I am beginning to fear that the neighbors are actually going to start locking their garbage cans when they see me slow down as I walk by but once again, I have scored with a dumpster dive. Technically I suppose calling it a dumpster dive makes it sound a bit more extreme than it was. While I am a thrifty and crafty mom, I have not quite resorted to crawling into dumpsters. However when I saw this little art desk sitting out for the trash, I knew it had to be mine.
Since I was in the car with my husband, I asked him to stop and he looked at me like I was crazy and kept driving. I then dropped him off at home, put Bean down for a nap and when he got into the shower I leaped into the car and drove around the block and hauled it home (much to his chagrin since I stored it in his garage for months before touching it).
This week, with spring around the corner, I decided to finish the awaiting indoor projects that I know will not get done once the weather warms.
First things first… cleaning this desk. It was filthy but with Clorox wipes and goo gone, I got it pretty clean. At least I thought I did, when I took it apart(which is a MUST in a rehab project) to paint it I realized that it was still rather disgusting and headed back for more cleaning supplies.
Finally with the pieces apart, clean and drying in the sun I headed out for Plastic spray paint. I decided to go a classic white and navy and sprayed each piece. When it had dried I reassembled it and sprayed it with a final protective semi-gloss lacquer so it could be washed (because I knew Bean was going to beeline for it with a crayon or marker in under 30 seconds).
Well, it is now inside and the drawer is filled with crayons that before spilled out everywhere. And I am in love with the rehabbed desk and so excited for the years of toddler activities I envision happening right here!
The bean is happy as a clam.
Now all I need is a chair…luckily tomorrow is trash day!