by Jan Stearns
Don’t ditch your desk from fifth grade or that scrap of fabric. Put those old, outdated, random things to good use. All you need is a little DIY mojo and maybe a rainy weekend.
Shake up a Tired Old Desk
What You’ll Need:
– foam roller
– non-toxic citrus stripper
– metallic finish
– paint (Benjamin Moore Crowne Hill Yellow and Mascarpone)
1. PREP DESK
Remove all of the hardware with the screwdriver. Strip the old paint with one coat of the stripper. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes and then remove with a rag.
2. PRIME AND PAINT
Remove drawers (to make painting easier). With a foam roller, apply two coats of acrylic primer and then the white paint. Paint the drawer yellow using a brush.
3. TACKLE THE HARDWARE
Set out the hardware and then prime the old pieces. Spray on the metallic finish and set aside to dry. Time to put the hardware back on with a screwdriver.
Transform a Screen Into a Headboard
1. MEASURE AND DISMANTLE
Remove hinges with the screwdriver and measure fabric against the screen. Cut, leaving a 4-inch overlay on all sides.
2. ADD AND ATTACH
Spray on the primer. Apply one coat of new paint. Using a staple gun, start at the top and move across. Pull fabric taut as you move.
3. TRIM AND FINISH
The fabric is finally in place, phew. Trim the extra pieces that you accounted for with the overlay. Take your ribbon and line it along the border of the screen. Using your hot glue gun, attach the trim along the sides so the edges don’t fray. Screw in anchors to connect the panel.
Create Comfy Living Room Pillows
What You’ll Need:
– 24″ x 24″ x 5″ foam
-no-sew iron-on tape
– measuring tape
1. MEASURE AND MARK
Place your fabric down first and set your inserts on top. Wrap it entirely to see how much fabric is required. You’ll want to add an inch around all sides for overlay. Take the pencil and ruler and mark one inch all around on the fabric as a guide. Cut fabric in half.
2. CREATE THE COVER
Lay the sides together so the underside of the fabric is facing in. Pin one edge using the markings. Proceed to pinning the two sides completely together moving up, using your markings. Work your way around so that three of the sides are pinned with only one of the sides left open.
3. FOCUS ON SIDES
Since your goal is to get flat corners, you’ll need to trim them. Make a small hole by snipping across the corner; cover the hole with the remaining fabric. Then, secure it with a pin.
4. SECURE WITH IRON
Replace all of the pins with no-sew tape. Iron it to affix the fabric halves together. Cut a 23-inch piece of Velcro and pin into place on the end of the flap and secure. Then, make a simple stitch with a needle and thread to secure and then remove the pins. Voila!
Photos by Mark Lund/The Nest