Handy Work

Better After reader Julie recently redid this desk for her 12-year-old son, hoping to help him with his handwriting.  He was allegedly doing his homework in bed, which was making for some atrocious-looking assignments. Did the desk help?  I don’t know, but it looks great and he was excited to try it out!
I also happen to have the handwriting of a 12-year-old boy.  Maybe I should give myself a cool new desk.  I’ve even practiced my handwriting, trying to occasionally stave off boredom in church, get better, but nope.  I really think it’s in your genes, like some people are musical, and some people are handwriting-y.  I am not both. 

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  1. Talk about breathing new life into something …it looks lovely!

  2. Thanks for posting my desk!! I know I am more excited about it than my son is! :)

  3. I like the before and after pics but I keep coming back for the writing. Good grammar, punctuation, and a sense of silly make for fun reading. Thanks!

  4. Love your blog, you are too too funny. I too have horrible handwriting. I used to have nice handwriting but then when I was 16 I became a waitress. I blame it all on having to write very fast. Now when I think about it I can write slow and nice, but mostly fast and messy. Well that is my story and I am sticking to it.

  5. So funny, i have this bedroom set. It was my moms as a child, now mine, and hopefully my childs one day. Such a surprise.

  6. Love this redo! I’m considering rehabbing an old coffee table with a similar look in mind. Do you mind breaking down how you achieved this look?? I’m a beginner :)

  7. Love this redo! I’m considering rehabbing an old coffee table with a similar look in mind. Do you mind breaking down how you achieved this look?? I’m a beginner :)

  8. The desk looks great! Nice redo!

    Oh, and are your kids old enough to teach them to play the dot game? We always played it in church growing up, and it’s about the only way I can get my two oldest to sit quietly in sacrament meeting!

  9. For the redo..I used homemade chalk paint on the desk..stripped the desk top and drawer fronts and restained Minwax in Dark Walnut. Lightly distressed the desk after painting. Then used 2 coats of wipe on poly to seal the desk surface.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I have a desk exactly like this and I have it hidden away because it’s so boring. Thanks for the idea, now maybe I can bring it out of hiding!

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