You haven’t hear from me for quiet some time. I’m sorry. Life is very busy. I am in a process of writing my review of vacation in Turks and Caicos. And then write about our new family member….and then…..ohhh…..I want to write a lot 🙂
But before that…..
Our daughters shared a room until now. It worked great. And I personally think it is very beneficiary for them… they learned to share, how to take care of each other, how to get to know each other better and respect each other. This being said….Our second room was serving them as their playroom till now. My older daughter ( 6 years old) will start her grade 1 in September, and I thought it is the right time to give each one of them their own separate room. With their own desk and space for study in some silence. So….. We rebuild our playroom (I will be writing a post about that pretty soon) and moved our younger ( 4 years old) daughter in there. While I am still now sure what I want to do in my younger’s daughter room….I am very confident in what I am going to do in my older daughter’s room. So first…. I needed a desk. But I wanted a solid wood desk. And I had a pretty clear vision on how it suppose to look like when its all ready and done. So I decided to make it the way I want it … to make a kid’s desk makeover . After some searching on Kijiji I found this cute little desk made from Pine. And made in Canada, by the way! ( now…how patriotic is THAT?) 🙂
Here how I got it…it came in a set with this cute chair ( by the way say “Hi” to our newest family member – his name is Loki. He is a red fox Labrador and he is 4.5 months old in here 🙂 ):
Some dirty work had to be done with this cute set.
So I started out with sanding it:
After some HARD trying…I was able to sand only a small portion of the desk. So I went to the store and bought an electric sander. Oh my…..such a difference 🙂
This table was in a rough condition. Had scratches, dents, cracks and holes all over the top and legs… So I used wood filler to cover it all up and to make it smooth like new again:
After it was dry and gave it a sand again.
Then I gave it a good wipe, vacuumed and cleaned the table. It was time to prime it.
After I took off old handles from the drawers, I noticed that the drawers had some dents and scratches in the area of where the old handles were used to be … I did’t notice it at first…or…should I say I didn’t think it will be noticeable. How was I wrong….so after my first paint coat I actually put a wood filler on these damaged parts…..waited till it was dry and gave it a sand again.
Here they are… oh by the way….see that shelf with a heart? My $4.99 thrift store find. Real wood. I picked it up in a VERY rough condition 🙂 You will see how it looked completely redone pretty soon! 🙂
So I finally gave the drawers a paint job inside out.
All together I spent around 5 days ( not full) for this project. Drying took a lot of time.
1st day I spent just sanding
2nd day I spent filling out the dents and holes and priming
3rd day I spent on painting
4th day I spend on more painting + top coat
5th day I spent on top coat only
This set got sanded, cleaned, got its wood filler, sanded again, cleaned, primed ( 2 coats), painted 2 coats, top coat sealed – 2 coats.
And this is how it looks rrrrright now…..ready? 🙂 I love it! My daughter was very excited about her new desk 🙂
I got these cute crystal handles at Home Depot:
This is how the top looks like now. Very smooth:)
I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know if you have any questions!
p.s. I actually bought one more piece of furniture for her room…antique oak bookshelf. It will need a lot of work. Once I will be done with that – I will share the final results with you!
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