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DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

Candle and faux plant with iPad placed on desk - DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

Learn how to makeover a desk from the thrift store! In this tutorial, I will tell you how to DIY your own geometric design for your desk project. Perfect for beginner DIYer’s! I will also tell you how to sand, stain, and paint your own piece of furniture! Don’t have time to read it now? Just pin it here for later.

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This has been one of my favorite projects by far! I’ve been looking forward to providing a space for myself to work in and we’ve had this old desk for a few years now. I was telling my husband about how I needed a space to work in and that I wanted to look for a new desk. He responded by saying that I could use this desk for my workspace.

I looked at him and rolled my eyes. Because I hated this desk. We had bought it at the thrift store a few years ago for only $10 dollars. He originally bought this desk for his own workspace to produce music and write.

I didn’t think this desk could live up to my expectations…

To be honest, I didn’t think it would be worth it to redo this desk. It looked really worn down, and there were some parts of the desk that were missing and it was chipped. I felt that this desk was beyond my repair and a waste of time. But I wasn’t getting anywhere without a space to work in. And my husband certainly wasn’t budging in getting me a new desk.

Brunette girl sitting on stool in front of desk - DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

Desk drawers with green and white acrylic paint - DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

Desk with green and white acrylic paint - DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

So, this was it. I used my brainstorm power and all of my creativity to come up with something that would revive this old piece of furniture. The more I looked at it, the more ideas I came up with. The more ideas that came to mind, the more that I started to fall in love with this desk. I realized that this was a new challenge for me. I wondered about the possibilities for bringing this desk back to life.

Here’s what my initial ideas were for this DIY desk project.

My first idea that came to mind was the colors. I searched on Pinterest for ideas and I had decided to pick out my favorite color, dark green. It’s earthy, reminds me of nature and plants, and I thought it would bring me happiness each time I could work in a space that had my favorite color to look at.

The other thing that I loved about this desk was the top part of it. It had its original woodwork still intact. And I loved that It was showing the natural wood grain. That was another part of this piece of furniture that reminded me of the forest, plants, and nature. My third idea was to make it look modern. I love all things modern.

Desk with clipboard, books, and faux plant - DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

Desk with a faux plant, ipad, books, and clipboard - DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

Desk with a faux plant, ipad, books, and clipboard - DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

That’s my style. I’m really into mid-century modern designs, neutral tones, and geometric shapes. So, I came up with the idea to draw a geometric modern design for the drawers and a pop of color to make sure they stuck out. I really love white and bright things. And I felt that white was the only color that would fit best with the theme that I was trying to go for.

I originally wanted to paint triangles across the desk’s drawers. But I kept it simple.

My initial idea for the drawers was to draw geometric triangles and have a bunch of stripes running across with only a tiny bit of wood showing. I still liked that idea, but I had to think long and hard about redoing this desk. So, I scratched that idea and decided to keep it simple for the most part.

So, watch my video tutorial here to see how I re-stained and painted my desk. Or, you can just read on with these simple directions.

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Supplies you’ll need for the DIY geometric desk:

1. Use a sander to sand down your furniture

This is a necessary step. Many people choose to skip this step because they think it’s time-consuming and hard work. So, they just go straight to staining and painting. But keep in mind that your stain color will be off if you don’t sand down to the natural wood. And you only need to sand down the first layer to get the glossiness off when you paint. This is to ensure that the paint sticks and adheres to the wood.

Quick tip: Be sure to wear safety glasses and a mask. This is to prevent getting all of that dust in your face.

Many people also choose to go with chalk paint because they’ve been told that it is thick enough to cover any piece of furniture without sanding. But I have heard that this is not true. And in this case, chalk paint can get really expensive. I like Behr because it is acrylic paint that lasts and covers with only two layers.

So you can use the sander that I have. It works great and gets the job done. This was my first time using my sander and I love that it already comes with sandpaper, a bag to store it in, and extra parts to get the hard to reach places.

