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So I have been looking for activites that would help Lily my daughter and I bond. She has always been much closer with her dad, they have a similar sensitive artistic nature, which I tend to be signifcantly more analytical. So I took on the task of getting a bit more DIY with her this weekend. We took a desk my fiance had in his storage unit that was pretty much hideous and with the help of the Real Milk Paint in the color Spearmint we updated it to be a little more her style. We added new knobs and contact papered the inside of each draw for a full update. I was excited to be able to do this entire project with her minus a few hardware steps which my lovely fiance took care of for us.
Being that I am so new at anything "Do it Yourself" and Lily is the ripe old age of 7 there was a bit of a learning curve for chalk paint application. The Real Milk Paint came in powdered form with 1:1 ratio of powder to water for 21.99. It required 5 mins of shaking and 10-15 min of waiting for it to set up. To cover the read and black it took two coats which I pretty much expected and the 1 quart size more than covered it. I am glad however that I did get a full quart as smaller than that wouldn't have been enough to get two even coats. One of the qualities of Milk Paint that made it perfect for this experiement in parenting is it's low toxicity. It's very important to me that it's safe for Lily to help with and this is definitely safe for her to paint alongside me. The application of a chalk paint is definitely different than I had ever experienced, you can definitely see every single stroke of the paint until it dries, so Lily and I had to be sure our coverage was good and smooth. As it dried however it meant less and overed great.
The knobs I got to replace the plain silver were these unique diamond looking knobs. I ended up ordering them on Amazon at 10 pieces for 7.99 so I still have 6 which I plan to use on another project with her later. I found the contact paper at the Dollar Tree so it was a steal to say the least.
Overall, I am pretty happy with the results on her desk update. She has mentioned she would like to add some gold sponge paint to it in the future. I also added a vintage looking mirror above it so when I move it into her room so as she gets older she can treat it more so as a vanity. I'd like to thank the Real Milk paint for providing a quart of Spearmint for Lily and I to make our project happen in a creative and safe way.
If you are ready to start your own DIY project or want to do a bonding project with your child head to your local flea market, thrift store or even check out your storage unit to get an item that is in need of some new life..
See us on Pinterest to see more of Lily's hard work!