3.7 2011

A Cute Desk and a Bad Back

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I’m surprised I’ve been able to accomplish anything these last few weeks with this awful back of mine.
I injured it in 6th grade passing pumpkins side to side down an assembly line for our school’s pumpkin patch, and I have had problems ever since. This last bout has just about done me in! I’ve done hot stone massages, yoga, muscle relaxers, heat, ice, etc. If you have any tips, I’m all ears…
But, let’s talk about this cute little desk that’s been sitting in my garage for a year. Someone had taken a fully loaded brush with black paint to it, and just went to town. I didn’t think the black fit with the feminine lines of the desk. READ THE REST //
10.21 2010

Executive Desk :: Before and After

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 I could have easily had this desk done a week ago, but had so.many.issues. with my sprayer.
This is what happens to certain people with certain personality traits
who perhaps don’t think they need to read manuals on very complex machines. READ THE REST //
8.8 2010

Roadkill Desk Redo

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You may remember this desk that I brought home like another stray pet. Unless an intervention took place, it was destined for the landfill.

My wonderful husband is the master rebuilder of bases that sit on wet curbs. He turned the rotted base into this:

I didn’t take a real before of the desk, but you can catch a shot of it here, after he replaced the base with good wood.
I paired it with this chair I found for $5.
It needed quite a bit of help, too.

After a new seat, new foam, and batting,  
they are the perfect match.

I distressed the desk and chair and glazed them with metallic taupe acrylic paint.

(I borrowed the glaze color idea from my pal Lori.
at Projects Plenty when she did this gorgeous sideboard.)

I lined the drawers with a little fabric and decoupage.

The lucky girl who gets this desk will be able 
to choose her fabric and knobs. 
What do you think she’ll pick?
Cute and all pink?

A mixture of pink and black patterns? (My personal favorite.)

Or all out sassy zebra?

5.18 2010

Kid’s Catch-all Desk

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I purchased this totally trashed & abused roll-top desk because it was dirt cheap and paint magically hides everything. My girls have very creative minds, opening up every kind of “shop” imaginable and they design the most creative signs to go with them. They practically have the whole house labeled whenever we have a party with name tags and place settings for everybody. I love their creative spirit, but it can easily get out of control. I thought that having a designated spot to organize their signs, pencils, markers, tape, scissors, etc. would be a good thing.
The before:
I know it’s ugly, but the drawers glide perfectly!
After a few coats of black paint, some distressing,
top coating, and new knobs, it’s a nice piece that will hold a lot of creative kid stuff.
It hides everything.
Finally, a spot for their signs.
So many cubbies and drawers.
It’s reduced the creative chaos significantly.