Monday, November 10, 2008

One Neighbor's Trash Is My Daughter's Treasure

Neighbor's Trash Desk Before...
The Frog Princess' New Big Girl Desk After....
My neighbor put this old desk out at the curb for trash pick up last week. My 5 year old daughter, the Frog Princess, and I were out for a walk and spotted it. She asked me if we could bring it home to use as a desk in her room and I laughed and immediately said, "no". Then I realized that with a little bit of paint and it just might work.

So, we decided to use our collective "girl power." The Frog Princess pushed her little sister (19 month old, Mini-Saurus) in the stroller while I strapped the desk onto our dolley (in the rain!) and wheeled it home into our garage. My hubby was still at work and was "surprised" to see such a lovely treasure waiting in our garage when he got home. Several coats of white and purple spray paint later, during Mini-Saurus' naps while the Frog Princess was at Kindergarten, we have her new big girl desk. Yes... I know it's not the "Green-est" way to paint but at least I'm not going out and buying a new piece of furniture. She is over the moon in love with it. Maybe I'll just dumpster dive for the rest of her Christmas gifts this year.

12 comments:

Casey said...

Wow, that turned out great! Way to reuse the old desk, we have a few formerly trash items in our house too!

michelle said...

It's so perfect! Great job :)

Carrie said...

Wonderful job! That looks amazing.

Shannon said...

That turned out great! So cute!

stACEy said...

love it! can you come to my house?

Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy said...

Nice, it looks beautiful!

Jen said...

I love it!! You just inspired me- big time!! I'm looking for a desk for my daughter- I need to be sure I look beyond the cobwebs when I'm searching. (Can't afford new right now!)
Great job. I bet she just loves it!!

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Kalisha said...

What a great find! I am all for trash to treasure!

pc said...

this is brilliant~! and very beautiful~! im impressed.

pc, hop over from TCB:)

Kelly said...

One of my girls and I picked up a chair this way a couple of weeks ago. It needs a little carpentry from my darling John and I have plans for paint after we move, again. ~Kelly

tidymom said...

AWESOME!!! I love it!!
So how did you do the purple parts? were they removable? or did you cover the white and spray the purple?

I'd love to do a project like this for my 12yo dd.

~Tidymom

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

Grat job on that desk! It looks so good!

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