My daughter has been begging for a desk forever. We had a minimal budget and it was a small space so it took a while to find just the right thing at a thrift store.
There is no way this plain brown desk was going to work in Holden's sparkly and pink bedroom. We go to work making our own inexpensive chalk paint and I enlisted some help painting on one of our snow days! This recipe is so good that I shared it in This Old House magazine!
The key is using a good wax top coat to make the finish more durable.
The fact that she helped paint it has made her so proud and she really did an awesome job! I got to work rearranging and packaging up huge bags of giveaway items to make room for a little office in the corner of Holden's bedroom.
The desk was $8 and the chair was $4. STEAL! We just spray painted the old knobs bright metallic silver and they turned out so fun too!
The front of the desk was so plain, so I decided to make a scrap fabric banner following this tutorial. Then I found the light up heart string in the Target Dollar Spot too(Got lucky renovating at Valentine's Day!) and it was just perfect when I hung them together.
I added a bunch of other cheapie desk organizers and supplies to give Holden some storage for all of her goodies. I grabbed her fun cards, notebooks, files, and paper to get her started on all of her hard work.
She is just excited and really spending time at her desk reading, listening to music, and writing plays and music to share with her friends. It's adorable and while it is hard to watch her growing up, it warms my heart at the same time to see the little lady she is becoming.
Now my son is begging for a desk after this turned out so cute! His room is tiny and we are going to have to get very creative to figure out how to fit one in, but I can only listen to his pleas for so long so I need to make it happen!