Saturday, January 15, 2011

My Very First Project!


While I'm working on Mom's barstools I'll keep the eye candy coming with my very first project ever!  I started my grad program in May 2010.  I knew I would be studying all the time, so I wanted a cute and functional desk to work at.  It didn't take long for me to find a desk I loved on Craigslist.  Here she is:


The woman I bought it from said she used it while she was in college.  Judging from her age I'd say this desk was at least 30 years old.  It looked like someone had painted it red and put a faux glaze on it.  Here were the handles.  Gross!


I have a white corner desk I bought from Pottery Barn (these were the days before I knew about repurposing furniture).  I wanted my student desk to match, so I wanted white with black handles.  I had to put about three coats of primer on this desk to coat the red.  Then about two or three more coats of white semi-gloss paint.  I decided to paint the entire drawer too because they had spilled ink and other messes inside of them.  Here she is all made over!



You can tell I like bright colors.  I made my office/study very bright so I could stay awake and be happy while studying.



I love the bottom drawer on each side.  It looks like it is two drawers, but it is actually just a deep drawer.  I use one side to hold 3-ring binders and the other side to hold the 10,000 pens I own!


I love the middle drawer too!  Its size is perfect for keeping my miscellanous supplies organized.


I have this cute little knick-knack I got from my "big sister" at school to keep my files clips in.


I love the color of my corner chair.  I bought it at "The Pink Porch" in Spring Hill, TN.  It was originally cream and I spray painted it this pretty blue color.  In the next month or two I'm going to construct a bookcase to house all the chaos in my office.  I'm thinking about making it this color but with a glaze.


My SIL made the pillow years ago.  She was going to toss it so I took it home.  It looks great in here!  The cute little hat on the corner of the chair is from my sister who is living in NYC right now!  I adored hers when we went ice-fishing a few years ago so she sent me one!! How sweet!!
You'll notice right now you only get to see one side of my office.  That is because the other side is a chaotic mess right now.  I have piles upon piles of school books and nowhere to keep them.  Once I finish my bookcase I'll post pictures of the rest of the room!

Have a great weekend!

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23 comments:

  1. I love your desk.As a matter of fact I love the whole room. You use such fun colors! That green office chair is fab too!

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  2. Your desk turned out great! I love all those bright colors put together.

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  3. I love the desk re-do & that green chair is fab!
    ~Mary
    www.thecraftygals.blogspot.com

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  4. Lovely desk re-do, I've been on the hunt for a piece worth re-doing myself. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  5. You did an amazing job! I love the lines of the desk. Great shape. And I am totally lovin' that green chair!

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  6. I love this!! I think colors help so much in setting the mood for what you are doing. I also like the bright colors!
    I would love for you to share this with my readers on my link party. I am working on offices this month! How perfect is that?
    I'm not on google, so going to give you the link..
    Hope you stop by!
    http://www.organizewithsandy.com/2011/02/07/organizing-mission-monday-mission-office-week-8/

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  7. Oh... found you on Keeping it Simple link party!

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  8. Your desk turned out awesome!! And I love the green desk chair. Stopped by from Debbie's newbie party, Martina

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  9. How cute. Looks great with fresh white. Thank you for joining my newbie party.

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  10. I've been painting little things but I've not had the confidence yet to tackle a larger piece of furniture - you've done a great job covering the red and I love the handles you chose, they compliment the desk perfectly!

    Stopping by from the Newbie Party!

    Jem xXx

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  11. Coming over from Debbie's Party. Love the way the desk turned out. Everything looks so organized. Our office needs a major overhaul.

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  12. The desk looks great. I think it was very smart to paint the insides of the drawers too as they can be so icky on older desks. I love the clean white against all your bright colours.

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  13. this is very cool, i just love the color of the chair too

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  14. It came out fabulous!! I love the new hardware you used!!
    xxDaniella

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  15. hiya , i love your desk and i can imagine it in my craft room full of all my crafty goodness x do you deliver ???lol tfs
    xmaggiex

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  16. Looks amazing! Painting funiture is addicting!

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  17. Great job on the desk! Really pops against the purple. The lamp looks great on top! I came over from Debbiedoo's party. I'm your newest follower :)

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  18. That desk looks fantastic. Makes me wish I hadn't given up on the old beat up one I had....

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  19. Looks like a great desk! You did a nice job. Love the chair and the pillow too! All of it looks great together :)

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  20. I love everything in this post. The desk, the chair, the lamp, the pillow, the colors!! You need to come over to my house and repurpose this ugly dresser I have my tv on. I cant believe I once liked it! My taste has totally evolved since. Please become my best friend and visit me soon!!

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