Friday, July 30, 2010

School is Just Around the Corner...


And I am looking forward to a new group of students!!! This is such a fun time of year...a fresh, new start. Last year I scored an old metal desk on Craigslist for $25 and redid it in a fun zebra stripe/polka dot combo. I love it and my students all thought "it rocked"! lol!

This summer at one of the garage sales I went to, I saw two of these beauties...


I looked at them for a minute...walked around the sale and kept thinking I would probably be buying those two old student desks. When I walked back over to where they were sitting the lady having the sale said, "I will sale you both of those desk for 5 dollars."....what???$5 bucks for the pair...SOLD!!!!!

I brought them home and they sat in my {hubby's} garage until yesterday...since I report for inservice a week from Monday, I decided I better get these lil guys ready for their first day of fourth grade! I scrubbed them down with hot soapy water...lightly sanded them...and then completely had a ball painting them. I used Krylon's Blue Ocean Breeze to replicate that old, vintage school desk feeling. Then I decided that the seats and back slats needed to pop a little more, so I used my FREE Glidden paint sample in Candy Apple Red on one of the desks, and decided to spray paint the other in Krylon's Ivy Leaf green....I used this color on my desk last summer too! Then I chalkboarded the tops...they will be writing stations so how much fun will it be to write ON the desks and not get in trouble?!?!?! Then I decided the needed something else...so I added my two favorite words...grow and learn...still needed something else....

Then it hit me....NUMBERS!!!! 4 on the learn and 2 on the grow desk.... "2 grow you must learn 4 ever"....yea!!!! I am super excited with how they turned out!!!!!!!!















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24 comments:

Kenzie said...

OMG! First of all what an amazing find and deal! Second the colors are gorgeous, I love them!! The words and numbers are perfect! Your kids are going to love them!

Amanda said...

Too cute!

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! I'm following you now, too! It's nice to "meet" you! :)

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

So cute! I have a desk like that I need to redo for my son. You've given me some great inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

Alisa @ The Tidy Nest said...

I have a desk just like that sitting in my husband's shed that I need to redo! Thanks for the inspiration. They turned out super!

Daydream Believer said...

Super cute! :) 4th graders will LOVE that they can write on the desk - great idea!
{I found you @ Tatertots and Jello and I'm now following your blog!}

Cheryl said...

Great job. I have a desk like that that I picked up from Habitat for Humanity that I need to redo. What did you cover the wood with when you spray painted the metal?

Jenny said...

Those turned out so cute!

Mrs.B said...

Oh, I love this idea & the old desks.

Randi said...

I love what you did ... I'm thinking I need to redo my old desks. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jan said...

Your kiddos are going to LOVE these desks! I went back and saw the desk you painted last year...too bad it's too late for me to paint my file cabinets...I go back to work on Tuesday. (3rd grade!)

Sandi said...

love them. I bought one a year ago for $5. Will have to try painting it. But I love the idea of the chalkboard paint on the desk top. The grandkids will love it.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Sandi

Stephanie said...

This caught my eye on Tater tots and jello! My daughter brought home two of these for a school project, and now I am stuck with them. Love your idea, was actually thinking of using these outside and make into a planter of some kind.

Iheartnaptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

great transformation! it looks perfect! I'd love for you to link it at sundae scoop http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/

Heather said...

Oh I really need to find some old school desks now. These are to stinkin adorable!!! I featured them check it out and grab a button!
http://soverycreative.blogspot.com/2010/08/metal-desk-makeover.html

TheNormanFive said...

From one 4th grade teacher to the next, that will look so good in the classroom. I found a metal desk at a garage sale, but it wasn't in as good of shape as the ones you found. This gives me inspiration to do something with it.
Erin

Lisa said...

These are SO cute! What are you going to do with them?

Real Life Reslers said...

Those are so adorable! Your students are lucky!

Alison said...

WOW! It may be the teacher in me, but I am absolutely *loving* this!! Thanks so much for sharing your talent!

~Alison
http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/

Madigan at madiganmade said...

These are too cute. Love the colors and words on the back. I am hosting a link party on my blog this weekend about words/quotes (The Weekend Word Search). Please consider stopping by! Your project would be a great addition.

Ali@Honey and Maple Syrup said...

I love the colors!

Susan @ Entertain Exchange said...

I love old school desks - great project.

Susan,
http://entertainexchange.blogspot.com/
Party and Entertaining Inspiration

Mindy said...

wow, what cute little desks! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog this weekend! It's so fun to get to know new people and see everyone's great ideas!

♥Georgie♥ said...

LOVES it!!!!

Doreen said...

$5 for both? What a steal! It reminds me of the great IKEA commercial with the lady who got such a great deal, and yells at her husband to "start the car!" thinking the store clerk made a mistake! LOL Anyway, you made a beautiful transformation. What lucky students you have. My younger daughter (now 17) wants to be a 4th grade teacher!

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