If you read this post about our Easter, you saw that we spent the weekend with my sister and her family. My sister asked for some help spiffing up this telephone table so my oldest niece could have her own space to do homework! I mean, ONE- how cute is that table for a little girl’s homework station and TWO- how lucky am I that I get to convert another DIYer?!
First, I whispered things like “chalk paint” and “washi tape” and “Jo-Ann 40% off” in my niece’s ear. Then… we went to the hardware store for supplies (sandpaper, paint, spray primer, brushes and a staple gun). THEN… I got busy teaching this young impressionable child all of my DIY tricks. (Removing the seat, sanding, pulling off fabric, reupholstering.)
We had an audience. Ready for any rogue high water that might come up unexpectedly.
My sister steered her in certain directions with fabric and paint color… but ultimately, she got to choose. This navy was great, but took 3 or 4 coats. I gave a once over with spray primer and then Addie helped with the first coat (I cranked out the others).
There were a few drips here and there, but this table isn’t for me. It’s for HER, and she was SO excited to watch as I screwed the seat back on.
Doing projects like these with kids is the best. You might have to let go of any perfectionist tendencies a bit, but it’s SO worth it to see the knowing glimmer of pride and satisfaction in their eager eyes. And that’s my #wednesdayplayday challenge…. consider including your child in some of your projects every once in a while! Addie helped me with every step… she sanded a bit and pulled out a few staples, and wielded the staple gun (with supervision-amundo) and painted. I took the reins on the spray painting (obvy) but that was about it!
This is a process vs. product moment (although this telephone table turned out beautifully) as what’s most important is sharing the creative process with a child and empowering them to believe that they can single handedly make MORE out of LESS! I mean, that’s the essence of DIY afterall!
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