Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Colors of the Rainbow

Happy Thursday! I hope everyone is staying nice and cool. I think we are headed to the BIG pool today. :)

I have Son #1's desk to share with you today. We are so happy with the end result and hope you enjoy it, too!

I bought this desk at a garage sale for $20, I think, 2 years ago. Here is my then 4 year old son right after we bought it. It was made by a dad probably 20 years ago for his kids. It was actually nice as is, but it needed a bit change for my boy's room.

Have any of you read The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch? Another good book I read earlier this year.

"Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, diagnosed with terminal cancer... The Last Lecture—“Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”—wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have…and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come."

"In his talk, Randy encouraged parents to allow their children to paint on their bedroom walls. “As
a favor to me,” he said, “let ’em do it. Don’t worry about the home’s resale value.” The real message
he says he was trying to give was this: Find ways to help your kids be creative. Nurture those
instincts in them."

If I remember right, Randy's parents let him have free reign over painting whatever he liked on his walls. With help from his friends, he painted mathematical equations, a pretend elevator and much more "fun stuff".

With planning my sons' rooms, I try to have them input their ideas on what they would like. As for the bed, I imagined it being a pretty red, black or cream...but my son chose blue and that's what I painted it and you know what? It turned out great! It was the same with this desk project. I asked my son what he would like his desk painted and he wanted BLUE again. This boy LOVES blue. I must admit, I cringed at the idea of having all this blue in one room. LOL Would it be too much? How about red, black or cream?...I was thinking in my head. LOL And then the idea came up with having the drawers all different colors. Oh boy, this could get interesting...So with Randy's message in my head "Find ways to help your kids be creative. Nurture those instincts in them."...a blue desk with every color of the rainbow drawers project was coming up! And I'm so glad I listened to my son because we all love it.

Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple...Black, White, Brown

I sprayed painted the old brassy knobs, silver. Then we added metal label holders. I got these at Hobby Lobby in the scrapbooking section. They were $2.99 regular price for a package of 6 (3 different sizes). Don't forget to use their 40% coupon they usually have in the newspaper or website weekly!

I used the same blue from the bed project but added a little black paint to it to add a little more contrast against the blue walls. I sanded the edges and then added some glaze...I usually like to use stain but I did this whole project in my son's room, I didn't want to stink him out of there. Plus glaze dries very quickly!

I also used MinWax wax paste to add a little protection. It made it nice and smoooooooth.

Before the makeover, my son taped pieces of paper to each drawer with his own labels on each drawer. We compromised on the metal label holders. He liked the computer print outs a lot. I was so happy to see him so excited!

Now the bed has become second place and the desk is our new favorite! LOL No we love's just something NEW in the room.

School starts 2 weeks from today. And this baby is ready for use!

Thanks so much for your visit and kind comments! I hope you enjoyed this project as much as we did! Have a wonderful day!



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  1. Still can't see the words but I love the desk! Great colors!!! Love the drawer pulls too.

  2. That turned out fantastic! It looks like you bought it from one of those high-end places. Great job!

  3. Love, love, love what you did to his desk! I'm currently redoing my almost 12 year old son's room. His room is small, but this is making me think of ways I could squeeze a small desk in there!

  4. Love your desk makeover, Kindra! Lots of character there!


  5. What a awesome project! I love the outcome of always have such great ideas :)

  6. Love the desk!!

    May daughter wants to paint her room Red,Black, white. Yikes!!

    Two walls solid and two stripes....
    Wish me luck,lol Janie

  7. Kindra... it looks great!! I love it! Love all the colors... they blend so perfectly!

  8. Kindra,

    This is a great idea, I wish I could find a desk for my son and daughter!

    I saw that book on Oprah it very touching.


  9. It is great! Good compromise! All your projects turn out so positively perfect. I need a decorator like you!

  10. That is fab--LOVE IT!! Your creativity is so inspiring!! Have a super day. Julie

  11. great job on the desk!!
    kindra, there is a video of one of randys lectures.... i am thinking youtube?? or through oprah show. its so inspiring!!

  12. The desk turned out great! I am on the look out for one for Megan.

  13. Another great project! I love all the colors and that huge map on the wall is awesome!!

  14. Kindra you just amaze me!!!! You are SO creative and clever. Your mind never stops working. I just LOVE this desk the change is absolutely amazing.You chose the perfect colors. Hope you have a great weekend,


  15. The desk looks great! What a fabulous idea to use the labels from the scrapbooking section.

  16. Oh, I just love this one too, Kindra ... right down to the smallest details!

    I can't believe school is starting for you guys in two weeks! Our kiddos go back starting on the 31st. Everyone is feeling excited ... and we're packing in some late summer fun in the meantime. Whew!

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  17. That turned out really well! Nice work! I have boys, too, so will keep this in mind.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  18. I really like the desk with all the color! I'm sure your son is enjoying his new spot. I'm visiting from Weekend Wrap-up Party!

  19. I love the desk. So cute and what a great inspiration to do homework LOL. Thanks for leaving me a sweet comment on my baseball room. I would love if you came back on Wednesday and linked up to my new party. Bev

  20. What a great desk. I love how you incorporated all the different colors. The metal labels are fantastic. I just painted a desk for my daughter and plan to add those after seeing how cute your desk turned out. Enjoyed roaming around your blog.

  21. Wow, I'm seriously impressed that you let him have that much control. I really need to learn from your example. :)

    And, the desk is just stunning, especially with map behind it. I adore it!

    Thanks for linking up at Craftastical!

  22. This turned out beautifully! I think the muting of the color scheme will help it hold up as your boy grows up.

  23. We love this party link and I wanted to let you know that we are planning on featuring it. We hope that you get a bunch of new visitors.

  24. i love how this is weather worn. even if your son beats it up a bit, it gives it more character :)


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