Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Desk Makeover

My husband is a teacher. I helped him move some things this year and for the first time in 9 years I got a good look at his "hand-me-down desk" he got from a fellow teacher when he started. I was so excited to get started on this makeover I didn't take a before pic. It was solid wood (the only thing going for it) and dark oak. The thing weighed a TON.

So this desk had scratches, carvings, chips, worn stain, stickers and a message to the former teacher "Hi Mr. E" written in black sharpie and the top of the desk was 2 shades lighter because it was so full of scratches.

School started this week, so we were in a time crunch. I told him his desk was hideous (guess what, he didn't care.....men....) and that I wanted to paint it. I let the thought sink in for a few days then I gave him the following options:
  1. Paint it all black
  2. Paint it all blue and stick his favorite sports team logos on it (which all happen to have blue in them except for the Raiders)
  3. Paint it school colors, Red and Black.
He chose option #2. So we went to the paint store and picked up a gallon of Navy blue paint. I roughed up what was left of the finished and tried to smooth out all the scratches on top. And set to work painting it blue.
Then I found a logo of our alma mater Utah State University and printed it off on my printer. I then used my light table to trace the image on a piece of white vinyl.
I then cut out the image with my Exacto knife, took of the extra parts and sent it to school with my husband after I taught him how to put on a vinyl decal.

And he took the Michigan sign I made for him HERE and popped off the "M" and attached it on the side of his desk. I guess it doesn't bother him that it's off center......men.....lol
Kind of fun for a classroom don't ya think? :)
We are on the look out for 2 more decals to fill the other 2 panels on the front.

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  1. My husband is from Michigan and will freak when he sees this!!

  2. Great makeover! My husband and son would love this. I'd love it if you'd stop by my blog and check out the giveaway I'm having for a Dremel Trio.

  3. What a cool wife you are and what a cool desk you made. If you have a moment I'd love for you to link up to this week's linky party : http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2011/08/linky-4-will-craft-forcomments.html

  4. I love this makeover! When I got to the picture of the bright blue paint, I must admit I got a bit scared--but the end result is FABULOUS! Really great job!

  5. Ya, the paint turned out a little brighter then we hoped. It doesn't help that there are 30 florescent lights shining on it in his classroom. ;)

  6. I love that! Bet he's the coolest teacher in school. How fun!

  7. Stopping over from Tip Junkie and totally love this idea! I was a high school teacher for a long time and would have loved something like this! Although, as a Nebraska fan, the colors are all wrong! ;)

  8. Awesome job on the desk. Very creative.

    I found you on the Wandering Wednesday blog hop. I am your newest follower and will be back to check out more on your blog.


  9. What a nice thing you did...I am sure your husbands students will really like it! Great job!

  10. What a fun desk! You have one lucky hubby! I just found your site through a blog party and am happy to be a new follower! I would love for you to link your desk post up at my Savvy HomeMade Monday blog party next week!


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