Sunday, June 19, 2011

Craft organization for the kids

I've been wanting to have something to organize all my daughter's craft stuff. I had it all in a bin before, but that ended up being a big mess, of course. Then, it just was a huge mess all over the floor at the bottom of the basement stairs :) So, I was keeping my eye out for something on KSL classifieds and found this nightstand for FREE! Yay for KSL :) I forgot to take a before picture, of course. I'm still trying to remember to take pictures of any of the process at all. Anyhow, instead of trying to type between the pics and having to move everything around, I'll just type all the shtuff up front and then you can scroll through the pics. Or, just skip over what I type and look at the pics.
I didn't worry too much about sanding because it was just cheap plastic vinyl and the paint I used (Martha Stewart's "Popcorn") was a primer and paint in one deal. I just used a $2.50 sample and painted the front, one side, and drawer fronts. Then on the left side, I used chalkboard spray paint that I got at Home Depot for under $5. Actually, I sprayed the chalkboard paint first, then painted it white (it took several coats, but I didn't have to buy any more).
The top was a little trickier, as the veneer was coming off in several spots, so I knew even if I did sand it great, you'd be able to see the change in texture. So, I got a yard of fabric from Walmart for $4.50 and mod podged it on the top and inside the drawers. On the top, I sealed it with a few coats of varnish, but left the inside of the drawers as is.
The handles I spray painted copper, then brushed black acrylic paint over and used a soft cloth to rub some off. If I rubbed too much off, I just dry painted over that area with the black.
Anyhow, there's some shoddy workmanship (no painter's tape to be found in the house), and I do want to eventually wax over it, but I think it turned out pretty great. And now, all her crayons, markers, papers, coloring books, scissors, blah, blah, blah, yadda, yadda are out of my sight :)

Linking up to these parties:

Organize and Decorate Everything

Beyond The Picket Fence


Laina {Vibrant Serenity} said...

I love it!

Michelle said...

And you call me too crafty! Good grief woman, you are one talented lady! It looks so good:)

Deborah March said...

GORGEOUS! I really like black and white classy!

ANNE said...

wow, it turned out gorgeous! Its fun to transform the old pieces,isn't it.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

such a fun little piece and the perfect size for your kids to handle, too!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Super cute transformation! Thanks for linking up at Mod Mix Monday!

Jaime Lyn said...

LOVE this!

Carolyn said...

An awesome piece of work. Love the black and white look.