This excludes their Swedish meatballs because I love the crap outta those little buggers.
Not as good as Al’s but being this far from Sweden or Northern Wisconsin for that matter, I will take it.
Nothing like eating a “traditional” Swedish meal to the hum of the cart escalator five feet away.
I am pretty sure that is what Sweden sounds like.
That was sarcasm. Anyhoo, I was looking to renovate the furniture in Ellie’s room one piece at a time.
And I was NOT trekking to Ikea to buy new furniture.
I tackled the nightstand first:
And when I say tackle, I mean TACKLE.
I still have glue on my hands.
The next project I decided to take on was her desk.
Except it wasn’t “her” desk to begin with.
It was a hand me down desk from my friend Rebecca’s daughter given to Annie three years ago.
It was a nice white desk when we received it.
No marks on it, pristine condition.
Her daughter has always been like that.
Clothes with no stains, desks with no handwriting.
It looks like they vandalize anything and everything they touch.
They get that from me, the “eats a grilled cheese sammich and STILL manages to get pizza sauce on my shirt. Even when no pizza sauce was present”.
So knowing my then 11 year old would manage to “vandalize” the desk, I decided to paint it a darker color.
AND paint the top with chalkboard paint.
To encourage MORE vandalism.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME??
It turned out pretty good, she loved it.
Well, you can read about it here for yourself.
2011 Kari is pretty much 2014 Kari except for I couldn’t keep my paragraphs together.
GET YOUR CRAP TOGETHER 2011 KARI.
Oh, and I put foil on my knobs.
So there’s that.
This desk moved to Ellie’s room last summer because her sister wanted to get a vanity for her room for all the makeup applying.
A whole new form of vandalism, by the way.
So we slid this next door to her sister’s room.
And it stayed just as it was for the past 10 months.
The only plan in my head was that I wanted it to be lighter in color.
Really, 2011 Kari?
I feel like I don’t even know her.
Maybe it was because I also had a three-year-old at the time who had just discovered markers.
Maybe it was because I was in a gray period.
Maybe it was because of markers.
But I decided that in 2014, I was gonna lighten up and that was going to start with furniture color.
So here is where you will see my brain in action.
Paint the entire desk in off-white.
Hotel Vanilla by Valspar because that is what I had in the garage.
Including the drawers.
I was all, paint it all off-white, ALLL OF ITTTT.
But then I realized I had a plethora (I like big words. And I cannot lie.) of spray paint in a menagerie (did I use that wrong?) of colors!
Hot pink! (Way to be original Rustoleum)
What if, WHAT IF I PAINTED THE DRAWERS ALTERNATING COLORS AS IF TO REPRESENT A RAINBOW???
My head was exploding!!!!
Yes, YES, YESSSSS.
Not surprisingly, most of my good (or bad depending on who you talk to) ideas come to me WHILST spray painting.
It doesn’t at all match her room.
Because I didn’t have purple spray paint.
BUT WHO CARES??
I love this!
Yes, I see that leg of the chair.
WHY ARE YOU SO CRITICAL???
She loves it, “look how happy it is now??”
It does look happier, doesn’t it?
Maybe it inhaled too many of the fumes too.