Week 5 of redoing my girl’s room already?! Sometimes six weeks for this One Room Challenge seems so long (like really, how could it possibly take six weeks to build a bed and then just decorate?) and other times it seems so short (like when the internet lies about your items’ arrival dates and they take more than six weeks – grr). BUT, progress has been made! I took an awkward area of my girl’s room and turned a small console table into a desk for her.
And I also found a spot for that round brass mirror I’ve been eyeing for months. Between that mirror and the hanging chair, this room is rapidly becoming my favorite in the house. But back to the desk.
My daughter really loves to draw/color (typical 5 year old girl stuff) and of course she wanted a desk in her room just like her big brother. The room is smallish and much of it is taken up by her bed and her hanging chair, but because she flashed her dimples again, I tried to fit a small desk into her room. The only good spot for a desk is the wall area adjacent to her door. The wall is a little awkward as it is just four feet wide and juts out a little into the room.
Anything too deep on that wall would make it awkward for her to climb into her bed. Awkward is definitely my favorite word this post.
I spent way too much time on the internet (as usual) hunting for the perfect desk. Most were way too deep, or ugly, or drawer-less. I like not ugly things and also to be able to shove kid stuff in a desk drawer on a moment’s notice. Eventually I found this little console table which I thought might work as a desk.
Simple, not too boring, comes in several colors, and is the perfect scale at 36″ wide and 14″ deep. The only downside was that it is several inches too tall to sit at. Luckily, I have a saw. So I ordered the console table in white, sawed about 3″ off the legs, and had a console-table-turned-desk in no time.
I really like that it doesn’t take up much floor space in the room but gives my daughter the perfect area to work on her art projects. Which she has done daily ever since. And with a mirror above, I figure it can always transition into a vanity area down the road. Actually, she’s not allowed to grow up into a make-up wearing teenager so nix that idea.
The only thing I don’t love about this new desk sitaution is those knobs. I don’t mind the silver mixing with the brass mirror (because everything goes with that mirror!) but for some reason they just look a little boring and out of place. Or is it the chair? Or both?? I’m totally open to your thoughts…
Okay, so far in this room I’ve built a bed, painted walls, added a dresser and shelves, hung a chair (fine, my husband did that one), added art, and now added this desk area. But the worst part remains – sorting through old kid toys and waiting to see if any of my now-apparently-backordered internet items will arrive. Cute throw pillow and new light fixture, I’m talking to you…
Can’t wait to complete this room and share it next week!