Here's how I did it:
If you've been reading ND, you've seen the Book Nook. The original book nook used those white storage shelves horizontally. They were sort of a makeshift bench/book storage solution. Well, my trip to IKEA happened, and I got rid of them, and replaced them with the spice racks (as seen in the Book Nook Update post). So I had those 2 white shelves hanging around in the laundry room, with no place to go. I told my husband about my plan to make our girl a desk using those shelves, and that I needed to pick up a piece of wood to screw into the top. Get this - he said he had some scrap wood at work that they don't need and cut it to size - we chose 15x48in. We wanted it long enough so she could fit herself and chair under it, and just deep enough to give her some room to work, but not too deep that if she leaned on in, it would topple over. So all in all: F-R-E-E!! And as if I could love him any more, he sanded it AND painted it for me - what a guy, right?! He flipped the painted side over, placed the shelves on top (upside-down), and measured to make sure they were even.
Now, if I had painted it, I would have done both sides, but hey, when someone paints something for you, especially your darling husband, you don't complain. Besides, no one will see underneath anyway, so it doesn't bug me. Too much;)
Flip it around and voila! A desk out of 2 shelves and a piece of plywood!
Moving onto the rest of this free corner...That chalkboard - I know, I know, I said I'd quit it with the chalkboards, but in my defense, there is NOT ONE to be found in the upstairs floor, so I figured it was justified. Besides, this girl's a mini-teacher - loves her chalkboards, so I wanted to give her one. It started off with a picture my mom was getting rid of. She's had it since, well, forever, but has been updating the house and of course, no one gets rid of anything without checking with me first! lol.
Here's another freebie project I did:
I got this piece of wood from my cousin's yard sale - she gave it to me, for free, and it's been sitting in my stash. I figured it'd be just the right touch above the chalkboard, since I hung it kind of low.
I also took an old ugly gold frame I had, removed the glass, and sprayed it yellow for the letter R.
So that's that. What started with a desk, turned into a complete work station corner for my growing girl. And all I needed to buy were a few sheets of scrapbook paper. Not too shabby. It's nothing huge, but she's 5. She's not exactly writing book reports or college essays. She'll outgrow it soon enough, and who knows what I'll have up my sleeve by then. But for now, it fits her to a T.
P.S. I linked this up at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia's Tuesday's Treasures!
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