Last week I showed you how I cut this desk down from regular size to kid size. I asked for your opinions on what I should do with it. While I was pondering what to do, I was thinking about a trip I was about to take. In fact, I am gone right now. I’m in Howell Michigan with Team Depot and the Celebration of Service. It’s all about The Home Depot contributing $50 Million towards veterans causes.
Anyway, I was thinking about all that while I was looking at my stash of paint. And suddenly it came to me, I guess the paint spoke to me.
If you missed this the first time around, I’ll tell you that my cousin Terry dropped this desk off to me. Her dad, my Uncle Roscoe curbed it years ago. You can see it has some problems.
How did I combat this problem?
I cut the desk down. You can check it out in my post Cut a Desk Down To Kid Size.
These are the paint colors that spoke to me.
I started by mixing some Plaster of Paris and water together, and adding it to the main color of the desk.
I gave everything at least two coats of this homemade chalk paint.
I really had no idea how to paint a camouflage pattern, so I thought I should let the chair be my guinea pig.
I then went to work on the desk. I wasn’t thrilled with how it was going, but I kept on keeping on.
I don’t usually tape off when I do chalkboard paint, but I wanted a good crisp line on this piece.
I applied 3 coats of brush on Rustoleum chalkboard paint. I always do three coats, the first going east to west, the second going north to south, and the third however I think it needs to go.
I let the desk set for a day, to decide if I liked it okay. I decided that it was okay—then I got to thinking about what color to paint the handles. I was going to go for black, but then I wondered what else I could use for handles instead of the vintage handles that were on it originally. R-O-P-E! I dunno really how it came to me, sometimes thoughts just pop into my head.
I had to go to the hardware/post office store to mail an Etsy package and buy some bolts for the Display Easels, so I picked up some rope while I was there.
I gathered everything I needed.
The rope is 3/16, so I drilled my holes the next bit larger. I should write these things down. I always think I’ll remember, but I don’t.
I used an old teacher trick to get the rope through the holes without fraying. For now, I just left them long inside the drawer and knotted them end to end. I’m not sure how I’ll finish them off.
Here you have it! One wonderful Camo Kid’s Desk!
So, are you curious what I’m doing in Michigan with The Home Depot? There are 12 of us bloggers meeting up to work on a service project with Team Depot Volunteers. It really is a great cause called Stiggy’s Dogs. The neat thing is my cousins live in a nearby township, and they alerted me to this article in the newspaper. The plan is that we arrive in Detroit (last night) and get up bright and early this morning to head to Howell to volunteer. Then we’ll be attending some classes with the fine folks at The Home Depot. The gang will be heading home today, but I’m staying on for a few days to get in some quality time with the cousins!
This desk will either be for sale at the booth, or I may take it to Glendale (it depends on how much room is in the truck). All proceeds from this desk will be donated to Stiggy’s Dogs.
I’ll tell you all about my trip next week!
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.