|top to bottom: SKATEMODERNE's Grace Desk, 2 Door Cabinet and 2 Door Bar Cabinet|
The first step was replacing our ugly TV stand (the husband's last vestige of bachelorhood) with a buffet that had been behind the sofa, which left us with an empty space in need of a pair of console tables. So off I went on an Internet furniture search, and you know what I discovered? Decently made, stylish furniture is expensive. Like really, really expensive. I suppose the fact that I've fallen hard for faux shagreen doesn't help.
Used widely by European furniture designers during the Art Deco period, Shagreen is the skin of sharks and stingrays. It has once again become popular in home furnishings, though many designers have turned to faux shagreen to avoid prohibitive costs and pesky ethical dilemmas. Faux or not, though, the stunning designs above by SKATEMODERNE run upwards of $9,500.
Relatively more reasonable are the below Avalon Shagreen Desk ($1,948) and DwellStudio Claude Sideboard ($3,150), but I'm trying to do this project on the cheap, and these certainly don't fit the bill.
|top to bottom: Avalon Shagreen Desk and DwellStudio Claude Sideboard|
So, what to do? Well, this decidedly un-crafty girl has settled on the DIY route. God help us!
I'll be covering two pieces of furniture with faux shagreen vinyl fabric in a light gray or taupe color. I'm still waiting to receive fabric samples, but after an exhaustive search that involved both online fabric stores and wholesale distributors, Nassimi's Stingray Faux Leather Vinyl and Koroseal's Tiburon Shagreen are both in the running.
|faux shagreen fabric by Nassimi (left) and Koroseal|
In the meantime, though, I've found the furniture that I'll be using. Since I was looking for coordinating consoles with storage, it was impossible to find what I wanted on Ebay or Craig's List. I did, however, find some bargains at my local West Elm. A marked-up Parsons Low Bookshelf floor model was a steal at $90, and I spent a bit more to buy the matching Parsons Console table on sale.
|Parsons Console and Parsons Low Bookshelf by West Elm|
Assuming I don't completely fail at this project or glue my fingers together in the process, I'll be sure to share the before and after photos with you, as well as the full DIY. Wish me luck, because I'll need it!