A Truly Inspiring Teenage Desk

June 14, 2013


Personalized Child's Desk
A Simple Project That Both Decorates And Inspires!
My love of home d├ęcor and my husband's innate DIY skills are apparently hereditary!  It's either that or a childhood spent completely immersed in our crazy renovations and design projects has altered their DNA.  Either way, be it nature or nurture, I have to say that my kids are very crafty.  They truly enjoy beautifying their spaces and have strong opinions, especially when it comes to their rooms. 

Recently, my eldest decided that her desk/ vanity was boring and it needed a little sprucing up.  She came to me one night to ask if the printer had enough colored ink, because she wanted to do a decorating project.  She explained that she was going to print up some of her favorite quotes (apparently, addiction is also hereditary!), cut them out and display them under the glass of her desk.  She said that she wanted it to be pretty, but also inspiring!  Trying to be a very supportive mom, I told her that I thought it was a great idea ~ knock yourself out!


She spent some time on instagram and then online looking for quotes that resonated with her.  She used Word Art to design them and then printed them out.  She carefully cut them, using a straightedge to make sure they were neat.


Next, she laid them out on the desk to arrange them.  Of course, she moved them around a bunch of times to make sure that she was happy with the way the pattern of colors and shapes that were set.  She also took these lovely pictures along the way to document her project...like I said, crafty.

Inspirational quotes to personalize furniture

Lastly, she popped the glass back on top, careful not to disturb the papers.  She called me into the room to check it out and I have to say, I was really impressed.  I must admit, decorating snob and total control freak that I am, I thought that it may look a bit junky and would wreck my carefully crafted aesthetic, but she did a fantastic job.  It is very polished and the colors look great, but most importantly, she is thrilled with it and, after all, it is her room.  I guess it's time for me to back off and let her find her own style!  Apparently, she already has some other ideas. Great.
 Teenage desk diy

I'm just kidding , the kid has a great eye.  Her first independent decorating project was a huge success.  She loves the way it turned out and she loves waking up to those handpicked quotes every morning.  It's a great way for her to start her day and as her mom, I love that.  I also love the fact that since she completed this project, her desk has been neat as a pin!  Hmmm...maybe I should have her redecorate the whole house!

It's a super simple project, but I think it's super sweet!  What do you think of it?


Quick Under Glass Tips:

*I have glass cut all the time to protect furniture.  It's easy to clean, so in heavily used rooms, I don't have to worry about water damage or markers...it all just wipes away!

*A variety of items look great under glass ~ for a personalized look, use photographs, color or black and white. For an antiqued look, go with sepia photos or use old newspaper clippings. In a kitchen, recipe cards are a great choice.  In a playroom, colorful kids' creations are a fun addition...and a great way to display their latest projects!

*For added drama, add a matte to photos or artwork.

*Decide on your design, do you want overlapping pieces, a haphazard look or a carefully spaced arrangement?

*Fabric is great under glass as well.  It is also easily changed out for different seasons or holidays.


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23 comments:

  1. What a great idea! So unique, I love it!

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  2. beautiful! And the what a great place to have such inspirational sayings :)

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    1. Thank you ladies! My daughter will be thrilled to hear such nice things about her work!

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  3. What a great idea! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

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    1. Thanks Melissa, my daughter is so excited to see everyone's lovely comments! Thanks for popping by to check it out.

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  4. What a gorgeous idea! My daughter would love that for her desk too.

    I just popped by via Monday Funday. Please drop by if you have a chance and Say G'day!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz
    www.natashainoz.com

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    1. It did turn out really well! Thanks, Natasha!

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  5. What a great idea and what a creative daughter!

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    1. She is super creative! I can't wait to see what she comes up with next! Thanks for the sweet comment! :)

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  6. Hi Kim,

    Brilliant idea and pretty display! I enjoyed reading your 'take' on the decorating 'gene' and in honour of your daughter's creativity, let us highlight the occasion with yet another great quote, and say, 'The apple doesn't fall far from the tree!'!

    Poppy

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    1. Poppy, that is my mom's favorite saying and I do believe it is true ~ especially in this case! Thanks for your lovely comment, as always!

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  7. I think it's a great idea and she did a great job, Kim!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! She worked really hard on it! Thanks for popping by to check it out.

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  8. I love simple projects that turn out fabulous! Great job!

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    1. Me too! Thanks for the kind words, Anne!

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  9. This is a great idea! Thanks for linking up with HickoryTrail

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    1. Thanks Angela~ and thanks again for featuring my farmhouse kitchen island! That's always a fun surprise to wake up to!

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  10. Kudos to her. One couldn't even have seen my kids' desks with all of the junk on top.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2013/06/wordless-wednesday-haircuts.html

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    1. Haha! Trust me Joyce, it looked that way until she decided to make it pretty! We'll see how long it lasts! :)

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  11. This is such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

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    1. Thanks Danielle! I will pass your comment on to my daughter. She is so excited to be getting such positive feedback!

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  12. Such a great idea! Perfect for any desk! Thank you so much for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday!
    Jamie @
    Better With Age

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    1. Thanks for popping by to check it out, Jamie and thanks for the great party each week!

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