Monday, May 20, 2013

Little Desk Makeover

When I spotted this adorable child's desk at a flea market a couple of weeks ago, I knew I had to be the one to rescue it.  It took a few rounds of negotiating on the price before I was able to call it my own, but in the end we were both happy as I carried it back to my truck.

My original plan was to paint just the the top to cover up the dark green islands paint.  After washing the top, the paint kept peeling off and suddenly the islands became continents. Time for plan B.

I remembered this sweet 1936 handwriting guide I had stashed away.

A perfect solution with the help of some matte Mod Podge.

Looks like my handwriting if I have a third cup of coffee.


This reminds me of how much I hated going to "the board" when I was in elementary school.

A lesson in the correct way to hold your chalk and pencil.


The original character still shows through, including the chippy red knob.

Wouldn't it make a cute end table?  It might be better suited for a child who's old enough not to practice writing directly on top of the table.

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42 comments:

  1. fantastic re-store. What a great find!!! I would have had a hard time using the handwriting tablet~I just can't do it, I would have copied it:):) Looks awesome Betsy!!!

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  2. What a darling delightful desk! I love the use of the handwriting booklet, a stroke of genius.

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  3. love! love! love!
    where will you sell it?
    i might just want to make it mine :)

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  4. Absolutely adorable, Betsy! It was a great idea to add those sweet handwriting pages.

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  5. That is just so cute, Betsy! I was one of those kids who loved being called to the board...and volunteered to wash them and draw the new lines...probably why I still love chalkboards!

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  6. Wow, you really hit it spot on.....if any of my kids were a bit younger, I'd have to beg you for it! Isn't it great when you stash away something like that book and then it comes in SO handy later for a project? Another quick sale for sure!

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  7. Oh I love this table and what you did to it!! SO lovely & pretty!! :) Hope you have a great day! xo Holly

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  8. nicely done.
    did you varnish the top of the pages after the mod podge? or do you feel the MP is enough to seal the book pages?
    either way. it looks great.

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  9. What a cute redo!
    My handwriting has got so sloppy, I should go back and reread those steps. :-D

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  10. Very Very cute! I also have a childs desk that will be redone soon.

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  11. How adorable! Love the handwriting, how nice since they are no longer teaching it in school.

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  12. so did you copy the pages from the book to put on the desk?..so the book could be re-used?..love this...

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  13. Great makeover! Very cute desk...it would look so good in a child's room.
    ~Cindy

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  14. This is adorable and might just be an "antique" sooner than we think. I heard somewhere the other day that they are going to or HAVE already stopped teaching cursive in schools. I did not see that one coming.

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  15. This is just so sweet! What a great idea with the handwriting book, makes it extra special.

    hugs,
    Linda

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  16. Such a darling piece...the handwriting added was spot on!!
    Loretta xx

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  17. So sweet and the graphics are perfect! Too funny, just the other day I was remembering learning how to write cursive in school . . . . .

    Here's to a great week!!!

    I plan on going Sunday . . . . see you then!! (Did you get my email? If you decide to sell, LMK . . . )

    xo

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  18. The perfect desk embellishment. With cursive writing being discontinued in our school systems this is priceless. Great save...

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  19. Great idea-love the handwriting pages on the top. Cute as can be! It brings back memories. I know you won't have the desk very long.
    Linda

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  20. That turned out so cute. It's perfect for those of us that don't have room for extra furniture, too. I love the writing tablet. Very sweet!

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  21. Hey I like it. I think everyone else will too. Blessings.

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  22. I used to love going to the chalkboard - I think that is why I became a teacher! I taught Zaner-Bloser for years. I wish I had saved some of those booklets. I hope you scan the images and saved the book. (OH, please, please, say yes.) Loved the adorable desk.

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  23. How very sweet, Betsy! You are so clever to use the handwriting booklet! This is going to be some lucky person's precious find. Now that cursive won't be taught in many schools now, that makes it a special treasure. xoxo

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  24. What a sweet desk Betsy! Love your transformation!
    xx
    Anne

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  25. Besty, that is one AWESOME transformation! (Love how the "islands" became "continents"! Ha!!)

    What a wonderful idea; and what memories that does bring back! I hated going to the front to write on the blackboard too!

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  26. Oh Betsy, I would have drooled over that cute little table, I love how you re did it...It is going to make someone really happy

    Carol

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  27. How beautiful Betsy!!!
    I love it when I'm scrolling down and something is so perfect that I almost gasp!
    Visiting from Knick of Time
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  28. This is absolutely gorgeous!! I’d love it if you could link this up to our party, Give Me The Goods Monday! {1 party, 4 blogs}
    http://www.somuchbetterwithage.com/2013/05/give-me-goods-party-9.html
    Have a great week!
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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  29. Very cute desk, Betsy! Decoupaging the old handwriting book pages suits it perfectly.

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  30. Fantastic idea! So fitting for a child's desk. How do you keep your pages from wrinkling with the Mod Podge. Mine always wrinkles! (serious question)

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  31. Adorable!! Love that you left the chippy details :)

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  32. sweet. love how you finished the top, and love all the chippy.

    blessings
    barb

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  33. What a great solution for the top--I love it!

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  34. So charming! Love that writing!
    Susan

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  35. An adorable makeover project!

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  36. A brilliant fix. Love that you had that handwriting book and could part with some pages on the desk. I imagine they will get read far more often this way than while in the book. Such a cute result! Hope it sells fast!
    LIz

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  37. Love your desk makeover! What a perfect use of those vintage pages.

    Jeanette @ Creating a Life

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  38. This is so great! I'm jealous. You did a wonderful job...

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