July 30, 20083 found this helpful
My husband brought home a desk from his brother's trash pile. I'll admit I was annoyed when I saw it on the back porch, but then I got inspired to make this cute potting station with the desk, an old chair, a shelf I got for $2.50 at the thrift store, and a 25-cent roll of wallpaper from a yard sale. As you can see, "Ned", the cat loves it, too!
Approximate Time: Weekend (with drying time)
- old desk or table with smooth top
- old chair (optional)
- shelf for "hutch" (optional)
- wallpaper or Contac Paper
- basket for gloves
- wire basket/hooks for rags, sponges
- coordinating paint
- acrylic sealer or varnish
- Tighten hardware on desk. Clean desktop well.
- If desired, paint edge of desktop with latex or acrylic paint. Allow to dry according to manufacturers' directions.
- Measure desktop and cut a section of wallpaper (or Contac) a little larger.
- Soak wallpaper and place on desktop. Use squeegee to remove bubbles.
- For easier cutting, use small vises to attach a metal straight edge along edges of desk. Cut paper with utility knife.
- Allow to dry overnight. Seal with several coats of acrylic, allowing to dry between coats.
- Attach wire basket or cup hooks to hang rags.
- Paint in coordinating colors to match desk.
- Cut a piece of wallpaper to fit seat and back of chair. Soak with water, attach, remove bubbles.
- When dry, seal with several coats of acrylic.
- Paint as desired.
- Attach to wall above desk.
- Paint basket to match, hang on side for gloves.
By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA