Today I planned to show you a before and after I finished for my youngest son’s Christmas gift. The problem is that I had an entire day of solitude to work and got so caught up in the process I forgot to take any pictures until I was done. You will have to use your imagination, but it shouldn’t be too hard.
Just as I turned on the computer to write this post I received a call from said youngest son. He put my granddaughter on the phone to share some good news. Little one will be a big sister. Yep, it didn’t take long, they are now expecting baby number 2. I am so happy for them, but as soon as Christmas is over I will need to start thinking about making birth gifts. It has been a tradition that I make at least one quilt and one crocheted blanket for every new baby in the family, even for my children’s friends who call me mom.
That was my good news for today. Back to Christmas. I was told my son needed a filing cabinet for his home office. The next day I found one in near perfect condition through Craigslist for $10. Since my son has his office decorated with items of his favorite NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys, his version of a man cave, I decided to add a touch of Cowboys to the filing cabinet.
My initial thought was to find a print or poster to decoupage onto the drawer fronts. I figured I could either purchase two smaller ones, one for each drawer, or one larger poster and cut it to fit. That was a no go. Factoring the size of the drawers any print or poster was either too small or would lose too much of the design.
I went with my second idea, fabric. I purchased half a yard of Dallas Cowboy fabric (I really only needed 1/4 of a yard but wanted to be safe and know I’ll find a use for the rest…..maybe for the arriving baby?) It was easy to remove the hardware, the rectangular piece that would hold a label simply popped off and the handles were held in place by 2 screws each from the inside.
Once I removed the hardware I gave it a good wash and left it to dry. Then came the fun part. After cutting the fabric to fit I applied a generous amount of decoupage glue and set the fabric in place. I wanted to fold the fabric over to the inside of the drawer to protect it from being caught and coming off as the drawer was opened and closed repeatedly, which meant I left a bit of extra fabric on each side. I waited for the glue to dry before I worked on the edges and the back to prevent any possible shifting as I worked. Once that was all dry I added 2 more coats of decoupage glue giving them plenty of time to dry in between. Then it was as simple as poking holes for the hardware with a paring knife and reattaching the hardware.
This is what I came up with. The cabinet is a black metal cabinet, Yes, I love the wood ones, but in the case of fire metal will protect his business files better.
The lighting wasn’t great and the flash decided not to work. It does look much better in person than the picture came out. Please take my word for it. :-)
Living in a tiny apartment where storage is at a premium I decided to fill the drawers with the rest of the Christmas gifts until Christmas. This freed up room in the closet where they had been previously. And keeps them organized nicely, no chance I will misplace a gift. :-)
There is no way I will try to wrap this gift, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise that would come from a wrapping. I decided to make this look as if it was a part of my home instead. Using a grey top sheet I draped the cabinet and added a poinsettia plant, it looked a bit lost when I saw the picture so I later added a Santa figurine. Perfect.
Yes, I straightened the side of the sheet and then added the black fuzzy chair next to it giving the cabinet the appearance it is a side table now. The things I miss before snapping a picture. Even with the cost of the fabric this gift cost me less than $15 and it will fit nicely in his office.