Monday, April 26, 2010

Office "Makeover"

My 9 year old has been using this child size roll-top desk for a few years. Hubby and I keep noticing how his legs get longer but the desk refuses to grow along with him! Hubby says, "he really needs a bigger desk." Yes, but we really are not fans of most current furniture (particle board stuff) and are also not fans of spending huge $ for furniture that we don't even like. Besides, boy has a unique personality (how about that Pez collection!) which should be reflected in his furnishings. So we put it in our minds but realized it would take some time.
Remember George Peppard's character Hannibal on The A Team? I feel like him because all I keep saying is, "I love it when a plan comes together." Enter one thrift store vintage file cabinet with drop-leaf desk section. Woo hoo. Boy loves it because it reminds him of the massive metal desk he wanted from another thrift store which was a) too expensive and b) way TOO BIG for his room. Magic price on this was $10 and somehow boy and I managed to maneuver this into the trunk of my four-door sedan. I did graze his knee with the corner but sometimes you've got to suffer for great end results!

Fits in the room perfectly. But what to do about a chair? Oh wait...and off I run to the garage where I have been storing a garbage rescue chair. Don't they look like they were meant for one another?

Every desk needs good light. Oh wait...let's use the nifty retro lamp we bought at Goodwill several weeks ago for $3.

The chair seat was less than pretty. Off to the fabric store where we spent $5 for an orange print (we are an orange household as we begin the Syracuse indoctrination process). Pulled some batting from my stash and hubby and son recovered the seat.

I love this manufacturer plate on the front of the drawers. Sturdy steel destined for many years of use.
Boy is happy with the look. Mom and Dad are happy that needs have been met, dollars have been kept reasonable, and we didn't have to make do with something we didn't like.

1 comment:

alice said...

Very cool!
smiles, alice