May 23, 2011

Little Girl's Dream Desk

I could have titled this post " How to make a desk that will make your 8 year old daughter squeal with glee and promise that she will love you forever and will try her very hardest to not misbehave as a way to say thank you!" (but I thought that might be a little too long! )

Seriously, my oldest LOVES her new desk.  She'd been doing her homework at the dining room table, but has really been wanting her own desk and spot to work in peace.  

It really wasn't hard to do at all and I now want to give everything a fresh coat of spray paint!

How to impress your daughter in 7 easy steps!

1.  Pick up an old desk at a yard sale or thrift shop.  I scored mine at Goodwill for $25!

The desk (I'd already started sanding the middle drawer)

2.  Remove the hardware, wipe down the desk and lightly sand it ( I just sanded the drawer fronts and desk top because I was so excited to get started).

3.  Lay a drop cloth or newspapers around the whole area where you'll be painting.  I did it outside on a slightly windy day and was amazed out how far the paint mist traveled.  (We now have a slightly pink deck!)

3.  Take out the drawers and spray the fronts with two light coats of primer.  Then spray the rest of the desk with two coats of primer too.

The practical me would have kept it crisp white.

4.   Go against your practical side and simple decorating tastes and start spray painting the desk in the hot pink that your daughter requested.  ( I used Rustoleum in Berry Pink ).  Spray several light coats of hot pink paint on the drawer fronts and desk.  Admit to yourself that the color really does look pretty!

5.   Take your daughter to the cabinet hardware aisle in Home Depot and let her choose out new drawer knobs and handles.  Realize that even though the new hardware costs almost half as much as the desk, a hot pink desk really wouldn't be complete without "beautiful, sparkly, crystal-jeweled knobs"

The beautiful, sparkly, crystal-jeweled knobs

All the new hardware

7.  Allow the finished desk to dry completely, then move it into its new spot.

8.  Add a little spray paint and scrapbook paper to an old corkboard, cover a tin can with a bit more of the scrapbook paper, gather up a couple prized possessions and photographs and the new homework area is complete!!

Mommy admits it was a great color choice and looks really pretty!


  1. I love that you painted it pink! Thanks for the step by step tutorial. I am hoping to tackle a furniture re-painting project one of these days!

  2. Great job! That is one of my favorite colors! I re-did a vintage kitchen cart in that color.

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  3. This is adorable!! I don't have a daughter, but I totally want to paint something pink now. hmm. what could I do...
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Beautiful!! I love it! I love that bright pink, what a cheery addition to her room!!

  5. BEAUTIFUL! I bet she loved it! I did one just like that for my 13 year old in white on bottom with a black top, SO cute! I love repurposing furniture :)

  6. Awesome work. The color selection is wonderful.

  7. Oh that is just tooo stinkin' cute! Lovin' the pink!

  8. Laura, your project turned out so great. What a fun color choice. Thank you so much for using Rust-Oleum!

  9. Saw this at Sugar Bee - absolutely delightful! I think homework would be much more fun with a pretty desk like this :)

  10. So cute. It would totally match the makeup table that I made for my daughter.

  11. Oh how I love her desk! I've actually picked up that same spray paint then put it back on the shelf several times. I just wasn't sure how it would look. Now I know - it is gorgeous and fun and cheerful! Can't wait to get some.
    What a wonderful job - I know your daughter is very proud of her desk!

  12. what a fun blog and darling desk! I'm a huge fan and now a follower!


  13. This looks like a big girls dream desk for me too! haha, love it! :)

    I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday!

  14. Oh I LOVE this!! I just painted a ladder that color for my girl's room! I am a new follower from the hop! :)

  15. Oh man, this desk is awesome! What I would have done to have such a bold but girly desk in my bedroom as a kid.

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  16. So cute! Love the pink!


  17. This is so pretty! Please stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

  18. that turned out so cute! your daughter has a great eye! the pink has so much more flair and character! stop by and say hi sometime.
    andiejaye @

  19. Very pretty! What girly girl wouldn't want a bright pink desk? : )

  20. OH MY GOSH!!! I LOOOOVE it so much! It turned out FABULOUS! This totally makes my day...WOW! Thank you SOOO much for telling me about this! *INTERNET HIGH FIVE!!!* You ROCK, Laura!

  21. LOVE THIS!!! Stopping by from Free For All Fridays! I'd love if you'd share this with our readers at Fancy This Fridays if you get a chance!

  22. My 7 yr old would squeal for this desk too. She is dying for a desk in her room but for now we're keeping the felt pens off the cream carpeted areas. I'm way too practical for her liking!

  23. I have been looking for a desk just like this to "shabby up" for my daughter. Super cute!

  24. Thank you so much for linking up to our What I Made Wednesday Linky Party! We loved your desk so much that we are featuring you today, as well as starting a new party!

    Hop on over & grab a button, as well as join in on the new party!

    Alisa @ Sweet Peas and Bumblebees

  25. What a beauty! I want this desk as an adult! haha. But as a child, that would've been my dream desk too. How special for her to have such a pretty place to do her homework.

    I will pin and stumble this one to share with others.

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