Thursday, July 30, 2015

Painting the Mylife school desk

I purchased the my life school desk, after sadly missing the AG daily deal and sell out of the American Girl School desk.  I hated the color and decided to do something about it.


 I stood at Walmart looking at paint for at least 40 minutes contemplating gloss or matte, coral and aqua (which I knew my daughter would love) or try to mimic the aqua and green from the AG desk. Do I repaint the metalic gray an actual silver? Do I need to prime?  Ahk!!!! In the end, I bought it all, then later returned the paint I didn't use.

I ended up with the coral (gloss) and aqua (matte), although honestly, i dont think it really matters. Yes to metalic silver legs and yes to primer.  


I began by taking apart the chairs.  Very simple as there were only 6 screws.  Then primed everything.  I do not know much about spray paint, but read that someone had issues with an enamel paint when they primed with a different t brand of primer, so I actually ended up using two brands of primer- just to be safe.  I found that hanging everything  on wire from my clothes line was the best.  Read your paint labels, and follow the recommendations.  Once you begin painting all recoating needs to be completed before a certain time.  In my case it was before four hours, or after 24 hours.  I forgot the 'after 24 hours' and tried to touch up a small blemish the next morning and the paint reacted strangely to the top layer and bubbled and cracked!  So be sure to follow your paints directions.


I had a hard time capturing the coral color with my phone, but the color is very similar to Isabelle's coral sweater.

It takes 48 hours for the paint to cure, but I left ours sit for longer to be safe.  

I am really happy with how they turned out and ended up painting some file drawers I found at the dollar store to match.  

13 comments :

  1. You are beyond incredible!!!!!!!. I need to do this but never will. If you ever decide to sell in this color 2 of these and can ship to Houston, please email Me. Beautifullydone@sbcglobal.net

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  2. The desks are now available on Walmart.com! Maxine, it was VERY easy. My spray paint job is far from perfect.

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  3. The desks are now available on Walmart.com! Maxine, it was VERY easy. My spray paint job is far from perfect.

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  4. The desks are now available on Walmart.com! Maxine, it was VERY easy. My spray paint job is far from perfect.

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  5. That is an ingenuous idea! I never thought about repainting. I too hated the color. Maybe I have to snag one of those desks and some of those bunkbeds too! Thank you so much! How sturdy does it seem to be?

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    1. These are great! They are made from a heavy plastic and arw not at all tippy. They are on the smaller size, which is really nice if you don't have a ton of space and want to have multiple desks in your classroom. We bought 3. So, for less $30, plus $12 in pain, i have a class full. The desk tray rotated to make it easy for the dolls to get in and out.

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    2. These are great! They are made from a heavy plastic and arw not at all tippy. They are on the smaller size, which is really nice if you don't have a ton of space and want to have multiple desks in your classroom. We bought 3. So, for less $30, plus $12 in pain, i have a class full. The desk tray rotated to make it easy for the dolls to get in and out.

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  6. We nominated your for an award! http://thesavagedolls.blogspot.com/2015/08/we-have-been-nominated-for-award.html

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  7. Wow! Great idea:)
    Thank you so much for posting all the details. I'm definitely going to try painting this desk.

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  8. I have that desk! I love the colors of it but I love it painted too! Great idea!

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  9. I love the desk from my life. It is so nice

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