Never Fear Stripes Desk

by Amanda
4 Materials
10 Hours

My daughter needed a desk for her room as she is now school aged. She requested black and white stripes... my DIY mind cringed at first and then got a little excited as I researched some inspiration photos. Together with my 5 year old's design ideas and my skill with painting wood we made it happen.

Find the bones. I found this solid little vanity on the side of the road... luck I know, but you can find stuff like this for under $20 pretty easy. This photo is taken after a good sanding starting at 100 working up to 220 and then a good scrub.

Priming is so important on this project. I needed the white stripes to be vibrant and this old wood holds on to a lot of stuff that likes to pop through especially through white. Do not hesitate to opt for the slightly more expensive primer if you plan to paint a lighter color

Stay with me... Stripes are tough to coordinate and not look too crazy... So me and my daughter drew up a draft first! I just used the "markup" function on my iPhone's photo viewer... this is our plan!

After taping off my black areas I went at it with white paint. I let it dry overnight and taped again to paint the black! Harware is original and just got a spritz of gold.

I'm in love with the whole thing. It suites my child perfectly and she's proud of her design with is the best result.

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  • Kimberly Kimberly on Mar 14, 2024

    Wow, turned out beautifully! Great job, very professionally done!

  • Katen Katen on Mar 15, 2024

    looks like you didn’t have much to work with but turned out nice. I could see this vanity in a teen/young adult girls room. I had one until I got married (22). loved it. You can take time perfecting perfect look without hogging bathroom (mom liked it too for that reason)