Homework Desk in Olivia’s Room & Back-to-School

A quick homework desk change-up with drawers and memo board to stay organized + back-to-school ideas.

It’s the end of an era in Olivia’s room (or the beginning of a new one… glass half full over here) because with our oldest girl turning 8 soon and starting off second grade, it was time…

…to say goodbye to the DIY ballet barre we installed in her room when she was 5.

DIY Ballet Barre

I’m not crying; you’re crying!

She has long since ripped that ballet barre right off of the wall thanks to a stellar gymnastics move and the wall of mirrors was really not serving a great purpose.

With the back-to-school situation being so up in the air and Zoom meetings in our future, it seemed like the perfect time to swap the mirrors with a much-needed homework desk. (She’s extra excited about the fact that it doubles as a makeup vanity… oh. my. gosh. Pump the brakes, child.)

Little Girl's Homework Desk with memo board and back-to-school clothes from @Walmart #ad

I repurposed some picture frames I already had, spray painted the chair, and added this white & gold desk and linen memo board to help her stay organized.

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated back-to-school with some new super cute, low-priced clothes from Walmart. We picked out what she liked online and just had it all shipped to us without having to visit the store.

Even though this year is much more challenging than ever before, these kiddos need our positivity and excitement. Optimism will carry them so much further than anything else.

I rounded up a bunch of my (and her) faves:

Back to School Clothes Picks from @walmart for Girls #ad #backtoschool

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16

Back to School Clothes Picks from @walmart for Boys #ad #backtoschool

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 

Are your kids starting school next week? It’s going to be a good year. Perspective changes everything.

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  1. Hi Lauren, I was wondering regarding your weathering wood project…if after that 1 hr mark, you had to do something to the wood to prevent the vinegar stain from continuing to darken?
    I am new to DIYing big projects but already I’m addicted. Lol and I just want to get it as right as possible.

    1. Cherie, welcome to the DIY journey! It is quite liberating and fulfilling to know that you made the things you enjoy in your home. I am going to mark this comment to come back with my own details to help. However, as this has already been sitting in pending comments I am sharing a link that may help until I can come back to you. https://www.familyhandyman.com/list/how-to-age-wood/

    1. Hi Esther! They are, aren’t they?! I fell in love too. The prints are from Juniper Print Shop. I just purchased the downloads and printed them from my computer at home.

  2. How is it time to take down the barre already? I’m not kidding – it feels like you just put it up! Time does crazy things! The new desk is so cute and glam!

  3. Olivia is so adorable. I know she will enjoy her new desk. Children grow up so fast! Thanks for sharing.

    1. The chair was one I had from Target but I spray painted it white. And the faux fur cushion is just some scrap faux fur fabric I had.