Good evening my sweets. May I apologize in advance for any typo’s I am going to make in this post?! I have been working hard on my desk all day. Trying to pry the veneer on the top loose with a putty knife and a steaming iron. So my hands are a bit burned and bruised and have turned into hand-claws.
It will be a while before I can show you the finished desk, so let me show you a finished project in the mean time.
This is the closet that caused this whole craft room makeover in the first place.
It’s and old maids closet that used to belong to my in-laws. She spruced up quite nicely don’t you think?
This kind of closet is called a maid’s closet in Holland. It is a small, not very high kind of closet. I did a little research into why it is called a maid’s closet. Well in the old days when people had live-in maids those maids usually had their sleeping quarters in the attic. They often shared a room and had very little room for personal items. Usually just one closet. And since that closet had to stand underneath the slanted attic roof it couldn’t be full height. Hence this rather small closet. They almost always have two doors and one drawer either at the top or at the bottom.
This closet was my first experience with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint. I used old linen on the outside and Paris Grey on the inside. My experiences with the paint were a bit mixed. Since I didn’t follow the ‘rules’ I haven’t made up my mind yet whether I like the paint or not. I’ll have to give it one other try before I decide. And then I’ll let you know in detail how I fared with the AS chalk paint
I covered the old (non original) shelves with batting and this cute grey polkadot oil cloth. The batting evens out all the unevenness of the shelves and prevents the oil cloth of being punctured by them.
I think she turned out cute.
Can’t wait to fill this baby up with all my stuff and style the heck out of her. But for now, she’ll have to wait until I am finished with all the work she made inspired me to do.
So what are you all up to? Did you survive leap day? And can you believe it is already March? Crazy I know.
Okay, that’s it, I need to soak my hands so I can get the splinters out and give them a chance to un-claw.
Take care my friends,
Marianne Songbird is the founder of Songbird, where she hopes to inspire everyone to create a home they love, one DIY project at a time. She shares anything from craft ideas to home decor inspiration and from DIY projects to decorating hacks. Originally from the Netherlands Marianne and her husband Lex are currently renovating a 250-year-old farmhouse in Germany.