MUFFIN TOP DIY—OOPS, I DID IT AGAIN.

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Itch, itch.

I’ve been bitten. By the DIY bug. I started and now I can’t stop. All aboard the cray, cray, crazy train????

Backstory…..Hubs promised 7 year old a desk last year so he would have a quiet (?? Under this roof? Dude.) place to do his homework. In theory, I like this idea because often wild hyenas little bros jump all over him, literally, when he’s trying to do homework. But this promise, made by a well meaning man, did not take into consideration that a first grader generally needs supervision and/or help with homework by a trusted adult or zookeeper. So, I procrastinated and then, to be honest, suffered from desk sticker shock. A little kids desk should not cost more than grown up furniture or a bender to Vegas. Wolfpack!

I'M SORRY, WHAT POTTERY BARN? YOU WANT $500 FOR THIS THING? FOR $500 IT BETTER GET MY KID INTO HARVARD SOME DAY!

 

What.a.racket. Even a simple desk at the unfinished wood store was a few hundred bucks and then you still need to prime and paint it.

No, Homie, no.

Enter my fun Craigslist furor! Feeling emboldened that hubs didn’t get stabbed with a pitchfork on the last Craigslist run I sent him on (let’s review…still alive….yay!), I had him grab this little beauty (and by little beauty, I mean, please disregard my Appalachia garage once again. The rest of the garage, like where I keep my beer, is extremely pristine. Note the funny angle because I was wedged between a bumper and a desk. Good thing I’m so skinnayyyyy! I mean, aren’t I getting to be a pro at this! Better Homes and Gardens will surely call me for these professional before and after shots!) Let me say we are 2 for 2 with no bodily harm–woot. Desk guy is a hipster and it was his dad’s desk—a cool, sturdy, dovetailed, well made Maddox desk. (Oh son, you might regret selling that one day but….fitty US dollahs says that ain’t my problem!) The top even has a glass top so 7 year old can put old ticket stubs and baseball cards underneath, or I might put a world map under there because he’s really into geography all of a sudden. (No, we can’t go to London for school vacation, dude. I am buying you a desk on Craigslist, connect the dots you high fallutin’ little thing! God save the queen and you save your pennies!)  So here she is:

I KNOW. I KNOW. AT THIS POINT I DON'T EVEN THINK A MOUSE WOULD LIVE IN OUR SCARY ASS GARAGE. COOL DESK THOUGH, HUH?

So this is the part where I tell you after I gushed all over the Annie Sloan paint that I used for my sideboard that I actually didn’t use it on this piece. Ahh. WHY, GOD, WHY?!! For this, I wanted a vibrant, glossy, strong red.  So I went with Heritage Red by Benjamin Moore in the semi-gloss (they can’t do gloss in red, boo) and I LOVE it. What I didn’t love? Priming and then painting that $hit thing three times! Wedged in a small space in my basement. (Again, skinnayyy! Not. I couldn’t walk for two days because twisting an almost 40 year old muffin top like a pretzel ain’t coo. But I love my boy!!!!! And he, in second grade now, needs a quiet place to do his homework all by himself. Not really. No. Not at all. )

GUYS, GREAT GAME BUT I GOTTA RUN. MY MOM PAINTED ME A DESK AND I CANNOT WAIT TO SIT DOWN ALONE AND DO ALL MY SPELLING WORDS. TWICE. .

No really.  Here is the result of my blood, sweat, tears, and salty linguistics:

WHAT'S UP, POTTERY BARN?!!!

I forgot to mention, I probably could have kept the old hardware, but I really wanted a total update so I scored those pulls for roughly $3 each at Lowe’s. I love the look with the red.

You know, even my brandy new slippers from Santa took a hit on this project…..

THIS IS NOT EASY WORK, PEOPLE. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW MICHAELANGELO'S DEARFORMS LOOKED.

The pink slips are now striped in red in places—every time I get something pink it gets sucked into the vortex of this frat house, I swear. But how about his chair?

HERE'S THE DESK IN ACTION....THAT LOOKS LIKE SERIOUS HOMEWORK HUH? AND THE CHAIR!

 

So I thought I was all DIY sly. I had a Windsor chair in my basement collecting dust that I was gonna paint, and boom, the seat was too wide to fit under the desk. DIY disaster! DIY disaster!  So I shot down to the local consignment shop and picked up that awesome ladderback chair with rush seat (in primo condition) which I LOVE. $15 dollahollah!!! It was a reddish cherry stain which would have clashed big time. I primed the chair and used some blue paint with primer combo (Behr–could not read the name on the label. Probably because I’m OLD!!!!). We had it kicking around from some previous furniture painting shenanigans. This thing took four coats and honestly? It needs one more.

