When I found this vintage military desk, I was so excited about it…I knew it would be awesome.

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I didn’t know I would fully embrace the old worn patina, but I loved it so much I just couldn’t totally cover it with paint.

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I kept the desk in the garage for a while, not having a specific plan for it.

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As we space planned for Grayson’s room, I knew he was going to have room for a new work space–and this desk seems perfect.

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I knew I wanted a striped top, and knew that red would look perfect against the warm wood.  Red and warm wood (random) stripes it was.

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The stripes and one drawer stripe were painted with Emperor’s Silk chalk paint, and the sides and drawer fronts were painted with French Linen.

I distressed it with a fine sanding block, and waxed it with clear and dark wax.

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The desk also has this great pull out tray–I love knowing little crayon-gripping hands are going to color all over it.

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Nothing goes with warm, old wood like Crayola.

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