Decorating ADD. It's a real thing. Serious. I know because I think I have it. I'll LOVE a color (or a pattern, or a style, or a texture, or whatever) and decide that I MUST makeover everything in that color (or pattern, or style, or texture, or whatever). A few years ago, I LOVED bright green, then after about 10 minutes...I LOVED orange...it annoys my sweetie endlessly. Now I'm into neutrals. Which means...I'm not so into my bright orange/black and white desk organizers (fine...organizers is a relative term):
So what's a girl to do? The only thing she knows...grab something neutral and MAKE 'EM OVER:
I decided the magazine holders would be first up im my office change-a-roo. And Yes, I am aware that there are still orange items in the pictue. I've pulled out my Lazy Girl's Guide to Blogging and used a picture I already posted instead of taking a current one...FOR SHAME.
Anyway, here's the how to on recovering your old magazine holders:
*I decided to use burlap (I'm into neutrals now, remember?), but you could use any fabric. I imagine fancy paper would do the trick too.
First, (no picture...sometimes I kinda, sorta just decide to start something and I forget that I should document it until I'm halfway done) I spray painted my orange magazine holders silver--it's what I had on hand.
After the paint dried, I grabbed my burlap and cut a piece to cover the back, bottom, and front of the holder (be sure to leave extra fabric to fold over the edges) and attached it to the holder with spray adhesive.
Next, I folded the fabric over the edges of the holder and Modge Podged it to the holder. A glue gun could be used as well...I didn't have any hot glue sticks on hand so I went with Modge Podge. I feel like the Modge Podge might be more durable in the long run becuase it should keep the burlap from becoming unwoven (no idea if that's even a word)...we'll see.
After that, I cut out a piece of burlap in the general shape of the side of the magazine holder (with extra to fold under and make a crisp edge). And here's where I put my thinking hat on...you see I wanted a CRISP edge and the burlap WAS NOT HAVING ANY OF IT and I thought to myself: if only I had an iron (I feel like it may have been lost in the move, or I just threw it away...I don't know), I could iron some crisp edges into that dang burlap. Then I had my AHA moment: I DO have an iron...a straightening iron! I pulled that sucker out of the bathroom and put it to work (please excuse this picture...E took it and out of the 15 I made him take, this was the most focused one):
I straight ironed all my crisp edges and then got to work attaching the burlap to the holders. I basically repeated the steps from above:
- sprayed the side of the magazine holder with adhesive spray
- placed crisp edged burlap on holder
- Modge Podged the burlap to the holder
Now, I wanted the "seams" to be tight AND I wanted to work on the other side of the holder without getting Modge Podge all over everything, so I got out the packing tape to bind the "seams" tighter and cover all the Modge Podged areas:
That way I was able to flip it and do the same thing all over again. I left the tape on for an hour or so--to let the Modge Podge start to set up. After I ripped the tape off, I let them dry for a day, and they eventually ended up looking like this:
I added the label hardware, put some magazines in them, and put them in my desk cubbies.
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Funky Junk Interiors