On my 546th trip to Salvation Army, my eyes fell upon something that I wasn't at all expecting. As I gazed at the hideous, glass top, metal table, I remembered a post I'd seen from a fellow blogger (I THINK it was The Nester!) who used a homemade skirt to disguise her storage area underneath a table or desk. I knew what I wanted to do! After offering $8 for the $15 table, my dubious husband loaded it into his truck for me and we brought it home.
Here's an AfTeR!Voila! I think it's pretty cute for an $8 table!
Wanna know how I did it??
First, I went straight out and bought a couple of cans of $0.97 white spray paint at Wal-Mart, a spray primer, and a Krylon clear sealer so the top wouldn't scratch up.
AT and I decided on Velcro to attach the skirts (there are actually 4 panels) to the table. I found this "decorator" Velcro at AC Moore. It's pricey, but I had a 40% off (!!) coupon. I'm glad I went with it because it is super-strong. Much better than a glue stick and Scotch tape.
See? It peels right off the table if I need it to!
Fabri-Tac is my new BFF. I had almost a full bottle left after trimming my drapes and roman shade in the Fall. After I hunted it down, I got to work trimming the top of the hem line on each panel.
I like this photo because it shows what the skirt looks like with no top trim vs. trim on the top. I think I'm glad I did it at the top too, but what do I know?
This is a view down the hall from the open part of the addition. You can see the trim I did on the roman shade. That door will open up to our deck if I can
I used my left-over Fed-Ex sticker paper to make a stencil! I had some black matte fabric paint, so I added a fleur de lis to the bottom of the front panels. Not exactly centered, but whatever. I eyeballed it. That's what I get for short cuts. But you know what? I bet no one will notice it. Except you now. And everyone in the 'Burg that reads this blog. Oh well....
I used some more of the fabric paint (since that's all I had) to add a stencil to this planter I got at SA last week. It's the new home for some of my bigger "tools." The little Southern Living at Home vase thingie I'm going to use for my pens. I got it for $1 a few weeks ago. That's all I have on the desk for now. I was hoping to find a lamp to redo this weekend, but I may just go to Wally World and check out their Better Homes & Gardens line. I'd love to have your suggestions for how to dress this area up! I have one of those "Create" wall sayings from the Stampin' Up Decor Elements line, but not much else. I was thinking about maybe doing a fabric bulletin board in a cool frame too.
This is storage bin I have under there so far. I scavenged it from Michaela Byrd's closet. I think you can also see Natalie's foot. Sorry.
Just to show what I have to live with down the hall in the addition, which is also undecorated. I do have some plans in the works!!! It does not include the girls' dollhouse collection!
Here they are, already plotting to destroy something. That's what they do! But they're so stinkin' cute, I can't stay mad.