Desk Makeover Inspiration

Yesterday in my post about recently thrifted finds I showed this desk and mirror that we found at a town garage sale in a small village close to us. It was so much fun garage sale hopping from house to house and luckily it was a beautiful day. Hubby gets the credit for finding this $2 child’s desk and now I’m looking for inspiration on what to do with it.
I know I want to girlify it, but I haven’t decided on anything else yet. I bought the mirror for $5 at my local thrift store and I want to match them as a set.

The desk is in pretty good shape except the two panels on the back are a little warped and will have to be replaced. That’s easy enough to do.



Much of the sanding has been done but it still needs a little more to get that nice smooth finish I’m looking for before I paint.

I think the handles have got to go. I’ll be heading to the ReStore in the near future to see what I can find. I’m hoping for some glass knobs. That might be a little too much to hope for, but I never know what I’ll find there.
I went looking in blogland for inspiration and found some beautiful girlified desks.
I found this fabulous Tangerine Desk Makeover on the chronicles of ruthie hart. I love the colour and the black knobs are a great contrast.

This decoupaged Garden Inspired Desk on Groovy Green Designs is fabulous. It’s been a long time since I’ve done decoupage, but I’d like to try it again sometime. I like how the knobs blend in, which lets the decoupage be the star.

And there’s this Pink Beauty from Old Wood, New Paint. This pink is vivid and fun and I love the white hardware and detailing.

This lovely Purple Desk Makeover with Stencilled Top from RadCrafter with the purple and pink combination is fantastic, and the stencilled top makes it really special.


I love the chalkboard paint on the top of this lovely creamy white desk from All Things Thrifty. What a great idea! And the drawer fronts look amazing.

There’s so much great inspiration out there in blogland. It’s unbelievable! These are just a few examples.

Now I just have to decide what I’m going to do with my little desk. Decisions, decisions.
Thanks so much for reading!



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  1. Anonymous says:

    I think the desk is really a retro dressing table. Why not use is as one with the mirror over top.

    1. Now that I look at it I think you might be right. I actually just redid a mirror that I'll be posting soon that I'm planning to put with this piece. Thanks so much for the suggestion, and for visiting!

  2. The desk is actually an old-fashioned vanity – they usually had round mirror, but there were a few ornate; my mother trashed 3 of these w/o warning! {sigh} what a waste! BTW, your quote is by Henry van Dyke

    1. Thanks so much for you comment! I have since done some research on Henry Van Dyke. I'm so glad to give attribution to this quote, and will correct that right away. As one of my favourites, it inspires me to be creative every day. Thanks for enlightening me!

      There has been some debate on whether this is a dressing table, a vanity, or a desk. I do plan to use it as a child's vanity/dressing table with a mirror above, and I've just started the makeover of both pieces. Hoping to post the finished projects soon! Thanks so much for visiting!