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Vintage School Desk

I was taking a stroll with my family and noticed an old school desk sitting nicely at the curb. Wow! I thought. I can probably put it up for sale and get some cash for it. I ran back home to get my van so I can lug it back home.

When I brought home the school desk my girls immediately fell in love with it and asked me a bunch of questions. They wanted to know how old the desk was and if I used such a desk when I went to school. They told me not to sell it but to restore it to its former glory. They even promised that they would do their homework on it every day.

We decided to make a family project out of the desk. We went shopping for supplies at LOWES and got to work sanding, cutting, priming and painting. We replaced some of the wood and repainted the surface. The finished project came out amazing! Everyone loved it. Below are the pictures in its stages:

Stage # 1

Since the wood was split and weathered, it needed to be glued and clamped.The seat had a lot of splinters and loose wood that we removed. Wood filler was applied to all the cracks. When it was dry, the wood was sanded to a smooth finish.

School Desk Collage 1

Stage # 2

Since the desktop was decayed and beyond repair, we had to fabricate one out of solid pine. It was cut, sanded, primed, and painted. I removed the desk pole/bracket from the old desktop and primed and painted it a metallic silver by RUST-OLEUM. The desktop itself was primed with a RUST-OLEUM primer and painted a gloss purple with Painters Touch RUST-OLEUM paint. My daughters decided on the color purple since it matched her bedroom decor.

School Desk Collage 2

Stage # 3

The rust was sanded off and the chair was primed with RUST-OLEUM primer. The wood portion of the chair was covered and taped so that I can paint the metal part.Once the paint was dry I used # 7  polishing compound to have that extra gloss. I then did the reverse, covering the metal and painting the wood purple.

School Desk Collage 3

Here are the pictures of the before and after. My children loved it. Let’s hope they make good on their promise and do their homework diligently like they promised!

School Desk Collage 4

 

 

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As summer is winding down we try to get in as much as we can of what’s left of the summer. There’s bountiful fruit still to pick, beaches to soak up the sun, family trips, and long days we can fill with endless fun.

tavern checks fitted round tablecloth

However our minds tend to wander to all we need to do in the coming days, weeks, and months. School is starting and we want our children to be well equipped. Teachers are covering tables with fitted vinyl tablecloths so the tables don’t get full of markers and glue. It also gives a classroom a fun and cheerful atmosphere for there are an assortment of bright colors that can perk up the room. We found some really clever ideas for teachers to organize their classrooms, it can also be used for parents at home as well.

happy back to school

Schools and Colleges are assessing if their lunchrooms tables need new table cloths for the coming year.

People like to be prepared for the Holidays and are choosing appropriate table linens for Halloween and for Christmas as well. Let us know how you’re spending the remaining summer days and good luck preparing for the days ahead!

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school cafeteriaSummer is winding down. While we are still basking in the sunshine, and frolicking in the sand, many principles, teachers and staff are feverishly preparing for back to school. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes and the staff must do their utmost to ensure that the transition back to school is as smooth as possible.

Schools have a lunchroom or cafeteria where school lunch is offered. Have you ever wondered why schools offer a school lunch program or when and why the school lunch program was created? President Harry S. Truman began the national school lunch program in 1946 after reading a study that revealed many young men had been rejected from the World War II draft due to medical conditions caused by childhood malnutrition. Since that time more than 180 million lunches have been served to American children who attend either a public school or a non-profit private school.

school lunch

In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson extended the program by offering breakfast to school children. It began as a two years pilot program for children in rural areas and those living in poorer neighborhoods. It was believed that these children would have to skip breakfast in order to catch the bus for the long ride to school. There were also concerns that the poorer families could not always afford to feed their children breakfast. Johnson believed, like many of us today, that children would do better in school if they had a good breakfast to start their day. The pilot was such a success that it was decided the program should continue. By 1975, breakfast was being offered to all children in public or non-profit private school. This change was made because educators felt that more children were skipping breakfast due to both parent being in the workforce.

Lunchrooms and cafeterias need tablecloths that can wipe up spills easily. They need to withstand the daily use. Vinyl tablecloths are reusable and long lasting. They make a great choice for schools and cafeterias.

Lunch-Room

Since breakfast and lunch are so important, schools are trying hard to make a nutritious as well as tasty school lunch menu that appeal to children. This way they can concentrate, do well in school, and become our future leaders.

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