Our office desk (shown below, in an old photo) is actually an old kitchen table. It really needs a makeover.
I prefer to re-purpose it as a desk instead of buying a new one because:
(a) it's a comfortable height, a little lower than standard desks (those are too tall for typing, for me, unless there is a keyboard tray)
(b) it's available and
(c) it's free!
Plus it has lots of width for sitting things and piling books (as I am wont to do). And we have an extra leaf that I will probably add to make it longer.
The only trouble is, it isn't terribly attractive and David forbids me to paint it (it's from his bachelor pad days). So I was feeling a bit hopeless until Joni, the decorating goddess from Cote de Texas, saved the day by suggesting that I cover it in fabric and put a piece of glass on top.
When she mentioned covering it in fabric, it instantly occurred to me that I had seen this charming linen-covered table in Domino! So I hunted down all my issues and spent about 2 hours flipping pages until at last (literally) I found the photo!
Isn't it a lovely idea?
But before I even started fantasizing, my cheapskate/practical side decided to get a budget quote on glass. So far, I have estimates from $110-160, so it's quite reasonable. The more expensive quote is for a bevelled edge.
The trouble will be sewing! I have a machine but don't recall how to use it, and I am not a great seamstress to start with. I don't have a cheap tailor and the decorating stores charge a small fortune. I figure if they charge $700 for a slipcover, this weird custom job likely won't be less than $300. It's a few straight lines, but still, they take their time and have to charge for it, and the pleats add some complexity.
So, I'm going to try to source some fabric (linen, and I'm thinking similar to what I used on the bulletin board, or perhaps beige with a white stripe) and see if I can do the sewing myself.
If I do, it will need to be very rudimentary since I can't do pleats - simple hemming is bad enough!
But if I take the fabric across the front, I will need a center cut (open pleat) to make it possible to sit comfortably. So maybe I won't bother to cover the front, in which case I need more of a wide runner just to cover the top and the ends. Not as elegant, and not as much coverage, but at least decorative and more practical.
Lots to think about, but the plan is in the works! Sometimes I think I should just get a new desk and call it a day.
What do you think?