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Fabric Storage Found!

Cameron 3 Cubby & 3 Drawer Base Set

I’ve been looking for a while for the perfect solution to store my fabric. It had to have open-front shelving so I could see my fabric.  The shelves had to be short, because fabric doesn’t stack very high and any extra space would just be wasted.  And finally, it had to be CUTE.  I wasn’t going to spend $ on something that wasn’t cute.  Then I found it (see photo).  It was the right color, right height, right size and exactly the right level of cuteness.  It was a splurge, but I will splurge for cuteness & perfection.

When the shelves finally came, I opened the box and the first thing I noticed was how cute they were.  The second thing I noticed was how smelly they were!  But not to worry – I opened the windows and aired them out for a couple of days.  Then when I thought it was safe,  I started getting my fabric folded into perfect little piles to fit in those perfect little cubbies.  That’s when it hit me.  Not only did the smell seem stronger, I was getting a headache from it.  I can’t sew with a headache.  :(   A little online research told me exactly what I needed to know – the MDF used in this furniture releases formaldehyde, polluting the air in my house not for a few days but continuing to release it for several years.  I think the paint is also partially to blame.  The sad thing is that this furniture is marketed for use by children. *sigh*  Needless to say, I called, complained and got it all returned.

It was around that time that we got a new handyman.  He does it all, including building furniture from scratch (so jealous). So after going over the dimensions, paint color, and wood, he brought me the finished product: my early Christmas present.
Fabric Storage

The only adaptation I made was cutting one set of shelves into 2 shorter shelves.  These shelves hold WAY more fabric than the shelves I had before.  And the old shelves took up more space.  So happy with these.  They cost $100 more than the ones I returned – definitely worth the cost of no headaches!  Wishing I knew about cabinet makers before – am now a huge fan of custom furniture.

Wallpaper

Normally I’m not a big fan of wallpaper.  I like the colors and prints of wallpaper, almost in the same way I like the colors and designs of fabric but I had a bad experience once, trying to remove it from our bathroom walls after moving in.  I ultimately failed and we had to hire professionals to finish the job because it was just not coming off.    But when the giant blank wall behind our kitchen table was begging to have something put on it I decided to give wallpaper another chance – in a small dose.

wallpaper board

I got a large board (3′ x 5′) which just barely squeezed into the van, painted the edges white and wallpapered it.  It sounds easy, but this job took hours – getting the wallpaper to hang straight on the board, then trying to get the board to hang straight on the wall.  I like to think I’m handy with tools, but sometimes it’s still a challenge.  The wood is actually anchored to some pieces of wood behind it so it isn’t flush on the wall – sorta like art.

wallpaper board

Since the table was clean, I took a few extra pictures.
wallpaper board

I happy with how it turned out.  I originally wanted to hang pictures on and around the board, but I’ve decided I like the simplicity of it.

Laundry Room Decorating: Corbel

We have a nice little architectural salvage shop in downtown Fort Worth that I just adore.
old home supply

It’s busy and packed full of all kinds of things and a fun place to go and poke around.  Not everything has a price tag which makes me nervous heading up to check out with my things.  My latest score:  a $5 corbel.  Yep, I sighed a big silent sigh when they named the price.  I would have liked to get 2, but there was only one.  It’s pretending to hold up my new laundry room shelf.  The real brackets are hidden behind the washer.
Laundry room shelf

Laundry Room Decorating: Floorcloth

Yep, decorating, not remodeling – there won’t be any new cabinets or anything big – just a little touching up here and there.  The size of this laundry room was one of the big reasons I fell in love with this house.  It’s bigger than any laundry room we’ve ever had but it could definitely use a little style help.

It’s always easier for me to analyze a room if I take a picture of it and this room is no different.  So here’s the no-I-didn’t-clean-up-beforehand-I’m-so-embarrassed-by-this before shot:

Laundry Room Before

The most obvious thing to me is that the balloon in the laundry basket needs to go.  I mean, really, who keeps balloons in their laundry room?  Not me.  Beyond that there are several things I’d like to tackle but my first step was the floor:  I made a floor cloth to give the room some fun.  I’ve really enjoyed my first one,  and had to try it again.
floorcloth- laundry room

The hexagons were cut from a layer cake of Sweetwater’s Hometown fabric.  It’s stiff and sturdy and won’t slip around thanks to paint on rug backing.

I’ve been building up an album of laundry rooms I like on Pinterest, but the challenge will be making my dark machines look nice.  Almost every beautiful laundry room has light-colored machines.

Hung

We moved into our house 5 months ago.  FIVE MONTHS!  And piles of frames were still all over the house.  My excuse is that the house needed to be painted first.  But that was done last month so really I have no excuse.  Finally, with Joanna to help me, my stuff is hung!  Everyone should have a sweet sister that helps them get things done.  She showed me this nifty trick for hassle-free hanging – you’re a genius, girl.  We cut out paper the size of the frames and folded them in half, marking the midpoint.  I taped them up until I liked the arrangement, then used the midpoint to mark the spot to nail into the wall.

dining b4

dining room

Also got a little piece of artwork hung above my craft room door.  It’s RED!  I really wanted a red door someplace in the house and I’m so happy with it.  Red is my happy color.

red door-Lo-Fi

Everyone should have a door in their happy color.  Do you have a happy color?

Floorcloth

Way back when I was going through my charm pack phase, I put together this little wall hanging.  It hung in the same spot until we moved, but by then, I had a new plan for it.  A friend had passed on a copy of Mary Janes Farm Magazine and in it were instructions for making homespun canvas floorcloths, perfect for my charm pack wall hanging thingy.  Now I have a new rug by the front door.

floorcloth1

The nice thing about this rug is that it’s flat, so it doesn’t get in the way of the door opening.  It’s also sweepable and doesn’t hold dust, so doesn’t need to be vacuumed.

floorcloth2

My ingredients?  2.5 bottles of Mod Podge to glue my 3 layers of fabric together and a fantastic new find: rug backing.  Rug backing is painted on to the bottom to keep the floorcloth from sliding around.  I can see all kinds of uses for this.

floorcloth3

Instructions:  Mary Janes Farm Aug-Sept 2010, p.74


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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It's what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 10, 11, and 12), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and a pattern designer.
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