The Coolest Vintage Find Ever!

Well I know that post title is a teensy bit ambitious, but it’s true!! You guys, I recently came across the coolest vintage vintage find ever and I am so excited to share it with you today. I actually found this last week while I was browsing through one of my favorite thrift shops (I’ll be taking you all along there in a video very soon soon) and I stopped dead in my tracks when I spotted it! It’s an antique child’s desk from 1910, fully equipped with a working scroll and all. EEEEEEK! I ended up hanging it on the wall in my dining room and I’m in looooooove.

The Coolest Vintage Find Ever! Farmhouse style dining room decor with a vintage child's desk. The Coolest Vintage Find Ever! Farmhouse style dining room decor with a vintage child's desk. The Coolest Vintage Find Ever! Farmhouse style dining room decor with a vintage child's desk.

Seriously, isn’t that the coolest thing ever??! The scroll is still functioning and it’s actually full of things like the alphabet, pictures of flowers,, drawings, maps, etc. I photographed a few so you could see how cool it is!

The Coolest Vintage Find Ever! Farmhouse style dining room decor with a vintage child's desk. The Coolest Vintage Find Ever! Farmhouse style dining room decor with a vintage child's desk. The Coolest Vintage Find Ever! Farmhouse style dining room decor with a vintage child's desk.

Believe it or not, I got this for a bargain price of $85, which I thought was pretty darn good for such a rare piece. (I found this similar one on Etsy.) And when I bought it there was already a little wire on the back, which made it really easy to hang up on the wall. And on the back side of the desk is a beautiful, faded map of the United States. I tell ya, my vintage loving heart is so smitten with this piece.

The Coolest Vintage Find Ever! Farmhouse style dining room decor with a vintage child's desk.

I styled this antique desk up with a few old books and flash cards, but I have no plans of painting it or really doing anything to it at all. I think it’s perfect just like it is now, don’t you? I love when I can repurpose really unique finds like this and it’s fun to think about all the places this little desk has been over the past one hundred years. It’s definitely a cool piece of history!

Thanks so much for dropping by today. Here are a few more vintage inspired posts you might want to wander over to:

Restoring an Antique Church Pew

15 Awesome Vintage Finds from Etsy

Vintage Inspired Botanical Prints

Welcome!! I’m Sarah-- mama to three kiddos + wife to my high school sweetheart. I'm usually over-caffeinated, browsing Amazon + running on lots of grace. Grab a snack + get comfy!

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44 Comments

  1. 1.7.19
    Tammy said:

    I would love to go with you to your favorite thrift shop. You always find the neatest things. Looks so cute on the wall.

  2. 1.7.19
    Susan said:

    I love it! I’ve never seen this desk before. Now I am going to be looking for one. Thank you so much

  3. 1.7.19
    Melissa Filson said:

    What an awesome find Sarah! It looks like its in really great condition and is super cute hanging on your wall!! Love it!

  4. 1.7.19
    Tammy Ganci said:

    Love the desk!!!! I guess I am partial to it because I work in an elementary school!!! I love the scroll with the alphabet, would look good in your sons room I am guessing.

    Enjoy it and imagine all the little children that sat at that desk 100 years ago. Little house on the prairie I can imagine. Such joy.

    Love your blog friend,
    Tammy

  5. 1.7.19
    judy said:

    that is really co

    ol. I have never seen anything like that. awesome find..

  6. 1.7.19
    Gayle said:

    Love love love!! Now that seriously IS the coolest thing ever!! All those super
    cool pictures! What an amazing find, lucky girl 😆

  7. 1.7.19
    Shirley said:

    A super find indeed! And she’s a beauty too. Such great shape for something that old…wow you lucked out on that one!

  8. 1.7.19
    Julie said:

    What an amazing piece! I especially love the scroll art. So pretty!

  9. 1.7.19
    Jeannie S said:

    Love it, especially all the pictures in it! So much better than an iPad!

  10. 1.7.19
    Fran said:

    Oh Sara you did great, that has to be the neatest find, when I went Saturday the only thing I could find was 3 scary clown masks! And yes I had nightmares all night thinking about them! I think my antique store got picked over before Christmas 😔 but I love yours 👍🏼😊

  11. 1.7.19
    Michele D. Yates said:

    An absolutely precious find!

  12. 1.7.19
    sandra steele said:

    LOVE IT!!

  13. 1.7.19
    Melissa G Teichroeb said:

    Wow! What a find ! It is beautiful!!!!

  14. 1.7.19

    Sarah!! OMGOSH!! You weren’t kidding! This is the COOLEST find ever!!!

  15. 1.7.19
    Micheala said:

    This is such an amazing find! I think the scroll is the best part!

  16. 1.7.19
    Michelle said:

    Very cool! I have an old easel with a chalkboard and scroll that looks very similar. I think I’m going try something very similar to this! Thank you.

  17. 1.7.19
    Peggy Wilson said:

    Oh Sarah. I’m 62 and grew up with parents going from yard sale or flea market to another then continuing my self I thought AIA had seen everything. Wrong. What you have is beautiful and unusual. Congratulations.

