Hi! I’m Sophia, Sue’s nine year old daughter. Today, I’m going to show you how super easy it is to redo a desk for your room in just one weekend. Welcome to Sophia at Home!
Step 1: Ask mom for a desk for your room for the millionth time.
Step 2: Rearrange the furniture in your room for a few minutes with your mom to see if a desk will even fit. Mom gets that look in her eyes that she gets when she’s got a good idea. You can practically see the lightbulb above her head!
Step 3: Say thanks as Mom and Dad present you with a dirty old wood desk that’s been hiding in the attic for years.
It’s pretty gross looking but you love it anyway. (You decide not to mention that the little cube is never going to work as a chair. One thing at a time. One thing at a time.)
Step 4: Have your assistants bring it outside to the deck and gather all the supplies you’ll need: sanding block, paper towels, painters tape, primer, paint, paint brush, foam roller, paint pan, screwdriver (to open paint cans), and a hammer (to close them). Make sure you’re using Benjamin Moore paints. Duh.
Step 5: Start by sanding the top and sides of the top. (You’re only painting the top panel and leaving the legs au natural ’cause you’re cool like that.) Towel all the dust off after. Note that you should be wearing “work” clothes but that’s no reason to not have on chic protective eyewear.)
Step 6: Tape around the edge with painters’ tape. (Multi-colored manicure optional.)
Step 7: Paint the top with primer. Make sure you paint with the grain of the wood!
Step 8: Get bored and take a break while your assistant finishes up.
Step 9: Let your primer dry and call it a day.
Step 10: Get back to work in the morning. Roll on Benjamin Moore’s Mountainview (aka mint). Luckily your mom had some leftover from painting the inside of the kitchen cabinet. This is what your mom likes to call a “no cost DIY”. Note: jammies make for great “work clothes” in a pinch.
Step 11: Let it dry and then have your assistants carry it back to your room. Thank mom profusely and then tell her about the chair problem. (Make sure you break it to her nice and easy.)
Step 12: Watch the lightbulb go off over mom’s head again as she remembers an old chair she originally planned on painting for the den for this project. It’s currently collecting dust in the garage. (Mom gets so excited about having a solution that she forgets to take a before shot of the chair but luckily she has this one from when she bought it. It’s the little black one on the left which she picked up for $2.99!)
Step 13: Marvel as mom takes the chair apart and proceeds to paint the legs with gold spray paint and the seat and back in paint that match your ‘new old’ desk.
Step 14: Bask in the glory of your awesome new cost-nothing desk!
The old-school keyboard tray is now a drawer for my school supplies, jewelry, and other important kid stuff,
Because this is a combo desk/vanity, earrings have the same prominent placement as pencils.
Isn’t the chair unrecognizable? I love it!
Thanks for letting me crash the blog, mom!
Sue SOPHIA at Home