The Craft Patch: Vintage Tanker Desk Makeover

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Vintage Tanker Desk Makeover

I've been on the hunt for a desk for my craft room. I found a vintage tanker desk for $30 at a local thrift store and decided to bring it home with me.

It was big and sturdy with very functional drawers, including a filing drawer that I'm going to use to sort my paper scraps. But it screamed government office. So I gave it a makeover. I'm going to write up a separate blog post entitled "How Not To Spray Paint" because wow. I screwed up royally on this desk... not once, but TWICE! Sigh.

I used Rustoleum American Accents 2x Ultra Cover spray paint (affiliate link). It's got a great gold color and is super shiny.

Would I recommend painting a giant metal desk with metallic gold spray paint? No. It's a huge pain to get even coverage because of the shiny flakes in the paint. And it shows fingerprints like nobody's business.


I do love how my desk turned out!

It's now a golden gem in my craft room! I decided to leave the original faux wood laminate top because I just didn't think anything else I did would hold up to as much wear and tear as this desk is going to get.

I also painted a vintage metal chair to match. It was a hand-me-down that my mom bought at a yard sale. $8 I think? I loved the chair so much as it was that I was hesitant to paint it. Guess what? I love it even more now that it's gold!

The cow print pillow... in love! Okay, confession. I haven't actually sewn it yet. It's just wrapped around the pillow form for pics. BUT I do love it and once I get my sewing stuff all set up, I'm totally making it official with this cutie pie.

And here are some of the decorative goodies. The stag print is a piece of scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby. It was $1 and gold. No brainer! I shared a tutorial on how to make the geometric storage dishes a few days ago. So easy and the shape is so chic.

The craft room is coming along! Yay, yay, double yay!

And here's the before/after shot:

TDC Before and After

1 comment:

  1. that looks great! I'm going to check out the geo shapes right now


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