Take this advice from me when you use a sander for your DIY project.

My advice when using a sander is to let it do its job for you and don’t be intimidated by a power tool. It only takes a few minutes to sand down a piece of furniture like this. And if it’s your first time sanding, make sure to sand in the direction of the wood grain so that it gets all of that old stain color off your piece. You can watch my video here to see how I sanded down my desk.

2. Apply pre-stain and stain.

So, after you’ve sanded down your piece of furniture, you can apply the pre-stain. Make sure to read the directions on the can and do this in a well-ventilated place! The pre-stain that I used had a very strong smell to it and it gave me a headache. So, I made sure to keep the windows all the way open while I worked. You can also do this outside if it’s a nice day out. Unfortunately, it was too cold for me to work outside.

Apply the stain in the direction of the wood grain with a stain pad or paint brush. Wipe off the excess pre-stain before it dries. Let that dry for about half an hour. Then apply your stain color with the stain pad. Once you’ve applied your stain, let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. The longer you leave your stain on, the darker the color will be. Once you’ve let the stain sit, wipe off the excess color and let it dry for 4 to 6 hours.

3. Now you’re ready to paint!

I drew out my design first on paper before I applied it onto the desk drawers. This helped me to visualize it instead of guessing to see if it would look good. Then you can tape off your design with painter’s tape. Paint in the areas that you choose. Wait a half hour before adding the second layer of paint. And let the whole thing dry for a few hours after. I practically waited overnight to let the paint dry. Then, I touched up a few areas that I had missed.

I ended up staining the drawers first, and then I painted over them. The whole desk was a hot mess so everything needed to be re-stained first before I painted. This is because I still wanted some areas of the wood grain to show so that I could make my design look geometric and modern.

Quick tip: If you mess up your stain or paint, you can always sand it down again and start over. This happened to me in the middle of my project where my toddler decided to paint the top of my desk while I wasn’t looking. Thankfully, that did not turn into a huge disaster!

4. Lastly, use pretty office décor to set up your new desk!

Most of my items came from Target’s dollar section. The candle is from Forever 21 and the artificial plant is from IKEA.

Candle, faux succulent and iPad placed on desk Desk with a faux plant, ipad, books, and clipboard - DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

Books and ceramic hedgehog placed on desk Desk with a faux plant, ipad, books, and clipboard - DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

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A Simple Budgeted DIY Dresser Makeover for Toddler Bedroom Decor

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Looking for a simple, budgeted dresser makeover tutorial for your toddler’s bedroom? Well, you’ve come to the right place! I am in the midst of redecorating my toddler’s bedroom with decor finishes in a neutral modern look with pops of color. In fact, I have a preview of what is going to be in her room right here in this inspirational neutral vintage vibes post. But along with her new bedroom makeover, I have a dresser and a nightstand that I was handed when I was ready to have my little one. And I think that they were in need of a fresh new look. So let’s get started here with this tutorial. And make sure you grab my FREE Minimal Project Planner Checklist from the freebies library today!

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Materials for dresser makeover:

Remove hardware and sand down furniture.

With any piece of furniture, you want to make sure that you sand it down before you paint it. (Even if you plan on using chalk paint.) Sanding down your furniture will ensure it has a smooth finish and so that the paint sticks to it for a good long while. If you have a piece of furniture that needs to be sanded down, then check out this great post on how to sand furniture. Thankfully, I only had to sand down a few spots on the dresser and the nightstand because there were no nicks and it didn’t have any high glossy finish. It was last painted with spray paint, so I only needed to sand down a few rough areas on the dresser.

This is the sander that I have and sandpaper I use:

I was able to go ahead and take off all of the hardware first before sanding. Unfortunately, the drawers don’t come out for some reason, so I would take out the drawers if you can when painting a piece of furniture. It makes the whole process easier. The only hardware that I had to take off for these pieces of furniture were the knobs. I decided to replace them anyways to give it a whole new look. With this project, I used a sample of paint that I had received from Home Depot. The color is Soft Lace by BEHR Premium Plus. It was already a paint and primer in one. Yes, you can order paint samples from Home Depot and they only cost around $3 with free shipping!

