Can you believe the before?
After a good cleaning, priming, and painting (and a ton of patience - don't ask I was being overly perfectionate!), I had a beauty that I was proud of. This is probably my favorite transformation to date! I found my inspiration for this project from Brooke at All Things Thrifty. I love her page, and I get so much inspiration from there! I showed her my duplicate desk, and she honored me by featuring it here!
DIY Your Own Textured Drawer Inserts!I used paintable wallpaper found at Lowe's for the faces of the drawers.
- First measure the insert of each drawer face, then cut your wallpaper to size. I painted the wallpaper a pretty off white color to give my surface a smoother finish. I was concerned the wallpaper would just absorb all of the glaze if I didn't.
- Once the paint is completely dried, apply black glaze, and then wipe the majority of it off. The idea is to have the glaze sit in the crevices of the textured design! Update: After a bit of thought, it'd be much faster to do this in the reverse. Instead of glaze, try using a solid paint color and LIGHTLY roll it over the design. This way the crevices will remain white and the raised portions will have color. Same essential look, less time!
- Lastly, after the glaze or paint is fully dried, use Modge Podge (or whatever adhesive you have on hand!) to attach each piece of wallpaper to the drawer fronts.
I also replaced the hardware with super cheap plain wooden knobs, also from Lowe's. They only cost $1 for a two pack! I painted them the same black as the desk.
Another dash of character that I love to add is only seen inside of my projects! I really enjoy the "peek a boo" effect of lining the drawers on my pieces. However, instead of opting for fabric or wallpaper...I choose a much more pocket friendly option.....WRAPPING PAPER! To prevent ripping and snagging from use, I apply it with spray adhesive so that all of the paper adheres firmly to the surface.
"Sew", here is my finished project with the perfect hiding spot for my sewing machine! The lifting mechanism doesn't work, but that doesn't bother me. I just like having a spot to nestle my machine down in when not in use.
She looks so pretty in my guest room!
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