Monthly Archives: August 2010

update: thrift store desk

thank you for all your feedback on our house-projects! today, i’m very excited to share another completed one with you…

my desk!

it was quite a disaster when i first bought it. but with a bit of sanding, patching, drilling, super-gluing, painting, re-aligning, and a whole lot of dedication- it is finally finished! i decided against painting it white because i thought it was too boring. so i went with grey! at first it looked like a filing cabinet to me, but after a little more sanding and some anthro knobs, i think it looks pretty good! it is in no way perfect, but that’s the beauty of it…

the drawers took the most work. the beautiful handles that i bought did not quite fit the holes that were already on the drawers, so this is where the patching and drilling came into play. but it all worked out wonderfully and they came out great. after they were painted, i thought they looked too clean. so i sanded the frame around each of the drawers to make it look a little worn.

ta-daaaa! the finished product :) i’m very happy with the way it came out and couldn’t wait to start putting things away, so i got started immediately…

then really made it feel like my own space… i’m looking forward to putting more on this inspiration board and decorating the small part of the wall around my desk.

so, my desk is done. and now i need to find a chair. i have some paint that is the color of the knobs, so i’m thinking about painting the chair that color and getting a white seat cushion to put on it, but we’ll see :)

that’s it for now! got a few more things to share with you, so check back soon!


project: thrift storeĀ finds

hello all! we are slowly but surely getting settled into our new home and so far we are absolutely loving it! it is so nice to stretch our arms out and have some space! we have unpacked our art supplies and spent sometime releasing the creativity that has been stuck for the past few months. and with that creativity we have taken on a few projects that i wanted to share with you all! but first, check out our backyard- full of lots of great things from our new favorite store… home depot!!! :)

as far as projects go- here’s one of the first finished products! i bought two dining room chairs at the pasadena swap meet a few weekends ago. the awesome colors of the chairs inspired me to start painting the chairs that i already had. here’s a picture of our completed table, please disregard our (NOT cute) yellowish walls…

next up- my roommate, Hayley, bought an awesome coffee table for $15. we spent some time sanding off a name and other scratches that were engraved on the top of the table…

the almost finished product! Hayley and her boyfriend Matt did such a great job sanding the rest of the table. all it needs is some wood-stain and it will be finished! this is a piece of furniture that she’ll be able to keep for a LONG time! i know it will be beautiful.

next project- i bought a frame and a mirror at the thrift store. i wanted to make the frame in to a message board using the chalkboard paint and thought i could repaint the mirror to hang up next to our jewelry display…

here’s the finished chalkboard! and the list of things we still need to do :) but i’m so happy with the way it turned out! i painted the mirror, but didn’t like the color of it. hopefully i’ll get a chance to repaint it soon…

last but not least, my BIG project! i bought a kids desk for $7 at the thrift store. it was a pretty big mess- horribly dirty, full of garbage, knobs and handles missing, drawers that don’t open, funky flowers painted on a drawer… i’ll let you see for yourself:

i spent a few hours sanding the paint off and trying to even out some of the bumps and scrapes. here’s what it looks like now…

to make up for the $7 desk, i went to anthropologie and bought some AMAZING knobs and handles! i think they’re going to look awesome on the desk. check them out!

i’m in a bit of a dilemma because the handles don’t quite fit the distance between the holes in the drawers, but i’m going to try to make it work somehow. i think i’m too in love with the handles to give them up! my next step will be painting the desk… any suggestions on colors? my guess is that it will end up white, with a little vintage touch. i wanted to paint it an orange-y color, but i think that might be too much. i also thought about grey, but i’m not sure i like grey and gold against each other. and i would love to paint it yellow, but our walls have a hint of yellow and unfortunately that would not be a pretty combination. so, if you have any other thoughts or suggestions, please let me know!

we have taken on our fair share of projects! and i can’t wait until it’s all finished. but for now i’m going to continue enjoying this process of creating and making things new. i’d love to hear what you think! i know this is a crazy-long post, but i hope you like what we’ve done so far :)

i’ll leave you with one last picture… a project that will come in the distant future… our backyard garden…

man, i hope we’re here longer than a year :)