  18. 1.7.19
    Deedra said:

    There are no words…… That is a perfect one of a kind piece!

  19. 1.7.19
    Suzanne said:

    What an amazing find!!!! Absolutely love it…and that PRICE!!!! What?!? Well Done Sarah….Well Done!!!!

  20. 1.7.19
    Laura Harrie said:

    Oh Sarah, such a treasure, so unique and it looks great where you placed it.

  21. 1.7.19
    Nancy said:

    What an amazing find! I taught school and I have 5 school desks in my home. They are all antiques of different years and make great desks, end tables and night stands but I have never seen anything like this. Does it stand or is it meant just for a wall. Would love to go antiquing with you.

    • 1.7.19
      Tammy Ganci said:

      Hi Nancy
      I too work in a school but now all the desks are made of plastic to look like wood. What a lost treasure those old wooden desks are!!!

      Tammy

  22. 1.7.19
    Debbie said:

    That is the coolest vintage find ever. I have never seen anything like it before. It looks like it is in good condition. Lucky you. I love it. ❤️❤️

  23. 1.7.19
    Beth Cornelius said:

    Hi Sara:

    I really enjoy reading your blog! Especially the DIY projects. Sometime, could you do a tutorial video on how to do the crackle paint? I’m trying to a project now and mine just doesn’t look as great as yours.

    Thanks!

    • 1.7.19
      Tammy Ganci said:

      Hi Beth

      She did, just look back at her prev. post. It was awhile ago but she did it.

      Tammy

  24. 1.7.19
    Diane Lane-Cormier said:

    Love, Love, Love this piece! What a GREAT find!

  25. 1.7.19
    Donna Malone said:

    I’ve never seen a desk like this. I love it. I have a student desk from 1945 that I use as a night stand. Now I need one of these.
    Thank you, always, for sharing. You inspire me.

  26. 1.7.19
    Leandra said:

    Sarah, I love IT!!! And I think that is a steal!

  27. 1.7.19

    That is seriously SO adorable!!! I love all the different pictures you can scroll to enjoy!

  28. 1.7.19
    Candy said:

    Hi Sarah
    What a fantastic find. I just love it. You know how to display it perfectly too.
    I noticed your white corner cabinet again, could I please ask what paint did you use. I would love to paint mine and I am hesitant.

  29. 1.7.19
    Marion said:

    What a great find. Enjoy the desk.
    Joan,Marilyn and Marion

  30. 1.7.19
    Debbie said:

    Hi Sarah- so excited for you to find this. I have one like it and when I found it last Spring, I loved it! Funny, I envisioned it hanging on a wall but on the map side. Love what you saw/did with it!

  31. 1.7.19
    Shannon Meyer said:

    I have never seen anything like that! It is awesome!

  32. 1.7.19
    Sherry said:

    That really is an awesome find. I’m so glad you shared it. I have never seen or heard of a desk like this. My husband and I love to go antiquing. It brings a smile to my face to see things we had in our homes as kids. If only these finds could talk and tell us their story. Beautiful piece Sarah and I love it just the way it is.

  33. 1.7.19
    Sandy Jackson said:

    LOVE IT!

  34. 1.7.19
    Sherri said:

    That’s absolutely the coolest thing ever Sarah! I have never seen one of those before & I think I might just be a teeny tiny bit jealous…Lol…Not really, but I am so happy for you & I do really love it! Great find!

  35. 1.8.19
    Marianne said:

    Sarah, Thank you so much for sharing this desk, I love it! In fact I liked it so much, I started looking on Ebay and Etsy for one,I found one to bid on that actually is a Chautauqua Industrial Art Desk, It has special meaning to me because I was an Art Teacher, and my husband asked me to Marry Him right after a trip to Chautauqua Lake! No one bid against me, so I got it for a really good price, I can’t wait to get it, just have to prepare a place for it to hang!

  36. 1.12.19
    Sia said:

    Hi Love you’re antique desk. I went on eBay and purchased one for myself. Can’t wait to get it. Like everyone posted I had never seen one before Thanks

  37. 1.12.19

    WOW…what a unique idea. Your decorating style is absolutely stunning! Love ALL your ideas. Thanks for sharing.
    Sue Patterson

  38. 1.12.19
    Doris Raab said:

    That is Soooo cool! I’ve never seen anything like that. What a find! It’s just amazing

  39. 1.13.19
    Laura said:

    I’m totally in love with the vintage desk!!! And the way you are using it…wow, I love that even more!!! That is the BEST vintage find EVER!!!!!

  40. 1.13.19
    Gaby said:

    Love the desk. I get super excited too when I find rare pieces at the thrift store. Its beautiful. Something you can pass on for decades.

  41. 2.2.19
    Esther Ritsema said:

    Love your site. Had bought milk paint thinking it was caulk paint and loved your explanation on the difference.

  42. 1.16.21
    Gwen said:

    I have a desk like what you have hanging on the wall. The scroll and chalkboard are attached to the base. The chalkboard is the top of the desk.