After almost a year of moving the Damask & Dentelle offices from the basement of my house to an actual address… I was still living in boxes and makeshift desks and storage units. I decided to make it a New Year’s Resolution this year, as you might remember from the post I wrote about the dire state of the premises. Well 2 months later… it’s done! Let me walk you through my Modern Vintage transformation.
First, I needed 2 sturdy work surfaces to be to together in a large L shape. I went to Éco-Réno and got myself 2 beautiful oak doors, one natural and one white. If the idea of doing the same pops into your head make sure you choose doors that are not warped and that have carved patterns that allow for your keyboard and screen to fit in. The natural door had just that, but the white door was too ornate, so I also bought at ÉcoReno a vintage tempered glass door panel, just the right size to fit on top of the door. Cost for 2 desks: 230$.
I then reused the red metal credenza that I had in my basement office before. It is non descript and brightly coloured, so why get rid of it right? I styled it with bright pops of colour, a Jonathan Adler vase, a gorgeous butterfly lamp found at Buk & Nola, and my faithful Charlie the cockatoo. I also got from Buk & Nola an oversized suspension light shade in ikat fabric, that I retrofitted to fit on top of a desk lamp which you will see on the last picture. It’s proportions are very interesting as the shade is so big!
The mood board deserves no introduction. It is a collection of my inspirations of the moment, my friends & kids, my appointments and favourite business cards. It is not completely finished though. I have ordered some fabric remnants in bright colours and I will cover the cork surface of the board in the near future.
DIY: Fabric covered cork board
Needed: spray paint, spray adhesive & fabric
1.Remove & spray the frame of the board in the colour of your choice. 2 to 3 coats would do the trick. Let dry well in between applications and do not spray too close, it will make streaks.
2. Cover the cork mat with your fabric and fold the fabric in the back (like you would a present). Once you have figured out the placement of your fabric for the pattern repeat to be centred, remove fabric and spray the cork mat with the adhesive. Spray everywhere. No time for being cheap!
3. Center your fabric and lay it flat onto the cork, shooting out the wrinkles.
4. Put back the frame with small finishing nails… et voila!
Cost: 9$ for 1 yard of fabric
Storage was an issue in the office, so I went to the St-Michel Flea Market and on Etsy and found myself some of the most beautiful teacups I have ever seen. Now they house pushpins, paper clips, rubber bands and small knicks knacks. Plus they have something so feminine about them… I could not resist. Cost: between 15$ & 40$ per teacup, depending on their age and provenance. But rest assured, they will only increase in value, so fire away.
I rented a loft as an office because I love open floor plans. But open also means no hideouts. This was indeed a problem to make my ugly filing cabinet disappear. I always keep the wallpaper remnants from my different projects, the colourful rolls are attractive in themselves in a basket beside my desk, and they can come in handy from time to time.
DIY: Wallpapered filing cabinet
Needed: wallpaper, wallpaper glue, utility knife, Shieldz primer
1. Measure the quantity of wallpaper you will need to cover the top and 2 sides. (I’d try to make it one long strip if the pattern permits it). Measure the amount of wallpaper needed for the back side. Add 3 cm all around.
2. Prime the surface of the cabinet. It will make the paper adhere better afterwards. It takes 5 minutes to do, so don’t skimp!
3. Start with the back side first. Using wallpaper glue, put it all over the paper’s surface and let sit for 5 minutes. Then glue the paper on the back of the cabinet and fold the edges over and around. Cut the excess.
4. Repeat with the long strip going over the top and sides. Fold in front and cut the corners at a 45 degree angle for a more tailored finish. Et voila!
Cost: 10$ of primer
Lastly I spoiled myself with great eye candy! I discovered Leigh Viner onto Bijou & Bohème‘s blog a little while back and I have been a huge fan ever since. I actually sent 2 of my clients onto her Etsy boutique since my discovery so they too could marvel at her fashion illustration and grace their living rooms with their beauty. As my office has a long stretch of empty wall facing my desk, I figured size mattered. So I purchased the 24×30 size and went to my local framer where I found a gold bamboo frame and bubble gum pink mat to bring out the piece. I completed the vignette with another piece found online at Cozamia. Since I had binged on the Crickett piece, I found a cute simple frame at Ikea.
Cost: 550$ for both pieces & frames
This makeover was certainly modest, but it makes my coming to the office every morning a much more pleasant experience… and it proves once more my point that Vintage and Modern styles can blend together in a seamless way.
Be sure to stay tuned tomorrow as I will present you with a great giveaway made of concrete! Yup, it will be a fun one.