Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thrifty Thursday

Last week my Husband mentioned that a friend at work had a small desk they didn’t need and would I want it ? WOULD I WANT IT ? UHH…YES! Can’t get thriftier then free! It was actually from an apartment model that was getting make over. So Thursday he brought it home. Here’s the before ……
I love free!
This was such great timing. My 5 year old has grown out her jewelry table & we were on the hunt for something new. Heres her little table.......
(But I have to say, that table was a great deal too! I only paid $10 at a thrift store 5 yrs ago & its been used by both girls.)     On to the redo of the new set....

With left over paint in the garage and a quick trip to Hobby Lobby for some cute fabric to match her room I gave this desk a new look.

After 3 coats of paint it was finally white. Then it was time to recover the seat. First I unscrewed the seat & laid it on top of the fabric.
I then cut the fabric leaving enough to fold over the old cushion. Folding & holding fabric tight, I secured it with a staple gun. Its kind of like wrapping half of a present. Then I just screwed it back on to the base.
Done!
The old “kid friendly” mirror that came with her little jewelry desk fit perfectly on top. But since I couldn’t actually attach it to the desk top, I just used some 3M COMMAND strips (the ones from those removable hooks) on the back of the mirror stand to secure it to the wall. Now it looks like it was meant to be, but if I ever need to remove it, it should come off no problem.


This is the cleanest this table will ever be! When she got home from school that day she spent the afternoon organizing her jewelry etc. As well as putting all her little important things on top for display. Its such a great size & will last her through all her growth spurts!
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18 comments:

texwisgirl said...

So cute. AND FREE! Love it!

Kate Pabst said...

Adorable. That turned out wonderfully!

k.

Leanna said...

Oh my word, so cute! :) Great job!

Out on the prairie said...

What a unique little table, I liked it as was.I guess it didn't match as well for a youngster.The pink made me think of my girls being pink in one room and purple in the other, complete with matching carpet.I gave a carpet allowance when I sold that home.LOL

sapphireblue said...

Great job repurposing! Glad it didn't go to the junk yard.

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Such a cute desk! And YAY for free! I saw a tutorial the other day for a stenciled table top...I bet that would be really cute on her little jewelry desk too:)

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

totally love it! that is the cutest thing. can't beat FREE!

Allison said...

You are truly amazing and inspiring! I have a great thrift shop nearby and rarely have the courage to attack new projects. Did you sand the old paint before you repainted it white? Please do let me know! Next time I'm in town I may just ask to look you up! :D

Roundabout said...

Allison- I should have sanded it before painting, but since the paint that was already on it was flat, I just went ahead and painted. Sometimes I just get so excited to do a project I'll skip that step if I don't "have" to do it. If your ever in town let me know :)

Kelli- stenciling would look so cute on that table! Great idea! Thanks!

Nancy said...

I imagine your daughter was thrilled. I can see her, placing all of her jewelry and knick-knacks just "so." She's going to feel like a movie star -- thanks to her mom's ingenuity! Great job!

Linda in New Mexico said...

This is so precious. How lucky your girls are to have such a clever Mommy. I love what you did with the desk. TOB, Linda

Canyon Girl said...

I can just imagine how thrilled she must be. It is so pretty. You must have a lot of fun with your daughters.--Inger

Babbs said...

That is beautiful!!!!! You did a wonderful job!!! I bet she absolutely loves it...I do!! :) and FREE is the best!!!

Allison said...

Thanks for the info! If you don't think everything must absolutely be sanded, then I may try something one of these days. There is a lovely cabinet my husband and I got from the farm where he grew up. They kept feed and tools in it until they gave it to us. He sanded it last summer and it's been outside waiting for us to decide what to do with it. When we move (if that day ever comes!) perhaps I'll consider painting it!

Dawn said...

SO Beautiful!!! You did a wonderful job on it!!!!!
:)

Paula said...

I bet you daughter loves it, you did such a great job.

Angela from what would angela do? said...

awww, I love this. Vanities for girls are so cute!! Nice work!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, Trisha! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? The link is at http://www.homemakeronadime.com/2011/04/creative-bloggers-party-hop-042411.html.
Thank you so much :)