Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Green With Envy

I decided this evening that I was finally going to start a project I've been thinking about for days now. Since the sofa table is finished, as much as I can without spending a whole bunch of money decorating it, I wanted to try something new.  Remember the shelf stand we have in the bathroom? I've been trying really hard to make it look nice, and sturdy. I finally came up with a solution :: Fabric and cardboard! :)

And it worked

Unfortunately this project required me to go into the dreaded attic.

It is SUCH a mess up there. If you look really closely you can see a layer of dirt on everything. Ugh... This is really the only storage place we have (no garage) so everything we don't want to mess with goes up here. I will note that about half of the boxes are empty. We save all we can so that the next time we move (hopefully soon) we'll have what we need. It was a smart idea at the time, but now we're over run with boxes. But that's what I went up there for.

This is all I used for my project. Total cost $10.95. I found the fabric at our local Hobby Lobby. Nope, I don't know the name of it. But Hobby Lobby, I went in, not having any idea what I was doing. I asked the lady in the sewing department what I could use, because I hate really don't like sewing. I suggested the no sew hemming tape, and all she said was yeah. I guessed when it came to picking out what kind to get. I mean, it's not like there are 7 different types or anything...

 I cut the boxes into 3 pieces.

Then I measured out the fabric. I made it a little big so that I would have extra.

I then taped the cardboard to the shelves. I know they're too short, but whatever, it's what I had. After that I wrapped the fabric around the shelves and secured it with the no sew hemming tape. It was a huge pain to use. Kept getting stuck to the scissors and then not to the fabric. After about 45 minutes of messing around I finally got the fabric all into place. And this is what I ended up with.

I think the fabric goes great with the new vibe I'm trying to give the bathroom. It matches really well with the rug without clashing and brings in the green. I broke my vase too... You can see it now has a heart shape at the top. At least it was a pretty break. It's staying for now.

Just a reminder of the rug

I also found those neat canisters and that basket. Got the basket at Michael's for 40% off!! Steal! The canisters I found at Habitat ReStore in Matthews. Yep, we have one 4 blocks away :)

Just a little project I finally decided to start. And luckily finished in one evening!

Next, we look for a dryer :)

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  1. Fantastic idea! it looks great too!

  2. simple and cleaver way to solve a problem...

  3. That was a good idea. It adds color and softens the shelving. I like simple/inexpensive fixes. Often they're the best. :)

  4. Great redo. Love the fabric and how clever to just cover an old box!

    Dropping by from Addicted2Decorating.

  5. Well done. Excellent idea to cover the shelf with cardboard and nice looking fabric.

  6. What a great idea to add some color on a thrifty budget! It looks great! Thank-you so much for sharing your idea at The Creative Spark. I hope to see you back!
    Jenn :)


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