You may remember that I recently wrote about the mini-makeover that we did to our kitchen/dining area. I am still loving the results of our little labor of love. I enjoy being in the kitchen/dining room so much more than I used to that I got it in my head I should have a kitchen desk in this area–for meal planning, crafting, keeping track of calendar events, etc. I love kitchens that have desks in them–especially the built in ones. I started surfing through Pinterest, as I do, to get ideas. Initially, I got a little disheartened because most of what I saw was of the “built-in” variation. Like so:
And then the question of (my) available space started hounding me. I definitely had no room in the actual kitchen area to put one. But could I make it work in the dining area? And do I buy a “new to me” desk or use what I have? Such ponderous questions.
My thoughts soon turned to a little cream-colored desk that was upstairs being used by the Kiddos. Dimensions wise, it would be a perfect fit. And being that I recently removed my bedroom desk, I thought I could swap them out. The Kiddos are currently out-of-town, it’s my stuff, my house…so yes, that was a viable plan! Down came the well used, and somewhat abused, desk to find a new life.
I bought this desk years ago for ma Belle Fille to use in her bedroom as a desk/vanity while growing up. Belle Fille has come and gone ( a few times) and the little desk has gotten moved around the house but it has been forever since used as a desk…until Belle Fille moved back home this last time. Don’t worry. I didn’t leave them desk-less by stealing this one back…they still have a desk to use AND they will be getting the one from my bedroom. It’s all good.
In studying my space in the dining area, I determined that my best bet was to move the bench seat that was against the back wall of the sink/counter over to the table and use it for seating. I had my wicker baskets (filled with art/craft supplies) stored underneath the bench seat so I decided to stack them pyramid style and place the desk next to them. In a cabinet to the right of the newly positioned desk, I cleared out an area to store all my cookbooks (that were previously on the island and in a far corner on the counter). Now I could easily menu plan at my desk, and/or do crafts when needed, instead of taking over the dining room table and leaving it as an unsightly mess, always needing clearing when it is time to eat (what a hassle!).
Once everything was in place, I was super excited and really liked the results. Not a built in but definitely cute and functional. However, the desk itself was in a heap of sadness (see above photo). When I first got it, maybe 15 years ago, I painted it off white. Well, many years and moves later, it was looking stressed out and a little dejected. Plus, when I painted it, it was before the advent of chalk paint (thank you, Annie Sloan!) and I had never been happy with the paint job. I decided to remedy that issue and I picked up some chalk paint this past Wednesday. On Thursday, I had a re-energized and happy new desk. Painting the cubbies a pretty turquoise blue really gave it some character too.
Just imagine the genius that will happen in this room now. Amazing.
Hope you all have a great weekend. Until next time…