Vintage Children's Desk Makeover

9 Materials
8 Hours

Adorable vintage children's desk madeover from boring and outdated to pretty in pink.

We found this gem scrolling through marketplace looking for a desk for my son's room. We thought this might work, but when we went to pick up realized it was a little bitty piece and my son probably would have a hard time using that chair some decided to buy it anyway and give it a fresh look perfect for a little girl's room. We started by disassembling the desk and chair, knowing it needed to be thoroughly cleaned and sanded since the finish was failing from years of use. After removing all the hardware we used a scotch brite pad with Krud Kutter to clean. After letting it dry completely we sanded it down using our favorite sander, the Surfprep. I've mentioned this sander so many times because it really makes the job so much easier, especially on curves.

We love a fresh clean start! You can see the difference here how much better it is looking already.

I knew I wanted to keep the three chair spindles in the middle natural wood color rather than paint, to give the piece a modern and fresh look.

Here is the Surfprep working its magic on the roll top slats. The curved pad keeps the profile safe and doesn't damage or strip the wood of its shape. After everything was sanded, BIN primer was applied to the parts that were going to be painted. We sprayed two coats of Country Chic Paint in a color called Peachy Keen, lightly sanding in between each coat and removing dust with a tack cloth

To seal, we sprayed two coats of their Tough Coat. After it was dry, we decided to do some decoupage and molding for the drawers.

We used mod podge for the floral paper, laying down one coat, placing the paper, letting it dry then placing another two coats over it to seal. We then used some rope molding cut with the miter saw to frame the drawers. Lastly, we used really cool bendable moldings from Woodubend to cover the joints where the moldings meet.

With Woodubend you use an air gun or hairdryer to heat up the molding, then wood glue to attach.

Here is a close up of the completed drawers.

Here it is freshly madeover. We are sure this will make a little girl very happy.

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  • Lucy Marie Bernier Lucy Marie Bernier on Jul 29, 2020

    Didn’t you say it was for your son ? Or did you change ur mind and now it’s a family piece ? A Nautical for a boy would have been nice. But I’m not judging it still a very nice quality for whatever gender.....👍👍👍👍

  • Rain Workman Rain Workman on Jul 29, 2020

    This is absolutely gorgeous desk! I love it !

  • Barb Barb on Aug 24, 2020

    I have this same desk that was mine when I was young. I'm afraid to paint or change it. Won't that take away from it's value?? I'm 71 yrs old, was given this desk when I was adopted at 2 1/2.


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  • Sharon Harrison Sharon Harrison on Jul 30, 2021

    A beautiful job! I don't see the chair legs that were left unpainted. My granddaughter would love this!

    • Amini Design Ashburn Amini Design Ashburn on Jul 30, 2021

      Thank you so much. The three spindles in the middle were sanded down and then sealed (no paint) and the outer spindles on each side were painted for some contrast.

  • Donna A. Donna A. on Jul 30, 2021

    WOW!! That is absolutely gorgeous!! Great job!