I mentioned this old school desk a long time ago. It was bought from a second-hand shop and is over fifty years old. It was proper school-issue, though had been decommissioned by the time I went to school! It’s very strong. The tubular metal is really tough. The wood looks like pine but isn’t. Pine is a softwood and this is hard. I had the surface varnish/polish taken off (after giving it a go myself but it was too much like hard work and I gave up).
I stencilled some flowers (public domain design) and leaves (courtesy Shoshi http://shoshiplatypus.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/shebas-first-stencil.html http://shoshiplatypus.blogspot.ie/) using acrylics but think they went on too thick so will give them a bit of a sanding down to subdue them a bit.
The tubular frame has been sprayed with white gloss but am going to go over with a second coat, using a paintbrush this time) over the weekend. It’s deeper than it looks and holds a lot but am disappointed that I can’t get all my paint and sketching books in with my watercolour crayons and other drawing things. But then again, I have LOTS of art books!!
At the moment , it’s sitting in a corner of the kitchen and will stay there until it’s finished (this weekend, hopefully). A few more stencils, a coat of clear varnish, etc. Then it will move to my ‘office’ so I can take a break from the stuff I do and let right brain have some play time.
I like how practical it is. The bench seat is an integral part of the design and folds up. I would like to find an inkwell for it next, just to complete it.
Sorry the photos are very poor. Light is dim, it’s raining and very overcast and have to get a move on to finish some stuff before 5.00 so all done in a hurry!
Thank Crunchie it’s Friday!