So a while ago I bought this desk with the intention of covering the drawer fronts and possibly the shelves in comics, to make it look better. I finished the work on the individual components a few days ago but put off taking photographs. I’ve yet to assemble the whole thing, although it’s been ready for a while.
This is the original desk. After opening the box, I was pleased to discover that the finish on the desk isn’t a black stain like it looks like in the product picture, but actually a glossy black without visible wood grain.
These are the components I decided to modify.
It’s 3 shelves, 3 drawer-fronts and 3 drawer bases. I did both sides for the shelves and drawer fronts, but didn’t pay much attention to the content on the sides that would rarely be visible. For the others, I used a base layer of comics I didn’t care about, then arranged panels I liked which would fit in the space. I glued everything in place using a homemade Mod Podge mix – 2 parts PVA glue to 1 part water, and foam applicators which worked terrifically for it. I gave everything 2 coats of the glue-mix on top for sealant, and when they were dry, 2-3 coats of Prism Clear Gloss on the top of that.
The gloss was a little tricky to use since I’d never used it before, and I learned that it’s better to apply it as quickly as possible with a reasonable amount. Too much and it gets air bubbles, too little and it’s brush-strokey and patchy, but if you apply it slowly then it starts to dry very quickly and becomes difficult to move through and goes streaky.
The finished shelves, top side. I was really pleased with these and got to use up some of the large full-page panels I’d been saving up.
Finished shelves, bottom side. Not particularly interesting, I just cut whatever pages out and fit them together. These will hardly ever be particularly visible so I didn’t want to waste good panels.
The drawer fronts. These look better than the photographs show, and are really bright and glossy. Very pleased with them.
The backs of the drawers. You can see the ridge for the drawer bottoms and the holes for the screws and dowels. They look all right, as with the B-side for the shelves I didn’t want to waste good material on something that would hardly ever be visible. Although I’ll admit that last one looks way more tentacle-rape-y than I had in mind, even though the X-Men don’t go in for that sort of thing.
The drawer bases. They won’t be visible very much but I was still pretty happy with them, although discovered after I’d done them all that, genius that I am, they are all sideways. I don’t care enough to fix it, I’ll probably normally be to one side of my drawers anyway!
Bonus group shots of comic-y goodness. I’ll add pictures when I bother to finish assembling it all!