The Project- I inherited a 70's desk from one of my church "grandmas". This poor desk only had two legs. I used it in my room all through high school... I just propped up the side with no legs using a small cabinet and an empty paint can... super classy, I know. I have been married for four years now, and every time I passed my poor discarded desk in my mom's basement I'd think, "I've got to do something with it!" Several months ago I had an "ah-ha" moment and realized that the desk top was a really good size for a canvas. But what would I do with this canvas... Another "ah-ha" moment happened a few months ago, and I loaded the poor desk into my car. This is what it looked like when I brought it home.
Then out came the paint, and my mini muffin pans... which I always use for mixing paint.
I did my first ever background. I watched some youtube tutorials about making backgrounds blendy. The effect I wanted was a fade from light to dark gray. It worked out great :) So without further ado, here is my upcycled desk!
It is kinda hard to tell from these pictures but the birds actually stick off the "canvas". I found them at Target, and feel in love because they add a kind of sculptural element. I think they have been discontinued...The birds are attached by nailing in a tack like thing, and then the birds kinda click onto the tacks. They are adjustable, so I can turn them to suit my whims... which I know I will do, but I like the idea of a piece of art that continually changes.
The arrangement in the green vase is kinda special to me as well. I collected the driftwood on a trip to a MO state park with my husband. He laughs at me because I am always picking up sticks, leaves, or rocks and bringing them home. (On this particular trip I also brought home a whole bag of Mississippi River clay and spent the rest of the evening molding it into little ducks. Yeah, I'm a little nuts, but he loves me anyway!) The rocks are from Lake Michigan. I went on a trip to Wakeegan, Chicago in the winter-time and walked along the shore of Lake Michigan for hours picking up pretty rock after pretty rock... I think I had like two full shopping bags full, lol. They were so pretty, I couldn't help myself. So I have combined two collections of mine into a pretty sweet arrangement, and it makes me happy to look at it.