This is Eliza's room, and this is the desk I just finished for her. It used to look like this:
Yes, this was another bargain Craigslist find, and it came with the chair too, only it was originally brown. Once again I had to contend with that awful laminate top that seems to be the standard surface for furniture built in the 70's. I brushed on 2 coats of primer (the stain was still seeping through in spots) and 3 coats of white paint, then finished it with a clear gloss sealer because (silly me) I had purchased satin finish white paint and it did not scrub clean very easily. Hazel attacked it with a pencil after the 3rd paint layer, and it wouldn't come off so I had to touch it up with paint again. That was when I determined it was necessary for the clear coat!
I decided that white was definitely too boring for this chair, with all its fun little details just begging to be embellished. There was a lot more I could have done with this chair, but I was on a time crunch and had to leave it at the "medium-decorated" level. Eventually, when I start sewing again, I'll make her a seat cushion but for now this is what it looks like.
Eliza REALLY wanted to help paint her own knobs, so I gave her lots of Qtips and little baby food plastic lids full of craft paint, and she went to town!
Not bad for a 6 year old, eh?
Eliza was basing her designs on the knobs that I had painted years ago for her dresser and nightstand.
I posted these knobs about a year ago when I first started this blog, but in case you've never gone back that far, here are some of my favorites again!
These were obviously done back when I had more time...I can't imagine sitting down and doing these in such great detail now. If I remember correctly, each knob took me 30 minutes to an hour to paint because I had to work so slowly and carefully.
Crazy, I know...
So there it is, the finished product! Eliza is thrilled about having a desk in her room, she loves to go up there and do her homework and write letters to people. I remember when I was a kid I had a special tree stump (complete with little nooks and crannies for my markers) out in the woods that I would write and illustrate stories on, and I loved having that special space all to myself. Now Eliza has a (slightly more sophisticated) creative space all her own, too - and she couldn't be happier.