BEFORE and AFTER: The Makeover of a $5.00 Kid’s Desk

Sometimes finding stuff at the thrift store is like a furniture famine. Everyone is afraid that they won’t find something good, so when they spot it, they snap it up so quickly. That’s what I did with this kid’s chair. I was walking down the aisle and nearly the same time that someone else stopped in front of this chair, I said, “Wow, this is so cute! And it’s only $5.00!”


Some woman was like “OMG, yeah!” as if she were about to buy it if I didn’t.
Of course I snapped it up so quickly and placed it in my cart! Total score!!


Kids Chair_BEFORE




A $5.00 Kid's Chair Makeover


Whaddya think??

What I Needed for This Kid’s Desk

  • Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan

This is my favorite brand of paint, hands down. The color is Aubusson Blue. Isn’t it gorgeous? I used Pure White on the trim.


Seriously, I think you can add chalkboard paint to anything and make it wonderful! It’s not too terribly expensive, either:



These are perfect for transforming a desk into a learning station for your toddlers. And there are so many endless possibilities for alphabet stickers, it might be hard to choose!

You can see him hard at work here….. LOL


I’d be smiling big, too, if I had had stuff THIS cool when I was a toddler!!!


And it wasn’t long before he was reeeeaaally feeling artistic!


The best thing is that the numbers and letters area is waxed, and I will go over that area with Mod Podge to help “set” the numbers and hopefully make them resistant to chalk and peeling.

So what do you think?! Have you ever seen little kid’s desks in this style ?
Leave a comment below! :)

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Hey there, I'm Serena, a 36-year-old working mom of 3 young boys who can't get enough DIY! If you actually made it to the bottom of this post to read this, it means you're really enjoy my blog. That means SO much. If I can inspire just one person through my passion and energy for DIY, then I'm fulfilling my life's purpose. Thanks for joining me, and I hope you'll subscribe so we can keep in touch! ~Serena

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  1. Ayana says:

    You are the most AWESOMEST mom ever!

  2. Deny says:

    So pretty! And your son is the cutest! And btw, I love your tagline, it is awesome!

  3. KimLevin says:

    This is my favorite project of yours so far. It’s awesome! (p.s. your re-covered chair is close behind, though. Love the fabric you chose!)

  4. Very very cool! Your kids are so lucky!

  5. RBSarah says:

    This is awesome! You need to share this with

    she will love it and post it for sure! love your blog! Sarah

  6. Scott K says:

    This rocks at the highest order. Don’t be surprised if Pottery Barn starts selling their own version of this.

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  9. Serena says:

    Thanks for all the comments, you guys!!!

  10. Shannon says:

    5.00?!! You did wonderfully! Love it!

  11. Wendy says:

    You have serious talent… The desk looks amazing!

  12. Jen Lossing says:

    This looks awesome! Great job. I am your newest follower!

  13. Serena says:

    Thanks, everyone!!

    Welcome, Jen!! I appreciate the new follow!!

  14. This is awesome! I love the shape of it. I came to your blog via a comment you made to Centsational Girl regarding your blog name. I’ll defintely do more looking around and plan to add you to my bloglist. If you wish to not be added, please let me know.

  15. Cindy says:

    It’s so beautiful.
    I just bought the same used desk chair and would like paint it as well. Would you please share the paint color?

    Thank you.

  16. Dee says:

    I loved what you did with your son’s desk. That was awesome. My whole life has involved thrifting and it’s nice to find others that share the same interest. I first saw you today on Utube where you redid your fireplace. That came out beautifully. I too, am in the process of redoing my brick/metal fireplace. I’ve painted the bottom of the fireplace gray, which is the brick portion,,but I’m trying to decide what to do with upper portion,which is metal. I want it to pop. I’m thinking of either covering it with cracked glass or tile. I’m leaning more towards a pretty tile. The room is gray, charcoal, black and white.

    Thanks again for this site.


  17. How darn cute! I love the colors you used as well. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.


  18. I love the color you used on this desk makeover. The addition of the letters and numbers adds the perfect touch to the top. Thanks so much for sharing with this week’s Throwback Thursday party.

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