Sooooo. my associate is in first grade now. I can’t believe it.
A couple of years ago I found her this cute little desk for a dollar at a tag sale, and I painted it orange.
Alas, my rough and tumble cohort has banged it up pretty bad. So because I had nothing else to do in the race to get ready for school I decided to give her an upgrade. As you know I never throw anything away, and I had stashed this desk when I took it out of my teenyboopers room. Here is a picture of it when it was in her room.
It is huge and begs for clutter, and the drawers never worked properly, so I went for simple. I ditched the drawers and the keyboard thingy. Using my table saw I cut off 11 inches on both sides and the top, effectively removing all of the schmutz that the previous owner (Ruby) got on it.
I obviously could not reuse the legs but luckily I had some extras from a million years ago from another Ikea purchase. I then put it back together using the same holes that were already there. I added some support with these braces that were left over from last weeks basketball hoop installation.
I attached the braces with screws and washers and reinforced it all with this Elmer’s product that I just learned works best joining two different materials.
Finally, I put the original cross support back on using regular Elmers, clamps and a few screws, to avoid the back and forth movement. I was just imagining her standing on it, I don’t know why she is so well behaved. hee hee. For drawers I rolled in this cute little Ikea storage compartment that I have had for years and has been in almost every room of my house at one time or another. Luckily it slipped right under. She appears to like it. I do.