Friday, October 26, 2012

DIY Girls' Room Desks

Aloha!

I'm not sure what "nesting" looks like in other households, but in mine, it seems to look like a whole bunch of old projects finally getting finished! Ha!   I've admitted before that I have crafting/building/sewing ADD, and I have quite the list of projects that are only about 90% completed.





Take these desks, for instance. I've been working on my daughters' bedroom for the last 4 months or so, and I promised them they would each have their own "office space". I had all the wood on hand, but my sander died, and I knew it would be way too much work to sand it all by hand, and I didn't want to buy another cheapy sander that was only going to last a year and then die again, but I also couldn't justify spending $50+ on a power tool for myself right away either.

Then, I won a $100 Lowe's gift card from sweet Jamielyn at I Heart Naptime! I was so excited when she emailed me, and I waited patiently for it to arrive in the mail. It came right before my birthday in early October, and I practically sprinted to Lowe's (waddled was probably closer to what actually happened), and I bought myself a Dewalt sander for my birthday present!

I give the best gifts. ;)

I happened to have the girls with me, and I walked through the paint section with the intention of picking a stain for the top, and I knew I was going to keep the legs white. When my girls saw all the paint chip cards, they each wanted to choose one, so I strolled by and let them each choose whatever color they really wanted.

Then I made my usual stop at the Oops! paints, and lo-and-behold, there were three small Valspar sample paint cans for $1 each, in almost the EXACT colors my girls had chosen! It was so serendipitous! They had about 7 colors in all, but I couldn't believe they had those three colors. My girls begged me to get them, and I'm a sucker, so I bought them. And as much as I loved the idea of the stain, I knew my top wood had some serious holes that needed to be patched, and I was worried the stain wasn't going to cover it very well. Plus I mentioned I'm a sucker for my girls, right?



So I brought my loot home, spent one evening cutting and sanding, then assembled them the next day, and painted and poly'ed them the next. My sweet girls were so patient while everything dried and while mom's poor feet took breaks (serious cankles at this point, people!)




I would write up a tutorial for you, but Ana White has very similar plans with her Clara Table. I already had some 1x17" wood that I had used for the toddler canopy beds, so I just used one single piece for the top rather than the 1x8's. My oldest daughter had specifically asked for something with "no bumps", to make it easier to write on as well, so I was willing to give up a couple inches in depth to keep it in one solid piece. And they're slightly taller than the Clara Table since my oldest is 8 already, and I didn't want it to be too small for her...

I also don't own a Kreg Jig (sad face), and I didn't want to have to use 3" screws for the legs, so I fudged those as well and inset them. I used a nail gun and Gorilla Glue to attach the table top to the skirt piece as well (again because a Kreg wasn't available). It got the job done, but I'm hoping Santa will bring a Kreg Jig this year!


I'm excited to show you the chairs! They look amazing...in my head! ;)  I have the pieces all cut out, but I'm still working up the motivation to put them together. I'm hoping tomorrow is the day. Wish me luck!

Aloha,

Charlie


2 comments:

  1. I love this post. Thanks for sharing. A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E !!

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  2. Those tables are absolutely lovely! I couldn’t wait to see my little girl grow up and ask me for desk, so I could build one according to her request. I would then just get back to this post for some color ideas. The white and other colors are a great combination.

    Christine
    COFSouth.com - Office Desks Florida

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