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Start painting your furniture and give it two to three layers.

After you take off your hardware, and you’ve sanded your piece, you can start painting with a brush. I had used some paint brushes that I already kept in our basement. But you can get the correct paint brushes that I recommend.

The dresser and nightstand were super easy to paint because there weren’t a ton of details on it. In fact, you could probably use a small paint roller if you wanted to for this kind of project. Once I got the first coat, I gave it an hour to dry and then I painted the second coat. Give your dresser makeover at least two to three coats for a long-lasting finish. Then give it a day to dry before you put the hardware back on.

Replace your drawer knobs with these vintage-looking ones.

The next thing I did was order these vintage-looking knobs from Amazon. I think they are so pretty and they really stand out on the dresser after I put them on. To make your dresser look even more vintage, you can use a medium to high grit sandpaper to sand the edges and corners. This project only took me a day to do between letting the layers of paint dry and putting the hardware back on. I think this is going to look so pretty in my daughter’s room once everything is put together. I can’t wait to post her new bedroom reveal. Did you like this quick and easy dresser makeover tutorial?

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How Toddler Beds Might Be a Wasted Buy For You and Your Family

Toddler beds are a waste of money. Click through to learn why and what you should get instead.
If you’re searching for a new bed to buy for your toddler, then you may be thinking about getting a toddler-sized bed. It makes sense to get a bed that size for your little one, right? They’re small and they don’t need that much space sleep on.  It gradually helps them to adjust to a “big kid” bed. But here’s the thing. If you buy a toddler-size bed. it may be a waste of money in the long run.

Our sleep situation got complicated when my daughter turned two. She rarely slept in her crib because she slept much better in bed with me when she was an infant. But as my daughter got a little older, it was getting harder to sleep with her. She did this thing where she wanted to cuddle right up next to me at night. But she would also get mad if she couldn’t stretch her feet out because I’d be in the way. It was almost impossible to sleep with her at night. In fact, my husband and I always joke about how she is a bully in bed. She would kick and punch me of that sort if something was not contented to her sleep needs.

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It was getting to the point where I was waking up every few hours at night. It felt like I had a newborn again and that was not fun! So I did something about it.
I’m not writing this to deter you from buying a toddler bed. It might be the right size for you and your family because maybe your toddler needs to adjust to a slightly bigger bed. Because maybe they already sleep in their own crib. But my daughter was used to sleeping in our queen-sized bed. So that is where I decided to get a bigger bed for my toddler and here is why.
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She was already used to sleeping in a queen-sized bed.

My daughter slept in our bed every night. I had this feeling that she would hate a toddler-sized bed because she never slept well in her crib. She moves around a lot in her sleep. And when she became more mobile as an infant, she would always wake herself up by hitting herself on the wooden slats of the crib. It became a hassle every night trying to get her to sleep in her own crib when I knew that she slept much better with me.

I had many issues with anxiety.

At that time, I was only worried about the sake of my own sanity. I don’t function well with little sleep so I picked and chose my own battles. Any time my daughter slept in her crib, I always worried about her constantly. So co-sleeping with my little one helped me to sleep better at night knowing that she was safe with me.

Your toddler will have a smaller chance of falling out of bed.

The main reason I bought a bigger bed for my toddler was because I knew that she would have more room to move around in. We had bought a full-size mattress from the link below and it’s surprisingly comfy for the price we got it for. So far, she has not fallen out of bed once. But if you worry about your toddler falling off the bed, then you might consider buying one of these pull-out bed rails to keep them from falling out of bed.
Spa Sensations 8 Inch Spring and Gel Memory Foam Mattress by Zinus, Full 

She will be able to grow into her bed.

