With a little bit of TLC

We are a little infatuated with the History Channel at the moment.  Between Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, American Pickers and American Restoration, we decided to start our own little refurbishment project at home last month.  I love the idea of taking something old and inexpensive and giving it new life and purpose.

Our mission.  Take a vintage item and turn it into its original condition, hopefully by adding a bit of our own style to the mix.

The vintage item in question would be an old school desk.


So ladies, this is what you need:

  1. Find an old school desk.  We found our antiquated desk on Gumtree.
  2. Tell your husband about your idea and make sure he buys into it, as he probably needs to do a lot of the hard work (thank you babes!).
  3. Drag your husband to your local Builders Warehouse and invest in brightly coloured spray paint that preferably has a primer in it and lots of sandpaper.
  4. Check that the electric screwdriver and sander has been charged, and then carefully remove all screws, nuts, bolts, hinges, and other metal hardware on the desk.
  5. Begin with the tedious job of sanding everything down.  Including the rust off the metal legs and initials carved in by bored students. This took a painstakingly 6 to 7 hours.
  6. Fill in any holes with wood filler.  We made our own with wood glue and the sawdust from the sanding.
  7. Once the above is done, then the fun starts.  You can start spray painting!  This was one of the most rewarding parts of this job.
  8. Once dry, you can start reassembling. And Voila!

With a little bit of work and TLC, we turned this classic old school desk into a charming homework desk, that will hopefully last another decade or two.



12 thoughts on “With a little bit of TLC

    1. He loves it Linda!
      And it’s great that he can do his homework in his room now and not the dining room, which was overlooking the lounge. Now we can have the TV on without worrying about the noise.

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