DIY Desk & Frames

Hello!! I’m a machine I’ve come to realize. I only have a one track mind when I have a project going on and I don’t stop until it’s done. Not a bad thing for productivity but maybe a little crazy. I’m fine with that. Aren’t all artists a little crazy?

Ok my desk:

I got these legs from Ikea- $10 a piece.

I then went to home depot and purchased a 4′ by 8′ pine plywood with a 3/4″ thickness and oh my my I got a lot out of it.

I have a ton of scrap wood that I have big plans for in the near future but lets not get ahead of ourselves.

1.  I got a 30″ x 50″ cut for my desk.

2. I sanded down the edges.

3. I used this polyshade tint and poly in one. Loved the idea, the stain sucked.

4. As you can see, the original stain and poly was less then to be desired so I went back to the local hardware store and got some “dark walnut” stain.

5. You see the difference?

6. I used a sponge brush and created different strokes to create a more rustic look.

Believe it or not, I attached the legs to the table top with velcro. I know! Well, I was in Ikea and I was asking one of the employees there how to attach the legs and she said that there are non-slip tabs on top of the legs but most people use double stick tape or velcro and I happened to have velcro so I did it. We’ll see how that holds up. When I made the desk for my last client, I went to the hardware store and somehow found some flexible brackets to mold around the frame but it still wasn’t super sturdy. Trial and error, I’m all about it.

I was quite eager to get my corner all straightened up so I can sit and start work in a fully functional space. I went to the thrift store and picked up 4 frames (one of those is going to be used for another project) and a book (for my book page wall-coming soon) for $14. What a score.

I removed all the pictures/art and glass. I always feel bad when I go to the store and get second hand frames and there are family pictures and diplomas in there. I  should start a scrapbook of it…. No wait, that’s a bad idea.

Check out #3. That is the front of the frame, but you will see I like the back a lot better.

I then painted everything the same color that I mixed for my dresser.

Then I sanded the corners to look shabbier and I sprayed this Krylon product which I have been using for all my painted furniture/crafts lately. The lady at the store told me this one in particular is good for having a mix of media- different kinds of paint (indoor, outdoor, etc.)

I then used some scrap fabric and stapled them to the back of the frame.

This is a closer view. I love the way the wooden frame came out. I really did nothing except use the backside but it was so much more appealing than the front. I stapled organic linen to the back and then used double stick tape to adhere my business license that I am oh so proud of.

And lets not forget about my lovely birdcage!! Now, it actually stands out on my desk. I used a dry brush technique to get the vintage look and I love it. Buddha is super happy not just because he gets a fly feather headband to wear but because he has a cool neighbor now too.


Still a few more things to do. For instance:

I want to get this rolling cart or something similar for all my crafts and  I’m sure I will find something else to add to this corner but I’m excited about my awesome desk!

Happiest Wednesday!


Holiday Sale

Santa Cruz folk! If you’re in the area and available, come check out the Holiday Sale and Party at One to One Health in Scotts Valley from 4:00-8:00. There are going to be great deals on new merchandise from Lululemon, Vestpac and local artists (like myself!!).

Here are some things I will have for sale:

Refurbished Chevron coffee table.

Refurbished weathered bench.

Handmade cards.

Key/Jewelry Hanger.

Wall hooks.

Weathered ladder.

Weathered picture frames.

Looking forward to it! See ya there!





Frames & Collections

How do we display a large collection of framed art or photos? Well, I’ve found a bunch of spaces who I thought have done this right. Check it out:

I’m loving all the different colors here (turquoise & fuchsia). I would call this a more eclectic assortment of framed art. Duck images are not for everyone click

I love this in particular because all the frames and images in the frames share the same color scheme: black, white & beige. This way you can mix and match colors and textures and it all still relates.

I like this because it doesn’t make the TV the focal point. click


Ok well, there are no actual frames, but I still thought it was a clever way to display a collection of images.

I like the vintage vibe happening here. click

All white frames with white matting. Doesn’t get easier than that. click

I’m a sucker for those dark walls! I like the play with different material frames. Geesh, everything works better with dark walls.  click

Same same. White frames with white matting but I like because it displays only black and white photos.

There is a lot to look at here and I like it!



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