had all the time in the world. Back then I wanted to be a ballerina/photographer/actress/veterinarian. Well my love of photography was one of many of my aspirations that became hobbies. Sometimes one lifetime is just not enough time to do it all.
Even though I am not a renowned photographer, it still remains a big part of my life and try to include artistic elements to all the pictures I take of my refurbished furniture. Here are a few non-furniture photographs I have taken and would now like to share. I hope you enjoy viewing them. I know I enjoyed taking them.
April

Ely Cathedral on a beautiful summer day.  Ely, Suffolk, England

Ely Cathedral on a beautiful summer day. Ely, Suffolk, England

Ely Cathedral on a beautiful summer day.  Ely, Suffolk, England

Ely Cathedral on a beautiful summer day. Ely, Suffolk, England

Framlingham, Norfolk, England

Cemetery Framlingham, Norfolk, England

Framlingham, Norfolk, England

Cemetery Framlingham, Norfolk, England

View from Framilingham Castle.  Framlingham, Norflok, England

View from Framilingham Castle. Framlingham, Norflok, England

Model (Jessica Gatrate) admiring the view from Framlingham Castle.  Framlingham, Norfolk, England

Model (Jessica Garate) admiring the view from Framlingham Castle. Framlingham, Norfolk, England

Loch Ness 1

Loch Ness 2

Ripples on Loch Ness. Loch Ness, Scotland

Ripples on Loch Ness. Loch Ness, Scotland

Discovering the secrets of the Loch.  Loch Ness, Scotland

Discovering the secrets of the Loch. Loch Ness, Scotland

No sign of Nessie on a gloomy day.  Loch Ness, Scotland

No sign of Nessie on a gloomy day. Loch Ness, Scotland

Gloomy view of Urquhart Castle.  Loch Ness, Scotland.

Gloomy view of Urquhart Castle. Loch Ness, Scotland.

Gloomy view of Urquhart Castle.  Loch Ness, Scotland.

Gloomy view of Urquhart Castle. Loch Ness, Scotland.

The Loch through a window of Urquhart Castle.  Loch Ness, Scotland.

The Loch through a window of Urquhart Castle. Loch Ness, Scotland.

A view of the Loch during a sunny spell. Loch Ness, Scotland

A view of the Loch during a sunny spell. Loch Ness, Scotland

Tower Bridge London, England

Tower Bridge London, England

The London Eye. London, England

The London Eye. London, England

Big Ben. London, England

Big Ben. London, England

Sunday Driving Montana Style.  Somewhere by Nilan Reservoir Augusta Montana

Sunday Driving Montana Style. Somewhere by Nilan Reservoir Augusta Montana

Ice formation on Nilan Reservoir, Augusta Montana

Ice formation on Nilan Reservoir, Augusta Montana

Stonehenge, England

Stonehenge, England

Stonehenge, England.

Stonehenge, England.