Thrifted & Relifted 2 [Computer Hutch Makeover Into a Kid's Desk]

Hello! Welcome to the Thrifted & Relifted Blogger Challenge! I'm so excited to be part of a group of bloggers challenging ourselves monthly to share a thrifty find for under $30 that we have given a makeover or repurposed.
At the end of this post you can check out all of the other fun and creative transformations. AND we would all like to invite YOU to join in and challenge yourself to a monthly makeover. Link up your blog or Instagram post below and share your project too! You can share all month.

Here are a couple of my favorites from last month's linkup:

Lindsey of Repurpose and Upcycle shared her DIY Milk Painted Coffee Table


Kim of Hunt and Host linked up her clever Five Minute Farmhouse Footed Tray project.

So here's my Thrifted & Relifted project for this month. I found this 1980's oak computer desk hutch, just the top part, for $10 at a local thrift shop. Pretty much useless as-is, But! Do you see the perfect desk for a 3 year old?  I thought I did when I squinted really hard...

I actually bought this thing a couple of months ago and it sat on the porch since then, so I started off by giving it a thorough cleaning. 

Now when it came time to paint it, my little man had a very definite opinion. He wanted light blue. Definitely. In the past I have used lots of brands of chalk paint. This time I decided I wanted to make my own. Have you done it yet? I have to say I am completely hooked! I used the popular recipe of 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup plaster of Paris, mixed well and then added 1 cup latex paint. I forgot to take a picture of that part because someone was very excited about his new desk and insisted on "helping." Please excuse the shoes, but this is the only in progress shot I got.

What color is this? I honestly can't tell you. My husband just rolls his eyes at my paint mixing experiments, but when I've done so many projects that I have a shelf full of remnants of gallons paint. It's just fun for me to make something of almost nothing. So this is the color I ended up with, it's mostly Valspar Schoolboy Blue.

I did two coats of paint and topped it off with three coats of Polycryllic in satin finish, following the directions on the can, sanding between each coat. When I use chalk paint on a surface that will get a lot of use, I always use poly instead of wax. I learned that the hard way after a table top I spent a long time on got ruined.

I thought it would be fun to add a little chalkboard for him on one end. I taped off a section and painted it with two coats of chalkboard paint.

Also that is an Ikea Bygel rod that I screwed to the top of the back board to attach the matching cups to, to give us some crayon and pencil storage. I bought those about three years ago and never used them. 

I already had this canvas bin on hand so I gave it a light wash of gray chalk paint to match better. It fits perfectly on the shelf to store art supplies and coloring books. 

And I wanted to dress it up a little and tie in the red of the little storage cups so I decided to give it some stripes. I found the center of the bin and painted a blue stripe a little over an inch wide. 

Then using painter's tape as a guide I measured of a stripe on each side of it and painted them red. 

I guess I can call this project a success because my little man declared it to be "the coolest desk evor." 

So that's my Thrifted & Relifted project for this month!  Now head on over and see all of the other host's projects:

Farmhouse for Five

Honey n Hydrangea

Gracie Blue

Little Home Reloved

Spindle & Rye

Junque Cottage

Gratefully Vintage

Bright Yellow Door


One Horse Lane

And NOW! It's your turn! Challenge yourself by finding a thrift store/garagle sale or flea market item under $30 and give it a new look.  Then link up with us below to share it.  We would love to feature you next month!


  1. This is so adorable!! I love the chalkboard on the side, such a cute idea!!

  2. This turned out so cute Dara! Love this idea!!