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my weekend project

So we’ve moved a few things around in the house {no surprise there}.

Among the objects that have been moved is this desk that will now reside in my office.

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We made it a few years ago and it has never been finished {another big surprise}.

Ryan found an old door {with a terrible laminate orangy-brown finish} and added legs from IKEA. I can’t find the legs online, but here they are attached to another table top.  I think we spent less than $100 on the whole thing.

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But it is ugly.

So this weekend I am going to see what I can do to make it work for my office.

I will definitely paint the top.

And I’m thinking about adding a skirt.

Like this one:

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or maybe just pleated on the ends like this one:

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Or maybe somewhere in between like this one:

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My only issue with skirting the desk is this: what do you do with the skirt when you sit down to work? I don’t think I would love having fabric draping on my legs every time I sit. Hmmm. Any brilliant ideas?

103 Responses to my weekend project

  1. Erin September 22, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    If you the tailored version you can have a pleat in the center with what is called a gusset. The gusset is a separate strip of fabric centered behind the pleat that allows your legs to get under the table and still allow the skirt to hang properly.

  2. Courtney September 20, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    Just make it like a regular curtain, instead of opening the curtain for the beautiful sun, open it for your sexy mamma legs! :)

  3. Viola Gary September 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Oh I have a table I like that one and I use it as my sewing table.

  4. Kirsti September 19, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    Can you attach a cable system, like the one ikea sells to the bottom of the desk top? You could then put the fabric on the cool little curtain hangers ikea also conveniently sells. They have two kinds in the pack, clips and ones that sew one. But then you could easily slide the curtain when you are working, and then close it when you are done!

  5. Roberta September 19, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    Looking through the photos on flicker…like old home week ;)…I also found this desk that I had in my sunroom that I used tension rods to hang fabric on. I used crates on wheels underneath this desk for storage and easy access so when I used the desk I simply pulled down the front tension rod and placed it out of the way when I sat here and used my laptop, etc. Hope this helps ;)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rlphilbr13/6067779307/in/set-72157627364969237

  6. Roberta September 19, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    I’ve had a couple of cloth covered desks. I primarily use file cabinets with fabric and glass. Here’s some photos of my original, larger desk that was open on the side of the file cabinets and closed in the back for leg/privacy panel.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rlphilbr13/6054073621/in/set-72157627334246593
    Also note that I raised the glass with metal rings (napkin rings actually ;) to create a great storage space under the glass to show my journals, calendars, etc.

    Now in my much smaller space I have individual covers for my file cabinets with the glass placed on top. This doesn’t help you as far as your table but you still might find some inspiration.

    http://con-tain-it.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/04/im-lovin-it-studio-sneak-peek.html

  7. Amanda September 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    You could staple the fabric to the underside of the desk (or attach it to 1x2s and mount them) to make a knee hole for your legs. Then you can still have it draped, but with the drape going back in a box or U shape. Like wooden desks, only out of fabric!

  8. Jessica September 19, 2011 at 6:03 am #

    We have three tables in our studio, all of which are skirted with osnaburg, which lends a great textural element. I really like having them skirted; however, for us it was out of necessity. We have dozens and dozens of samples and swatches that we needed easily accessible, but not cluttering up the tables. So, this solved the problem perfectly. The skirting has never bothered me or been uncomfortable to sit next to.

  9. Amy September 18, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    Maybe screw a dowel rod to the legs so you can push the fabric back like a curtian when you’re at the desk?

    Curious to see what you come up with! :)

    Amy

  10. {darlene} September 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    this post made me giggle because I saw your before pic and said, OH, what an awesome desk!
    :)

  11. krystle September 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    i would paint the top and add glass over it. For the fabric not rubbing your legs, why dont you use dowels or cheap drapery rods bolted to the underside of the table. Hot glue then sew/witcherystitch/hot glue your fabric to form a pocket to slide over the rods. use 2 separate pieces of fabric on the longer sides so you can simply slide the curtains to the sides- as you would open drapes- for when you are using the desk. This will also allow you to pleat fold, gather etc the fabric to your liking. Also, to disguise the gap (if there is one) between your fabric and the side of your door- you can add either a fat ribbon glued to the door sides or use a long, thick piece of your fabric. Or you can add a ruffled top to your fabric to cover the gap.

    cant wait to see!

