I have a confession to make—I am a junk scrounger. If you leave your unwanted, beat up, misshapened furniture on the curb there is a high probability that I will be the one to scoop it up if you live within 50 miles of me. It is a compulsion that gets me into a lot of trouble with the hubby. I just can’t stand the thought of perfectly sturdy furniture going to waste because of a few blemishes. In a way you could look at it as a rescue mission. No? It didn’t work on the hubby either. Usually these items sit in my garage until I get around to fixing them up or giving them away. And I do acknowledge that it is slightly odd that I pipe up saying, ‘Oh, I’ve got the perfect thing for you!’ every time another mom starts talking about how she needs a desk or a chair or a side table at play group.
Well, this time I found something that we could actually use.
Great, right? I know she doesn’t look like much, but with a little sanding, a little painting and the addition of the handles that were tucked inside the top drawer by the previous owner; this would the perfect little homework desk for my first grader. I had been promising Aiden his own little space to do his homework for a while and now I could deliver with a desk makeover.
We had a desk in our spare bedroom, but was big and awkward and not his size at all. And it really needed to go anyway.
So, back to our new (to us) boy-sized desk:
I called my handy sister, Claire, over to assist. We made a quick supply stop at Home Depot to pick up some paint. We picked a deep boyish shade of royal blue paint. I already had some Kilz Clean Start primer. It has low odor and zero VOCs so we figured it was best for a project with kiddos.
The desk was already sanded down pretty well all over except for the drawer faces. so we gave the body a light sand and used an electric sander on the drawer faces.
We probably could have done a little more sanding, but we were tired and anxious to get things moving along. Plus, we had the primer that I was sure would help the paint grip. Next we used some wood putty to fill in any dents or grooves. There weren’t many, so this went quickly.
That took about 5 minutes to dry. Then we sanded the excess putty off.
Now we were ready to prime. Please note that those are junky paint clothes. I don’t regularly let my kids run around in Pj’s in the afternoon.
One lesson we learned a little late was DO NOT PAINT ON YOUR BARE DRIVEWAY. Either put a tarp down or move it to a grassy area–in which case you should still put a tarp down to avoid getting grass stuck on your project. We learned this the next day.
Although the primer’s label says that it can be repainted in an hour, we let it sit overnight. Partly because we were being extra cautious and partly because it was getting late.
The next morning we started in on the painting portion of the project.
We let the first coat dry for a few hours while we went out for lunch. When we got back we started in on coat number 2.
After letting that dry, screwing in the handles and replacing the drawers in their slots; we moved the finished product inside.
Overall, the project went well. Especially with three little ones running around the whole time. The primer did its job and helped the paint cling to the not-so-well-sanded drawer faces. And now my Aiden is a happy little bug when it is homework time. So, yay!!, for junk hunting. We’ll put this one in the win column. As for the 1970s headboard I found last week? Eh, the jury’s still out on that one.