Before purchasing this desk I took a look at how I might be able to update it. My favorite blog, Young House Love, has been inspiring me for years but I have rarely acted on it.
The two shelves on the desk are easily removable and the top had a very distinct line, so I figured I could tape it off and paint it.
First, I took the shelves out and spray painted them with a glossy black. Then I taped off the feet and top and sprayed the rest of the desk with a metallic silver spray paint. I used the whole can of metallic paint doing 3 even coats on the desk frame and I didn't really feel it was great coverage. But, it looks pretty good from a distance - just room for improvement if I decide to do this again.
It's so fun to see Anna adopt this desk as her own. I gave her a chalkboard marker to use and she quickly covered the desk in some of her favorite Bible verses. I think her only complaint is that she wishes the desktop was much larger! But, it fits her room great.
I went back a few days later and grabbed the matching chair. I had originally passed it up because I thought it might be too ugly and I wouldn't be able to redo it. But, I looked more closely and realized that the 60's plastic seat and back could be recovered (I hope), so I'll be attempting that in a few days. Stay tuned!!
Note: See the entire room transformation here!