Well, actually my business has been a little slow the last couple of weeks. Rather than sit around feeling sorry for myself, I decided to make the best use of the “time off.” So I started to tackle my list of half done, er, well, uhhhh, never started projects I’ve been saving for
a rainy day sweltering 102 degree days. A couple of months ago I found a desk on Craigslist for $20 for Lillie’s room. It was meant to be a vanity, but I ditched the tri-fold mirror on top and filled the screw holes with wood putty. After a little sanding, and 47 coats of satin white spray paint, it looked amazing. There was some kind of gray/black residue one of the legs that looked like tape had been wrapped around it. I commenced to cleaning it up and before I knew it, I had a brand spanking new-ish desk.
I had also found a chair at a garage sale for $7, it was dark brown and boring. So after a light sand, 2 primer coats and 2 cans of the loudest orange paint we could find, Lillie’s old desk and chair were new again. I was also able to find a piece of blue Hawaiian fabric for $4.99/yd.
I bought 1/2 yard for the chair cushion, and only used half of that, or one side of the fold (in fancy sewing speak.) I used the remainder to of the fabric to recover a lamp shade. ($2.50 for both pieces) Not just any lamp though, this one was special. It had a pull chain! We drove all over town TWICE looking for it, because I refused to pay $30 for a lamp base. We were covering our own shade, so it needed to cost half of that. Target to the rescue! We found a brushed nickel pull chain lamp with an added bonus. It had a flat base. Lillie used some of her very own money to buy three figurines from the Dollar Tree. So
hot glued mounted to this very special lamp base (was a hula girl and two surfboards), and it was topped with the most awesome lamp shade a giddy 7 year old girl had ever seen.
Although her room has a vibrant surf theme, the furniture was all white, so the pop of orange was just what her space needed. Prior to painting the furniture, Mike and I built the most awesome surf shack/tiki hut from scrap lumber and several grass skirts left over from my sister’s Luau (from a vacation on Galveston Island) a few years back (free!). If only this surf shack had something to surf with…like, oh I don’t know, maybe a surf board?! To be continued…someday, hopefully in this century.