Monday, January 10, 2011

A Doodle Desk Redo

While I was rearranging Doodle's new room layout, I thought for sure the desk was going to have to go. 

For one, I was squeezing alot more furniture into this tiny bedroom...which oh, by the way, I measured and it's smaller than what I thought (if that's even possible)!  Her bedroom is only 9'9" x 9'1"....that's TINY people!!!!

And two, her desk was very utilitarian looking, metal...nothing cute about it.

But surprisingly when everything was in place, I took the measurement between the dresser and the wall and it fit perfectly!!  If you've been reading my blog for any length of time now, then you know NOTHING ever works out perfectly for me!! :)

BUT...there was still the ugliness to deal with.

The desk had multiple colored poster boards that you could change out underneath a heavy glass top.  None of the colors would work with the new scheme...they were all very 8 box of crayons colors...if you know what I mean. ;) 

As I was trying to think of what I could do to pretty it up, it occured to me that I had some scrap pieces of burlap that might work!

The piece I had was almost perfect...except the edges were REALLY rough looking...and when I tried to clean them up I, of course, made it worse! 

Then I remembered seeing someone using ribbon to cover the ugly edges once!! 

Unfortunately, I did NOT have ribbon that would off to Michael's I went...about $3 later, I miter cut the edges and double-side taped it over the rough edges and it had exactly the polished look I had hoped for!

So, here is what it looked like when I was done!!!  I seriously did some dancing and some jumping and possibly some squeeling!!

When I showed it to Doodle, she said......."You got me a new desk!"

She didn't even recognize it as her old, ugly, desk!!  You should have seen her face when I told her it was her old was priceless!

But I didn't stop there.  I figured this was the perfect spot for pictures.  So, I kind of did it up like a huge scrapbook. 

I matted pictures onto different scrapbook papers that coordinated with the room.  Of course, making Miss Lucy Lou the center of attention! :)

I made the tag by using my Cricut to cut out the tag shape, then stamped on my fleur-de-lis stamp and aged it up with distressing ink...because this room is going French meets Animal Print!! :)

Clearly you can tell our pets our important to us. LOL

I am THRILLED with how this turned out!!!  

Here is the finished desk...with plenty of room to add more pictures! :)

Stay tuned...I have LOTS more to show you from Doodle's room makeover!!

Until next time....



  1. i love the burlap and ribbon on the edges. That's a really neat idea to put pictures under the glass.

  2. Ummm....I LOVE IT! Well done my friend!

    Many Blessings,

  3. Wow - it looks great! So clever of you to add ribbon. The pictures add that extra personalization as well. Great project.

  4. Wow! Awesome job! I love that you added the pics.

  5. it looks great-i love the look of the burlap and what a fantastic idea for photos. a fun corkboard something or other on the wall in front, and what a perfect space for homework!

  6. What a wonderful and amazing transformation. You are such a cleaver girl!

  7. What a great makeover on the desk! The best part is that your daughter loved it ;) Nothing can beat that.

  8. Wow, what a great way to trasform the desk. It looks great!

  9. This turned out really great -- I actually thought the ribbon border was stitched leather, at first!

  10. Very cool update!

    Thanks for the visit and the comments. I see we share a few things in common; single parenting, the desire to live with less and decorating, I guess I'll throw in that I also have two cats :)

    Nice to meet you Erin. I hope you will pop by again.


  11. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a nice comment. I'm your newest follower and love your blog and all of your projects. I hope you'll stop by again as I'm going to have a giveaway starting tonight.

  12. OMG I love the transformation of the desk! Thanks for sharing and for your inspiration.

    Enjoy your day,

  13. What a fun table! I love the photos you chose :)

  14. That's a really creative idea! I love making old things look nice again!! :)

    Found you from LambAround's Not Baaad Sundays!!

  15. I love this idea! My desk has some deep scratches, and I might just have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

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