Small brown desk

I picked this sweet set up at a yard sale in Ocean City, NJ. This mini desk and chair is the cutest, and hand-painting a mermaid on it was the first thing that came to mind. I mean, it was at the beach. Isn’t that always the hardest part, figuring out a design?

This is a robins egg color that I also painted my bay-house kitchen with, which you can check out here.

I had a cute helper with this one, my 10-year old niece Corynne. She’s the sweetest little girl and loves to spend time with me and the hubster at our bay house. 

We cleaned this a couple of times and used a primer on this set because the wood was dark with a heavy stain.

I cleaned it up good with Dawn dishwashing liquid, and then applied the BOSS Primer, which did a great job keeping any bleed from coming through. 

Niece painting a chair
Small brown desk
Small desk chair

Hand Painted Mermaid

With this view, I’ll paint anything for anyone. Who wouldn’t want to sit here and paint 100 mini desks and chairs? Just sayin’. 😎


small desk and chair

These pieces have a lot of ornate details, so I decided to paint some metallic in those areas and also use it for the mermaids hair. I had to cut out my hand drawing of the mermaid because I was nervous I couldn’t duplicate it on the chair. So, I traced the outline for sizing.

Hey, I’m not ashamed to trace. 

This is an 8.5″ by 11″ sheet of paper. That will tell you how small this desk is. An adult could use it comfortably, but it’s cuter for a child. 

Mermaid hand painting
mermaid drawing
Mermaid desk chair
desk top with ornate detail

A tough topcoat of Gator Hide was applied and both pieces were slightly distressed so any concern of bumping into it making a mark wouldn’t be a problem. 

Her name is Sally Seashell. Yeah, whatever, sometimes you just have to go with it. 😏

small beach desk and chair

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Do It With Purpose!

Wendy 🌸

“I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.”  -Sal Bass