When I decorated my daughter's room a couple of years ago I looked everywhere for a cute little desk. They were all so expensive and I found that $250 would only buy me a cheap particle board desk. I finished her room without the desk, but later found one at the thrift store for $10. It was all wood and the perfect size for a little girl's room.
I used wood putty to fill in scratches and holes and then lightly sanded it with a palm sander. I painted the desk white with some paint I already had. Then I bought a sample can of paint at Lowes for $2.98 and had it tinted pink. Buying a sample can of paint is a great idea when you just need a small amount for a project and they will tint it any color you want.
I used the pink paint on the drawers and spent $2 on new wood knobs. For a total of $14.98 I got the perfect desk that will last for many years and my daughter is very happy.
I have since painted this desk again: