Reuse and move stuff
First step, paint the whole thing white with water based semi-gloss enamel house paint. A couple of coats. Second step, layer vintage sheet music over the top of the desk. Step three is to lay a sheet of plastic cut to (roughly) the same size over the top. I got it from Bunnings already at *almost* the right size, so saved money by not getting custom cut. The beauty of that part of the desk is that Sienna can customise her desk herself as time goes by. If she can see it, that is. It's been a week or so and it is currently laden with puzzles, hair clips, paper, feathers and lego.
The project was based on a Real Living article from awhile ago about how to reinvent tables, if anyone wants to know more, let me know and I'll find out which issue it was from ;)