Sunday, February 19, 2012

An Art Desk for Lily

If you ask my sweet little kindergartner, Lily, "What do you want to be when you grow up?", she'll quickly reply "An artist!".  She's also a girl that craves a little color and like most girls her age, her choice is hot pink and I have to admit, since most of our home is neutrals, it's super fun to inject some happy color... 

Since moving into our home, Lily's been craving a little place where she can come home from school, work on her homework (which she loves to do), and color to her heart's content...
and I've finally finished it for her this last week.  She was a happy girl when she came home from school to find all her craft supplies, stickers, notebooks, etc all organized in little buckets and boxes...

I've actually had this $60 desk for a while, but it's taken a bit to get it done as I needed to get the color scheme for Lily's new room all figured out.  Here's the before...
Here's the after with two coats of ASCP Pure White chalk paint Behr's Watermelon Pink for the accents...
It also took a bit to find just the right chair, but this $5 find was worth waiting for...
Of course, it didn't look like this before... picture horrendous mustard/gold fabric that had seen better days!  Watermelon pink houndstooth fabric, some fun pom-poms and buttons for tufting, and it's now a sweet seat for my little Lily. 
But Lily will say that her favorite part of her new art desk is a special little chalk area that I made with hot pink chalkboard paint where there used to be leather on this old desk...
When she came to me to ask how to spell "going" and "get", I knew she was up to something...
That girl knows how to melt her mommy's heart!
All in all, this whole art wall came in around $100...cuteness on a budget!

Kristen

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51 comments:

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Lily is a lucky little girl. I have no doubt she'll spend hours creating masterpieces there.

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Oh I love it!! Such a special place! Love the pink chalkboard paint too!

dee dee said...

Now this is a fantastic find! Love the pink, so bright, it just makes you want to smile!
pom poms on the chair... I've never seen that before... but LOVE it!
dee dee

Betsy said...

This is the sweetest little desk. Lily is one very lucky little girl to have such a fabulous place to create all her artwork. Love the chalkboard. Visiting from Sunday's Best.

Ann @ Suburban Prairie Homemaker said...

Adorable! What a great gift of love...

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This is very cute, Kristen! I love the color scheme and that chair is just too adorable! I also love all the little touches you added on and around the desk area.

Beth Bailey said...

Adorable, I so would have love this desk when I was a girl!

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

Kristen...This doesn't even look like the same desk. What you have done is just over the top CUTE! I absolutely LOVE it. You've done a magnificent job and I bet your daughter is just thrilled to death. Saw this on Sundays Best Par.tay Link Party and had to come. Darling,just darling.

Nann

Tammy of {Tattered and Timeless} said...

Beautiful desk. I love it all. Now share how you did hot pink chalkboard paint....please?
tammy

Bronwyn said...

This is so lovely! I can see why your daughter fell in love with it. What a great shade of pink!

cathy@my1929charmer said...

I am loving the desk, the colors are beyond pretty and cool. You really did a great job. Your daughter would have to be in love for this. So beautiful, Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best.

Tera Leigh said...

Found you via the Sunday Best Link party! Following you through GFC!
Tera
http://www.eccentricleopard.com

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

WoW! This is too cute!I know that your future artist must love it!

Brandi said...

What a perfect space for your little girl to let all her creative juices flow. You did a beautiful job transforming the desk and chair. I love the fun colors!

Tiffany said...

So adorable. Great job on the chair!

Our Delightful Home said...

Great transformation! I would love for you to stop by and link up at my linky party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

Mrs. Delightful
Ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

Eclectically Vintage said...

Glad you stopped by so I could find your fab blog? That is the cutest little art desk - and so well organized! New follower.
Kelly

Miss Charming said...

Absolutely delightful! You are so talented.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

you just keep on bringing it... don't stop! i love it! this desk is amazing!!!!!

Iesha Williams said...

Just gorgeous! I love the houndstooth fabric!

Twice Nice said...

wow! I love this! The colors are so very fun, and that is such a neat desk.

Evie said...

Absolutely adorable!! I LOVE it! My little girl would love it too...great job!!

evie @ brown paper packages

Rhonda said...

