A year or so ago I became very interested in restoring old vintage items, like tools and furniture, and incorporating salvaged items into some of my custom woodworking projects. The latest project I completed was an All Steel Equipment tanker desk that I purchased at an online auction back in February.

How To Restore a Tanker Desk

A year or so ago I became very interested in restoring old vintage items, like tools and furniture, and incorporating salvaged items into some of my custom woodworking projects. The latest project I completed was an All Steel Equipment tanker desk that I purchased at an online auction back in February.

DIY Tanker Desk refinished top

This desk was so disgusting... the rubber top was so damaged (full of deep cuts, grease & grime, gum...). Here's what I did to refinish the top:

1) I peeled the old rubber off

2) Coated the bare metal with Rustoleum primer (2 coats, just to be safe)

3) 2 coats of light turquoise latex paint

4) After it dried, I poured a bartop epoxy over the whole thing!

I now have a usable, shiny new desk top - in the color of my choice! :)

DIY Tanker Desk refinished top This desk was so disgusting. the rubber top…

The Tanker Desk — An American Modern Classic. So sturdy.

The Tanker Desk — An American Modern Classic

tanker desk | 1950s Classic Double Bank Steel Tanker Desk | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

tanker desk | 1950s Classic Double Bank Steel Tanker Desk | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Save this home decor DIY upgrade to revamp a desk for your home office bought from Craigslist.

Updating A Craigslist Desk For Our Office

Finished Executive Tanker Desk in gunmetal grey with blue highlighted drawers

Some photos and description of a few vintage executive tanker desks I've refinished and refurbished.

Vintage Tanker Desk Steelcase Mid-Century.  Mine is a sage green with swirled green/white Formica top. Has a few dings and scratches, but I REFUSE to get rid of it! Thinking of repainting it...before it goes in the new house!

Mine is a sage green with swirled green/white Formica top. Has a few dings and scratches, but I REFUSE to get rid of it! Thinking of repainting it.

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