Tuesday, July 16, 2013

My Boys Needed A Desk

And it has not been a good summer for street finds
because let's face it,
gas is freakin expensive,
especially if you live in Illinois,
which has the HIGHEST gas rate of the nation.
I last heard they charge more here than Hawaii.

So... I directed myself to the thrift store and 
I picked up this art deco desk for $50,
which was high for me for a desk,
BUT I needed to get this done before they go back to school.

Subby is going into 5th grade and has reached ~desk age~.

The boys' room is blue and has a nautical/navigation theme.
Here's my transformation.
(I still need to find a cool looking chair, too!)

I used mostly everything I had on hand,
except I was out of polycrylic sealer and needed to pick up a tub,
which was another $20, but that will last several more projects, too.

I used my signature white chocolate finish by Ben Moore,
which is my favorite antique white.

For the drawers.
I had some sample pods of different blues
that I picked up on clearance last year.
None of them were a suitable blue for my desk,
so I mixed them all together
and came up with the perfect blue that way,
it's more of a blue-grey.

I had left over dark red and grey that I used for the stripe
and compass on the desktop.

Are you still with me?

Of course, I distressed the whole thing
because that's how I roll.
They're going to ding it up anyway,
so I might as well give them a head start so it blends in.

I also lined the drawers with old maps.
I did not paint the drawers this time,
I usually do,
but I'm trying to conserve a bit of paint and primer.
The bottoms of the drawers definitely needed
something to cover them up, and maps did the trick
and Subby is obsessed with geography anyhow.

I just redid the boys' room a month ago anyway,
in soft blues,
and now there are maps everywhere in their room.
They also have a huge sailfish which we redid as well.

And there's my three day re-do,
I'm takin' my time, it's summer!


Debbie said...

Wow very creative and major change.. Love the nautical theme.

Unknown said...

It looks fabulous, I love what you did to the top!

Lynn said...

Very cool and perfect for a boys room! I'll bet they loved it:@)

Unknown said...

What a gorgeous desk for a boys room - love the blue - its a beautiful perfectly boy blue!!!
Visiting from Savvy Southern Style

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

I love what you did with this desk! I hope your boys love it too! I just hopped over from Grandma Barb's. Nice to meet you!! Think I'll join the rest and follow along, looks like fun here to me!!

Susan @ SunflowerHugs said...

I love it!

Helen and her Daughters said...

Wow, that turned out great! Love the maps in the drawers.

SImple and Serene Living said...

I love it and I bet your boys do, too. xo Laura

Laurel@ChippingwithCharm said...

I LOVE this!! So glad you found me so I could find you :)

Susie said...

Beautiful job on that desk. It's a sturdy looking piece of funiture well worth the money. I like the blue mixture, way to go girl. The maps was a very clever way to do the drawers inside. Can't wait to see the chair you come up with.xoxo,Susie

orchid0324 said...
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orchid0324 said...

Dearest andrea,
Wow, great job from loving mother♡♡♡ I wish your children appreciate and your work and study hard. They sure will like the color very much.
I'm crossing my fingers for the chair♬♬♬

I loved your sweet visit, my friend♡♡♡
Lots of Love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

PS> So sorry that I have made some typos for the previous comment p;)

Pam Kessler said...

That's fantastic. The maps on the inside of the drawers is a great idea.

Unknown said...

Wow, I love ALL of your Furniture! You do an amazing job!! I would love you to come and link up to my paint party starting tonight @ 8pm
Hope to see you there


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TexWisGirl said...

that is very cool! i like the map drawer-lining best. very clever!

Ivy and Elephants said...

The desk came out so cute! Love the aging and nautical theme you gave it.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

This desk is fabulous. Love the red and blue drawers and the design on top. Very very cool!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

What an awesome redo! Love it, and those maps inside the drawers!! :) Have a great week-end! xo Holly

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