Monday, February 2, 2009

Painted Furniture And A GiveAway

I love to paint furniture! This picture is a desk that will be painted for an auction at our school. (I have to admit that I'm struggling a bit with covering this with paint!)It will be contributed by a first grade class so it needs to reflect that age group. I've got a couple of ideas (crayon theme) but haven't hit on the right one yet. I'd love ideas, thoughts and maybe some links. If I pick your idea either from a link or your thoughts, I'll send you a goodie bag of odds and ends for mixed media art. The finished desk will be posted in a few weeks. Suggestions please!
Edit: I definitely wouldn't copy anyone's work; I'm looking for inspiration...a jumpstart...something! Thanks:)

12 comments:

crafty creations said...

hi Dianne although I know you wouldn't copy someone elses work this site may give you some ideas - I did a toybox for my grandson and got some ideas from here

http://www.luonsart.com/html/chairs.html

hope it helps look forward to seeing the finshed one

x Hilda

Debbie said...

Oh Dianne...what a fun piece to do...you could use the wood base and paint the seat and table area like a chalk board and add maybe some little kids writing on the board, or maybe some cute little kids faces, with different hair, ethnic, etc...um...depending on a base color them, paint the areas not needed to emphasize the chalk board in a primary color, etc...I painted two of the old metal desks years ago...but I did scenes around the metal bottoms and gave them to nieces as gifts...hugs, Debbie

My Vintage Studio said...

Diane...what fun! If I had this project..I would paint the base a bright color, add pages or images of first grade math, reading and of course art. back of the chair I would add images of recess. Since it is for the first grade level I would limit the objects on the desk for safety reasons. But I think with the daily images of their school day...it would be playful. Good luck! Sharon
ps I was the bookstore the other day and thought I saw someone that looked like you.

Nancy said...

Dianne, I'd love to see a vintage theme, as it sounds like part of you wants to preserve the identity of the desk. Classic cursive letters on the back slats, maps on the seat, maybe an assortment of paper, crayons, ruler, apple, etc on the desktop. Think 1st grade writing paper, flashcards & old fashioned classroom.

Veronica said...

You will do great with this piece. Promise! Huggs girl.

Sofa said...

It look fabulous well painted and give a nice look.

Michelle Murphy said...

i would paint the desk part with the chaulk borad paint so that they could write on it and it comes in many cool colors now a days..having a niece that is in first grade..the girls so into pink and purple and of couse what we think is cool is not their version of cool..you could do some ramdon sayings on the slats, seat, and even use some the slang like omg, etc..

i am sure what ever you come with will be great..i personally for me would go for a vintage school theme:D..it just depends on what you are shooting for

Michelle said...

have you ever done mosaic with paper and modge podge? that would look cute!

kathydkeith said...

I think I have a great idea for you. Why not get some drawings by the kids themselves and use their images all over the desk? You could have fun with the layout, enlarging some, etc. OR how about using all the kids' names? These ideas would be especially good if you think parents of the kids would be inclined to want to buy the chair as a memento. Using the kids' handprints is another idea.

OR - how about turning it into something to hang on a wall? Right side up or upside down. I hung a discarded chair with no legs upside down, let faux ivy drape over the back rods and got lots of compliments on it. If I think of others, I'll add more later.

Kersten said...

What a cool project! :)

I think I'd paint it white and distress it using sandpaper so that you rough it up a bit. THEN - and I don't know how well this would work, but I'd melt crayon on to it in various places and colors. When I taught 6th grade, we used to melt crayon in between sheets of waxpaper using an iron and cut out hearts from this for Valentine's Day. You migth be able to lay your crayon shavings down and heat through one layer of wax paper directly onto desk and then seal with Krylon. Just a thought. :)

Dianne Q Adams said...

I'm liking the white paint idea with maybe a bit or crackle...interesting.

Dianne Q Adams said...

OK! Thank you all for your comments and ideas! You all win. Please send me your address and I'll drop something in the mail to you over the next couple of weeks. I've gotten so many ideas from all the posts...vintage, little kid writing, first grade pages, distressed paint....and a fantastic website to explore. I'm leaning toward the distressed, vintage in maybe a butter yellow color.