It often comes with the territory of working in the school setting, but often the furniture and storage options we “inherit” may be a little worse for the wear. When I moved to my current position three years ago, I inherited this desk. Sure, it’s perfectly serviceable, but it definitely needed a little love!
I know some of you may be moved from building to building or room to room without much notice, but I am the only SLP in my small district, and had been in my room for two years before I decided it was time to do something about it.
First on the to-do list was a paint job. It’s amazing what a difference this alone made! (I wasn’t sure what type of paint to use, so I went to Home Depot and bought what they recommended. This took a coat of primer and two coats of black paint designed for metal surfaces.)
I had it like this for the past year, but the chipped edges really were bothering me. I also saw this fabulous desktop makeover from Maureen at The Speech Bubble SLP, and decided I wanted to do something similar! The following picture shows what my desk top looked like originally.
I purchased white contact paper and a vinyl inspirational quote from Etsy for this project. (The great part about working with contact paper and vinyl is that it is easily removeable should I ever need to take it off!)
First, I thoroughly cleaned off my desk and waited for it to dry. Then, I cut contact paper to cover the top of my desk.
I knew contact paper would be tricky to work with, so I made sure to have plenty just in case! I definitely learned the hard way that you DO NOT want to use a straight edge that is smaller in width than your contact paper! I ended up with tons of bubbles that I couldn’t fix when I started out this way. I had to take those pieces off, and started again with a yardstick. It was SO much easier! I still ended up with a few small bubbles, but they are not very noticeable.
Next, I lined up the quote decal where I wanted it in the center of the desk, and carefully peeled off the backing, according to the seller’s instructions.
I chose this particular quote as a positive reminder for myself, and I love how it turned out!
I overlapped some of the contact paper over the edges of the desk, which did help cover up some of the worst chipped areas. I then cut some cute bulletin board border from Schoolgirl Style and attached it with sticky tack. (I may use velcro strips at a later point in time if this doesn’t hold up well.)
And here’s the finished project! Tell me, what do you think?