Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wallpapered Desk: the After Shots

I finally had enough non-rainy days in a row this weekend to finish up one of my latest DIY projects:

As a reminder, here was the before, scored for free from my dump's "swap shop" - great lines, but in need of a little makeover...

The materials: Elmer's Spray Adhesive, high gloss paint in Fire Dance by Benjamin Moore, and Hi-Shine Glaze.

First I removed the drawer and used spray adhesive to cover it in one of my favorite patterns:  Schumacher's Chiang Mai Dragon in Aquamarine.

Then, after a quick sanding, I applied three coats of Benjamin Moore's Fire Dance in high gloss.  In an attempt to attain a lacquered look, I sprayed the finished product with an aerosol glaze, which gave me more shine than the high gloss paint alone:

I was feeling pretty ghetto about the fact that the Chiang Mai I used for the drawer came from color-copying my pillows at Staples, until I saw this...

...a file cabinet interior designer extraordinaire Mary McDonald covered with photo copied wallpaper as featured in Domino Magazine a few years ago.

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  1. Deb, that looks fantastic--should go in the Swap Shop Hall of Fame! And when Robert told me about the color copied pillow, I thought that was a stroke of genius, not ghetto. Well done, ma'am.

  2. Looks fabulous, Deb! I love the part about color copying the pillows at Staples!

  3. It looks great! I love the sheen on the piece as well as the DIY wallpaper from Kinkos! Brillant....

  4. Super cute! I would have chosen to paint it blue, but this is sooo much prettier! Especially with the green quatrefoil tray on top!

  5. this looks amazing--I have to try this sometime. Your project is so inspiring! thanks for sharing it.

  6. Deb, Peg Richardson loves checking out your
    postings. The chest makeover has to be one
    of my favorites. Would you explain the process of
    the copy of a favorite print and the spray adhesive
    in step-by-step detail. Thanks