Antique School Desk Makeover in CeCe Caldwell Carolina Sun Yellow

February 15, 2013

My friendly new neighbor saw me out working and gave me this old, beat up antique school desk she found for free but didn’t have room for.


The person who had it before her apparently gave up on trying to get this nasty top off and I can see why!  I took me forever to chip the rest of the top off and sand the top down.

I almost gave up on this one myself!


In the end, I used two coats of CeCe Caldwell Carolina Sun Yellow on the bottom and a coat of Virginia Chestnut on the top.


I used clear wax on the whole thing and then used a very heavy amount of dark aging wax to break up the yellow and give an antiqued look.  The desk had a partial hole drilled and I drilled all the way through and used a leftover antique knob I had laying around that I think goes well with this antique school desk.cece-caldwell-antique-desk-carolina-sun-yellow-dark-aging-wax-close

The desk opens up and I painted the inside Carolina Sun Yellow as well.


This will make a great addition to a child’s room, playroom or even as a statement piece in a living room.

Interested in buying this antique school desk?  Contact me at  See my other custom furniture refinishing projects here.  Looking for furniture in Oahu?  See my currently for sale page. Thank you!

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