My girls have long outgrown their little table and chairs, on which they scribbled their toddler artwork, and did their first homework in Kindergarten. Since then, they’ve been working at the dining table or sitting on the couch with a clipboard on each of their laps. We knew they needed some more structure than this, so we looked around for desks. We soon decided to make desks for them, my husband doing the woodwork, and me doing the painting. Presenting, our girls desks!
Painted Girls Desks
My husband built the desk based on a few Parson’s desk plans he found online (links coming soon). I don’t know why the top is a different color in this picture…it’s the same as the sides and legs.
I painted both desks all over with three coats of chalk-based paint in the color of my girls’ choosing (one light blue, one light purple). Then, I set out to paint the gold trim around the top by taping off about a 1.5 inch border around the edges. Then, like I did when I painted my striped bench, I painted the same color over the tape edge to seal it to lessen any bleeding by the gold color paint.
To paint the drawers, you can do the same with painter’s tape, but since it’s a small area, I cut a vinyl rectangle with my Cricut Explore and centered it in the middle.
The inspiration for the gold trim was from these two cute cat knobs! I know these aren’t ideal for kids as the tail is quite delicate, but they were too cute to pass up. The girls have promised to be careful (and I promise not to freak out if they end up broken!).
I applied two coats of CeCe Caldwell’s Endurance Finish over the desks. When we first moved into our home, we put up floating shelves in the playroom, and I painted them with chalked based paint and Endurance finish and after a year and a half of the girls pulling books and games off the shelves, the paint still looks great. So I thought the Endurance finish would work well with their desks, which will also need to be durable. After allowing the finish to cure for several days, we added the knobs. All done!
I’ll have better pictures of the girls desks in their room soon. I’ll be painting the walls and hanging up some shelves above the desks. The walls are currently a this-used-to-be-a-rental semi-gloss yellowy beige that look horrible in pictures!
The girls love their desks. They are girly but will transition from little girl to tween to teen. Sherry approves of their desks as well!