Ever feel like all of your surfaces are beginning to look alike?
There’s so much of the same that it’s all beginning to run together?
I know exactly how you feel…
because I am feeling it, too.
In this bathroom vanity area redo,
the creamy white is so fresh and clean…and yet…..it needs something.
Something with texture.
It also needs a lift at the far end of the vanity top to add dimension and interest.
And, this time…..because of attachment issues…open shelving is just not an option.
What it needs is a table shelf.
A burlap covered table shelf.
And it has the visual impression of open shelving.
Step 1: Rustle Up a Shelf
I had this one on hand (from the clearance rack at TJMaxx), but it was too big.
Then I remembered that although the great scrap lumber purge of January 2015 might be over, I still had lumber………that needed to be purged. *Sigh*
That’s when this crude excuse for a shelf was born. Raw butt joints. Uneven cuts. Screws not countersunk. One look at this and I would have failed workshop class…..for sure.
Step 2: A Magic Potion
To pretty up this ugly ducking, I started by making a magic potion of half white school glue and half water. Instructions here.
Step 3: The Full Body Wrap
Then I sized the burlap so that it wrapped over the top and overlapped underneath. It ravels like crazy and is stiff. If you haven’t worked with burlap before…..you can shake the daylights out of the piece to decrease some of the stiffness, but only washing it will make drastic improvements. I wanted my burlap raw and original so I just cut the piece to size and started gluing………FROM THE TOP.
Then flip the shelf over and glue the fabric in the middle. Time to get those hands gluey. Pour on the potion and work it through the fabric. That’s right. Work it.
As parts of the fabric are saturated, rub out wrinkles and bubbles….and tape that piece into place.
Do the same to the sides. It’s all about wrapping the fabric so there are absolutely no visible seams on the top and sides.
Step 4: Let It Set
Once the fabric is fully glued….. just walk away….. and let it dry.
Step 5: Take Her Out for a Spin
Isn’t it amazing what potions and body wraps can do?
Goodbye, Ugly Duckling.
Until next time,
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