Thursday, March 12, 2015

big metal tanker desk(top) remodel : : before and after




well, i finished my desktop... what do you think?

i layered brown craft paper in between the glass and desktop, and i decorated the brown paper with my hand carved stamps. the mushrooms are from geninne's book "making an impression" and are in white ink. the arrows were inspired by an image i saw online and are stamped in a brown ink (circling around the outside of the mushroom prints). as you can see below... with all of the light coming in from those windows and the way it reflects on the glass... the mushrooms are actually really subtle. 



it was a bit hard to photograph the rubber top in this light. i feel like i didn't really capture how awful looking it is with these photos... but you get the gist. that white looking square in the photo below is actually where the rubber is all cracked and faded. 



ordering the glass cut to fit the top solved the usability problem (that rubber was not going to clean up easy with my creative messes). but i wanted a little more... i wanted it to be "pretty" too. although i was not sure how i wanted to accomplish that. then i was inspired by a scrap of brown paper i found with white scrolls and flowers on it. i wanted that under my glass. then it hit me... i had brown craft paper... i had white ink and stamps... i could make my own pretty paper!!
i rolled the paper i had on hand across my desk and it was the exact depth of my desk... perfect. so i cut it and taped down the sides. i tested out a few different inks, stamps, and patterns on a scrap piece. then i went for it. after the ink dried, i placed the glass right on top with the paper still taped down, and then i took my exacto and ran it around the edge of the glass.











now it is done... it was really easy... and possibly the best part... i can change it any time i want.

13 comments:

Yanic said...

I just gasped out loud... loud enough that my husband came to see what I was gasping at and then, did the male equivalent to a gasp, he grunted in approval! That is just gorgeous... I want one. I'm gonna be looking for one at flea markets, garage sales and auctions this summer for sure!

jenny said...

oh! thank you yanic :) i hope you find one! make sure you check craigslist too. that's where i found mine :)

Kim said...

It looks gorgeous Jenny. Such a simple way to dress up your desk. Enjoy!

Carlin said...

It looks great Jenny! I love it all, especially the paper (and the stamps are amazing)! Nice work.

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Cassadie said...

What a creative way to soften the industrial look of the desk, while maintaining the the overall feel of the original piece. I never would have thought of that. I love it!

Holly said...

Love it! It looks like the perfect spot to think, create, write. What a visionary. :)

jenny said...

thank you everyone :) i LOVE this desk and i am so excited that i was able to "fix" the top without peeling, sanding, and painting!!

amanda said...

awesome!!

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