We where looking for a way to set up a home office with lots of table work space, storage, and a vintage vibe and found these old Steelcase desks on Craigslist for under $100. They had been in storage after their time at an insurance agency had long since passed, we even found old office phone directories inside the drawers.
By far the hardest part of this project was moving them, they are often called tanker desks, and for good reason! Because they had been in storage they needed a good scrubbing to get them clean and ready to be painted. We taped off the desktops which where in good shape, primed them, then spray painted them orange with white accent drawers, then put a clear coat over to protect them from chips. We also cleaned up the chrome edges. We are proud of how they have come out and they serve their purpose perfectly for us. We’ve have seen desk sets like this on sites like apartment therapy for thousands of dollars, we feel like we made out pretty well with just some hard work, heavy lifting, and some spray paint.