Putting it back together was exciting, as I got to decorate it a little. I had some seaside-themed paper to stick in the back of the inside, and decided that some cute seaside photos could replace the rather ruined mirror in the top.
I spied this funny little cabinet in the London House Antiques shop in Shipston-on-Stour (also a funny little place, absolutely jammed with old… everything!). It wasn’t too cheap to pick up, I paid £25 for it, but it was just the perfect size for all of my make-up, deodorant cans, hair stuff & goodness-knows-what lying around in baskets or just on tables in my room. Eventually it will hopefully go onto the wall somewhere… when I then sort out the room enough so that there’s space!
The first part was the hardest… taking it apart, sanding it down, (not losing the screws!) and painting it up. It needed three coats of paint, the first had to dry overnight (had to tame my enthusiasm a little!) and then a couple more to cover up the strange salmon-colour & tulips!
I put together a few of my famous padded fabric pieces (well, not famous really, but see my ribbon noticeboard project) to soften the edges.
Finally, I painted a couple of shells onto the front, copied from an old framed page of shell illustrations I found in a car boot sale! It’s starting to come together in this photo, all that remained was to fill it…
That’s quite a difference! There’s the odd corner that needs touching up, but these kind of projects are always the make it up as you go along type. It has certainly made my desk a little cleaner!
This makes me smile so much every morning! I just can’t wait to find a desk now, to do up in the same style and give me somewhere to actually sit and work (I’m at the dining room table now). It is so good to be able to work on projects for my room & cooking after so long in my little French apartment. And I’m sure there will be so many more exciting projects like this one during this long summer holiday!