Bedroom Makeover: Part 2 ~ Upcycled Desk and Chair

The desk and chair in Shay’s room have been in our home for years. If I remember correctly, I think the set was a freebie from a friend (or maybe a really cheap second-hand purchase).  Over the years, I’m sure that the top has been painted at least 4 times. It’s an easy job and the plain black base allows it fit with almost any decor. It is a perfect kid’s room desk and despite its age, has really stood the test of time.

hockey theme room

BEFORE:  Desk, chair and hockey shelf from Shay’s old hockey themed room.

upcycled desk and chair

AFTER: A new paint job and some updated fabric will help coordinate these old items into Shay’s new bedroom design.


Shay actually loved the style of the top, but wanted me to redo it so that the colours were consistent with his new decor. Basically, all I did was give the urethane on top a light sand so the paint would stick, prime it and then play with some paint to get the desired look. I did add a bit of glaze to the paint because I already had it on hand. The glaze is great for mixing colours together and slows the dry time slightly so that you can “play” with the paint a bit more.  Once the painting was done, I added three coats of urethane to seal it and make it more durable.

Since I was already in the midst of painting, I also decided to give the hockey stick shelf a bit of a new look, by painting the shelves black. I really like the black as opposed to the original red even though I’m not yet sure that the shelf will remain in Shay’s new room. Either way, I thought that fresh paint in a more neutral colour would make it more marketable on Kijiji when we post all of his other Jets/hockey room stick shelf

Of course, the previously reupholstered blue chair would no longer work. I have upcycled a few of these old style folding chairs, so giving this a new look was probably no more than a half hour job. You simply remove the screws. lay new fabric overtop (or remove the old first) and use a staple gun to secure it in place. I had left over fabric from previous projects, so the fabric cost me nothing.

upcycled chair


Hockey Stick Shelf

Although this shelf has few materials, it is a bit tricky to build and you may need a second set of hands for parts of the project.  It is surprisingly sturdy. We have never put too much weight on it, but it has held Shay’s trophies and stacks of books with no problem. The stability comes from the wall, the floor and gravity. Here is a quick tutorial.


  • 3 shelf boards
  • 6 L brackets and 24 screws
  • 2 hockey sticks
  • chain and screws


  1. Cut and paint three boards to your specifications.
  2. The trickiest part is aligning the sticks and then mounting your boards.  To do this, you need to lean your hockey sticks against the wall at a natural angle.  Take one shelf at a time and hold it against the side of the hockey stick and back as far as it will go so that it is touching the wall for added support.  Hold up the L bracket and mark where the holes on the shelf will need to be as well as where the L bracket will be mounted on the stick.  You want to make sure that your shelf will sit level, but your stick will sit at an angle, so it is a bit tricky.  You must do each shelf individually, because the shelf closest to the top will have the L bracket closer to the back of the board, while the shelf closer to the floor will have the bracket closer to the front of the board because of the lean of the stick.  You can probably do the measuring and figuring on one end/side and then use it as a guide to mount the bracket on the other end of the shelf and the second hockey stick.
  3. Mount the L brackets on the under sides of the shelves according to where you marked them.
  4. Mount the brackets (and shelf) to the hockey sticks.
  5. Use a screw to secure the chain along the side of the shelves near the back of the board.  The chain will help to make sure that the shelves will sit and remain level, so be sure to have your shelf against the wall and make adjustments before securing the chain to all three boards.
hockey stick shelf

This shows the L bracket on the underside of the shelf. You will notice it is sitting towards the back of the shelf as this is a photo of the top shelf.

hockey stick shelf

This side view shows the chain and the angle of the stick. You can see how the placement of the L bracket sits further forward on the lower shelves.

hockey stick shelf

Hockey Stick Shelf

This project was not expensive, but a little bit finicky. It was worth the effort and the finished shelf looks good and works well. Shay loved it!

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