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Bee_U_Tiffle
« on: January 19, 2005 01:25:35 AM »

I finished this desk set today for my 5 yr old.  
     


It was supposed to be for Xmas but the weather wasn't great for painting.  It will be good to store all her craft bits and pens etc that usually clutter up the kitchen.
     
The desk is an old school one and was $2. They gave me a matching chair for free  Grin  I needed to sand out all the scratches and graffitti. The legs were an icky chipped institutional grey originally.  I already had old test pots with paint and after much searching I found the perfect girly paper for decoupage at the supermarket (hearts, flowers, butterflies, ladybugs.....).  The whole lot has three layers of glitter polyurethane (Fairy Dust).  It does not show up in the photos at all but there is a beautiful subtle shimmer over every surface.
The two shades of purple don't really show up in the pics - there is really much more contrast.

 

I've blurred out her name on the chair back.  I used a Celtic type font as a stencil and highlighted the name with silver.  The crown is a stencil I made from Word clipart.  The finishing touch will be some jewels glued on the crown.  I have some tiny ones but now think we need to get some much bigger ones!

Little Bee the new owner is very happy.  She loves purple, and now has somewhere to deal with all her imporant correspondence  Grin

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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2005 05:02:14 AM »

Awwwwwww!  Absolutely adorable!
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2005 06:16:11 AM »

Awww that is so cute...I just bought a house last year, and the lady left two desks like that in my basement...I left them cause I thought they would be fun to do something with when I eventually have kids...now I know exactly what I want to do...Great job!! You have given me inspiration...now I just have to make some kids... Grin - all in good time I suppose!!!

thanks for posting that...I love it!

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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2005 12:31:56 PM »

That deskset is super sweet.  I have always wanted to do something similar (maybe a dresser?) for my tots'.  Thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2005 03:37:37 AM »

Thanks for the nice comments.  It was a fun project and has been used a lot since we moved it to her room.  Even if you don't have kids these kind of desks would make fun storage fo suplies like beads etc.

If I had another one I would paint the top with blackboard paint, I think that would be fun for little (and big) kids.

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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2005 02:59:45 PM »

That's so cute! I love the flowery goodness
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2005 10:05:57 AM »

cute! I always wanted a flip top desk when I was that age!
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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2005 03:32:19 PM »

 Cheesy i want one thats adorable, im sure your daughter will cherish it for years to comee.
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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2005 10:12:55 AM »

That is really cute
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2005 07:12:46 AM »

That's so cute, I love the little crown on the chair!
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« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2005 10:47:07 AM »

That desk is awesome!!!


Awww that is so cute...I just bought a house last year, and the lady left two desks like that in my basement...I left them cause I thought they would be fun to do something with when I eventually have kids...now I know exactly what I want to do...Great job!! You have given me inspiration...now I just have to make some kids... Grin - all in good time I suppose!!!
Nessagurl - those old school desks work great as side tables and tv holders as well.  I used one as a bedside table, and then tv holder for years.  Just make sure its still sturdy before you put a heavy TV on it. lol

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« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2005 09:25:16 AM »

Awww that is so cute...I just bought a house last year, and the lady left two desks like that in my basement...I left them cause I thought they would be fun to do something with when I eventually have kids...now I know exactly what I want to do...Great job!! You have given me inspiration...now I just have to make some kids... Grin - all in good time I suppose!!!

thanks for posting that...I love it!

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You can always make those 'hiding' children, the little corner kid things, to keep the seat warm until you have your own real kids. Infinitely quieter and easier to deal with.
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« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2005 09:36:28 AM »

aw, I'm jealous!  her desk is much better than my boring brown one..
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« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2005 06:04:37 AM »

oh, I want a baby girl so I can make her one of these! Congratulations!
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