Using the same paper from the file cabinet re-style, I recycled the old mouse pad into something a bit more acceptable to its new surroundings. It's a bold beautiful pattern, just perfect for a small pop of color.
I knew this simple little project would be a nice finishing detail to the top of the desk. And so easy, I was able to complete this project in a matter of an hour.
- Paper of choice
- Spray adhesive
- Mouse pad (preferrably recycled)
- Scissors (or Exacto knife and cutting pad)
- Permanent Marker in color of choice
- Glass or round disc to use as template
Using the back of your paper (or any other paper) you are going to create a template so that the inverted corner cuts you will be making to your mouse pad will match on each of the four corners. To create the template, first trace around your mouse pad.
Next, take your glass and place it so that it creates the inverted corner cut. Eyeball to your liking, being sure it is evenly placed.
On the mouse pad, trace around the glass edge, then extend your mark onto the paper on both sides. The extension will serve a purpose in the next step.
This is how your template should look at this stage.
You now have the template for the remaining three corners of your mouse pad.
Match up the next corner of the mouse pad onto the template. And again, match the glass to the template. Once matched, trace the arc onto the mouse pad. Repeat on the remaining two corners then cut.
You've now created your beautiful inverted corners, and your pad should look like this.
Your next step is to apply the paper to your mouse pad. If you're using a patterned paper, you will want to give consideration to the placement of the paper so that it will be centered once applied. Once you have determined your placement, trace around your paper, but do not cut your paper just yet - I found I got a more precise fit if I cut after I adhered my paper.
Once you've determined your paper's placement, simply follow the directions to your spray adhesive and apply your paper. Use the paper's traced line as a general guide as you place it. Smooth and press as you adhere, then let dry.
After it has cured, trim your paper. You can stop here; but I wanted a more finished look, so I traced around the edges using a permanent marker. A gold edge would have been pretty, but my marker didn't match the paper, so I opted for classic black.
I love how it turned out and how this little detail ties together the look of the entire space.
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