This is another factor of why we bought a full-sized bed. I felt that if I were to buy a toddler-sized bed then she would just grow out of it within the next year or two and we would’ve had to spend more money on a new bed. So, financially, it made sense to skip the small bed.Toddler beds are a waste of money. Click through to learn why and what you should get instead.

You can easily switch between your bed and theirs if you don’t want your kid to sleep in your bed.

So, the other reason we were buying a bigger bed is so that I could sleep in it too. I still don’t mind co-sleeping with my daughter, but I wanted to make sure that I had enough room to sleep there too. My husband gets up for work very early in the morning. And we both knew that it was best for her to sleep in her own room so that he wouldn’t wake her in the mornings. She’s a light sleeper. I have to say that it’s nice not having to worry about her sleeping in our bed. She doesn’t mind having her own room and I think she likes it better this way.

So where can you buy a bigger bed without breaking the piggy bank?

If you’re on a budget, you can buy a full-sized mattress as Walmart for under $200. We bought the 8 inch spring mattress with gel-memory foam. (Spa Sensations 8 Inch Spring and Gel Memory Foam Mattress by Zinus, Full) I took my chances with buying a mattress online by checking out the reviews and they were surprisingly positive. After placing the order online, the shipping was free and delivery is only two days. I was pretty happy about that. The bed comes rolled up into a package.

The package was really heavy.

So the downside to this is that the package is very heavy. But it wasn’t so heavy that we needed help. My husband was able to get the package upstairs by himself. The upside to it is that it is very easy to unpack. Cut the plastic open and it immediately blows up into it’s full size. They recommend to wait 48 hours for it to fully conform. But I took it out of the package around noon and my daughter slept in her bed that night.
The other downside to the mattress is there is a smell to it once its open. You can either let it air out in a couple of days or you can buy a waterproof mattress cover below. I recommend that you buy one anyways in case they wet the bed.
DMI Zippered Plastic Mattress Cover Protector, Waterproof, Full Size, White

So, how does your toddler adjust to a new bed?

Overall, my daughter loves her new bed. The first night she slept in it, I got her adjusted by showing her her new bed. You can lay on it, talk to each other, read books, and tell her that this is her new bed and that she will be sleeping here from now on. You can always make it a huge thing for them because toddlers can easily get excited about these kinds of things if you just make it fun for them. This is a big deal for your toddler and I’m sure that it is for you too. It also helps too if you decorate their room and make them realize that this is their space. So make it inviting by using kid-friendly décor. Check out this post I wrote for toddler room decor inspiration.

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How To Freshen Up An Entryway Table With Fall Decor

If you love simple, then let me show you how to freshen up your entryway table with beautiful Fall decor and easy to follow steps.

Fall is right around the corner and it’s about time to start decorating for the season. So, gather round pumpkin spice lovers, and let me show you how you can freshen up your entryway table with Fall decor. This is an easy to follow tutorial. If you love to create easy, beautiful crafts, then keep reading.

I had a few mason jars stacked in our basement when we moved into our new home over the summer. So I asked myself what I could do with them. They were just sitting there and were begging to be used in a new craft project. I figured I could use these old mason jars in a new décor project. So here is a list of what I started with for materials.

If you love simple, then let me show you how to freshen up your entryway table with beautiful Fall decor and easy to follow steps.

Materials for Fall Mason Jars:

3 Large Mason Jars
Acrylic Paint or
Chalk Paint
Twine
Artificial Flowers
Paint Brush

Wash up and clean off your mason jars

It’s important to clean off your project before you decide to paint them. You don’t want any dirt or dust sitting under the paint. Otherwise, the paint is going to come off at some point. So, I washed them off with water and soap and made sure that the mason jars were dried off good before I started painting.

