This post was most recently updated on September 23rd, 2019
If you follow me on Pinterest, you might have noticed that this weekend I was hunting for ideas on painted dressers / desks for kids’ rooms. If you’re like me, your kids’ rooms probably have a hand-me-down (aka ‘vintage’, lol) dresser or desk from your own childhood. I think most of us hang on to those pieces out of nostalgia and because they were so well-built back in ‘the day’. Well, Miss G inherited my white, solid wood childhood desk a couple of years ago. Now that I’m giving her room a little update, I’ve been toying with the idea of giving it a little painted treatment, perhaps stripes, chevron or even polka dots!
I’m so inspired by these 10 painted dressers and desks:
I’m loving the chevron / zigzag treatment on these drawers; something that could be easily achieved without any fancy stencils. All you’d need is 1″ painters tape! (Found at Primitive & Proper via guest VintAge Before Beauty.)
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This gorgeous dresser was featured on sites like Design Sponge and Apartment Therapy, but after a little digging, I found that it’s original source is A Little Glass Box. So fun. (btw, it’s also a pretty cool blog. I love when I find new decor sites to visit through Pinterest!) I like how the chevron pattern is broken, giving it more the look of herringbone.
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I also really like the simplicity of bold vertical stripes used on this dresser from House to Your Home. It might be a better solution for G’s desk as there’s already whole lot of color and pattern in her room. Wouldn’t it look fab in pink and white?
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And, here’s another striped beauty from Centsational Girl, with a full tutorial on how to paint crisp stripes!
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Punchy, classic horizontal stripes, like on this dresser from A Girl with a Brush, are also a great option.
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I think this Greek-key inspired desktop graphic treatment from Dwellings by Devore is fabulous, but maybe a little too sophisticated for G’s room which has fun punches if color and whimsy. I’ll file this one away for when she wants something a little more grown up in a few years (shudder!).
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This polka dot treatment from 551 East Furniture Design is probably more age-appropriate, and its just so fun and whimsical.
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And, speaking of polka dots, I’m hooked on the retro ’60s/’70s era styling of this dresser that was painted for a toddler girl’s room. You can find it on Curbly, with a full tutorial.
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Check out this other modern twist to polka dots from The Modern Cottage, which just happens to be a blog that I’m crazy about!
I’m a real sucker for traditional polka dots. The pink and white polka dot treatment on this desk is very Pottery-Barn-ish, don’t you think? Love.
Source: blog.cuttingedgestencils.com via Kerri Roche – A Pop of Pretty on Pinterest
I’m totally gah-gah over all these painted dresser and desk ideas. How to choose?!!?
Until next time,