When Jasmine was visiting, we went yardsaling. But most people around here are either poor college students or of the use it up/wear it out (or give it a fab makeover!!) mindset, so there's slim pickens and intense competition for what's out there. So technically I found this at a thrift store. It's 3'x2' and it was $10.
The sides were painted and glazed, and the molding . . . not my style. (Plus it wasn't very secure--definitely should have been glued better!) Plus the pegboard back was . . . yeah.
The first thing to go was the molding. Then the paint needed to be redone. I started with spray paint on the shelves but I need more practice, apparently:
My DH pointed out that we do have extra white paint sitting around, so I grabbed it and the rollers and brush, and two coats later, everything was great.
But I didn't dare paint the pegboard. I'd originally planned an intense remake for it, but I had a better (less expensive, less labor intensive, and sure to work) idea: fabric. (Even though picking cute fabric is harder than it looks!)
I planned to fold the edges of the fabric under for clean lines without visible hems or seams (or sewing), but that would leave a double (or quadruple, really) layer in the corners. So I folded the edges together and cut at an angle like this:
To make a corner like this:
Then when you fold the edges, the extra fabric overlaps much less. I still wanted it to overlap a little because I didn't want an unfinished edge sticking out in the corner.
To glue it down, with the shelf laying flat, I wiped the pegboard with a wet rag. Then I drizzled (or plopped, depending on how hard I squeezed) a good amount of Tacky Glue on the pegboard, trying not to get too close to the edges. I used the rag to help spread it around more. Then I carefully spread the fabric out, trying to get it straight and get the bubbles out.
Once the middle is set, I worked around each edge to run a bead of glue and fold the fabric to fit inside the sides.
I might add some yellow details on the fabric, too, with some yellow acrylic I have sitting around.
I had to buy the Tacky Glue, but that's kind of an investment, right? And since the spray paint
didn't work out
I'll save for another project, the cost is essentially $14 for the shelf and fabric. Not too bad!
Now I just have to figure out where to put it . . .
Update: I wasn't satisfied with the edge after all, so I'm going to add a ribbon to cover the edge and make the blue details in the fabric pop:
What do you think? What new kind of project do you want to take on? Or, if you don't have anything to say about that, wish my youngest a happy birthday. She turned one yesterday!