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Foto Friday + Unmotivated.

In honor of the lovely Nike Mom’s hosted TGIF Foto Friday, I’m going to be the posting the long awaited picture of my desk that I recently finished. Here is some back ground on the desk and my handy work skills.

First off I am not ‘handy’, nor ‘artistic’, or ‘creative’. I am horrible at drawing, painting, anything that involves art. This was a huge project for me to tackle. It was found at a thrift store where it was unpainted. My mom bought me this and a dresser that is the same style and we painted them together. The desk used to have a blue top when I first painted it. Then I changed my room up and painted the top black. I had to sand down the desk through the black and the blue paint because I wanted the desk to be completely white. Sanding alone took me a day, it was quite the arm workout.

I painted the whole desk with three coats of paint, including the drawers. Then I had to lug the thing inside my room and put all the newly and waited a few days to put on the drawer pulls.
After those were in, it was obviously time to put my computer on it and my pictures.

Finally! A finished product! It took me over two weeks to do everything on it, but I was glad when it was done and I felt really accomplished.

As for the unmotivation in the title. I am just feeling a little bit unmotivated because my knee keeps acting up. Yesterday I was going to hit up the treadmill in the gym for eight miles, but I could only run four and a half. I was really disappointed in myself, but I know that sometimes my body just needs a rest and I’ve had a really emotionally demanding and draining week so I know that has taken its toll on me. This weekend I’m looking to get in a good amount of mileage though. I’m meeting up with Billy and Sara tomorrow morning pending rain to run some more trails down in San Juan Capistrano, which I know will be fun and different and then Sunday I’ll get out and get in my 14 miler, no matter how long it takes me!

I hope everyone has a great Friday the 13th, and Valentines Day! Remember to run for Nancy for the Freakishly Flexible 5k! sometime this weekend.


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  • Reply Jocelyn

    oooOOOoo I like the desk! Good job! I really need to clean my apartment and make it look nice, but, alas, I am less than motivated.
    Still 4 miles is a great run! I ran my 5k this morning (since tomorrow I busy). Don’t be too hard on yourself. I know you’ll bounce back

    February 13, 2009 at 11:33 am
  • Reply Undomesticated Newlywed

    That desk turned out absolutely adorable!

    February 13, 2009 at 11:37 am
  • Reply Denise

    Great job!! I should hire you to do some of the home renovations we have going on!!

    I hear you w/ the knee issues. I’m so crushed that mine is bothering me enough that i actually had to make a doctors appt. Ugh. Hang in there.

    February 13, 2009 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply LyndsAU

    oh my gah-i love it!! that’s awesome!! i am actually looking for a desk. I am in desperate need. :)

    February 13, 2009 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply L.A. Daze

    Good job on the desk! I like how you keep it uncluttered. Mine would have a bunch of stuff accumulating on it after a while!

    February 13, 2009 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Kim

    You’re dresser is Tres Chic. Great job.

    February 13, 2009 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Jamie and Craig

    The desk looks great! Aww Take the day off and rest! You will get back on track =)

    February 13, 2009 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply Marcy

    Oooooo looks AWESOME chica! Isn’t it amazing what a little elbow grease and a coat of pain will do? Now can I borrow your services for a couple pieces? HAHA

    February 13, 2009 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply Good Gals Inc

    This desk looks great!!! You are so handy!!!

    February 13, 2009 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Brandi

    The desk looks great! You did a fantastic job!! I have only attempted a makeover on my kitchen table and chairs once and it wasn’t pretty. I was looking to redo a rocking chair but when I started on it last weekend, decided it was going to be too much work! Way to stick with it! That motivates me to finish my projects! :)

    February 13, 2009 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Mrs. Nurse

    Love it! You did a fabulous job. I am not crafty at all so I love seeing what everyone else comes up with!

    February 13, 2009 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply With Love from New Orleans

    The desk looks like its out of a pottery barn catalog. EXECELLENT work! 4 miles is still amazing! You rock!

    February 13, 2009 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply Oz Runner

    nice job on the desk..I have some unfinished projects I might send your way….( ;
    and 4 1/2 miles is better than no miles…

    February 13, 2009 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply X-Country2

    I love the desk! You’re like your own little Pottery Barn.

    Your running mojo will be back in no time. Rest up and come back better than ever.

    February 13, 2009 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply J

    First your desk is so cute, especially with your computer! i am thinking about getting a mac but I think ill stick with the macbook. I love the big D too on your desk! I can’t wait to get out of college and get nice furniture!

    February 13, 2009 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    What a cute desk. I have a laptop, so all my typing is done from my couch, but if I had a desk that nice, I’d totally use it!

    February 13, 2009 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Candice

    love the desk – you did such a great job!

    What kind of knee pain are you having? I’ve been having really bad knee pain for a month or so now. Some times it hurts worse than others, but when it acts up it is just downright miserable! Are you doing anything to try to alleviate the pain? I need advice and I don’t really know who to ask. But you’re not alone – it’s hard to be motivated when it hurts just to run 100 yards.

    Hope you 14 miles go well this weekend!

    February 13, 2009 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Julie

    That came out super cute, I love it!

