Good morning, lovelies,
I’ve hit that point in life where I’m tired of being unhappy with the things in my home. When I first moved in, I had hardly any furniture, and what I had could be best termed as “transitional” or “bookshelves,” and I like it like that. Under extreme pressure (I’m not 100% convinced that pressure creates diamonds) I accepted a loveseat (horrorseat) and ottoman set from someone. I cannot express how much I hated it. Disgust gets pretty close.
When I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, it gave me an intense realization.
I love Josh! Just kidding. I don’t even know Josh.
I wanted to be surrounded by things that made me feel joy. As you’ll see in the pictures below, I had been using a work table as a desk, which was functional, and when the apartment was empty other than that, bearable. When you factored in the horrorseat, I couldn’t deal. So, I was in the market for a desk, and entirely too optimistic that it would change how I felt about the horrorseat. You know when you have an idea in your head of what you’d like, but you can’t find it anywhere, and you can’t fathom spending $200 bucks on something that barely scrapes by on your taste meter? That was me. EVERYWHERE. Today’s post is dedicated to my Valentine’s Day, which was spent refurbishing an outdoor garden table ($30 at the Habitat for Humanity store) to a desk that I could be completely in love with.
I should have taken a picture before I started demolishing it, but hey! It’s too late now. And you can kind of see the horrorseat in the back. The uneven spacing of the table made it impossible for desk use (but I love the slat-look), so I took all the slats off, with my DeWalt power drill, the champion of all tools, and after extensive sanding, and a trip to Hobby Lobby for spray paint and some new slats, and back to Habitat for Humanity for Antique White Paint, (totaling $14 for all), I had found a way of preserving the slat-look, but I’d also be able to use it as a desk.
I’m pretty sure that’s Scream Queens on my laptop if you were curious.
It’s amazing how much a little work (and $44) can do for you! I preserved my precious planks by alternating the gold and white. Stylish and, in my opinion, adorable!
*Mirrors and clock from IKEA (with elements of DIY).
This is my finished product minus one knob that I hadn’t put on yet 😉 ❤ ❤ ❤
I spray painted the second “drawer” gold, and am using it to house some of my plants. I loved that I could use it as part of the desk because the desk retained what I call an inside-outside feel.
If you have any more tips on easy and cheap home decorating, I need them! I just ditched the ottoman and horrorseat (personal triumph), so you don’t have to factor that into any advice you give.