Colorful Vintage Desk Makeover

Vintage kids desk makeover - white desk

I am so excited to share this makeover with you all! I spent all of last week working on multiple projects, I'm pretty sure I have project ADD. I just can't seem to fully focus on one thing at a I time, I get started and then something else will catch my attention and I will work on that for a while. 

I have been casually searching for desks for the boys since last year, they are getting older and need a space in there rooms where they can work on homework or Lego projects without interruption. I picked up this desk and another one both for $20! It does pay to take your time to find the right pieces and not just rush into buying something that you only kinda like. (You can see the 2nd desk makeover here.)

Here is the before of this little vintage desk:
Vintage desk makeover - before

Not too bad at all. Other than needing to add a support to the back to keep it from wobbling, it was in solid shape. It just needed cleaned up and a new fresh coat of paint.

Vintage kids desk makeover - before

We had beautiful weather, so I was able to spend an afternoon out on the patio cleaning, sanding and priming.

Kids Vintage desk makeover - primer coat

This next part is super important: Remember to remove any cats that have taken up residence inside the desk, before you start painting. 

Vintage desk makeover - Cat assistant

I decided to go with Glidden Crisp Linen White for the overall color. I wanted the desk to look simple and clean, and not stand out too much in the bedroom space. Once the paint dried, my lovely assistants decided they needed to test out the stability of the desk and make sure the paint was thoroughly dry before I added a coat of wax to seal and protect it.

Vintage desk makeover - Cat assistants

And, here is the after!!
White Vintage Kids Desk - After

Vintage Kids Desk Makeover - After

But wait, isn't the title of this post "Colorful Vintage Desk Makeover"? Where is the color, you ask? Well, there is a tiny, little surprise! Originally, when I was getting ready to pick paint colors for both desks, I asked my youngest son what color he thought might be good for his desk. I usually like to get both boys' input on the things that are going into their rooms, but when he picked a bright color, I had to take a step back and reevaluate my plan.

 Then, I had a great idea for how to incorporate the color he requested:

Vintage Kids Desk Makeover - White with Green Drawers

I took the bright green that he picked and used it to paint the inside of the drawers. This one is Glidden Spring Green, and it is a gorgeous fresh green color. It looks great with the white and is such a fun and unexpected dash of color on this little desk. And it makes this desk perfectly fun for a kid's room.

Vintage Kids Desk Detail - White with Green Drawers

I decided to keep the old knobs on the drawers because they were simple and the dark finish gives some much needed detail to the drawers. I wanted to dress up and protect the inside of the drawers too, and while I was getting my paint mixed I found some awesome cork shelf liner, and I could not resist! I cut it down to size and placed it inside each of the drawers.

Cork Shelf Liner in Desk Drawers - Vintage Desk Makeover

I am loving this little desk, and so is my son. It is the perfect size for him and now he has a perfect little work area to color, do homework, sort baseball cards and build his Lego creations. (See the Lego mini-figure organizer here, the shutter art display here and the baseball side table here.)

Vintage Desk Makeover for Kid's Room

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  1. Love the desk and the color inside the drawers was a stroke of genus!
    Susie Q from Colorado

    1. Thanks for visiting and for the kind word Susie Q!!

  2. Love the desk with the pop of color in the drawers and everything around it!! Wonderful job!


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