Several things are making me unhappy with this desktop message center makeover. I don’t know whether to scrap it altogether or try something different with it. But what, I don’t know.
Richard thinks it was originally meant to be hung on the wall with a wall phone in the center. Makes sense.
After cleaning, sanding, priming, and painting, I had to cover up the 80’s heart cutout. I glued on a wood applique that just fit the space. It looks too big proportionally in the pics, but in person, it seems fine. I glazed the applique to highlight the details.
Covering up heart cutouts with wood appliques is a great way to update 80’s decor. See another example in my country curio shelf update.
I didn’t take a picture of the next step, but I glued a couple of small scrap wood pieces to the back of the drawer cubby as a stop for the drawer. The drawer is shallower in depth than the cubby, so it didn’t sit flush with the front drawer frame.
I also glued and nailed cork board to the back, which is my biggest disappointment. It looks good from the front, but the edges of the cork are rough and crumbly. I’m just not sure how to finish them to keep it neat and clean.
Another thing I’m not happy with is all the screw holes. They are more visible now that I painted the cabinet a lighter color.
Any suggestions? Try, try again?