Good Life Wednesdays…A Desk Makeover ~ Beach Cottage Before & After
Wed 16th, Feb, 2011
I hope you are all well and enjoyed Valentine’s? Since my lovely husband forgot, ahem, I decided I might just treat myself anyway…think, white, bed, ruffles & Anthro and you’ll know what I just bought, bring it on baby ;-)
Anyway, I am holed up in the study…it is very nearly finished…I have had to wait, for like ever, as my teenager would say, for Frank Spencer, oooops, I mean Mr BC to put some shelves and a mirror up.
No I cannot do them myself.
Yes I am female physics-wall plugs-power tool-screw challenged.
No, I have no interest in learning.
Please no power tool benefits emails.
So, at the beginning of this study makeover I had visions of a new old vintage desk, indeed, funnily enough, I just happen to have one down in the garage, all vintagey and waiting for some white paint love….but…my old IKEA desk, I kinda love. And not only that it works for me…I love the amount of desk top space, it is just right and more importantly the height is purrrrfect for my size.
But, as in some things from IKEA, though not all, (you know how I feel about that place, I don’t need to re-iterate that)…unfortunately it has not upheld the test of one strange woman drinking beer and bloggging, one teenager dowloading all sorts, one YouTube sport watching girl and one little boy eating chips while watching cartoons…after a couple of years and yes more than a couple of spills…this happened…the top was all coming away…not so good…
So I thought about ways to look past that…and there really was only one option and that was to cover it up…and what I really wanted was oilcloth…I mean I have this insatiable love for the stuff…I have bags made of it, side tables covered in it and, dare I say it, even after mucho de-cr*ppifying, stashes of it… to stroke long into the night.
and polka dot oilcloth, in my fave putty colour, with white dots, here in the study…what could really be better?
I mean, yah, that was just what I was after here….
And so I ran past Mr BC a spot of DIY oilcloth desk makeovering
just after he forgot Valentine’s Day…
and forgot to send me a KitchenAid….
I said to him, how did he fancy on the night that all things are meant to be romantic, and before he was about to go out to play soccer, covering up the study desk in a leetle bit of putty dotty oilclothy delight.
My friends, he had little cards to play with…he knew when to hedge his bets and that I, professional DIY Negotiator that I am, had chosen my moves wisely….
I had made that there request for oilcloth covering, on a night where I knew I could, pretty much ask for the moon…and get away with it…
and wasn’t he the lucky one that all I was asking for was a touch of table wrapping…??
may I just interject here though that I still didn’t get a KitchenAid or for that matter a little turquoise bag
I am just telling you that for posterity
…just to keep things in perspective…I am scheming those though for the future ;-)
I love how the oilcloth covered desk turned out…it has to be, really, the ultimate in upcycle…
and all what Good Life Wednesdays in BC Land is all about…and that would be making the best of what you have, right here, right now, no worries…
and this is that epitomized…really this desk, without a little bit of outside of the box thinking, was not long for the scrap heap
It really couldn’t have been much simpler either
- buy some oilcloth, wrap it around a table/desktop
and bob’s your uncle
I hope you like it and yes I’d be interested in what you think…just leave me a comment below…
So long chickens and hit me with your Good Life Wednesday’s post…click the ‘add your link’ button down below – (if you need more info on what’s what go here) & don’t forget to link back to me…
I will be here, reveling in oilcloth
I am thinking I might have to sleep on this desk tonight….
Yours in all things putty & polka
p.s. full study makeover post coming soon…just waiting for Frank ;-)
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