‘Renovation Sensation’ Furniture Makeover Challenge

I love it when exciting propositions appear in my inbox, such as the one that came from Direct Blinds who were tasking bloggers to take part in their ‘Renovation Sensation’ challenge.

We were given £100 to source and buy an old and unloved item of furniture and transform it into something new and exciting!  Well, as you may know I love a good makeover project and when I spotted this great retro double desk on Ebay I knew it was something I would definitely enjoy working on.


The desk is a typical 1950s style so I wanted to modernise it whilst still keeping a retro feel.  I love the ‘dipped legs’ furniture trend and thought that could work well here, so I taped off the lower portion of the legs ready for painting.

The lids were scuffed and marked as you would expect really:Desk lid before

But the rest of it was in pretty good condition and I wanted to keep some of the wood on show.

So I sanded and primed the lids and lower legs only…

Once properly dry, I then painted a top coat of very pale blue, like an ice blue, to give them a cool new look.  Inside the desks, they were a bit grungy with lots of felt tip marks and scribbles, so I lined them with a laminated world map that I cut to fit – it makes a great liner because its wipeable and also keeps with the school theme.


I painted the inside of the lids with a couple of coats of chalkboard paint so that my little 8 and 5 year old dudes can doodle away on them with chalk and play some ‘old school’ games like noughts and crosses or hangman.

Inside lid

For the top of the lids, I wanted to add a twist and because old school desks normally have graffiti scribbled over them, I got out my Cricut vinyl cutting machine and with some silver sticky backed vinyl found some wording to cut out and stick on.


Cricut vinyl letters

Being stickers, we can change them as often as the boys want.  So what do you think?


Retro school desk makeover

I had the most fun thinking of some ‘old school’ props and playing around with them for the photos.

CollageAnd instead of ink in the ink wells, I’ve put a secret stash of loom bands for the boys to discover, but I’m sure they’ll end up hiding their own ‘treasures’ in there…

It was such an enjoyable project and I came in well under £100 for the cost of the desk and materials.  So thank you to Direct Blinds for inviting me to take part.  The winner, who receives a lovely £300 voucher to spend at Not On The High Street is being chosen by top Interior stylist, Pippa Jameson, which only adds to the excitement.  I can’t wait to see the other entries, its always interesting to discover what creative ideas other people have come up with – I’m sure I’ll be pinning them as inspiration for my own future projects.




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