Start painting in your choice of color

The next step is my favorite part because you get to be creative in the choices of colors you want to use. Obviously, I went for a Fall vibe. But I decided to pick neutral colors. The brown is an acrylic paint in lite mocha and the white was a chalk paint in the color plaster. Start painting your mason jars after you’ve dried them off. I used a couple of layers to make sure the paint was on thick and that I wouldn’t see any streaks. This is the paint brush I used from Walmart.

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Add your choice of finishing pieces

Before I added the finishing touches, I made sure I touched up a few areas and that they were also dry. For my choice of finishing touches, I added twine and Fall themed sunflowers. All of the flowers I had bought were from Walmart. And I have to say that they had some really pretty colors for Fall. There were a ton of choices to choose from. But I knew that I wanted to use sunflowers for this project.

What to do for the Fall entryway table

After the mason jars were finished, I added them to my table in our entryway. Although the mason jars looked pretty by themselves, you can add a few décor pieces to bring it all together. I had some pretty Fall leaves and pumpkins to add on the table. But you could place anything on your entryway table as long as it fits within the theme and the colors. I’d love to add a large sign above the mason jars to complete the whole theme.

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Here is the finished look of the Fall entryway table. I think it ended up turning out better than I had expected. And this project only took me a few hours to complete. It’s seems to me that it is best to go with your instincts. Before I had planned out this craft project, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the brown paint. But I actually love this color and I am so glad I made it the main choice instead of as just a pop of color. If you liked this project, let me know in the comments below.

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Neutral Modern Vibes for Toddler Bedroom Decor Ideas

Lately, I have been obsessing over the neutral modern vibes that I have been seeing on Pinterest. The other day I was searching for bedroom decor ideas for my toddler and I found some pretty inspiring ideas that I could easily incorporate with her new bedroom. It’s exciting now that we have just bought our first home and I am drooling over the endless possibilities of what I can do for interior decoration. I’ve spent many years dreaming of the ideas I’ve gotten from Pinterest and now I finally get to implement them after renting for so long.

Now that I have these ideas stuck in my head, it was time for me to explore some options that I had. I don’t have a very large budget. But I still wanted to make our home feel like it was inviting. Those pretty pictures that you see all the time on Pinterest have some very expensive products that would burn a hole through my wallet. Still, I thought that there was some way I could try to make my daughter’s bedroom look like that without having to spend a fortune. Thankfully, it is a possibility and I am going to list those items right here for you.

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Neutral Modern Vibes Bedroom Decor Ideas

What I absolutely love

Surprisingly, some of these items came from Walmart. But I can’t be mad about that. I’m not in love with everything at Walmart like I am with Target or IKEA. But they still have some pretty neat items that are great for adding a little inspiration. Some of these things I had no idea Walmart sells. After seeing some of their ads on my Facebook newsfeed, I had to check out some of their stuff because I do love their prices.

While I was shopping the other day, I stumbled upon IKEA’s website. Because I had not shopped there in a long time, I wasn’t sure what they would have. I got all excited about their products because some of the things that I had seen on Pinterest was the exact style that IKEA carried and they had great prices too. This style that I am talking about is mostly mid-century modern with the same neutral monochromatic look. But if you mix it up with some rustic, boho, or vintage furniture pieces with lots of detail and pops of color then it’s not so boring and minimalistic looking.

 

Aside from the furniture, I was most excited to find the section where they had artificial plants. I’ve always wanted to add fake plants into my home. But if you’ve looked around, artificial plants can be really expensive. So I never bothered to look around for those items. But IKEA has great prices on them and you should definitely check them out. 

Some of these items I had already bought for that neutral modern vibes look. And I can’t wait to get started on my daughter’s room. For example, the blue pillow with the decorative buttons was a lot bigger than I had anticipated. And I love it, especially for the price! I also received the sweater knit throw pillow and it is gorgeous. I’m in love with the boho chic vibe that it gives off and it will look perfect in my daughter’s room. I am just waiting for her other pieces to arrive so I can show off her neutral modern vibes bedroom reveal. What do you think of this look?

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