Elbow Grease Goes Along Way

Hailey asked for two very expensive gifts this year, a robotic horse named Butterscotch and a "student desk to do her homework on." Since we were just able to afford the horse, the desk seemed out of the question. That is until I became a craigslist believer. I searched craigslist daily and happened upon this cute little desk. The owner had it since she was in school. I am not sure of her age, but I think it is safe to say it is at least 20 years old. For 20 bucks and a lot of elbow grease, we were able to fulfill Hailey's list!

Before
AfterMax sanded, primed, and painted the desk and chair. He also worked very hard to polish the brass handles that had many years of tarnish on them.
I picked out some new fabric to recover the seat (I got the good end of the deal on this project). It turned out to be a charming little desk and chair. That is a lot of bang for your buck!


The other project we did was to buy unfinished wooden letters to spell each of the girls' names. You can buy them already painted at Pottery Barn Kids for $10.00 a piece. That was a bit steep with 29 letters to buy. Hobby Lobby had a 30% off sale that made each letter only $1.75. It took more work than I had anticipated. I started out using acrylic paint for crafting and after three coats, I upgraded to priming them and using the same paint as on the desk. One coat of primer and one coat of paint was more like it. When we settle on a theme, I might paint some colored Daisy's on them. But for now, white will do.

9 comments:

Steph said...

What a great desk! I wish I had the time/talent/patience to take on something like that. Ciara's Santa brought her a corner computer desk (out of a box!).

MondaythroughSunday said...

What a GREAT desk and I love the letters! Great job!

Abbie said...

Ohh isn't it so much fun to make something look new again....if only my boobies/tummy could do that...*sigh*
Is that the desk that was in your video? SO beautiful! GREAT job!

Kay said...

Beautiful!
I'll have to check Craig'slist for a desk for ME!

Devin said...

You guys are just too crafty. Those are precious.

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