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From Junk to Funk: Kid’s Desk

Now that the weather’s warm, it seems that ’tis the season to dump your old furniture by the side of the road. What others may judge an eyesore, I register as a bonanza! So many eclectic pieces – so many trips to the hardware store. With a little “spit and polish” many of these items can be restored to “better-than-new” status.

By: Jodi

My neighbour’s children have long since grown up and moved out of the house, and a recent purge revealed this little desk. Sturdily built, it had a lot of potential, but it was covered in stickers and candle wax and the paint was dull and marked. I employed some elbow grease and a bit of sandpaper, slapped on some paint, and it looked great! If this helps inspire my kid to want to do his homework, all the better.

Materials and Tools:

– sandpaper

– sander (if you have one, or just use elbow grease)

– scraper (to remove candle wax, etc.)

– Tremclad paint (I just find this paint great for wiping clean)

– paint brush/sponges (those sponge-brush things on a stick)

– small paint roller

– painter’s tape

Tutorial:

1) Scrape any pieces of wax, flappy stickers, etc. off the surface (and, in my case, inside the drawer) of your desk.

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2) Lightly sand the complete surface. Helps the paint to stick much better. Then wipe it down so you’re not getting paint chips/dust in your paint.

3) Paint the entire surface! As I painted the shelves a different colour, I had to use painter’s tape, after the white dried, so that I could then paint the black.

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I used the roller to paint the side of the desk, but found I got the smoothest coverage from the sponge brushes.

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. liesbeth #

    love this Jodi!!!

    July 8, 2014
  2. jax #

    Looks fantastic!!

    July 8, 2014

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