And just like that, here we are at the One Room Challenge mid-point. For the ORC Week 4, we share how two pieces of furniture get a little remake to use as work space storage.
How to Remake Furniture into Work Space Storage
One Room Challenge Spring 2021 – Week 4
If you’ve followed this blog long enough, you know I have a tendency to remake furniture instead of buying new. Well, when the wood and construction quality are the tops, why toss it?
And the truth is, in the office work space, I didn’t want built-in cabinets for storage. This room is part of an en suite on the main floor and, over its lifetime, may be used for a variety of functions. Because of this, I wanted furniture pieces that could be moved around or even moved out of the room.
Outdated TV Armoires
And as furniture remakes go, no piece of furniture makes a better case for recycling than outdated TV armoires. When TVs went flat, I was left with four armoires that I wasn’t sure what to do with. So, before I gave them away, I wanted to at least try to give them new life.
And, ya know what?
Two of the four are up and running. Not bad as remakes go. And the other two may come along later.
But, the first example is a one piece armoire that I kept because of its design. Yea, maybe the wood quality isn’t exactly stellar, but I just loved the open doors and sides.
So it was moved from the basement to the sunroom and flipped on its side to use for outdoor cushion storage. To see how we made the conversion, please click here.
When the sunroom makeover got underway (another renovation reveal coming later), this piece found a third life as the office equipment storage unit in the work space makeover.
Furniture Can Add Large Pops of Color
It all started by finding a color (the deep blue) that would bring pop to the room and then flipping the unit back up on four legs.
Once it was painted and stuffed with the computer printer and all the paper, pens and clutter, I thought it was finished. Then I stepped back……and had a total oooops moment with the peek-thru doors.
That’s when it dawned on me to line the inside front doors with the same fabric used for the drapery panels. This made all of the super-handy office junk totally invisible.
To see how other outdated TV armoires have been recycled, please click the links on this blog below.
One armoire was split and the bottom drawers used as a kitchen cabinet.
And another unit was reconfigured as a larger stand-alone wall unit to house electronics and office supplies in the basement media room.
The second example uses a desk, whether outdated or not, and skirts it with a fabric that makes the piece look intentional.
This is the first one I’ve ever sewn and I was working without a pattern. Of course, a fabric was chosen that didn’t have repeats or require centering. So all I had to do was keep the nap running in the same direction.
And, based on similar-sized skirts found on Pinterest, a middle pleat isn’t absolutely necessary.
From this project, four key things were learned…..and are being rectified.
1. Do add a liner.
If you do not plan to store items under the desk, then maybe a liner isn’t as important. But for me, I will absolutely have every square inch of the space packed with all the things, so a liner is a must. And just so you know, I’ll probably only line it across the front.
2. I’m not a fan of the waterfall front.
The waterfall front is pulling the tailored seams on the sides and provides no definition or tailoring across the front. So a seam of some sort will be added across the front to create a clear definition. I have enough of the same fabric to cover welting and will consider this option, too.
3. Add glass on the top for added tailoring and definition.
I have a piece of glass for the desk and opted to cover it since the dining room table and breakfront are also glass. That’s already a whole lot of shiny. But now I believe that the skirt will look more tailored if the glass is layered on top of the fabric instead of under.
4. And last, but not least, are the widths of the insert panels.
These are a finished width of six inches and they work perfectly well as long as the stash underneath doesn’t bulge a front or side panel. When this happens, they just aren’t wide enough. So for the work space desk, the insert widths will be at least eight inches, if not ten.
Work Space Desk
And now, here we are in the work space. This is the mess I hope to hide underneath by sewing a well tailored skirt for the desk. I must admit that having shelves on either side on the desk does help organize all the stuff, but it will still take some maneuvering to get all the things, including the sewing machine, safely stored underneath.
Choose Fabric that is Easy to Sew
The main fabric is the mustard and white. You know how I am about no repeats and no centering. LOL…
Always choose fabric that is easy to sew. You’ll thank yourself for it.
And I’m thinking about using the cut velvet stripe as an accent of some sort.
So we will see how the skirt shakes out. Once I start sewing, the weight of the fabric can sometimes change the plan. I’m also going to make one more run to the fabric store for premade trim. Plus, I want the reveal to be a surprise. Yes, I do….
Please let me know if you have any questions or if you’d like a full tutorial for making a console/buffet/desk skirt. I can take step-by-step photos if they would be helpful.
Can’t wait to show you the full skirt in the reveal, but for now….back to the sewing machine for me.
I do hope you will tune-in to watch the projects progress and the rooms unfold. It’s always a joy to have you stop by.
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