First things first, I Facetimed my sister in California, where a lot of my initial design ideas come from. She said:
- Take off the two sliding cupboard fronts on the hutch
- Take out the CD rack (hard to see but it is to the immediate left of the cupboard on the right
- Rip out all of the dividers on the hutch
- Replace the knobs
- Remove the keyboard pull out area since many people no longer use them
After partially destroying the area surrounding that divider, I was able to use a sledgehammer and bang it out. Three little staples finally gave way...they were the culprits for making the removal so difficult.
I should have taken a picture of how much I had chipped away on the shelf, but I didn't. I went right to work and filled in this giant gap/line with wood putty, as well as the holes and lines that were there to hold the CD rack in place as well as a shelf I would no longer be using.
When the putty was dry, I sanded it down flush with the wood, and then sanded the entire piece down using 220 grit so that the paint would adhere. I then wiped it all down with TSP substitute (even though a little soap and water would have been fine considering how clean this piece already was). I sprayed everything using my Wagner sprayer with Zinnser primer and let it all dry for an hour.
I then loaded my sprayer with a gray semi-gloss latex paint by Behr that I bought for $2 when I was at Home Depot. Gotta love people not being happy with a color and HD having to discount it to get rid of it. Unfortunately I don't know the name of the color since it was painted over before I bought it. (Just as an FYI, I used about 2/3 of a quart to paint the hutch and desk.)
Dang it. Now what to do? Thankfully necessity breeds invention (isn't that how the saying goes?) and I had to think of a solution.
I had heard of people using wrapping paper or wallpaper and mod-podging it on. Several pieces I have seen on Pinterest look awesome with this method. I hit Target, Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, and a few other stores, but no wrapping paper looked like what I wanted. While at Hobby Lobby I had seen some fabric that looked promising, and because of not lucking out in the wrapping paper department (and I didn't want to buy a huge amount of wallpaper, or spend $20 for fancy wrapping paper) I decided to try Hobby Lobby again. As I was perusing the geometric/flowery printed fabric I saw this French patterned fabric that looked like just what I wanted. It would match my paint, but give just enough of a pop. It was feminine but not too girly, and didn't have a lot of colors that would be hard for a person to use in their decor. I bought a yard and a half and crossed my fingers it would work.
I measured each spot. Then measured again. I cut the pieces out, sprayed some spray adhesive on the back of each piece (I had it on hand but it is a few dollars at Walmart and other craft stores). I placed each piece one at a time making sure to remove air bubbles, and let it dry. In the areas that would be getting a lot of wear and tear I did two coats of mod-podge over the fabric. Once the mod-podge was dry, I used my 220 grit sandpaper and very lightly wiped away the "crustiness" so that the fabric felt fairly smooth.
I then proceeded to put back up the two side shelves and noticed something. Uh-oh, one of the shelves was too short and not wide enough. I was missing one of the shelves that came with the desk. After some deliberation I decided to use my table saw and cut the keyboard tray (I was no longer using) to be the new shelf. The keyboard tray was the exact thickness as the other shelf on the other side, so it was perfect.
And then voila!
What at first was a problem (the poor putty job), became the solution to making this piece AWESOME! Isn't that life for you? Our obstacles and challenges tend to become blessings in the end. So here she is in all of her glory:
Isn't the Eiffel Tower and French script so pretty? I keep going to stare at the desk and sighing a sigh of happiness.
All in all the desk cost me:
- Paint: $2
- Mod-podge: $5 (barely used any of it)
- Fabric: $7
- Knobs: $6
- Spray adhesive $2 (could have used mod-podge too, just went the easy route)
I just listed it to sell and as soon as it sells I will let you know what it sold for. I love watching "Flip or Flop" on HGTV and love how they tell you what they paid to redo the house, what they sell it for and in the end if it was a "flip" or "flop". I will try to start doing that for all of you so you can decide if flipping furniture is worth it or not. I can tell you right now that if you don't have a passion for it it isn't worth it, but if you have read this far already and you don't have a passion for furniture redos, well then you just wasted a ton of your time reading :).
So what do you think? Have you used fabric or wrapping paper for a piece of furniture before? If so, what did you use? Any comments or questions make my day so please say hello, ask a question or share some tips!