Confession is good

I need to confess. I actually did not make my desk skirt.  You need to know I am NOT a diy queen, at all!..When you first saw the desk, it was simply draped over the rod which looked pretty unless you have an 18 month old maniac in your house.  It was constantly on the floor…which is not good considering the underside is not that appealing..plastic storage tubs etc..

But I tried, i worked one entire Sunday afternoon hemming and pressing and sewing  and when i was done, the line of stitching  and rod pocket just looked cheesy and uneven..it needed to be put on a piece of wood and gathered and stapled directly not a rod pocket, at least for my satisfaction.  In step my hero, Michelle of MAKE Slipcovers & More, she always gets me out of messes with fabric.  She KNOWS how to handle linen, which stretches and “grow”, I obviously do not know how to work with the linen..I just know how to LOVE it. I won’t even show you how uneven i had it. At least I did not cut into it too much.  I had a feeling it might not “work out” so I left plenty of hem and extra fabric.  Unfortunately for Michelle, I used small stitches.  SORRY MICHELLE!

You can see here how I tried to use a closet rod for the rod pocket of the drape..it was okay but not what i had in mind…notice the heavy duty brackets my husband screwed to our solid wood walls for support..six of these and a middle post are holding up the MDF desktop! He did a great job installing the desk, it just needed a proper “working” skirt!

So Michelle gathered the fabric and attached to a lathe strip,noticed how she pre-drilled holes so it was easier to install..hopefully she will pipe in via comments and tell you more exact how she did it because I am not sure, I just know it looks good!

Don’t be too jealous…believe me I know how great she is..we sent her home with special gifts!

Perfection…and she even attached it. What a professional!

And there you go…Michelle, thank you so much for bailing me out! I love how it looks and Henry can not pull it down though he tries!  He did splatter some prunes on it but it will be a while before i take it down to wash..that is another post for sure!

Just didn’t want y’all to think I just whipped that desk skirt one day during naptime because that would be FAR from the truth.  I tried but had to rely on a professional in the end and I am glad I did because I love the outcome.

By the way, Michelle is going to have some amazing new items in her online store so watch for a post about that coming soon!

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  1. It looks great, and I love how you get so much storage underneath.

    I laughed when I read that you are not a DIY queen – I am definitely the same way. I outsource whenever possible!

  2. looks gorgeous!

  3. As always I love it, BUT you mentioned taking it down to wash it….how will you do that??

  4. Well, at least you attempted! If it can’t be done with Stitch Witchery, I don’t even try. I love this spot in your house. My kids would be hiding under there all the time 🙂

  5. Well, whether it was made by you or someone else, it is dreamy!

  6. Confession is good! Funny, we all have problems like this from time to time….now its in..all perfect and looks good as new!

  7. If at first you don’t succeed, hand it over to the professional, right. Love the outcome!

  8. ha, funny! Love the skirt, thanks for the introduction to Michelle!
    Janell

  9. I have the perfect spot for this project. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I love your desk and keep looking for a spot to put one of my own. I may have to sacrifice a closet!
    Then I just have to find a ‘Michelle’. 🙂

  11. As someone who is also sewing challenged, I can definitely appreciate a professional. A smart person knows when to admit defeat and call the calvary.

  12. I agree hire out when the job is too much. Glad to hear you are human like the rest of us! LOL

  13. Looks great! I have a similar situation in my studio except I sewed my skirt to one side of velco, stapled the other side of Velcro strip to the desk edge and adhered the skirt. That way it’s easy to wash…just ‘rip’ off and throw into the washer.

  14. That looks great, but I just have to ask…do you use this as a desk for sitting? Because then don’t your knees get all bunched up with the fabric? Just curious about how it works b/c I LOVE how it looks. Thanks!

  15. Tracey @7294cottageway.blogspot says

    Love it…what a great idea! Would love to know what you think of what I painted today…7294cotageway…

  16. This is why I love you so! 🙂

  17. Love it…beautiful!

  18. That’s pretty funny…sometimes you just have to call in a professional….good that you know that 🙂

  19. Holly… I new I loved you the moment I started reading your blog, but now I love you even more. You’re talanted, honest & SO real! Thanks!!!!!!!!!! I’m so bad at DIY projects. I try, but they end up thrown on the floor out of frustration or ruined because my 2 1/2 year old wants to get involved. Fun! Great desk by the way… Love your work!!! 🙂

  20. I love it!

  21. Thanks for the endorsement Holly! Always my pleasure. To do this the way I did, you just hem to the right length and leave an allowance at the top to attach a strip of fabric that will be stapled to the board. Pre-drill holes into the board and the underside of the desk. (Be careful not to go all the way through the desktop, as I almost did) Then attach the board with screws and you are done!
    If you aren’t handy with the sewing part….You could use iron on tape to do the hem. It could be pleated at even intervals and stapled with a staple gun directly into the wood strip and you wouldn’t have to mess with gathering. It would still look great.

  22. Hi Holly! I love how honest you are! : ) Your desk is amazing and that’s all that matters!
    xo, Melissa

  23. Hi Holly. I heart this look!!!! Using curtains to hide unsitely things is something my mother and grandmother did. I love the idea so much I did it in my own home a few months back. I hide the computer wires under my desk. I only wish I had done it sooner! If you like, you can see it here. http://roomingwithgail.blogspot.com/2010/09/behind-curtain-1.html

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