Ever find something that just catches your eye for no apparent reason? It wasn’t something you were looking for, not your typical style, but there it is staring you in the face with puppy dog eyes begging you to take her home and love her. Such is the story of the beginning of a relationship between “Simply Satisfying Desk” and myself.
She wasn’t anything fancy but her simplicity reminded me of a HUGE doll clothes closest that my grandpa made for me as a little girl…too bad I wasn’t a doll kind of girl. I’d turn it around in my room and pretend it into a checkout at a “store”…I digress. Either way there was just something about this desk that appealed to me. In fact she wasn’t even really for sale. She was stuck back in a corner of a storage shed of a rummage sale. In great shape with just a few paint chips coming off the chair. I rescued her by offering $10 without the faintest idea of what I was going to use her for…which I needed to come up with real quick in order for this to go over well with the husband. By the time I arrived home I conjured up a response, “a sewing desk” I blurted before he could mutter the question.
She had to wait her turn on the list of re-dos and makeovers, but eventually she got naked and I gave her a bath (by way of sander to remove a few layers of painted, air compressor to blow away the dust and a tack cloth to get any remaining remnants particles. I highly recommend a tack cloth if you are doing any sanding!)
I had the heavy duty sprayer out to prime the armoire with KILZ, so I used that. I started by painting it Sesame Seed by Krylon (I found 2 cans on sale at Michael’s for .54 cents in the clearance section) but I ran out before she was complete. In dire need for touch ups, I headed to several stores scouring shelves for the random and apparently discontinued color. This ended up being bittersweet, why? While I wasn’t a huge fan of starting over, I liked my new color SO much better- it just SCREAMs my name whenever I see her. What color is it? London Grey by Rustoleum (new favorite). Better yet I found that Menard’s had on sale for $1.99 plus a $1 off per can rebate, making each can .99 cents.
I should mention that I removed the drawers and pulls as I had other plans for them. I sprayed the body of the desk (2 cans) and after much deliberation decided to paint the drawer pulls the same color. I wanted to use some fancy fabric to cover the drawers. I found this home interior fabric (1/2 yard at 50% off at Jo-Ann Fabrics). In order to cut my fabric to size I laid out the fabric, wrong side up on the table to find the best way to make use of the fabric. While holding the fabric to the drawer I flipped it over to see the fabric design. I made minor adjustments to get the best fabric design for each drawer. For example, on the lower drawers I wanted to make sure I had a big pretty bloom covering most of the drawer front. I laid the fabric and drawer back down on the table with my new adjustments, marked around the drawer front with a pencil and cut about a 1/4-1/2 ” beyond (it doesn’t have to be perfect and I’ll explain why in the next step below) so I had a little extra fabric around the edges than I needed. Sorry for the lack of pictures during these middle steps. It appears SOMEONE deleted them on the camera not realizing what they were for, but I’m not holding a grudge- really.
I had an idea in mind for the drawers to spruce them up, and thanks to Amy from Modge Podge Rocks and her nice tutorial for modge podge with fabric I found the assistance I needed. I didn’t use any fancy modge podge- just what I already had. I started with all pieces right side down on the table (cover the table with with wax paper to protect it). I spread a generous amount of modge podge on with a foam brush to the wrong/back side of each fabric piece. I let each piece dry over night (partially because I do most of my work after 9 PM). This stiffness is important, it prevents the fabric from fraying and helps ensure the fabric sticks to whatever material you are looking to use. The next day I made sure each piece was dry. I took the drawer front and applied a liberal amount of Modge Podge onto the front of the drawer, making sure to get the edges well. Then I placed the fabric (wrong side down) on top of the drawer with wet modge podge. Starting in the center I smoothed the fabric out toward the edges. I applied the fabric around the slight curve on the corner all the way to the flat portion of the drawer (the side of the drawer that touches the desk). I made a slit in the fabric along the corners and overlapped the fabric on one-side then cut the remaining fabric flush with the corner, adding a little modge podge to help convince it to stay put. Once the farbic seemed dry ( a couple hours) I cut the excess fabric from around the edged to be flush with the back of the drawer. Because I had modged podged the fabric I didn’t have to worry about fraying, and because I waited for it to dry thouroughly I didn’t have any problems with the fabric pulling away or peeling back. I will say this process is a little bit tedious for my taste, as I have the patience of a over-tired 2-year-old (well maybe not THAT bad, but patience is not my best quality)
The last step was to put on the drawer pulls, place her in my
messy unorganized craft room to get her out of the way add some of my craft supplies in her drawers and adorn her with a sewing machine to make her feel a little more welcome in my craft area. She looks so pretty, it inspires me to keep her cleaned off and unhidden to admire her beauty. For $10 and a little love, she was well worth the simple satisfaction that I was looking for in my craft room. Welcome pretty desk!
Anyone ever attempt any modge podge + fabric recipes? Any suggestions? Do share!