A while back, I created a desk area in our upstairs alcove that seemed like a pretty good idea at the time. However, after a few years, I had yet to use the space for anything more than a few minutes and I decided it needed an overhaul.
This was definitely a fluid project that sort of changed as I went. First, I moved the desk and chair into my new craft space, and replaced them with a drawer unit that was really just cluttering up the guest room. It’s where I store my gift wrapping supplies and didn’t need to be in there anyway.
The two white IKEA Lack shelves and two IKEA sconces were still left over from the alcove setup, and I thought for a while that I was going to be able to make them work. However, the white was so glaring up against the purple (along with the gray-black chest) that I knew that I wasn’t going to end up liking it. I also needed a way to re-purpose the pink and green accessories that I had replaced in our family room, so I knew that the purple was going to need to go.
Our home was painted about seven years ago, but I was lucky that Sherwin Williams still carried the Cashmere paint and could recreate a discontinued color. Phew! After getting a gallon one Saturday, we painted the alcove to match the rest of the surrounding walls.
But still, the white shelves didn’t look right to me….
Then, I remembered the contact vinyl that I used to add some interest to our fireplace wall. In the reviews on Amazon, people had used that stuff to cover all kinds of things – desks, countertops. So, I thought, “maybe I could use it to cover these IKEA shelves.”
Yes, it worked perfectly! I covered each shelf with the contact paper using an x-acto knife to cut the excess from the edges. It ended up being a surprisingly easy and quick project.
Here’s the finished alcove. I’m a firm believer that, at all costs, try and work with what you have. It’s amazing how you can change things with just a little paint or, in this case, contact vinyl!