Years ago I had good intentions to make over a little desk that I got for a steal at a garage sale. I figured it would come in handy when we were finally blessed with Grandchildren. Well 6 years ago, we moved and that unfinished desk moved with us.
But a few weeks ago it popped into my head and I ask my husband, “Whatever happened to that kids desk that we moved with us?” Well, out to the garage he went and returned with the desk.
I envisioned a space where my now 2 Grandkids could color, play dough, chalk etc. My first thought was to purchase chalkboard paint and paint the top of the desk so the kids would have a chalkboard surface to scribble on. The only issue was if they wanted to paint, or play with playdoh the chalk board finish would eventually become useless.
After thinking about it I asked my husband, “How could I attach a surface and have the ability to remove it without having to store it?” His suggestion was use a piano hinge! Off to Lowe’s we went for a hinge, piece of board, and chalkboard paint.
It was actually really simple to put the whole thing together. Here’s what we did:
First, I sanded the top of the desk so it was a smooth surface, and primed the whole piece with Rustoleum oil based primer.
Hubby cut the board to fit on the desk and sanded the corners to that there are no sharp edges. Primed it with Rustoleum water based primer. I used Valspar chalkboard paint on both sides of the board , this way when the board is removed can still be used as chalkboard leaning on a wall or hanging on the front of the desk.
We then attached the board to the desk with the piano hinge adding washers under the screws so that the heads do not protrude thru the board. We ended up purchasing shorter screws as the ones that came with the hinge were too long for the installation.
I wanted to add some extra storage on the side of the desk for a place for crayons, play dough and chalk. The shelf was made from scrap lumber we had laying around and assembled it with an air nailer, then painted to match the desk.
For the other side to utilize the space, I bought a roll of paper that could be unrolled over the top of the desk as another activity and surface the kids could use and draw on. I purchased a dowel and cut it to size and painted. To secure the dowel but make it removable/refillable I found a sturdy ribbon folded in half and attached with a heavy duty stapler. Then just slid the dowel and paper in the loops and it was ready!
I had a small chair that went with the desk that I decided to spray paint a bright red with Rustoleum to give it some awesome color.
I’m really pleased with the results! It’s now a multi-use desk for the grandkids, with storage underneath as well as on the side. Can’t wait to see the grandkids have hours of fun at this compact activity area!
Look at all the ways it can be used!