The boys and I have been working on their rooms together. My 5 year old wanted a Star Wars room. Which worked out great because we already had the duvets that were purchased from PBkids a few years ago. I think all little boys go through a Star Wars phase.
My Dad is a college professor and one of his big things when we were kids is that we all had a desk to study at. I still remember going out with him and buying my first desk! I don't know that it helped my study skills any but I do still like shopping. I liked the idea and have been on the lookout the last few months to find all the boys their own desks.
D's desk started like this. Ugh. It was $30 at my local Goodwill and the chair was $8. My Goodwill gives 30% off coupons that are good off of one item when you donate something. They only do it certain months but I always make sure to take my box of donations. I went on military Wednesday for 10% off and used my 30% off coupon! So the desk and chair were like $26. Score!
The desk was really dirty and had an interesting finish on it but was solid wood and even had a nice glass top. I never buy furniture unless it's solid wood and well built. Boys and sturdy furniture go well together.
I vacuumed out all the drawers and then took them out and vacuumed the inside of the desk. This helps get all the gross stuff out. Then I scrubbed it all down with some simple green cleaner and a rag. If stuff is really stinky or old smelling then I use a vinegar/water mixture in a spray bottle. Sometimes I even spray the insides of the drawers with the vinegar/water and set them in the sun to dry.
Then I primed with Glidden Gripper primer using a 4 inch foam roller and paintbrush. I use these short handled paintbrushes for most of my furniture painting. Then you can get into little crevices without the handle of your brush in the way.
I let my primer dry for a few hours. Check the can. Some primers require days but the Glidden said 4 hours. Then I painted with two coats of Behr Satin enamel with the same little brush and a new 4" foam roller.
I color matched the paint to the Star Wars duvet.
Love how it turned out.
The chair got spray painted with a couple light coats of Satin black spray paint. I didn't prime it or anything. The lamp is this one from Target.
I bought new hardware for about $1 a handle.
The bunk bed is the Mydal Bunk bed from Ikea. It was about $150 in store and is really sturdy. We have two sets and the boys have been using them for about a year and they have held up really well.
I painted the bed with Valspar's enamel paint in black satin. It took forever and ever.
I have lots of fun projects planned for this room. Starting with something on the walls!