We wrapped the edge of the desktop with painter’s tape to protect it from the spray paint.
We created a makeshift spray booth out of cardboard boxes and went to town with navy Rustoleum spray paint.
I paired the vintage desk with a more modern Eames-style chair, which I found at Retro Furnish. (I purposely did not choose a school desk with an attached seat because my son is pretty tall, and I’ll get more years out of it if I can swap out different chairs as he grows.)
Here is the end result of the two paired together:
It’s just the right size for him, and he likes having a play and homework surface in his room. I like that the Play-Doh goes on the desk rather than in his bed. Sometimes. Like half the time. Thirty percent of the time, Play-Doh doesn’t end up in the bed. I take my victories where I can get them.