What a fantastic desk! I want a watermelon color desk now!

And that note? So sweet - she loves you and is gonna get you a cat!

Rhonda @ home.made.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Kristen, this desk is just wonderfully creative. Love how you used the perfect fun pink! I know your little gal must be in heaven!

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

This is such a gorgeous art desk! I love the pink and your clever chalkboard! How sweet is your little one, too! Gonna buy you a cat! Love! Bonnie and I would be thrilled if you shared your desk at our link party!

Take care! Trish @ Uncommon

www.uncommondesignsonline.com

RedeFIND said...

That is so so so cute! Wish I had a little girl to paint something like that for!

Stacey said...

Oh my word! I am crushing on this desk and want it for ME! I would have to fight my girls for this one! Love it to pieces! Please come by and link it up at Inspired Creations linky party happening NOW! I would love to have you!
Stacey of mbracing Change
http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

The Little Red Shop said...

You are so cool, Kristen! Your little sweeties are so blessed to have such a creative mom.

: )

Julie M.

WhyCuzICan said...

Lily is such a lucky girl! Love her note to you too! (Did she get you a cat?!)

Very, very sweet!

Thanks for sharing with us :D

Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed's linky party tonight,
Suzanne in NW Illinois
(Oh, and btw, my name of Suzanne means "Lily" in Hebrew. Just thought I'd toss that in)

Amy @ TheMombot.com said...

That is perhaps the cutest thing I've ever seen! You are so creative!!

mONICa and eLAINe @ Decorating Insanity said...

What a lucky little girl and what a great piece. Found you over at Common Ground. Would love if you shared it at Furniture Friday
http://www.decoratinginsanity.com/2012/02/furniture-friday-6-and-link-party.html
xo...mONICa

Finding Home said...

Super cute and different - great job!

Sue said...

This desk is charming! I'm sure it will inspire creativity!

Audrey @ Sweet Cheeks said...

This is seriously BEYOND adorable!!! New follower here ;)

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

I love this! It's so pretty and cheerful! I have a party on Fridays and I'd love if you linked up!

http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/02/latest-greatest-friday-20.html

It really came out beautifully!

A Cottage Muse said...

So happy I stopped in ~ this is so sweet!!

BerryMorins Bits & Tips said...

What a beautiful desk.

jmmonroe said...

How absolutely charming-I adore it! I am -a huge pink and green fan-where did you get the darling pink bins? Please share I want really bad and I am in mid-40's redtrucktravels@hotmail.com

Simply Deluscious said...

This is just soooo gorgeous and I have seen anything done in this colour or a cupboard this gorgeous.......Absolutely Beautiful..

lorrietori said...

that is adorable!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

So cute and love all the color. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

Honey at 2805 said...

What a charming room! The colors are so cute! ! Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

This is just the cutest thing I've ever seen! Fabulous!

Anne said...

So so cute! I love the colors and the hot pink chalkboard paint...and that chair! :)

Anonymous said...

I love it! I also have a five year old who would love it too :)

Michele said...

wow, just gorgeous! Love the pink chalk paint too!

The Rooster and The Hen said...

What a fun and bright piece, it turned out wonderful, you've got to LOVE it! This project would be perfect for our new linky party featuring "Transformations" called Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal, I know our readers would love to see it too! (It starts Friday, March 2nd 2012 at 7:00 am MST and reoccures every 1st and 3rd Friday)

Anonymous said...

Adorable little desk!!! I'm sure Lily will have hours of fun there :)

Cindy
p.s. I just found your blog and would love to follow you via email...is that possible?
cindysmypoints@msn.com

Jacque n Matt Knowlton said...

LOVE this! I wish I was Lily!!!!!

-Jacque

Storm Sheldon said...

You are super-talented! It is so amazing to see what you do with all these beautiful pieces, - your house is gorgeous.I love the fact you share the price of each find,& how you transformed it, clever clever lady! Lastly ...& especially, thank-you for inspiring others to live beautifully on a budget!

Marie Blackburn said...

Oh my gosh Kristen, Lily's desk is adorable! You did an amazing job with this makeover. You are a Must Follow. So glad I saw this featured at The Cottage Market!
Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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