I'm hoping to redo my craft room after we move and I'm angling for a victorianesque, steampunk vibe.
Of course with a major move it looks like we may be a bit cash poor for a while, since we will need to get some furniture for the areas that everyone uses, not just me. Enter the huge IKEA desk.
I've had this huge desk from IKEA for the better part of 20 years. It's solid as a rock and has a great big flat surface for cutting fabric, arranging designs for jewelry or scrap booking. It actually can fit my sewing machine, the 18x24 cutting mat and still have space for a couple of storage spots behind the sewing machine. The thing is huge, maybe 30"x60"+. All in all it's a great functional piece, BUT...
It's that melamine shiny white, very modern looking, very IKEA looking design. I'm having issues deciding how to redo the desk to fit in with the new look, since it takes up so much space. What can I do to make this fit in, ideally be something awesome and not just OK? I also have the requirement of needing the flat surface to be used, abused and highly functional. (It looks kinda of like the front peice of this desk, http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20116071
but without the cubes on the other side, just 2 solid leg panels holding up a huge flat surface.)
My desk chair is already done: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=320546.0
My thoughts so far are:
- contact paper: woodgrain on legs and copper on top with copper tape to cover the annoying silver stripe on the legs. The only issues here are that I suck at applying contact paper and the legs are very narrow visually when looking straight on at the piece. May look funny.
- contact paper and dark wood flooring: Copper paper for top and wood flooring (or wood look laminate) strips to go around the legs and create a wooden slipcover, this would be more expensive and I'll be needing to use power tools without waking the kiddos, plus my poor contact paper application skills
- paint: could wood grain look paint with copper accents, but it's melamine and the horizontal surface is going to be used hard, worried it might rub/flake off
- upholstery sides and glass top: figure out a way to upholster the sides with tufted padding and put fabric down on the flat surface with a glass top to cover it. This could get expensive with the sheer yardage it might require and I'm not real sure how I would be able to affix the fabric so it's secure without ruining the piece.
Any other ideas to make the desk cool, or tips on how to do one the ideas above without pulling my hair out or breaking the bank?