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Upcycled Kids Desk…and introducing Cricut Access!

Using your Cricut machine and a little bit of spray paint, you can upcycle a kids desk into a fun piece of home decor for any room!
Author: Beth Kingston


  • Used Kids School Desk and Chair
  • 220 Grit Sandpaper
  • Rust Oleum White Spray Paint
  • Your choice of spray paint for the desktop – we used Rust Oleum Sail Blue
  • Metal Polish
  • Cricut Vinyl – we used Linen
  • Cricut Transfer Tape
  • Cricut Tools Basic Set
  • Mod Podge – Furniture Satin
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Foam Brush
  • Cleaning Product (like Simple Green)


  • Take the desk apart with the screwdriver.
  • Take the top off from the base and take the metal leg parts out of the base. After it is apart, give the top a light sanding with some fine sandpaper to help the paint adhere. Once the top is sanded, clean the entire desk. We used denatured alcohol and rags but you can use whatever cleaner you have available that does not leave a residue.
  • Now that the desk body and top are clean turn your attention to the metal portions of the legs. We cleaned ours with a fine abrasive polish to get them shiny again.
  • If your chair does not come apart, clean it as best you can and then tape off the legs to prep for paint.
  • Now that everything is clean we can start to paint. We started our painting with a light layer of an all surface primer. Once that was dry we got busy with the blue on the desktop and chair and white on the desk base. When you are happy with the finish (about 3 coats) leave it to dry for about a week. This long drying time will help prevent tacking and surface flaws from handling.
  • We created a vinyl UK emblem by uploading the image in to Cricut Design Space (want to know more about uploading images? Cricut has a great video tutorial for you). After the vinyl is cut, use the weeder to weed out the excess vinyl from the design and then place transfer tape over the design. Gently peel the transfer tape (and the design) from the backing and place on the desktop.
  • To ensure good adhesion smooth out any bubbles using the Cricut scraper before you remove the transfer tape.
  • Peel off the transfer tape and get your brushes ready for the Mod Podge.
  • The Mod Podge Satin Furniture finish ensures our desktop will last for a long time to come. Use a foam brush to put three to five coats over the entire top, to include the sides. This goes quicker than you think; we were able to do 4 coats in an afternoon and the desktop was ready to handle by dinnertime.
  • Now you are ready to reassemble your desk!