I have two daughters that are getting excited about starting school in three weeks. As I check off the list of school supplies and we banter about wanting to dress more mature and what that will really mean, the homework struggle was brought back to memory.
My girls will obediently sit down to do their homework, but at the kitchen table they seem to get pretty distracted. The television may be on, their little sister is hoping for their attention, and I’m right there in the kitchen trying to figure out what’s for dinner. I decided we needed a place where a door could be shut and their focus could be directed. A new study area it is!
The confetti wall treatment is so easy and I bet you could do it in an hour–using a 1 1/2″ scalloped hole punch, I made a pile of circles out of pretty scrapbook paper. I used a small piece of double stick tape on the back and started sticking them to the wall. I clustered them in the corner and then randomly spread them out from there to look like they are softly falling. I think it looks magical!
1. The crate shelving was made by screwing together four unfinished wood crates from a big box craft store. My girls wanted to paint them lime green–it was time consuming to get all those slats! I wasn’t one hundred percent sold on the color as I was doing it, but I figured I would make it work since it was a bit tedious!
2. The pretty little calendar we made back in January.
3. Shoe boxes covered in gray chevron fabric for storage. Get out your glue gun girls and just wrap it like a present!
I needed to add splashes of lime green here and there to incorporate the crate shelving, so here I added some scrapbook paper bits around mason jars for pens and pencils and I painted a small frame. I put another piece of scrapbook paper in the frame and then printed out this great Dr. Seuss quote:
I made the desk using 4×4 posts for the legs, 2x4s for the apron and cross braces on the legs, and a piece of 18″x96″ plywood for the table top. I have another table building project lined up for later in this month and intend to chronicle the building process to share with you then.
To fancy up the desk a bit, I added bronze nail head trim around the table top. I am not into something being perfect before I can love it and nail head trim is the shining example of that! I don’t measure for them, just a finger’s width apart as I tap-tap-tap away with a small hammer. They never line up perfectly, but I love them anyway!
The minute I finished, my girls couldn’t resist settling in and grabbing something to do at their new desk. I hope that the hours they are about to spend there with the start of school will be just a tad more enjoyable.
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