  12. Dina September 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    Put it on a tension rod and pull the fabric to one side and the other when you sit down :-)

  13. Karena September 18, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    You could do the softer pleats with an opening hidden in the pleating with can be pushed aside when sitting at your desk. That could work or also I like the thugth of pulling the desk out from the wall and have the skirting on three sides.

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  14. Crissy September 17, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    I love the pleated option then at your sit down spot you could do a big curved ruffle…kinda like these little girls open back dresses. http://www.etsy.com/listing/81667619/sophias-open-back-ruffled-dress-pdf?ref=sc_1

  15. Chelsea September 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    Can you just put the skirt on 3 sides? If you have the desk positioned so you are sitting with your back to the wall and the skirt facing the door or rest of the room no one would know that the side you sit on doesn’t have the skirt. Just an idea :)

  16. Vanessa September 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Though the skirting is lovely, I also like the clean, modern lines of the legs. So, what if you wrapped the desk top in that kind of burlap-y fabric. You can staple-gun it and then you don’t have to worry about too much work, fabric on your legs, or an ugly desk.

  17. Abby September 17, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    I did this with my desk a while back and I did two pieces across the front for more comfort while sitting and easier access to storage underneath. I did the gathered similar to the first and third photos so the two pieces could be layered and hidden very well!

    • Abby September 17, 2011 at 8:43 am #

      I also used velcro to attach the fabric because I know I can be fickle and may change my mind! :)

  18. Erin September 17, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    I think the legs look great and should be shown off!

  19. Charity Penner September 17, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    Perhaps you could have your seam in the front middle, and have bows to tie it up to the legs for when you sit. It would be pretty and functional.

  20. Carolun September 17, 2011 at 5:57 am #

    I like the velcro idea for keeping the skirt out of your way when you’re using the desk. That way, you don’t lose the look you’re after with the skirting and yet you don’t have the skirt in the way when you’re sitting at the desk. Great idea! BTW, love all the pics!

  21. Sabrina Arave September 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    I really like the table too. I was thinking that you could just paint it white or gray and add large nailheads along the edge, or you could go out on a limb and do a stiff, pleated, tailored mini skirt (like 6 inches) with a linen material around the edge. That’s about all I’ve got. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  22. Crystal September 16, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    Pick up a tension rod to use between the 2 table legs. When in use push each side back like a curtain, when not sitting down slide both sides closed. (use velco if your concerned about anyone seeing under the table). Note to eliminate any fabric brushing your legs make tiebacks to wrap around the table legs. Can’t wait to see picks of finished product

  23. Barb Mills September 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    Awwww very nice project. I like the skirted idea but instead of having the same length for the whole front side, why don’t you hem the fabric in the center third only and leave the sides long. That way if you want to stash some bins or a trashcan below the table, they will be hidden from a front view. Oh and I just though of this: apply some velcro to the table in the center section and sew the other part of the velcro to the fabric so you have the option to add that “panel” back on the table at a later time.

  24. Pam September 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    I’m actually in the process of doing this on a table/desk os my own. What i’m doing is having a contrasting fabric lining the front part of the skirt. I’ll put cup hooks on the front corners and attach a loop the back bottom corner of the front ( where I will “split” the fabric in front where my legs will go). Then I can take the front opening, flip the fabric skirt over and hook it on the corners of the sk when I am working and unhook it, let it fall and fully cover the front when I’m not at the desk. Don’t know if they makes any sense at all–hard to put it in words. Will poat a photo when I do it.

  25. Felicia September 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    Love all the great ideas for the skirt! Here’s another option for the top. Mod Podge with a pretty gift wrap paper. I did this with a hollow core door destined for the trash and placed it in a closet for a concealed home office in our guest room.
    Good Luck. Can’t wait to see what you decide but I know it’ll be fabulous!

  26. Chrissy Johns September 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    I would put the skirt around the sides as you did on the others but in the front leave about 3 feet in the middle and inset the fabric as far in as your knees go. Not sure if that makes sense but basically it would allow you to still have the hidden storage space and a place to sit down.

  27. Paige September 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    I would make the skirt so the front had two panels that overlapped in the center and were gathered a bit to disguise the fact that there were two panels in front. Place the overlap where you normally would push your chair in and the two side drapes should stay at the outside of your chair allowing you free movement of your legs without having the fabric in your lap.

