This is my very first completed project in my just rearranged studioffice. I figured I would start out with a simple project. You all know that I think the desk is pretty, but the aged yellow finish is just not my cup of tea so I am going to be changing it. I started with the inside of the drawer and made a new drawer liner for it. The rest of the desk is going to be painted.
If you haven’t read my previous post – I found this desk curbside. It was a freebie that I put in my basement as I didn’t have place for it. That all changed when I recently cleaned out my basement. I got inspired and decided the time was right to make the desk my own. I am not only making it over, but the rest of my studioffice, too.
Even if the inside of this drawer gets filled with “drawer junk”, it would bother me that it was not pretty. I had to make it it look more attractive.
Here is what the inside of the drawer looked like when I brought the desk up from my basement.
When I go thrifting – my first destination is always to head to the book section. It is where I found all of these books that have provided me with decorative paper and prints to use on decorative projects. The book on the bottom left is the one I used to line the drawer. I only used 10 pages. The book cost me $1.50. I also have a file where I keep all sorts of b/w illustrations and drawings to use. These illustrations could be framed, used to wallpaper a wall, wrap a gift, make tags, scrapbooking…are just a few ideas that I can think of.
I simply cut out the pages I liked and used Mod Podge Matte Formula to adhere and seal each page to the inside of the drawer.
I used a flat wide paint brush to apply the ModPodge to the drawer, not the book pages. Once I had each page positioned on the Mod Podge covered area, I applied one coat of Mod Podge to the top of the book page. Doing it this way will lessen any wrinkling. I did one area at a time until I had the entire surface covered. I then went over a few areas that I missed with the Mod Podge and let it dry.
I used a pair of scissors to trim the paper to size to fit into each corner. Made sure it fit perfectly and then applied the Mod Podge. Took about 25 minutes start to finish. My photos are dark because I did this late last night.
A lining fit for a desk –don’t cha think? I know it will be filled with stuff soon, but I do love how it looks. I will get a little dose of design/writing inspiration every time I open it now. I am making an organizer to go in the drawer to keep all my “drawer junk” in so everything will be nice and neat. I will show you next week.
If you want to see another way I used b/w book illustrations, click over to the post I did on how I made a craft cart – Zoom Zoom Zoom..Craft Cart on Wheels