How to decorate a children's dressing table

Decorated dressing table
The original dressing table

Here are some ideas to dress up old furniture to fit into a little girl's gorgeous bedroom. We took an old dressing table and a disused mirror and simply added imagination!

Material list
1. Acrylic paint, several colors,   2. Paintbrush,   3. Masking tape,   4. Card for stencil,   5. Craft knife for cutting out stencil,   6. Thin timber,   7. Cotton buds,   8. Circle cutter on end of electric drill,   9. Sandpaper,   10. Glue (wood glue),   11. Hair ties,  

A few pics followed by the write-up

Drill circles Drilled circles Paint cirlces Trace design for stencilt Using stencil paint onto circles

This little girl's room had quite a few bits of furniture from various eras so we kept our paintwork to an antique theme to help blend it all together.

The drawer handles:
To make the drawer handles a bit more interesting we drilled out 12 circles from thin wood we purchased at a craft store.

We could have bought cut-out shapes but nothing was the right size for us.

We used a circle cutter on the end of an electric drill which was magic! If you don't have a drill, you could use a coping saw. Another idea is to use old cork placemats, which are even easier to cut.

Once the circles have been cut you will need to sand the edges.

Give the circles a couple of undercoats and allow to dry.

We made a template of the pattern we wanted: a simple daisy traced from a hair tie.

We then placed the template over each circle and applied the main color.

Dot on paint Finished design Accessorize with hair ties Paint the handles Drawer handles completed

After the paint dried, we dotted on a design using cotton buds as paint brushes.

Nowadays you can buy such gorgeous hair ties we used some smaller ones to decorate the middle of the circle. By feeding the elastic through the hole made by the drill when the shapes were cut out, we could secure the circles to the original handles.

We also created two extra circles to embellish the mirror later.

We then masked around the dresser's handles with standard masking tape and painted with acrylic paint, giving each handle two coats. Allow plenty of time to dry between coats.

Once the handles were completely dry, we removed the masking tape. We attached our circles to the center of the handles and secured by applying a glue suitable for wood, and also by tying them on with the hair tie elastic.

The original mirror Mask the mirror Apply first coat of paint Second coat of paint Mirror completed

The mirror above the dressing table:
We first applied masking tape to the mirror, running strips up against and alongside the frame to protect the mirror when painting into the corners and edges.

We painted the timber frame of our mirror with two coats of the same colored paint that we used for the handles of the drawers.

Allow drying time between coats.

To apply the paint we used an inch-thick paint brush, and brushed the paint on in random directions and uneven thickness.

This haphazard method allowed patches of the original timber to faintly show through, adding texture to the final result... to give an old-worldly look.

Once dried, we attached the extra two decorated daisy circles to the top two corners of the mirror with the wood glue.

Do this with the mirror lying down flat, and wait for the glue to dry. Once dry, place the now matching finished mirror on top of the chest of drawers to complete your unit.