Let me start this post by saying – Our cats are not to be trusted with plants.  That’s why we usually don’t have them in the house.  (The plants that is.)  Our cats like to CHEW on plants.  Including – Aloe.  I mean that takes GUTS.

And then bad things happen.  Like vomiting.  NO ONE needs that.  Not the plants, not the cats and certainly not the owners.

That’s why I’m so excited about this project!  It is one I have wanted to do for quite a while.  I received this old school desk several months ago through a family member and knew EXACTLY what to do with it:

School Desk Before

It would be the solution to my cat/plant problem.  The school desk was destined to become an unreachable PLANT STAND in my guest bedroom.

First, I checked it for lead paint.  It was pretty old and I just didn’t want to sand it until I knew for sure.  I found a testing kit at a local hardware store and it was very easy to do.  I determined that the desk was safe to mess with.

Then, I sanded it down a bit.  I knew I was never going to make it perfect and that wasn’t my goal.  I wanted it to stay old-looking.   I primed it with Kilz primer.  (I love Kilz btw!)

Desk primed

I put on two coats of white satin paint.   And then covered the desk with plastic and sprayed just the inside of the lid with chalkboard paint.

Desk chalkboard

I also lined the inside of the desk with contact paper for easy of cleaning.  

Desk open and clean

Now I have a welcoming plant stand:

desk after 3

Cats, plants and owners are all extremely happy with the end result.  Ok, I don’t really know about the cats, but I am in love with the desk and am thrilled to share another successful repurposing project!

Desk After 2

Desk After 1 copy


Update to this post:  I’ve submitted this project for East Coast Creative’s Creating With the Stars!  Check it out here:





  1. Hello Me, Myself and DIY! My name is Katy and I’m the social media coordinator for KILZ brand products. We are happy to hear that our primer worked great to repurpose an old school desk into a welcoming plant stand for your guest bedroom. We would love for you to share your experience by writing a review. Visit our review page, select the product used, rate and write a brief description and hit submit – it’s that simple!

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