Thursday, June 14, 2012

{The Crafts | Bookworm II - Vintage Desk DIY}


Sorry in advance for the mishmash of picture locations, lighting, etc. I tried to make them visually pleasing but making a blue tarp look nice = not possible. Moving on. ;)

If you are anything like me you have a true appreciation for vintage items. I love books, furniture, serving ware, jewelry, fabrics, etc. So when I decided that my daughters 2nd birthday party would be a bookworm theme it of course had to be both girly + vintage in style. In enters the need for a fabulous vintage desk. Finding one on Craigslist was no problem. Those that know me at all know I LOVE stalking items on Craigslist and usually get what I want {$$.} It of course was DIRTY, NASTY, SMELLY but armed with my magic eraser sponge, some fine grade sand paper and some elbow grease I cleaned it right up. Now I had the dilemma of deciding the new color, look, etc. for this addition to the Harding Household.


In my head I concluded it must be a modern take on this vintage style (i.e. color POP.)And since it is for Ms. Diva Doll a lil' girly edge is a given. 

Actual color inspiration was these color jeans. I think I actually told the hubz I wish I could find a green spray paint in this color...well guess what...I did!


Next I carefully wrapped the wood part of the desk. I would recommend to actually take it apart but unfortunately the screws on ours are stripped. So I just had to work with what I had.  

Painfully obvious what store is my favorite and I HAD to have some doodle fun!


I REALLY LOVED the Luiqitex spray paint {bright green color on the body + metal part} because it went on nice and smooth + dried evenly. Although it's a little extra money {$11ish and the other brands are $6ish} but you can print out a craft store coupon {I got mine at Micheal's} to make it easier on the ole pocketbook!  Another plus about this brand is that it comes in a plethora of colors. I was so thankful that the sales associated showed me this section with a lot more color range than the normal spray paint section...if not for her I would have had to settle on a color that I didn't really want.

So since I could not take the writing section of the desk off I decide to spray paint the bottom {underneath} and went up the sides for a fun finish. I am very happy with the overall look. So that was Stage 1 of the renovation.


Please note that I highly recommend wearing slippers or socks that you don't mind getting trashed. I remembered to protect my garage floor...but not my feet?! Straight amateur style! LUCKY for me this paint washed right off.


Here are pictures of the side + bottom of the writing area painted. Look who couldn't wait to get started using her desk. She was making art with pencil {of course} before her desk was even complete! And her jammies no less!


So this is where I intended on stopping the renovation but then decided to add a little pop of color {ballet slipper pink} to the top part of the two wooden back supports AND the BEST idea to add some Liberty of London fabric as a lining in the bottom of the under seat storage area {brilliance I KNOW!} ;)

Clearly not as meticulous this time around in wrapping the area I did not want spray painted. LOL!


Viola! CUTE pink accent on top of the two back support areas. Stage 2 CHECK! 

Also DO NOT FORGET to spray your little metal hardware circles. The little addition of green pops here and there is a MUST!





On to the Stage 3 = the final fabric stage. First you need some supplies. I cut my fabric to size, purchased Mod Podge, and used a clear lid {leftover from those handy disposable tin pans.} Once you have your supplies and the fabric is cut to size you can iron out the fabric. I did this to make sure the edges all had nice even folds because I didn't do any sewing. Hehe!

The fabric I selected was a pillow case cover that matched the patterns in her room. I have SEVERAL throw pillows so I decided to sacrifice the standard pillow case for this project. And I also intend to make headbands from the fabric for our professional photo shoot...stay tuned. So the insert had two sewn sides but the third side I just folded down and ironed. The back of the insert was just left with a straight cut. 


Next comes adding your fabric piece into the desk. Now this my friends took 2 sets of hands {i.e the reason for no images.} I had to call my hubz in at the last minute {I was already knee deep in goo} to make sure I completely covered the bottom part of the fabric. This required us to dip it in several times.


Once the fabric was on there I did tons of smoothing with my hands over and over again as it dried. This helped to evenly distributed the Mod Modge under the fabric. I went along and wiped away any access goo with a rag but was sure to reinforce the edges with the access and even coated the top edges a bit. I knew my daughter would try and peel this fabric off so I wanted it on there as sturdy as possible.

And there you have it! A true thing of beauty! I mean who wouldn't want to store all of their favorite things in this fabulous cubby?!



And back in the garage for a quick clear coat of matte spray paint to seal it all in. Then finito!!!



Here she is trying to peel the fabric off like I knew she would. I know my kid to well! LOL!


A few Too many pictures of the final product my cute daughter sitting in her new desk, collecting rocks + twigs and giving momma a little tude + rolling her eyes. My lil' pint size DIVA! LOL!





Yay + Reegan clapping her hands! You read the whole post and even looked at all our pictures! THANK YOU, we hope you enjoyed + are inspired to have some fun revamping your own vintage find!


4 comments:

Aubrey Kinch said...

LOVE.
My duvet from Pottery Barn that's similar to the Liberty of London pattern is what I'm using for a nursery since I lucked out and got 2 for the price of 1! Will make bumpers, wall art and after seeing this... probably a little seating area!

xx,
Aubz

bridechilla said...

Sounds fun!...I LOVE your bedding so I know it will look FAB! I'm becoming a DIY addict I think! :/

Chantel said...

I LOVE this desk! So awesome!

bridechilla said...

Thanks so much! I can't wait to for the photoshoot to REALLY show off it's cuteness! :)

 
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