    Can’t wait to see the final product!

  28. Katherine September 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    oops guess I should have read the other comments before I posted mine :-(

  29. Katherine September 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    How fun!! I don’t know if my idea is “brilliant” …but I’d just attach the skirt to a rod( cafe rod style) underneath. Then just slide it over when you sit down to work and slide the skirt back when your done. Hugs

  30. Tina "The Book Lady" September 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Hi! I like that old table. I actually like the gathered skirt on #1. And since I’m always cold I wouldn’t mind having the fabric draping my legs. You could do like everyone suggested above and put in a slit for your legs to fit through or some kind of a rod to allow you to move the sides away so you can put your legs in. That’s what I thought when I first read your post.

    Have fun with your new office! Wish I had one LOL

  31. pve September 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    I love the table legs. What about covering the top with a nice snake-skin texture or the table skirt I do love over at Grant Gibson’s blog is one of my faves.
    Happy weekend.
    pve

  32. Windy Taylor September 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    My second thought, after most of the commenters shamelessly stole the first one right out of my head, was something like a soft Roman shade. You could attach small buttons (or decorative knob/somethingerother) at intervals along the front, with a small loop halfway up the back of the fabric. When you want to use the desk, roll up the skirt and put the loop over the button. Alternatively, you could put teacup hooks under the desk and do the same thing. Good luck!

  33. katie f. September 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    huh – I don’t think its ugly at all. In fact, I think the legs are pretty great. I’m more of an airy kind of girl, though.

    good luck!

  34. Leslie September 16, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    I like the idea of pulling back the opening flaps — sort of like the “doors” on a tee-pee. And depending on how big of an opening you want for your knees, you could unlatch a portion of the skirt on top, them pull back the flaps. BTW — have to thank you for all your ideas. I recently dug out all my IKEA curtains and “emilyized” my house — made a pleated skirt for my desk (but only on 3 sides since it’s not against a wall) used your gathering tape idea and put up curtains in the guest bedroom (only I left the tabs on the curtains and let them flop over — cute) and made several pillows and a teddy bear from the great linen fabric. I love your ideas — and know you will solve this challenge wonderfully. Thanks for the time you invest in us.

  35. Catherine September 16, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    I love the legs and think they will look awesome with the top painted. But, if you really want the skirt, I love the velcro idea above. Of course, if it was sitting in the middle of the room (facing the incoming doorway a la presidential style), then you could skirt 3 sides and leave the sitting side free.

  36. Adria September 16, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Ikea makes a tension wire to hang curtians from perhaps that would work better then a tension rod.

  37. mandy September 16, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    love #2. you’re stuff is great! good luck with it.

  38. Ninluvsu September 16, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    It looks like your legs are perfectly positioned to be used as tie-back anchors. So, make the front skirt with a slit down the middle, then when you want to sit, tie the sides back (like you would with curtains) to the legs with rustic ribbon. If you add ruffles down the middle slit, all the prettier.

    • Ninluvsu September 16, 2011 at 10:21 am #

      . . . and by “your legs” I meant the table legs. LOL

    • Viola Gary September 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

      Greetings to you, I love your ideas, and I agree with the idea of treating the cover like a curtain or a drape. use the tie backs and that should work. Hope to see it.

  39. Jessica September 16, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    What about adding a little loop of fabric along the seam hitting the ground on the inside? You can then screw a very small hook into the bottom of the desk and then hang it up when you sit down.

    I know this sounds cumbersome but I’m also the gal with my tower under my desk. I do a lot of crawling I guess!

    PS: Love this post and the “abstract” art in the second inspiration pic! Looks like I have a weekend project myself now!

  40. Elena @ La Petite Vie September 16, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    I really do love the skirt look, but was wondering the same thing regarding functionality…maybe with a softer material it wouldn’t be so itchy or uncomfortable on your legs? Can’t wait to see pics of your wknd project. Have fun and good luck!

