Thursday, March 6, 2014

My Computer Desk From The Curb

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During what we folks around here call "Parma Junk Days", my mom and I were out picking through the piles on the curbs when we spotted this nice desk.  It was a beastly heavy piece of furniture.  Thankfully I was pulling my trailer on my truck so we didn't have to lift it up in to the bed, but it was still difficult to move.  Yes, I really need to get back into working out/weights.  We ended up sliding it on it's top on the trailer and in the process left some rather nasty scrapes and gouges.  I can be okay with that when I get it for free.

Luckily, I have a dolly at home for times like these!

I had some odds and ends of paint with various red shades.  I tried to mix up enough chalk paint and make my own, but it ended up being a rather ugly brownish red color.  Ewwwww.

Hey, when it comes to mixing your own paint, you win some - you lose some.

One day when I was in Lowes, I scanned the mistint shelf like I always do.
Low and behold, there was this little red mistint for fifty cents!

I bought the new red, and it sat on my desk for weeks, reminding me that my desk was really ugly and needed a new shade of red.  
Last week, my little three year old gobbled down the last bite of her breakfast and asked, "Can we paint something today, Mommy?"
I decided it was a great day to paint the desk, and gave her a brush. 
(I went behind her and rolled it out with my foam roller.
There was just enough to cover the entire desk.  Phew!

I used stencils to number the knobs, and taped off around the drawers to outline them with white.

The "drawers" on the left are actually faux drawers and it's a door that opens up to hold the computer.  The middle "drawer" folds down and my keyboard slides out.  I love this desk!!!

And to think I got it FREE!  (And then only put fifty cents into it!)

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Here's a side-by-side peek at what the office looked like before and after the latest desk.

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  1. Nice! That desk is awesome--thank goodness you have the big room to fit it.
    I love that your daughter wants to paint with you.

  2. that's a flippin' awesome desk, I love it Kammy!

  3. Oh my goodness, and your daughter wanting to paint something!! PRECIOUS! that's my kind of girl! (sorry forgot to add that before)

  4. Love the red and white together!

  5. Oh my goodness this is the most amazing 50 cent makeover! I love it!

  6. Love how you include your kids in your projects!

  7. Madeline said, such a lovely computer desk baby and I have been very impressed to see this sort of colorful computer desk in here. So whatever other furniture's is but this computer desk has suited very nicely with your fabulous room and that's why I will also look forward to buy this very soon. Thanks for superb decoration.


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