Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Elsa's Writing Desk

My daughter Elsa has been wanting a desk for a while now.  

I snagged this queen anne style vanity on Craiglist for $20.  It was in rough shape with a broken drawer and missing mirror, but I didn't need the mirror and the drawer was an easy fix (it just needed a drawer guide - $1.29 for a 2 pack)


 I painted it with homemade chalky paint in SW Dover White.  It only took 2 coats of paint.  Elsa didn't want it to look too rustic, so I hand distressed it with a medium grain sanding pad for a lightly distressed look.  It was topped with 2 coats of Minwax Polycrylic for durability.

I ♥ ♥ ♥ how it turned out!

The interior of the drawer was very damaged, so I painted it the same color as her desk chair.

This vanity turned writing desk works PERFECTLY in her room.  Elsa is so thrilled, she's been writing and coloring at it every day.

She painted the chair all by herself and we decided to leave it un-distressed for contrast

I got the photo board at Kohls.  The long metal rose I found at a garage sale last month.  It was bright gold and I sprayed it with a raspberry color paint.  What a stunning transformation!

(this one I had to use the flash on to show the color of the rose.  It washes out the wall color though)

Beautiful!  I love the curves of the legs against the modern lines of the chair.

Doing anything for my appreciative and decor loving daughter is such a fun blessing.  I'm just happy it turned out so well.

 Linking to:
Twice Owned Tuesday @ House of Grace
 Uncommonly Yours @ Uncommon Designs Online
Share It @ The Winthrop Chronicles 
Party @ Organize and Decorate Everything 
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home 

The Well Crafted Home

The DIY Dreamer



  1. Such a lovely little desk and a sweet spot for your daughter!! The name of your post grabbed me...because I have an Elsa at my house too. She's 4 :) Have a great week! Laurel

  2. The desk turned out so pretty! And I love the turquise drawer! Perfect!

  3. LOVE IT!!! Can I have it? hehe

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

  4. Love it! I have a similar project that i'm working on this week. Looks fantastic.

  5. This looks great! I’d love it if you’d link up to TA-DA TUESDAY <3 from your newest follower I’d be delighted if you’d follow back!
    413 Sparrow Lane

  6. That turned out great! What an awesome craigslist find!

  7. well done ! Gives me inspiration for the little wooden table in my garden ;)

  8. I love the writing desk. I love that you guys made it for your daughter. It looks like a very inspiring space for her.

  9. Thanks so much for linking up to TA-DA TUESDAY! I SOOOO need this! It would be a perfect blogging desk and maybe keep me organized because of the small table top= no place to stack clutter!
    413 Sparrow Lane

  10. I love this redo. The painted drawer is the perfect touch. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

  11. What an adorable little desk! :) The hidden blue drawer is best part. Love that shade of blue, and I love the unexpectedness of it. :)

  12. It is so sweet. I'm sure she must love it. Thanks for sharing on Restyled Sundays.


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