Today I’m sharing a thrift store makeover that’s NOT a jewelry cabinet! But I’m not sure exactly what it is. I thought maybe it was a vintage writing desk. But it’s not big enough for a sheet of paper and there’s no groove to hold a pencil. I asked on Facebook and lap desk or stationary box were the two most popular suggestions. Leave a comment and let me know if you have an idea.
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Supplies for Vintage Writing Desk or Stationary Box
- wood box
- Paint & Paddles paint, canvas
- Paint & Paddles paint, oyster
- Americana stencil, Royal Tiles
- foam brush
- decoupage medium
- Americana Decor varnish
I bought this wood box in an antique shop in Santa Rosa a few years ago while Bikeman was out riding. It was one of our thrifting / cycling days. We drove up for a day trip, I hit several thrift stores and antique shops while he rode, and we came back with a FULL car! As you can see by the price tag I only paid $5.00 for it!
I pulled out a couple of colors of the Paint & Paddles chalk type paint that I traded for at Junk Bonanza, San Diego. First I gave it two coats of Canvas.
Here’s one of my painting tricks: I prop the lid open with a paint can until it’s completely dry. If you let the lid shut while it’s even just a little bit damp it will stick and the paint will peel off when you open it.
I lightly stenciled the top and distressed it a bit with sandpaper before adding one coat of varnish.
The next day I came back and covered the inside with felt.
And here’s the finished writing desk. I thought it would be a great place to keep pens, pencils, and other writing or art supplies. I shared it on Facebook and several people thought it would make a good charging station or laptop computer desk. One of my friends said she thought it was a writing desk even though it was smaller. Paper would have been more scarce and smaller in the past. What would you use it for?
Writing Desk Makeover Stats: Bought at a Santa Rosa antique shop for $5.00. For sale at Paris Flea Market… will update when it sells.
Thanks for reading! And let me know if you have an idea of what this might be…. vintage writing desk, lap desk, stationary box, vintage laptop desk…?
‘Til the next project,