An elementary school in St. Louis was throwing out a few old desks. I took this one home and spruced it up for my daughter's room. She even got to help!
First, I scrubbed all of the rust off with a wire brush. Next, I wiped all of the dust off with a wet rag. I covered the wooden parts with plastic shopping bags and taped them in place with painter's tape (masking tape would work too). I painted the metal with rust-blocking spray paint, then waited for it to dry before removing the plastic bags.
Once that was done, I sanded the wooden parts with 120 grit sandpaper then wiped it down with a wet rag. I covered the metal parts with the plastic bags, taping them in place again, and painted the wood with a green spray paint. It only took a couple of hours and now she has an adorable place to do her homework!