  41. Alima September 16, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Not sure if you are happy with the wood top, but I loved this idea when I saw it months ago and I would still love to do it if I could ever find the right oilcloth.
    http://www.abeachcottage.com/2011/03/beach-cottage-study-makeover-for-good-life-wednesday.html

  42. Estela Morgan September 16, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    What about putting some shoe boxes or older side tables with doors to cover the side you sit on. That way you can make the skirt on 3 sides and on the side ou sit on, organization. Wht about just simple magnets that hold the fabric on the side you sit on that can easy be moved when you are sitting and quickly reattatched when you are done with you space. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Wood-Bathroom-Storage-Cabinet-White/10847081?findingMethod=rr
    Something like this underneath and you can either attatch a rod to two of these or have this define the space for your legs.

  43. Sierra September 16, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    If you went with the 3rd picture you could measure off the space you would want your chair to go and cut slits the width of that section. It would be easy to hide with the pleats & folds. Also you could put a couple of rubber hooks under the desk, so when you go to sit down you could roll up the skirt and use the hooks to keep it out of your way…

  44. Nuha September 16, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    do you have any mini cabinets to tuck on either side instead of putting a skirt?

  45. Michelle Webster September 16, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    I love the skirt idea, just think of how much you can hide under it when you have a client come over, LOL! Just add a seam where your legs would go, then it won’t bother you. =) I can’t wait to see the finished project.

  46. Hayden September 16, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    Do you have enough space in the room you could pull it away from wall? Then you would only have to skirt sides and front. That’d be easy and look really nice.

  47. Jenna September 16, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    I didn’t read through the first 32 comments so this has probably been mentioned, but you could overlap on the center so that when you sit you could slide your legs in-between the two ‘curtains’. Overlapping it would still give the illusion and not have an open area in between. Would probably work best on the 3rd style. IMO :)

  48. Stefanie September 16, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    I would attach the skirt to the table with velcro…put a seam (opening) in the center, and just pull back the necessary space when you want to sit, kind of like a curtain or shutter. If the whole skirt is pleated, you’d never see the ‘split’. Or you could make a panel that is 18″ wide (give or take), also attached with velcro, that can be removed. I’m not sure if I’m explaining this well; it works really well in my head though! ;) Feel free to contact me if you want better explaination!

  49. Betsy Derr September 16, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Would swing arm rods work if you attached them to the ends of the table on that one side?

  50. Shelley Heck September 16, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    I love the pleated look! I actually love them all, but I like the clean lines of the pleated skirt best =) Have fun with it! =)

  51. kirsty September 16, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    I’m impressed you can finish that in a weekend! {and with 4 little ones!} looking forward to seeing the finished result…{what about box pleats?, doesn’t solve the leg problem but could look pretty cool}

  52. Brooke September 16, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    what if you made it like theater curtains and used something to tie it back when you sit down?

  53. Suzanne September 16, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    Use a contrasting fabric on the reverse side of that panel, have a slit down the center, and when you are using the desk you can “flip” back each side of the panel from the center, and attaching it via velcro, button, or hook (maybe embellished with some cute rosettes). This would leave a somewhat triangular shape for your chair and legs and add a bit of interest, as well. (I can so-o-o picture this in my mind, but cannot find a picture to link to!)

    • emily September 16, 2011 at 8:37 am #

      oooh … i love this idea too!

  54. Kelly C September 16, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    add a strip of velcro to the front of the table where you’ll sit and you could just remove the skirt on the front when you need to use the computer!

  55. karajo September 16, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    An idea…to make an ‘A’ opening in the front on the long side, adding a wide ruffle to the hem just to that opening. Then your chair could slide in without interrupting the fabric, but you still get the skirt look and some hidden storage.

  56. Beth September 16, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    Why not slide the casing at the top of the desk skirt through a skinny drapery rod of some kind on the back side where you sit – make an opening where your legs go (like drapes) and slide it open for sitting. :)

  57. Ashley Ez September 16, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    I dont usually put my legs under my desk because my heels are too high and I like to cross my legs. So my legs really just don’t fit under my desk. I sit back a little farther and turn my legs to the side. But also when I’m more relaxed I usually curl my legs up in my chair. See how you sit, your legs might not go as far under the skirt as you think!

  58. Jenny September 16, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    You could wrap the fabric around the legs and towards the back, so the legs are covered, but there’s an opening for you to sit in. I guess I’d have to play around with it and see how it looks – not sure if that would look funny or not?? But if you want to have a chair there permanently, you’d have to come up with something like that so that the chair isn’t always dragging in the fabric around it while it’s pushed in…..pretty sure that would look funny…..

