So the Summer is here and I have a Senior Kindergarten at home for the summer. Of course the report cards come home from school in June telling parents and kids alike to keep up the good work over the Summer. Keep reading and writing and practicing you sight words. I had been thinking long and hard about what we would do with Charlie this Summer to keep him thinking about these skills, without coming across as work or indoor time, or... school. He is only 5 for goodness sakes. So it hit me one day when he found a feather. "Can I have it for my collection, Mom?" Sure. I don't know where these collections all go (except for the rock one that has now taken over a second window ledge). This feather though, he was going to write about. In a journal. It's perfect. He loves to talk about what he did each day, so this Summer, he can record it. Glue in pictures and "collections". And along the way, practice writing and letters. So, that's what we are doing.
I got him a book to write in, well, I had a Smash book that I only used one page of, so now it's his. I took him out to get some special tape so he can stick his treasures in it and a new pencil sharpener. He has a pencil box he loaded with everything. Perfect. Except, one day it's at the kitchen table. The next it's on the coffee table. The next it's somewhere else. He needed a place to work that I wasn't constantly nagging him to clean it all up. I took to Pinterest, got an idea, then to Kijiji and by the end of the week, we were the proud owners of a kids desk and chair for $20. Sweet. And we had a project for the weekend!
First stop, Home Hardware for black paint. Which I usually have as a staple, but was out of. Second stop, the antique store for some old comic books.
We gave the desk a good sanding, it was missing a knob, so we picked up 4 new knobs as well. Painted it two coats of Black Cabinet and Furniture paint. Charlie wanted to paint the knobs blue, we just used craft paint for that. Hit some corners and edges with sandpaper to give it a worn look.
Next, we cut up the comic books into small pieces. We found these really great Looney Tunes comic books for a $1 each at the antique store. Charlie loves Spiderman, but they didn't have those, and I was trying to do this cheaply, so I didn't want to get new ones. Plus, this faded newsprint colour is awesome! We lucked out and found a Wile E. Coyote comic which is Charlie favourite Looney Tunes charter as well as Daffy Duck featured as a Fireman in another book which was also fitting. We chopped them up and used Mod Podge to stick them all over the top. We did the edges first, then the flat surface on the top. Once we were done, I coated the entire top in one good layer of Mod Podge.
Finally, the entire desk and chair was coated in three coats of Varathane. We moved it into Charlie's room and it's perfect. He loved it and immediately filled all the drawers and got started working on his journal. It's been a great spot for him to sit and work, and keep all his stuff.