“During one of my trash picking adventures last summer, I discovered this amazing vintage school desk sitting road side,” says Emily at Elizabeth Joan Designs. Seeing beyond the peeling paint job, she could see the potential in this desk and took it home.
Amy, one of the great minds behind From Gardners to Bergers, is smart to keep her eyes open. She recently spotted a curbside keeper and could see that “the slanted legs and the straight lines on this desk were begging to be modernized.” Its wish was her command!
Suzanne at The Painted Drawer offered to help her neighbor with this little desk and chair set. “They were both painted a bright blue for him when he was a little boy and now are going into his daughter’s room,” she says, explaining the reason for the makeover.
Kathy from The Salvaged Boutique had this secretary desk in her pile of “things to be refinished”. A small accent table in a pizza shop restroom with a diamond-patterned top caught her eye, so she snapped a photo and used it as inspiration for the secretary makeover.
This vintage desk over at The Salvaged Boutique was another garbage day find. “This time it was spotted by my teenager son,” says Karen proudly. (She’s obviously raising him the right way.)
Two sad school desks languished in a thrift store until they were spotted by Eva at Humblebee Home. When she first saw them, Eva says “they were scratched, stained, and icky grimy but they were also DARLING.” Clearly she saw their potential and gave them the royal treatment!
At Art is Beauty, Karin picked this desk up off the roadside over a year ago. She love the mid century modern style of the desk, but was super intimidated by the layers of oil paint, mold, and other gross stuff on the desk top.
When Caitlyn of Desert Domicile blogs, she sits at this desk–which happens to be World Market’s Josephine Desk given to her my her mother. She liked the desk, but admits to having a bit of a design crush on campaign desks. After searching her local Craigslist fruitlessly, one day Caitlyn noticed just how similar her own desk was to the campaign-style desks she admired.