Transform A Desk Into A Vanity For A Custom Sweet Sixteen Gift For Your Daughter

Posted on: 3 November 2015

Vanity is important to many teenage girls because they are starting to figure out what looks make them feel secure and confident. If you have a daughter that is about to turn sixteen, consider creating a custom vanity for her to use when she is getting ready using an old desk. The following guide walks you through the quick and easy customization process of turning a desk into a vanity.

Choose the Right Desk

The desk you choose for the project is important. You want to be sure to choose a desk that has a high back and bookshelf attached. You will be connecting the mirror to the high back and using the bookshelves to hold adjustable lights.

Sand the Desk

Take the time to sand down every inch of the desk. You want to be sure that any rough areas are smoothed out so that the paint can have a finished look when you are done. Use 80-grit sandpaper because it has a light grit to it so that it doesn't cause damage to the furniture when you sand it.

Paint the Desk

Next, take the desk outside and spray paint it a bold color that your teen will love. If you want to give the desk a really unique look, consider painting it with metallic paint. It will have a metallic look to it and pair well with any colors that are already found in your child's room. Allow the paint to dry for a few hours and then spray everything with a polyurethane gel to protect the paint.

Add a Mirror

Measure the high back of the desk and go to a home improvement store to find a mirror that is the right size for your child's desk. Add wood glue to the back of the mirror to ensure that it stays secure to the large back attached to the desk. Press the mirror in place and hold it for a few minutes to ensure it is secure.

Add Lights to the Bookshelves

At home improvement stores there are often strung lights that are designed for use on a patio or back deck. The lights are often small, but bright. Use small tacks to string the lights around the edges of the bookshelf on the top of the desk to light up the area so your daughter can clearly see herself when she does her makeup or styles her hair.

The drawers, bookshelves, and built in cubbies provide ample space for your daughter to be able to store all of her beauty items in an organized way. The vanity will be a one-of-a-kind gift that will show your daughter just how special she is to you.

To learn more, contact a company like Fickes Furniture