Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Contact paper and a pillow case: Lighten up!

My new office is yellow. I promise it's a good yellow - strong - but good. However, my phone camera just doesn't do it justice. Regardless - a few updates are in order(and a LOT more need to happen!). I knew I wanted my new office to be yellow and I wished to only have white furniture in it, however we have to work with what we have, right? I had lots of 'birke furnier' (beech finish) that looked great in my last office/our old master bedroom.

I also have lots of white contact paper, even after this project. So I made the fronts of the desk drawers white. Subtle, yet moving in the right direction. No, this is not rocket science DIY.

And instead of buying new white doors for my big, huge Effektiv cabinet (~50 Euro), I covered those up, too. Thankfully contact paper is forgiving when something like this happens:

I almost gave up on this panel, but think it came out well in the end.

Since I've never been a fan of the gargantuan black desk chair back, I slid a white pillowcase over it until I get around to making a proper slipcover for it. I like white pillowcases.

By the way, I'm losing all hope for developing my sewing skills. There are almost no fabric shops in Germany unless you happen to live in Berlin, Munich, or Hamburg. I'm not kidding. There are a handful of online shops, but the prices are a little steep for a beginner sewer. Our local department store has a weensy little corner for sewing type things. Sigh. Guess what I'm doing when we fly State-side for Christmas this year?

Good news: My dad arrives Saturday for a short visit. My mother promises there are some sewing goodies in an extra suitcase... I'm so excited!!

ps- this is going on Kimba's DIY Thursday post. For more DIY click here.


The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

What a cute idea! I've used contact paper for lots of things but never on furniture like this.


The Persimmon Perch said...

White contact paper was a great idea. It turned out well. Good job.

Grits414 said...

Neat idea!!! Good job!!!

The Antiques Diva™ said...

The pillow case is a rather ingenious idea!

juliette said...

oddly enough, i was doing the pillowcase trick back in college to hide my ugly dorm desk chair!

Katie @ said...

I've heard other Americans complain about fabric here, too. I haven't looked yet. My heart is set on those fabric markets. Love your solution on the chair.

Kin said...

Great ideas. I too have lots of birke going around my appartment..where did you get the contact paper from? I have only seen it on discount stores and it's always floral or some other unattractive print. I live in Munich and the fabric shops here are way too pricey!

Kin said...

Great ideas! I might try that on my ikea furniture too. I live in Munich and the fabric shops here are rare and pricey!

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