Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Green Desk Makeover

Do you remember this desk that I showed you way back when?
Here’s how she looks now:
Green Desk Animal Print Chair
This little desk was quite the chore!  The laminate top was pretty resistant to holding paint, even after a good bonding primer, so my patience was tested.  Many drops of sweat, tears, and coats of paint later, I think she turned out pretty great.
The green paint color was a request from my oldest for her “jungle room” (I’ll share my decorating dilemma with her room at the bottom of the post so you can understand…) – she wanted to cover her room in vines so to reach a compromise, green paint it was.  I did tone down the bright green with a dark glaze finish – much easier on the eyes than the original color.
Green Desk Makeover home.made
One of the knobs was missing, so I replaced them with new knobs from Hobby Lobby.  The drawer handles are original and just received a good scrubbing.  The chair came with the set – I painted it in ASCP in Pure White and recovered the seat with a plush, faux fur fabric (won huge Mom of the Year points with that move!)
Green Desk Makeover home.made.
As you can see, my daughter has accessorized to her liking… the bulletin board was a Hobby Lobby 50% off find that I also painted in ASCP Pure White.  I added a crackle medium to it and that has been, um, interesting.  I’ll post about that experience on another day.   
My daughter is quite excited about her new desk and chair, and loves using this spot to doodle, complete her homework assignments, and research her favorite little critters.
How many seven year olds do you know that have this book?!
Which brings me to the decorating dilemma in this room… try designing a room around these bad boys:
Animal Cages Decorating Dilemma
*sigh* I love my little nature girl, but it’s really hard to work around a tortoise, a hedgehog, and a few hermit crabs!  Animal cages aside, the rest of her safari/jungle theme room is slowly coming together.  I may just finish it sometime in the next few months and then I can share the full reveal.  I have a fun little bedside table makeover and a DIY safari canopy to share with you!

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  1. Gorgeous transformation, I LOVE the green!


  2. What a great make over! I love the green color!

  3. great job--love that color! Good luck decorating around all those critters ;)

  4. Love the green! Visiting from Happy Hour!
    Have a great weekend!
    House on the Way

  5. You did an AMAZING job! Seriously love the color of your desk and the knobs you found are perfect! You are making me want to paint this weekend! Thank you SO much for sharing your project!!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  6. Love the emerald color! Looks great! Newest follower!
    - April Hoff

  7. I love the green, looks great, the original looks like one I had in my bedroom growing up. I have to admid that I love the snakes and spiders too:)

  8. Rhonda, great job on the transformation. I love the bold green paint. I love how you made the pull handles pop. I just started a new blog hop and would love for you to come over and link up your post or any social media.

  9. Pantone has chosen emerald green as the color of 2013 which makes you the leader of the pack! Great transformation!


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