Saturday, September 17, 2011

Desk and Chair Beautified

A while back my nine year old daughter asked me if she could have a desk in her room. Being that we homeschool and she is now at the point of working more independently, I said, "absolutely!" I knew the trick was going to be, finding a desk that was small enough for her room.
When I came across this desk on craigslist  I knew it was the perfect size! My darling husband set out to pick it up for me. Based on the color of the desk I knew I would be refinishing it. Based on the Craiglist add it was supposed to be wood. Well it was laminate. Oh well because it truly is the PERFECT size!
Now I had a new adventure ahead of me... painting laminate! Here is what I learned... even though the primer (Zinsser water based) said no need to sand... I sanded! What I would have done differently... paint a second or thicker coat of the primer before beginning to paint!
The chair is solid wood but did have some scratches. I sanded it a bit, painted it with primer and transformed it into pink perfection!
The desk was missing a drawer handle, but that was fine by me, since I was going to replace them anyway. Here is what I replaced them with.
 Sweet, glass flower knobs! I wanted the knobs to really be the personality of the desk. Especially since I chose to paint it a creamy white (Winter White by Olympic). Having the three different colors really adds personality, don't you think? Not so matchy, matchy.

Next to my daughter's bed is this custom made castle piece. It was left by it's creator in a natural wood finish. I decided to give it a more finished look and painted it the color I used on the chair.
 I now have a very overjoyed nine year old with a darling little desk and perfectly pink chair!
On to the next project... a chair cushion for her chair! The fabric I found is just adorable! Can't wait for you to see it!

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  1. I love your little girl's room! The colors and redone furniture are super cute :) New follower here from Found your link through Show & Tell Saturday. Have a great weekend!

  2. Oh my goodness!!!! I WANT HER ROOM!!! wow!!! You did an amazing job with the painting of the furniture!! Who knew you could paint laminate??? You teach me new things every day!! Her room is just so perfectly perfect. I love love love her dollhouse and am now wishing that Santa would have brought THAT one and not the one he did!! Ugggggg!!!! I am guessing u made the adorable frame too?? I need you to teach me everything you know!!! LOL...guess I will be hanging out in your blog till I can get out to your house!!! love you!! xxxxx

  3. It looks so darling, Carrie! I have painted several laminate pieces and they are holding up well. I always thought you couldn't but you can! Just prime and it's good to go!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  4. The desk turned out just perfect! I adore the glass flower knobs. Great Job!! I found you thru Think Pink Sunday... You have a new follower :) AJ


  5. I really love the castle piece! Looks amazing! (both pieces)

    Stephanie @

  6. These are great! I love how they look like they came together now! Awesome job!

  7. How sweet! Everything looks fabulous!