Wednesday, January 14, 2009

desk makeover

I'm cheap. I can admit that. I do not like to buy things new. I L-O-V-E deals.
And free is even better.

During fall clean-up week, the kids and I were out walking and we came across this discarded kid's desk. Sure, it doesn't look like much....but I saw potential: sturdy, real wood, flip-top, compartments on top...

The kids walked home, and I brought this baby back in the red wagon.

BEFORE

Nothing a little paint and decoupage can't cure.

AFTER

Yeah, I found this in the fall and just got around to pretty-ing it up. Too many projects, too much to do and so little time. I'd love to tell you about my "secret laundry ingredient," but it will have to wait. I'm being kicked off the computer.

(This post can also be found here on Family Crafts)

17 comments:

Ms Debbie said...

This is BEAUTIFUL !!!!!

Jerri Dalrymple said...

You are SUCH a STINKER!!! That is GORGEOUS!!!! Now, how come I never come across those "deals" or creative thoughts, for that matter? Hmph!

elizabeth Haught said...

Very nice job.

Trish said...

So, so cute! It looks like it almost matches your curtains. Love it.

Mrs Smiley Joe said...

Wonderful!! I figured you'd be creatin' and paintin' up a storm with the weather as bone chilling as it is. Gotta produce happy hormones somehow!!! Yea! It looks wonderful!

Shirley said...

Very cute! Good for you!
Oh - and you can't do that - leave us hanging about a secret laundry ingredient ... :)

Rachel said...

That is gorgeous! Gotta love those deals!

Loveandadoor said...

Fabulous.. and inspiring!! Nice job.

Shan said...

YOU!!! Why do I want to be mad a you right now?! Hee HEE- AWESOME!!!!

October Dawn said...

And I thought I was doing good just to sand and re-stain a piano bench! When you paint you really paint beautifully!

Just what are those Woods up to? said...

It looks great!! Good job!

Mimi said...

You do amazing restoration of furniture. That desk is such a work of art--and I am sure your little artist loves it. Thanks for posting it!!!

Sun-Kissed Savages said...

Jerri and Shan, wow-- had no idea that a desk would bring out such feelings!! Tsk, tsk. ;-)
Thanks, guys. You flatter me. It was an easy deal: slap on the paint, decoupage the sucker, let dry. I'm all about short-term projects! And I love doing FAST things that turn out well. Those week-long projects just sap me. heh heh

Scrappy Gifts said...

sweet find! The paper even goes with the curtains. Thanks for linking up!

Shanarun said...

This desk make-over is FANTASTIC! (Just found you via a comment on poppies-at-play. Am having fun looking around your great blog!)

I Play Outside The Box said...

AWESOME!!!!

Catty Catty said...

I love it ... amazing