Annie Sloan, I bow to your genius.

$15 and not over $100 like rhymes with Lottery Smarm!

 

So that’s it—I think I scored another muffin top DIY bahgain. If I can do it, you can too.

$50 bucks for desk

$15 for chair

$18 for paint

$21ish for knobs (They were $3 and change each. I forget! I’m an obvious accounting major!)

Swearing and multicolored slippers….free

For a grand total of….$104 and change!

(Plus the cost of admission to Harvard. I’m sure I can find some used textbooks on Craigslist!)

Comments (17)

Wow! Beautiful work. Honestly Janet, you should give up writing and start doing this for a living. You could easily double your money by consigning this piece…even without the chair. Love the red. How long did it take you start to finish…hours wise? Was 7 yr old happy with the result?

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Thanks, Kate! I think it took about…. a six pack? No, kidding. I think I did it over a period of a few days maybe? I honestly love painting–besides twisting like a pretzel and having to prime in the garage with bad lighting. I will love it more when I can do it outside.

Yes, 7 year old really loves his desk! Which is a great feeling!

I have bought some other pieces and am contemplating selling them. Stay tuned!

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What Kate said! And, dude, the line about “God save the Queen and you save your pennies”? Priceless. I’m still giggling and I read it like 300 words ago. Love that desk – love the chair. 4 coats of paint, you say? I’ll pay you to do it, k?

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Seriously, lol. Boy has no clue. “Let’s go to London!” Um, no. “Let’s go to Target!” Hee.

What would you like me to DIY? Let’s chat! I might have something in stock. (Um, long story.)

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OMG! That desk looks amazing! We were the losers who sunk our paychecks into the Pottery Barn Kids desk over break to set up a study area for ours. He can start having young republican meetings in there now! No really, I love it! Great job.

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@Terri Thanks–and I love the look of some of the PB kids desks but with three kids (the other two are already asking for a desk now!) I could not do it! I think right now he’s just having some Lego guy meetings. Jury is out on his political affiliation. He seems like the independent type! ;)

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That’s cool! My hubby owns that very desk (without the glass top), and we pulled it down from the attic a couple of weeks ago – the day I bought my sideboard… We set it up for our boys in the basement, but haven’t made it look pretty yet. And to make it worse, it was so dusty that hubby wiped the top down with a wet paper towel and half the finish came off. We’ll be looking at it that way for a while until I get my act together. I find that I’m more of a rescuer of old stuff, with good intentions that fade away….

Fabric arrived for my new chairs yesterday!

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Are you feeling OK?

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@Amanda The funny thing is, my brother had a desk just like this growing up and I have NO idea what ever happened to it! Such a bummer. I cannot wait to see your new chairs!!!

@Marie Yes I am! What can I help you with? :)

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I love it! I also love sticking it to Pottery Barn and their over priced, over sold to the masses, decor! (although, I love their stuff…)

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Thanks, @Beth. Just peeked at your blog—love! Will definitely be lurking around for ideas! Thanks for visiting and commenting. :) Oh, and I so agree about PB. I love to hate them but really I do kind of love them? It’s complicated!!!

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I have so many pieces of furniture I want to redo, but I’m afraid I’ll mess them up. I love the desk and especially that color! Nice work.

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Thanks for visiting me! About the Ikea sofa, What I like about it is, it is about a 1/3 the cost of a pottery barn slip covered..really even a little less…I have 5 kids, so I do like that you can easily clean slipcovers…What I don’t like, It is not as comfortable as the higher priced sofa.. it is somewhat hard…but, I will probably get another one, because it takes a beating from the kids well and we need a second sofa…again..price, durability trump soft and luxurious right now….Love your blog, you are hilarious!

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Thanks @Jen It’s honestly not hard—just making the time. Reds can be rough–I rolled the dice and am happy with my choice! Phew!

@Beth Thank you! THat’s kind of what I thought–it doesn’t look as cushy but I have three young boys and you can connect the dots on the rest! I like that you can remove the covers and wash it and it won’t break the bank. THanks for the 411! :)

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Gurrrll, you are ON FIRE! I tell ya what!
Looks fantastic. Come on over to my place! I have some sh!t that needs painted, BDB!!

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@BDB, get on that girl! Thanks. Think of the painting parties we could have if we lived closer!!!!

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I would have ended up with a half painted desk, and a bill from Pottery Barn.

Good for you!

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