Monday, June 6, 2011

The Perfect Little Desk

Dilema #1: 
There is this awkward space to the left of our fireplace that most likely was designed to house a bookshelf to hold the components to your home theater system.  We have neither currently so it is just an odd looking space.

Dilema #2: 
Our kids are forever wanting to play on the computer.  However our desktop computer sits in the office at the front of the house.  We don't want the kids in there playing without being able to keep an eye on them.  So I have been contemplating how and where we could move the computer into the main room without it becoming a focal point (read: messy catchall area).  I love that we have the office space that can house my craft supplies and our home office "stuff".  Reality right now - the office is a storage room where boxes, papers and "stuff" goes to hide because the room has doors!


The other day I stopped in to my favorite Goodwill store and found the PERFECT FIT!  There amongst the small furniture and other oversized items was a small, Mission style desk that I was convinced would fit into that awkward alcove to the left of our fireplace.  It Did!!!!  I also found a great, simple white chair to go witht he desk. And the the perfect spot to tuck away the computer for the kids was found.

Of course, a birch wood desk and a white chair do not quite go with the warm wood and earth tones in our home.  So I headed to the store, picked up a few cans of satin finish dark brown spray paint and got to work.  I originally thought I would put a glaze over the paint to give it some character but we actually love how it came out so no glaze was necessary.  I did, however finish the top with 3 layers of polyeurothane to further help protect the surface from the inevitable wear and tear it will receive from 2 young kids.

I want to wait a few more days for the finish to fully cure before we put the computer on the desk but I couldn't wait to share this with you.  The kids are so excited to have the computer out here in the main room and to be able to play their games.  This project has gotten me revved up to finish the two student desks I picked up last fall at this awesome flea market that one of the local churches holds.  These desks need a bit more "love" before they are ready for paint but I hope to finish them up this month.  They will love having their very own work spaces in their rooms.

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  1. LOVE it! How perfect a fit is that -- surely it was meant for YOUR home! Love the color you chose -- congrats on a great find and paint job!

  2. I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    Come strut your stuff.

  3. Lori - Love what you did with the desk - it makes a perfect space for your little ones. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party. I am a little behind commenting - but I have featured this Monday. I greatly appreciate the FB mention - Thanks! Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  4. I just found you and your great ideas! I love this so much!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas!

  5. That is so cute! Perfect for the little nook area!

  6. Kids could really get sneaky, and I agree with you. Good thing you've found the right place where your kids can play the PC—and I should applaud you for making use of the “awkward” space beside your fireplace. Three thumbs up!


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