Oct 8, 2010

My own little show and tell

A few weeks ago I stumbled onto the deal of the century.  Our local college recently revamped their dorm space and were selling student desks for $3 - seriously, t.h.r.e.e. bucks!  We were in need of something to put our computer on as we were using a buffet table and it just wasn't the best set up.  So, I got in my MAV (Mormon assault vehicle) and headed to campus.  At first I bought just one, then after seeing their potential I went back and bought another. Then another.  I've bought 5 total.  Three we kept, two we gave away.  So, here's my show and tell, we are still working on the third but two are done and being used and we love them.  They are bit old school, I mean they were probably built in the 70's, but I love the clean lines and the attached shelf and they are REAL wood - no particle board or press board. Can't even buy particle board stuff for $3.

So, here are the before photos, they had a great shape, good bones I guess is what I should say but they needed some love.

And here are the end results.  For this first one we used a Polystain, which is a combination product that is a water based stain mixed with polyacrylic so it has some color but also seals the wood too - nice!  Loved the one step. The top was a weird vinyl so we coated it with Krylon Fushion which is a spray paint that sticks to plastics and various other things.  In the picture below you can't really see the new top color because our green wall is reflecting on it, however, it's a lovely chocolate brown, you can see it better in the other photos.

Looks better, right?  (sorry for the ugly cords)

The next one was Miss M's desk.  She wanted one for her room and she wanted it black.  So we used a rub on stain.  Here are the results. 

We found some awesome knobs at Hobby Lobby for 50% off and loved how they match her room.  Below are some photos of her desk set up with the cork board I made for her - check out her art work that is hanging on the board, nice right?  She's a great artist.

We still have one more desk to finish but since it is going to be my craft/project desk I think I will do something a little more funky.  I'll be sure to share the results.



staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

Looks great! And what an awesome deal..I would have snapped some up too :)

Melissa said...

Just found your blog today and I can't. stop. reading. I chose this post to comment on because the first thing I noticed in these photos were your daughter's amazing drawings. What talent! :)