    February 13, 2009 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Janice {Run Far}

    Hope the long run is a good one. Love that desk, it turned out super cute.

    February 13, 2009 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Freck

    Nice work! This looks awesome!!

    February 13, 2009 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply aron

    love the desk!!!!

    sounds like a great weekend! hope those runs get you rejuvinated after a rough week.

    February 13, 2009 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply The 8-count

    nice work on the desk!

    February 13, 2009 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Stuart

    You could have a side business in furniture restoration!

    February 13, 2009 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Kappa Prep

    A new coat of paint and a little love can work wonders! it looks FABULOUS!!

    February 13, 2009 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Amber

    That desk is SOO cute. I love the shelves on the side of it. Good work.

    This summer my boyfriend and I painted all of our furniture dark brown because we already had some dark wood so we wanted everything to match. It was quite the chore because we had to let everything dry between coats, but everyone compliments us on how all the furniture in our apartment matches :-)

    February 13, 2009 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Ms. V.

    that is aDORable!

    February 13, 2009 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Marci

    Cute desk and good job on refurbishing.
    Also I’m confused, is it you or jog america that is running the 5K. I signed up there, do I need to sign up with you instead, or are you working together in tandem?

    February 13, 2009 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply That Pink Girl

    The desk turned out great!

    Be sure to rest that knee. It might just be your body’s way of saying “Hold up!”

    February 13, 2009 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply Borsch

    Awesome job on the desk!

    February 13, 2009 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Marlene

    Great job on the desk! Cute set-up.

    I hope your knee cooperates this weekend!

    February 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Lacey Nicole

    OMG I WANT THAT DESK! it is my dream desk, for real. drawers, shelves, etc all built in, AWESOME!!!! turned out so nice!!! don’t worry about the motivation, i def have those days all the time, the only cure is a great run, which you will have eventually. let it come to you. rest as needed :) HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

    February 13, 2009 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply D10

    You did an amazing job with the desk. I really like all the accessories too.

    February 13, 2009 at 5:21 pm
  • Reply Sharneysrun

    Wow, girl! That desk looks great! What a nice little spot to sit and blog :-)

    Sorry about your knee :-( Just listen to your body and give it a rest! You’ll be fine!

    Happy Valentine’s Day and good luck with your 14 miler!! You can do it!!!

    February 13, 2009 at 8:53 pm
  • Reply lindsay

    your desk turned out great!! i always have the intent on doing something cool like that and then i get lazy and never finish… it really turned out nice!!

    happy v-day and have a good weekend! good luck on your long run tomorrow.

    February 14, 2009 at 5:52 am
  • Reply Alexandra

    I hope you liked the virtual valentine I sent!


    February 14, 2009 at 6:20 am
  • Reply

    Why is it always the knees? Its like the Achilles heel for runners…my knee is yelling at me this week too.

    Love the desk!

    February 14, 2009 at 7:02 am
  • Reply Trying to Remember it All

    Great desk.

    I’m feeling bad about my miles (or lack of) this week too.

    February 14, 2009 at 9:31 am
  • Reply A Toronto girl out West

    Ooooooooo the desk is awesome!!! Super cute! Makes me want to keep my eyes open during garage sales this summer!!

    Oh and I don’t know if I’ve ever commented on here before but I’ve been reading for a while now and I heart your blog! :o)

    And so . . . I added you to my updated blog roll!

    February 14, 2009 at 11:24 am
  • Reply shannon

    beautiful job you did on that desk! I love how your sense of style from what I see in your little office space matches the style of your blog. Happy Valentine’s day!!

    February 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Marci

    Hi Danica, I hope you don’t mind if I just leave you a message here (my e-mail server is down now). My race report is up. 5K in 26 minutes. Thanks for organizing!

    February 15, 2009 at 9:43 am
  • Reply Nicole

    I really LOVE your desk! You did a great job and it looks so ‘chic’ HAHA :) Hopefully your knee starts feeling better soon!

    February 15, 2009 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Run Mommy

    Great job! You should be very proud of doing it yourself. Makes it all that much more worthwhile. :)

    February 15, 2009 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply The Laminator

    Great job. Desk looks beautiful.

    February 15, 2009 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Hollie

    the desk looks amazing! i love it!
    i love the white/cream color and the black pulls!!

    February 15, 2009 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Tri-ing Fat Man

    Very Nice! TIme the Tool Man would be proud!

    February 15, 2009 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Missy R.

    Award time! :) Check my bloggy!

    February 16, 2009 at 7:10 am
  • Reply justin manas prince jaspher ligin

    fabulous job..

    February 16, 2009 at 8:38 am
  • Reply Jamie and Craig

    YAY! I got the book! thanks so much!!!! I got you a pic… it’s in this mess of a post =) Hope you had an awesome weekend!

    February 16, 2009 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Alisa

    That is soooooo freakin’ cool! I wouldn’t even know how to begin a project like that!

    February 17, 2009 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Marathon Maritza

    Love Love Love the desk! I can totally see why you took the time to redo it…I love the style! :)

    February 17, 2009 at 2:13 pm
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