Growing Up Desk

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May 22 2012
Vintage cookie jar as pencil holder

My little girl is now 6 going on 15. So her little desks-arrangements are no more suitable since she needs a computer and space to create and do homework.

This was her desk space when she was about two:

Hannah's desk, circa 2008

Hannah’s desk, circa 2008

Six months later we moved and her space changed, somewhat:

My yellow and white towels laid on our family room floor. Looks good but doesn't stay!

Desk set up when Hannah turned 2

When she was three, we upgraded her desk setting:

Hannah's reading nook, complete with IKEA egg chair

Desk set up when Hannah turned 3.5

When she was four, we moved into a tinytinytiny home and this was her tinytinytiny quarters:

The living and study area in our tiny studio

Desk set up when Hannah turned 4

Soon after she turned five, we moved into a slightly larger rental and she now had a conglomerate of children’s furniture:

Desk set up when Hannah turned 6

Desk set up when Hannah turned 6

Now she’s a month past turning six, and needing even more. Now she’s in Year 1 and has homework to bring home! I was loath to buy a proper desk for her and found nothing quite suitable anyway… She needs loads of drawers and a wide desktop. See the coloured set of drawers in the above photo? We both loved it, it fitted all her craft and stationery etc. Only $39.95 at Kmart.

When it was time to upgrade again, armed with an idea for her new desk, I grabbed another one from Kmart. I then took myself to Bunnings to get a 170x60cm melamine board and wrapped it with some oilcloth from Spotlight (very limited range!). I secured the oilcloth to the underside of the board with duct tape – my staple gun was useless and I didn’t want a permanent cover anyway.

Desk set up when Hannah turned 7, using two K-mart plastic drawers and an oilcloth chipboard top

Desk set up when Hannah turned 7, using two K-mart plastic drawers and an oilcloth chipboard top

Plenty of space on the top for her little laptop, monitor, keyboard and crafty stuff; as well as an magazine holder for her weekly homework!

Now she can do craft and mark the top and I’ll just get new oilcloth!

I got these vintage calendar prints from my mother in law’s attic. I fitted them in vintage pressed-timber frames from the local op-shop (I’m always on the look out for them!). Don’t these prints look so cute!

Vintage calendar prints framed on Hannah's desk

Vintage calendar prints framed on Hannah’s desk

I put Hannah’s dollhouse frame against the wall here too, that fit her collection of Mini Blythes and Littlest Pet Shop items.

A small house shadowbox to display pretty little things

A small house shadowbox to display pretty little things

Update: I recently scored a vintage and oh-so-fun Japanese cookie barrel from St Vinnies for $4 (these go on eBay for about $30-40). I thought it would make an oh-so-fun holder for all those pens and markers!! :)

Vintage cookie jar  as pencil holder

Vintage cookie jar as pencil holder

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