Grab your coffee, a comfy seat and let's chat awhile. I have lots to tell you today. First of all let me say that Miss S did not make it her full length of stay. She started having problems with homesickness the first night and it never stopped. After 3 bad nights and days of many calls, skyping and texting back home ... Dad finally said "It's time to come home." So Sunday she (accompanied by Uncle T) flew home. She is much happier now but we are sad that it didn't work out for her. Maybe next time (sigh).
Now I have been promising you for a while that I would start posting some of my before and after projects. Today is the first of those. We have been diligently working on getting Miss A's Space together for her. When we moved we had to leave a lot of things behind ( a moving van can only hold so much...). Furniture (mainly Miss A's) was on that list. So, we have been thrift shopping to replace what we need. I truly love to refinish and re purpose furniture so, this made a great opportunity for me to be able to do what I love most -thrift shop, re purpose furniture, and PAINT..... This is my first project for her room
Isn't it adorable.... I absolutely love it. I saw the inspiration for it on Pinterest
Isn't it cute... I am not too good at remembering to take pics of what I am doing yet I seem to forget most of the time - even though I keep my camera at my work station. I just haven't gotten used to snapping each step so, alas, there are many steps left to the imagination on this one.
These are the before pics minus the drawer as I had already started painting it. We found this little number at the local Good Will for $25. A little bunged up and dirty - requiring a good cleaning.
and a nice coat (actually 2 coats) of Zinsser primer and sealer.
And this is what it looked like. Then the decorative part of the painting. (and no pics, sorry) I decided to do mine differently than the inspiration piece. I painted each leg the pastel colors blue, pink, green and yellow. (The yellow is so pale it looks white in the pics)
Then I painted the drawer pink. The next step was painting the polka dots on the legs and drawer. These I did free hand. Just painted a white circle where it looked like one needed to be. No science here.
Then I painted the desktop and the apron white. But, I couldn't leave that desktop untouched.....
So I taped off a large square and painted it pink then added the pink polka dots the same as the legs. Then came the hard part - the black check border around the pink square. Now this was challenging but , oh so worth it... I marked off the squares and then placed an X on every other one. The X'd ones were painted black. This was all done free hand also but, if you find a brush the width of the square you want to make it becomes quite simple.
The next step was to line the ugly drawer. I hate ugly brown drawers. I found some cute wrapping paper with a girly them done with polka dots. Really perfect for his funky little desk. I decoupaged the paper on the inside of the drawer. And, I really love how it turned out.
The last step was to add a protective finish. (Especially, since it was going in a 6 year old room) I had a hard time deciding on a wax or a polyurethane coat. I read a lot about both on the blogs I follow and finally decided wax was the best. I used Johnson's clear coat wax. I applied the first coat with a brush and let it set overnight. Then I polished it with a soft cloth. I decided to apply a second coat but used a rag this time. Let it set overnight and then polished it. Now, since it was a desk going in a little girl's room I decided the top needed a third coat and so it was applied the same way as the second coat.
And here it is - in all it's glory. I absolutely love it and think it is so adorable. We are busy working on more pieces for her room as I write this. So, say tuned - hopefully I can remember to take pics....
So, until next time - have fun, do what you love but, most of all enjoy your life.
Lovin' my life in Carolina
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