The Dainty Desk

by Chris on July 6, 2011

So I specifically bought my daughter the hutch with the secret desk in it because I knew she would fall madly in love. What I wasn’t prepared for was how difficult it would be to find a bench to fit under it. They were all too short. So…we waited.

I finally found this one for $11.00 at a consignment store. The only problem? It’s not necessarily JaG daughter material. No offense, little bench. I’m sure you served David Hasselhoff well.

consignment bench

I used some batting and foam that I had on hand and purchased $3.00 worth of some coordinating fabric. A little paint and a few staples, and she’s good to go!

piano bench

It wouldn’t be a proper presentation for my little one if I didn’t gussy it up just a little bit.

girly bench

I shopped the house for a little frame I had, and I painted a little milk glass bowl pink to hold her blue paper clips. I’ve been trying to teach her the importance of thank you notes, so I made sure to put her personalized ones in her desk. Maybe that’ll make the difference?

desk secretary  altered composition book

The little notebook is actually a bright composition book that just didn’t fit “my” look. I covered it with some scrapbook paper and a ribbon. I’ve done this a ton of times. Here’s the tutorial if you want it.

composition book altered

She was quite pleased with her little reading nook and “secret” desk area. What I wouldn’t have done for something like this when I was little!

refinished bench



rachel July 6, 2011 at 3:16 am

you do good work. nice job.

Chrissie July 6, 2011 at 3:26 am

I love the bench. It has such a nice fresh look now! Perfect with the desk! Cute notebook to, i’m going to check out that tute!

Teresa @ Our Corner House July 6, 2011 at 3:33 am

That is ADORABLE! I would have loved this (still kinda want it, actually). Love it all, from the notebook to the bench to the secret space…


traci July 6, 2011 at 3:33 am

That looks amazing! I would have loved that in my room when I was little too. Heck! I’d take it right now!
I love that little notebook! Gotta go check out that post.
Talk to ya soon!

Madison July 6, 2011 at 3:38 am

Aah, that is just darling! I loved to write and draw pictures as a kid, so this brings back great memories. She will love you even more now that she has her own little area!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick July 6, 2011 at 3:47 am

I would like to live in this room, please! Think she would mind? :)

Chris July 6, 2011 at 3:58 am

I would just have to downplay the creepiness for her. She has a trundle, and she likes to stay up late. You girls would get along juuuust fine! :)

laura July 6, 2011 at 3:50 am

This is perfect. Any little [or big] girl would love that!

Jen July 6, 2011 at 3:50 am

Love it! I used that same fabric for a bloster pillow and wreath for my porch this summer! Love the blue and pink pillow on the bean bag also! Did you make it? Would love to know where to get that fabric!

Chris July 6, 2011 at 3:57 am

I did make it, Jen. It’s Sandi Henderson’s Farmer’s Market fabric. I ordered it on Etsy, and now I’m having a really hard time finding more! I do love it, though! Thanks!

Michele July 6, 2011 at 4:04 am

Her room is so beautiful, I want it for me! Hubby probably wouldn’t agree though. And the book shelves – love them. xoxo michele

lesley July 6, 2011 at 4:18 am

Do you have a makeover tutorial for the hutch/desk? I did a search on your site but didn’t see it. You did a great job, any girl would love that :)

LaVonne July 6, 2011 at 4:45 am

I love it! Your daughter is one lucky girl!

LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

Dream Mom July 6, 2011 at 5:18 am

Oh, how pretty! Love the fabric…can I be your daughter too? I’d love a secret desk!

Paula July 6, 2011 at 10:28 am

The bench looks perfect at her writing area. Love the fabric that you chose. I’ll bet your daughter will spend many happy hours here drawing and then this fall doing homework.

Christina @ Christina's Adventures July 6, 2011 at 11:07 am

OK I’m 26 and I want that space!! So pretty and girly…I bet your daughter will LOVE it!

cassie July 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm

love that little bench with it… i am just loving all those pretty soft colors together!

Tonya @ Love of Family & Home July 6, 2011 at 12:28 pm

So cute!! Love the hutch, the madeover bench, & that adorable little notebook!

Emily @ On the V Side July 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I love this! I think you did such a great job with her whole room – just perfect for a little girl.

Great work!


Heldy July 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Ok, that last shot looks like something from out of the PBKids catalog. The bench, the notebook, everything looks amazing! Love it!

Jenniffier July 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Oh my goodness, that is just fantastic. What are you talking about that you would have like it as a kid, I would like something like that now :)

Andrea Swenson July 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Lovely. Don’t show my daughter. she will want one.

Kara July 6, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I totally love how it turned out! I may not be a little girl any more, but I’d still love to have this. Just perfect!

Amy @ All In A Day July 7, 2011 at 2:24 am

So stinkin’ cute! I love it! I kind of want one like this in my grown up room! LOL

emily @ the happy home July 7, 2011 at 4:17 am

too cute! i absolutely love the fabric and the styling of the photo!

Kim from 3 peanuts July 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm

LOVE this. I would have loved one too as a girl and would love to find something like this for my daughter now that she is starting school:)

Courtney {a thoughtful place} July 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Oh, I just love it. The color scheme is perfect. And what a good mommy to be encouraging the thank you notes. That hutch is just fantastic and the bench looks adorable.

Crystal July 7, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Love it!! It looks soooo pretty! I just used the same fabric on a project I did for my daughter’s room! :)

mom taxi julie July 9, 2011 at 10:48 pm

That is such an adorable desk! I hope your daughter takes good care of it! I’m sure my monsters would destroy it :/

Chris July 11, 2011 at 3:18 am

Ha! I’ll have to let you know in time how it holds up. :)

Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life August 23, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I love this. It turned out so cute! Her room looks just perfect.

Michaela L May 10, 2012 at 12:33 am

Do you usually use pure white paint for projects like that or an off white?

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