In my previous post about the dresser makeover I mentioned to you, that I bought the whole set for my younger daughter’s room. So I finally finished it and I am ready ( and very excited!!!) to share my children’s desk and side table makeover with you.
I found this set online. It was a desk and 2 site tables. I paid $100 for 3 pieces. After some measuring I figured out that I would use only 2 pieces and I will see what I can do with the second site table after.
That is how they looked like before ( this are the actual pictures from the advertising):
When I brought them home I realized that they were green…not yellow wood tone.
The set was in a pretty bad shape and the drawers were ink damaged.
As you can see from the picture I already tried to get rid of the ink…..Oh….ink is sooo stubborn! At one point I thought it was useless…. I washed it, I painted it with primer, then sprayed it with stronger primer, covered it with polycrilic, primer….paint….sooo many layers….and the ink was still bleeding through.
I was ready to give up this ink battle. Then I took a rest….had some aromatic coffee, cooled down and started over again 🙂 So what I did….I covered all the ink with a glue. About 2 layers in total. Aaaand……TA-DA!!!! The glue helped! 🙂
As always I started by washing the whole table and side table. Took off the handles from the drawers and patched up the wholes from the handles.
Sanded the it all. Then primed it.
As with the dresser, I wanted to make a slightly distressed look showing some pink through. So I painted some furniture parts in pink.
For this project I decided to try the chalk paint. I bought Annie Sloan. It was my first chalk paint experience ever! 🙂
After the pink dried up…I lightly sanded it and painted it over with my white chalk paint. Here are the pictures of the table with just 1 coat of chalk paint.
Obviously 2 layers needed to cover it all up. So it put 2 layers of chalk pain it total. After the paint was dry I started to distress it so some pink would show up.
After the paint got dry I lightly sanded it so it will be silky smooth and covered it with 3 layers of clear Varathane for durability. Since it IS a kids desk after all and it will surely get a lot of abuse…
Now for the drawer knobs…I had a cute golden butterfly in mind….the pottery barn style. After doing some searching I found these cute metal butterfly knobs on amazon.
And here they finally arrived!
Although cute as is, I was looking at something more golden and delicate….so I decided to paint them golden.
Here are before and after pictures:
So the knobs got attached…and here is a ready to show and ready to use and abuse desk and side table. I put them together, since they match and act like one looong desk with 7 drawers. This is plenty of storage space for my daughter’s school projects and crafts:
For the drawers I decided to paint inside with the pink, but kept them white outside. I just didn’t want too much pink to be seen after all.
Here is a closeup of the distressing….
I took some close ups so you can see the distressing a bit better…see that pink coming though? I love it 🙂
Hope you enjoyed it. If you have any questions or comments – go ahead! 🙂
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