  59. Molly September 16, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    could you had a small curtian rod or string under the top of the table so you could slide the skirt open to sit and put things under the desk?

  60. Pam September 16, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    Ha seems like everyone has the same idea. I like it as is but I like the skirt too, oh the decisions you’ll have to make. The only thing I can add is I think I’d do panels with a little Velcro to attach them you could always pull them off when you’re really moving around that desk :)

  61. Julane September 16, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    This has nothing to do with the skirt, :-) but where did you get your wallpaper in that room and what is it called? I’m looking for something for our master bedroom, and that’s a lot like what I had in mind. I love it!

  62. Kayla September 16, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    Love the first one!!! And you could always get a curtain rod or a smaller rod, so when you work you can open it up a bit. Super cute idea though!

  63. MelissaJane September 16, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    The rod could also be attached to the underside of the desk, if it seems like attaching it to the legs would be too much of a pain.

  64. MelissaJane September 16, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    What about putting the skirt on a curtain rod, and essentially making a pair of curtains you can just push apart when you sit down? I know it’s a lot more work than just making a skirt, but here’s what I’d do. I’d make skirt pieces for the sides that wrap around to a couple inches past the legs. I’d mount a bar between the legs on the front, and make a pair of curtains, and hang them from rings or hooks so they move really easily. And then I’d make a short valance, just to cover the curtain rod but not long enough to be annoying when you sit down, around all three sides (or four if you’re skirting the back too). It would give it a tailored, finished look that I think I’d actually prefer to the examples you give above, all of which remind me a little of sinks with makeshift skirts.

  65. Carolyn September 16, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    The first thought is making the skirt somehow removable but, that would drive me nuts always taking it on and off or drawing to the side like a curtain. Yesp, would drive me nuts!

    Can you attach something (velcro or other fastener) to the back of the skirt and underside of the table so that when you need it down you can just give a little tug?

  66. Angela September 16, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    you could always bustle it with a couple hooks and loops. hooks on the table and loops on the back side of the fabric. or my honey’s “go-to” fix – velcro! i used to laugh at him about it, but it has prooved useful on more than one occasion. but i’m sure whatever you come up with will look wonderful.

    • emily September 16, 2011 at 8:35 am #

      I like that idea. Just pull it up out of the way when it bothers me.

  67. Brittany September 16, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    Ooo, my favorite is the first skirt. Having it drape over your legs might not be too bad. It would be like a nice cozy blanket while you work ;) afterall, fall is here and winter is upon us.

  68. Erin September 16, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    Velcro! Attach the velcro tape with hot glue to the desk and sew the other side onto the fabric (works better than gluing it).

  69. Kate H September 16, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    love everyone’s ideas. what if you tapered it? like those dresses that are short in the front and long in the back? I remember when I was little I wanted my wedding dress to look like that. thank God I grew out of that! but then you might have fabric always ticking your legs…

  70. Dawn September 16, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    I have no brilliant ideas, but…by skirting it, you will gain some hidden storage. Who couldn’t use a little of that?!? :)

    • Tia September 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

      I agree with that! I am trying to figure out how to implement the same idea into my house.

  71. Rhiannon (LUCK) Williams September 16, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    what about making it shorter on the back side where you’re going to sit? or not going completely around the table(having a gap of some sort where you/the chair go under the desk)

  72. Tara September 16, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    I think putting a pleat right where you would sit, with a slit in the middle would be SUPER cute! Put loops on the corner so you can open the fold and button the corners up while you are working

  73. Beth September 16, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    LOVE the skirt idea! I’d just put it on 3 sides as well. :) Or maybe just wrap it only a little around the back side of your desk where you will be sitting. :)

  74. Shellie September 16, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    I would just leave the material out of the middle part, when you have the chair under the desk it would still look nice and when you’re working the material would not be in your way! :)
    Shellie

    • Mary N September 16, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

      Hey Shellie,
      I did just what you suggested with my desk skirt – and it worked just fine. Saves on fabric too!

  75. Amanda September 16, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    If it was me, I’d try to hunt down some drawers or filing cabinets and put those on both sides of where your chair would go and skip the fabric altogether.

