The Little Bookcase That Could

I like to rescue things. Sometimes animals, but mostly furniture.

BEFORE

So when I was driving down the street and saw this sad, neglected, discarded little thing, I knew I had to give it a home. Home awful that someone thought it was beyond help, not worth caring for!

Furniture has feelings too you know!

Okay well, maybe not, but still. It needed a home, so I lugged it into the van and brought it with me. It was not in great shape… the paint was peeling, it was gouged in some places and there were a few stickers on it. I got to work cleaning it up and sanding a few of the really rough spots, but I like the “weathered” look so I didn’t need it to be perfect.

It sat in my front hall for a few days while I decided where to put it. I realized that while it’s small size appeared to be a negative at first, it was actually AMAZING – this little guy could fit anywhere!! Suddenly the options were endless. It could hold towels in the bathroom, shoes by the front door, toys in the family room… it’s only 8 inches deep so it’s just this perfect little thing that I now know I will keep forever because I literally wish I had five of it. LOL.

After staring at it in the hall for a few days I had an epiphany. Our entire house kitchen is lacking in storage and in the six years we’ve lived here I’ve kept my eye out for something that would fit behind our back mudroom door…

Naturally I just spent 15 minutes searching for a photo of that space and came up empty handed, because who takes pictures of behind their kitchen door? No one. That’s who.

So, long story short, IT’S PERFECT THERE. It fits like a glove and adds some character and, frankly, adorableness to my square box of a kitchen.

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I painted it in Van Gogh chalk  paint. The colour is called “Patina”. It’s a really pretty blue/grey/green. It would look better against a while wall or something lighter. It sort of blends in with the grey paint of the kitchen, but it’s still awesome!

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It’s a sweet little spot to store my canisters, cookbooks, extra coffee cups and some serving ware. After painting it, I sanded it down slightly before waxing it so give it that worn look like that I like, so you can see a touch of the original red coming through.

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Our home is almost 70 years old, and it has a bit of a farm house feel so this little bookcase fits in like it was always here!

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Not to mention the way it fits in its new spot… I’m not sure I could have BUILT something that worked out better!

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It’s created a great little drop zone area by the back door. I added a large family calendar and some cork boards above where I can keep track of our crazy schedules and events. It’s only been there for a few days, but I love it. I find that it allows me to keep a lot of clutter off the kitchen counter which is always a plus! Silly things like hair ties, spare keys and hand lotion are hidden and tidy. Yay!

You can see the rest of the kitchen HERE.

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 Gotta love a free project that turns out so darn pretty! Have you ever gone dumpster diving and ended up with a beautiful addition to your house?

:)
MB

DIY: No-Sew Curtains From a Table Cloth!

I’ve been dying to try out some super cool curtain options I’ve been seeing on Pinterest lately… making them out of bedsheets and swaths of fabric seems so simple, and with things like fabric tape and glue guns it seems like it couldn’t be any easier! So when I was at Target a while back with my favourite shopping partner, I was keeping my eyes open for ideas.

Samsung Oct 6 2015 112I didn’t see much of anything in the bedding section… most of the sheets come in sets with a fitted sheet and pillow cases, so they cost upwards of $40 and come with stuff I don’t need. But THEN I found myself amongst the kitchen stuff, and BINGO!

Samsung Oct 6 2015 109I loved it as soon as I saw it, and it was marked down to $7.99! The problem was finding a second one for panel number two, but after some digging I managed to nab the last one. Perfect! Hubby loves birds, and the colours were really a great match for our main floor. My plan was to hang them using drapery ring clips, but when I got home I realized that my window casings sit RIGHT at my ceiling, so to have the rod and then the clips made the curtains way too low.

So, I decided to cut some strips of ribbon and simply glue gun them to the back of each panel, creating tabs:

processI just eye-balled where I wanted them to be, I rarely measure anything. Once that was done I got up on a chair and got them up! LOVE them.. they’re so cute and they do a great job of tying in the the colours of the room really well.

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SONY DSCThey’re a great addition to the room and the make me smile. For so little money, you can’t really go wrong. It only took about ten minutes to cut the ribbon and adhere it, so this was a ridiculously simple project that really made a big difference! The bottoms still need to be hemmed, and I haven’t gotten around to that part yet. They’re only a few inches too long, so I could go with the “puddle” look, but I am not a fan, and with two dogs and hardwood floors that’s just begging for hair balls. Gross.

To hem them I will keep with the “no sew” theme and use some iron-on hem adhesive. You simply fold the fabric to the length you want, place the adhesive strip in between and iron to seal it. Super easy!

BIGHave you ever made drapes from something not at all intended to be drapes? LOL.. I admit, this isn’t my first time at the rodeo. A while back I made a kitchen valance from a shower curtain. I’m nothing if not cheap creative!
xoMB