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Vintage Comic Book School Desk

by Amy Bowerman

My husband found an ad on Craigslist for two vintage school desks under “free stuff”.  Since the owner of the desks was only a couple of towns away from us we couldn’t resist picking them up.  What a score!  Not only did they have a lift top and inkwell but an attached swivel chair as well.

I gave them both a fresh coat of Krylon spray paint and decided to go with a comic book theme for the first one.  After scouring Ebay and the local comic book store for cheap vintage comic books (let’s’ face it I was planning on cutting them up so I didn’t want any rare comics) I was able to get a fairly decent selection.  I don’t know much about comics other than a few of the more obvious heroes (Batman and Superman) but with the help of the comic book store owner I was able to make sure all the major players were represented.

After weeks of cutting, arranging, rearranging, and rearranging again I was finally satisfied with my design.  I decoupaged it with Mod Podge and layered it thoroughly with Krylon Acrylic sealer.  I love how it turned out!  It’s such a great conversation piece when we entertain.  I have big plans for the second desk so stay tuned for that.


DC/Marvel Comics

Super Hero Altered Art

This is the desk top.  I was inspired to create this because I imagined a comic book fan sitting at this desk and hiding a comic book inside of a text-book trying to drown out a droning algebra teacher.  I thought how cool would it be if the comic book could be displayed in plain sight?

DC/ Marvel comics

For more Super Heroes Look inside

I didn’t want to neglect the inside of the desk…plus I had a ton of cool comic clippings I simply could not fit on the top of the desk.  I thought it would be pretty cool to open it up in search of a pencil and find a fleet of super heroes inside.

Wonder Woman & Spider man desk chair

I see you when you’re sitting

The chair was my favorite part of the project.  The art on the seat was taken from the cover of an anniversary issue of a Spiderman comic which I outlined with classic comic phrases.  I have a thing with eyes and loved this clipping of Wonder Woman on the top of the chair.

Galacticus Chair Back

Evil doers in the back

I wanted to play off  a Good vs. Evil theme and with these clippings of Galactus my mission was accomplished!

DC/Marvel School Desk

The finished Product

So there you have it my homage to Comic Book Heroes (and a few villains as well).  This was a labor of love and I couldn’t be happier with the result.   This is by far my FAVORITE project of 2011!!  Have a favorite project that you would like to share?  Stop by the CSI project to link up your project and check out all the inspiring creations.
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Thanks for stopping by….have a “Super” day!!




{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 C shepherd February 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm

How can I purchase a super heroes childrens desk ? W attached seat and storage under desk top ?


2 Amy Bowerman February 23, 2013 at 7:44 am

@C sheperd I found that desk on craigslist and bought the comics off of ebay, then mod podged them to the desk. I would check flea markets and tag sales for old school desks…you never know what you may find! I have seen similar desks on ebay as well.



3 Anonymous February 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm

How can I purchase a super heroes childrens desk ? W attached seat and storage under desk top ?


4 Mod Podge Amy October 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm

This is such a cool project – great for that comic book lover in your life (my brother!)


5 Lynne Phelps August 30, 2011 at 1:03 am

Think of how many young kids were sneaking peaks at comic books while sitting in this very chair! It’s like you were channeling vintage naughty kids, LOL! the front of the chair is my fave and Wonder Woman ROCKS! We gotta stick together, there are way too many men throwing their weight around out there, lol!


6 Lisa Jane August 3, 2011 at 6:44 pm

oh what a fabulous project – love the comic book theme
Thanks for linking up to Make it Monday this week
Lisa x


7 Shirley-anne August 3, 2011 at 6:56 am

Huge fantastic project .Beautiful finished work of art . Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday


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