  76. Bethany September 16, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    I must say I like the legs as-is!

    • Annie September 16, 2011 at 8:03 am #

      I’m with Bethany! Show off those gams!! ;) They’re actually pretty darn good lookin’.

    • Nancy September 16, 2011 at 11:55 am #

      I agree with Bethany. I like the table legs as is. They have a modern flair.

      • Ellie Treole September 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

        I like the legs showing, too. Except…if you tend to stash stuff under there (as I would), then I would go with the skirt with a slit or two for your legs. The skirt would also soften the room a little and make it feminine.

  77. Holly@Loveoflifeblog September 16, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    I am a huge fan of dressing up tables with a skirt of some sort-especially with a golass top! I love how there are modern ways to do it too! Can’t wait to see the finished product

  78. Becky September 16, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    Use velcro! Then, you can pull it off when you want without the skirt draping over. You can also wash it easily, too:)

  79. rachel September 16, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    I have no other suggestions, but I love the idea! I’m sure it will be very cute when it’s finished!

  80. jami nato September 16, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    they all look delicious. i’m sure you’ll make it magical.

  81. E Jones September 16, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    What about cute buttons? It would be easy to open and then close.

    Zipper? Maybe, velcro?

  82. Katie S. September 16, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    I would buy the new IKEA curtains…a woven cotton, pale blue/gray as seen here http://brynalexandra.blogspot.com/2011/09/tales-from-iphone.html They are grommeted so they can hung on a rod under the desk & opened when you actually need to USE the desk! Plus I love anything that adds more texture to a space!

  83. Maury September 16, 2011 at 6:06 am #

    Maybe cut a slit or two in the fabric (and hem it) where you normally pull your chair in. Plus, when you want to slide your chair under your desk (when you aren’t sitting there, it won’t pull the fabric all funny.

  84. Kendra September 16, 2011 at 5:51 am #

    Make a rod pocket and place the curtain under the table on a tension rod. Then, you can just push back the curtain when you sit down. : )

  85. Mitzi Causey September 16, 2011 at 5:48 am #

    Depending on where you are planning to use it in the room you may need to skirt only three sides. Good luck we want to see the finished product. I love you blog and all your cute ideas you are so creative.

  86. Ashlei September 16, 2011 at 5:34 am #

    Hey :) I have one of those white-legged wooden-topped tables in my craft room (that everyone had in their first house!). I used small screw-in eye hooks right under the table top edge, then threaded string through to create a “rod” for the skirt. I used old curtain panels for the skirt, just hemmed to the bottom to length. The curtains are the kind with a pocket (not tabs), which hid the string. My table is up against a wall – I used 4 curtain panels – one for each end, two across the long front. I imagine you could use wire for a cleaner look (and to hold their tension better than the string I rigged up!). But I love the functionality – when I sit down to sew, I slide the curtain/skirt to the side and slide it back when finished.

  87. Shari September 16, 2011 at 4:48 am #

    Years ago I skirted a pedestal sink. I used velcro tape (hot glue) on the sink and the other side sewn on the pleats. Worked perfectly to remove to launder and such. I think you could do the same with the table and remove the pleating when you sit–replace when you are done!

    Have fun

    • Julie September 16, 2011 at 9:49 am #

      I used the same idea for my sewing machine table, but have found that staples holding the velcro onto the table work better than hot glue. The frequent pulling off of the skirt also pulled the hot-glued velcro off. Staples hold better. Good luck!

  88. sarah September 16, 2011 at 4:41 am #

    You could always make sure you had a pleat right where you sit so there is room to “give” when you scoot your chair up.

  89. JoeyandChase September 16, 2011 at 4:33 am #

    I would say maybe some sort of tension rod or one of those little curtain rods for like cafe curtains and you can attach it to the legs and the bottom of the desk in the middle. Make two curtains that meet in the middle, then the skirt could easily be moved to either side to allow room for your legs.

  90. Kristin M September 16, 2011 at 4:08 am #

    If you can figure out how to attach a curtain rod between the legs, you could slide the fabric over so that it doesn’t drape on your legs. Obviously you would need the fabric split in the middle on the front and it probably would not work with the pleated version. You could use a tension rod but it would have to be really tight I think to not fall down on you.

    • Stephanie September 16, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

      And, you could have easily accessible storage! Who doesn’t like a little extra storage?

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