Saturday, July 21, 2012

Honey, bee cool!

Remember the mid-century, blond, laminate desk in my sewing nook? I thought maybe if I lived with it for awhile, it would grow on me.  Although I love the shape, the finish didn't appeal. 
I saw some amazing faux pumpkins, that someone had painted with Looking Glass mirror paint on Pinterest, and it got me thinking.  The desk would look gorgeous all shiny and Hollywood Regency.  Looking Glass spray paint costs $12 for a can!   I'm not sure if there is unicorn sweat in the bottle, but that is insanely expensive for something that only covers 7 square feet.  I was confident that the desk would look so cool, that I finally made the purchase.  Well, guess what? It looked nothing like a mirror finish, and was even duller than the "metallic silver" spray paint that only costs $3.49.  Apparently "mirror" paint only works if you spray it on something like glass, and then flip it over.  I blame Pinterest  for wasting my $12!  I didn't really have a back up plan, and I'm quite frugal (I'm cheap as hell!)  How could I change the desk and not spend anymore money? Thankfully, I'm kind of a fabric hoarder.  I laid out my pillow cases with different fabrics until I found some colors that complimented each other.  Even the flower and honeycomb patterns seem logical.

I took three different leftover paints (Teal Zeal , Billowy Cloud , and Thoughtful Spot (all Behr) and mixed them together to create a minty blue that perfectly matched the Honeycomb fabric (Amy Butler).  I painted the body of the desk, and spray painted the drawer pulls silver.  Then I Mod Podged fabric onto the drawer fronts.  After letting it dry overnight, I took a sharp nail and poked holes (from the inside), where the drawer pulls go.  The fabric was really stiff, so the nail popped through with little effort.  
Here it is...
DIY decoupage Amy Butler honeycomb sewing nook desk  mid-century  Mod Podge Just Peachy, Darling
What do you think? Now, I just need to scavenge a comfortable chair.



9 comments:

  1. Love it! Looks awesome!

    ~Lindsay : )

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  2. Hannah this is great, I can't wait to share alot of this with you when we move!

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  3. That is so clever & really effective. Wish i had a brain that worked like yours! TFS ;)

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  4. I love how this looks! What kind of prep did you do to the original finish before painting it? I also love the suitcases next to it, great storage.

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    1. I gave it a really thorough sanding, and then I sprayed it with primer. Thanks!

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  5. This looks wonderful! I want one!!

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  6. Love the look and IDEA. I have a dresser that I would like to put fabric on the top. Can you give me a step by step on how you put your fabric on the draw fronts? I would love to do this.
    Thank you
    Best regards
    Debbie
    daubin56@yahoo.com

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    1. You can actually just lay the drawers straight onto the backside of the fabric and trace the shape. If you are doing a large space, I would suggest using craft paper as a template. I used regular Mod Podge directly on the drawer front and then applied a layer over the fabric to really secure it. If you are planning on doing the top of a dresser, then I would suggest finishing it off with a couple of coats of polyurethane to make it water resistant for cleaning. Good luck and thanks!

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