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My kids are a creative bunch but we've never had a good place for them to create their masterpieces. Whether it's doing homework or painting a picture or building a LEGO juice bar, having the perfect place to do it is key. There are a lot of components to this creativity station that I wanted to include. The desk was the primary focus though. I was so sick of clearing off the dining room table every day because there was homework, art or work stuff scattered all over it.
I started by looking for a desk in the categories section and then filtered my search by colors. The desk I picked from Sauder from their Original Cottage Collection. It was really difficult deciding which color desk I was going to get because the three colors were all so cute. I was so unsure of the color that I asked for some assistance from their customer service department and they sent me out sample swatches of each desk so that I could get a better idea against my paint colors on the wall. It was extremely helpful because the Cobblestone desk that I bought looks different in person than it does on the website. I thought the desk was a beige color but it turned out to be more of a grey color which is what I was hoping for. That website has great helpful photos too with the measurements and features of each piece. It came in a super heavy but thin box. My husband and I spent most of the afternoon putting it together. I found that if the drawers aren't aligning properly the tracks just need some minor adjustments.
Once it was finished I was so excited to get the rest of the station together. We wanted to incorporate all of the elements that my daughter do every day.I started with some fun features that both of the girls could play with. I used a magnetic board and found some Magnetic Poetry First Words for Kids, which had all her sight words and easy words to help with her reading. We also got some tins to put the tiny LEGO pieces and minifigures so that they can easily find them.We added in our art essentials. Paper stand with a roll. An artist figure and some bins to hold all of our pencils, crayons and paint brushes. All the art supplies have a place. They are harder to reach on the walls than in the drawers. I keep extra paper and the heavy watercolor paper in the Sauder desk drawers.What's a creativity station without a little creative inspiration and art display? We hung a curtain wire with clips to showcase they girls masterpieces. The MDF Dream Big sign is my favorite part. It speaks to everything they can create and to dream up.
I added two wall lights to light up the desk as much as possible. We can lay the LEGO boards down across the desk and build away. I also love that our LEGO bin fits perfectly into the space between the two drawers.This space was a complete waste before, just in the way and it accumulated a lot of laundry. Having the desk here now is so much more practical. Both of the girls have used it every day since we put it in. I've already had to magic eraser lots of art projects off of it. It's a sturdy piece that I know will last us a long time.What do you guys think? Isn't this creativity station fantastic? No to make an office/school station for me!