Happy Tuesday friends!
It's a rainy day here in St. Louis, but you know what they say...'if you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes'.
Truth be told, I've been waiting since about 6am for the rain to stop. But of course it couldn't end before my morning commute to work. Is it just in St. Louis, or do people everywhere act like they've never seen rain before? Baffles me every time.
When we got home from work yesterday, Dane and I photographed our latest project so that I could get a post ready for later this week, but I just couldn't wait to share it with you!! I don't mean to toot my own horn here, but TOOT TOOT!! Haha. It just turned out so much better than I imagined!
If you remember from my last post, this cute little desk first belonged to Dane and then his sister Katie. They got it from old family friends, Polly and Phurman, who were like another set of grandparents to them. I never had the pleasure of meeting either of them, but my inner old lady (her name is Elanore) told me that Polly probably liked florals like we do, so when I saw the bright colors of this fabric at Joann's, I just had to.
Before I get too far ahead of myself, let's just go back a smidge. I really want you to see what this desk looked like before it's makeover. The transformation really is pretty amazing!
Right?? Although I'm sure it was quite the looker in it's prime, the red just wasn't working anymore. As you can see in the photo, the top had been well used. So we carefully removed the top, stripped it of it's old stain, and applied a new stain to give it a nice new look in a color that worked better with what we were envisioning.
The body of the desk was a piece of cake. Well, the painting process was anyway. I easily spent 20 minutes at Lowe's examining their gray options. Grays are so tricky! They're either too blue, too green, too purple, too beige, you get it. But finally I landed on this beauty, Valspar's Urban Sunrise. It's so pretty and looks great next to the fabric I found! Using our HomeRight spray gun, we had the first coat of paint on in under 5 minutes! I really don't know how I functioned before my spray gun.
Next was the fun part (for me anyway)! I had been drooling over lined drawers for quite some time now, but never had the right application for it. When this desk was offered to us to fix up, I just had to jump at the opportunity. The process of lining the drawers was SO easy!! The best part about it is instant gratification. I'm a little impatient and can't (or won't) wait for results, so the fact that I could see the fabric attached right away was good for me.
I'd love to see you tackle your own fabric lined drawers, so I'm going to be posting a 'how-to' post later this week. You'll be so glad you did...promise! It's a great way to create a little pop of color without seriously committing to the bright colors in your space. While Dane loves bright colors, he doesn't love bright flowers as much as I do, so keeping the pattern hidden until opened is a great compromise for us (also a fun surprise each time a drawer is opened), and your friends and family will think you're a rock star designer for thinking outside the box. ;) Do it!
Thanks for stopping by! -We'll chat soon. :)