A mom can hope that her kids will just naturally want to study, right?
My kid strongly disliked school for about the first 7 months of Kindergarten. Sad for a former teacher.
I could have given up OR I could get creative…I choose creative.
This study desk was a steal on a Saturday morning stop at our local Goodwill.
As usual, I shuffled around everything in my over packed van and managed to shove the desk and chair into the space which would allow the door to close. I did my happy dance.
My son was pleasantly delighted to acquire his own piece of office furniture. In my head danced images of pencils, pens, markers, stapler, and glue neatly placed in the drawers. I’m pretty sure in his head he saw shredded paper, springs, opened paper clips, and boy stuff that would be used for his inventions or art.
Either way, together we went to the paint store so that he could select the colors he wanted for his new study desk. He thought that it was the “coolest” thing that he could design what his desk was going to look like. For each step he acted as foreman over the project and was delighted with the outcome of my efforts and his vision.
- Remove all handles and set them aside
- Lightly sand the exterior of the desk. I used a Dewalt Power Sander with 220 grit sand paper. Wipe the desk off with a clean damp cloth.
- Paint the entire desk with one coat of paint. For this project, I used Anne Sloane Chalk Paint in Napoleon Blue purchased at Your Favorite Things in Greensburg, PA.
- Spray paint the drawer pulls. We recycled the existing drawer pulls but added a cool color. My son picked fire engine red.
- While the pulls are drying, add a second coat of paint to the desk.
- We added stripes using @FrogTape to the front of this furniture piece. Measure and stick the tape to the dry surface then apply your contrasting color. For this project, I used acrylic paint purchased at Walmart.
TIP for removing tape for straight lines every time: Wait a few minutes after the application but don’t let the paint dry the entire way. You will want to stay close for this part.
- Then I printed the alphabet on the top of the desk. I measured across to determine the letter spacing and then placed them accordingly using Capital and Lower Case letters for my kindergarten student.
- Inspirational words were added to the bottom of the desk for my budding scholar using EkTool Paint Markers in silver. This is visual pleasing but also very practical for my new writer who uses it as a reference.
- Wax your final surface to keep it clean and free of water stains. I used Anne Sloane Dark Wax for this final step.
I hope you enjoy making memories where function and creativity collide,