Before and After “SchoolStyle”

filed under: Miscellaneous on September 7, 2009

Although I have decided to not officially start the kids on any curriculum this year, I have taken on the opinion that 'life' is school and that we can always be learning.

So when I came across these desks at the thrift store, I knew I could use them for the boys.

Picnik collage.bothdesksbefore

One was pretty banged up, the other pretty wobbly, both just boring.

Picnik collage.desk2b&a 

Uck!  Dirty and rusted and old smelling.

Picnik collage.desk1b&a 

Not bad.  Just not…inspiring.



I primed everything white.  I think if it were up to me I would paint all my furniture white.  Thank goodness its not all up to me.



My kids love to draw so I  dusted off (ok, so maybe it is sitting right on the counter because I use it at least once a week and am slightly obsessed with it) the chalkboard paint and added a canvas.


And after painting with the boys favorite colors, blue and green, and then adding some red and yellow for good measure, this is the final product.

Picnik collage.desk2after

Picnik collage.desk2final 


Picnik collage.beforeafterdesk2 


Picnik collage.desk2b&a


The kids have started enjoying them already.


Some might see this is an opportunity to practice penmanship or alphabet recognition.

Others might just see roads.


Total cost of the project was less then $30.

Having a separate desk for each of the boys, at different levels…



I took a moment

from my daily

tasks and

watched you.

In the smallest

detail you

take delight.

All that you


captures your



I learned

from you today.

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  • Jenny says:

    Awesome! Love them. The photo of them side by side in the room is so pottery-barn-esque…except for the price tag! Nice work!

  • Trenches of Mommyhood says:

    I love what you did with those desks – you have a wonderful talent!

  • tracie says:

    You are amazing! You do so many things so well. These look great!

  • Erin Bassett says:

    Love them!! You did such a great job!

  • Leah says:

    Super cute! I bet the boys love them.

  • Heidi says:

    Thanks girl 🙂

  • Mirage says:

    Great idea! Very creative. They look great! 🙂

  • Mirage @ Every~Precious~Joy says:

    Great idea! Very creative. They look great! 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    Wow! Those look great. We just have a table for all, which is nice in some situations, but sometimes I think a personal space would be nice, and less distracting. What a great thrift store find!

  • elizabeth says:

    Wow! I really liked this project when I saw it One Pretty Thing.

  • Las Vegas Home Improvement says:

    I really like the tables! We’ve had Hot Wheels cars in our house since my oldest was a young child. We got rid of the roads and thought about going with a placemat, but that never did happen. But maybe we’ll build tables like you did.

  • Anonymous says:

    wow, from a simple desk to a colorful child’s art desk.. I really love it so creative of you..