today I got all three done!!
We have a 100 year old house and storage is always an issue. They turned the first floor coat closet in to a first floor half- bath which isn't half-bad but I need a WHOLE lotta more space to put coats and crappola!
This is what we had originally although it did look a bit better because I had a cover over it that I had made out of a cool tablecloth. But really, it still looks bad no matter how you try to disguise it.
So my dear neighbor, Mr. Rich, passed last December and his sweet daughter gave me this amazing mail slot cabinet that he had handmade. It is all minty green and delicious goodness.
I needed some big spaces for those book bags that are giving my son a torqued back, you know the ones.
So I saw-zawed some of the slots out because this thing was put together like jig-saw puzzle so I could not just 'remove" the back and slide them out. Most of my projects start out with the words "I'll just..."
This is so sad.......
.......and just well, sad.
Beautiful bins from Target were calling my name so sweetly that I headed right over there to pick me up some. Do you know they cost like $6.00....a piece?????? for the ugly ones!!! Of course I didn't like the guy ones. I liked the ones that were $8.00 each and I need 8 boxes and, well, I hate to say it but I am El Cheapo and I wasn't payin' Uno Peso for them.
This is where it gets good and ironic. Because I am so cheap, I am usually trolling other aisles for ideas instead of going to the appropriate aisle. (table clothes for shower curtains/ place mats instead of the purse section) I went looking in the scrap booking section and came around the corner to the packaging area. Mailing boxes of all sizes lined the shelves. Hmmmmm........
Took out the measurements I had in my purse and found boxes that were perfect for my slots. How about that irony....mailing boxes for my mail slot cabinet? LOOOOOve it!
(ALWAYS take measurements of everything and keep them in a notebook in your purse so when you see something out and about, you can refer to it and save a ton of time and effort because you won't have to return anything. I also keep an Ikea paper tape measure and swatches of my paints and fabrics in that notebook. It takes up hardly any space and has saved me more than like 300 times from making a bad purchase)
I still needed something to cover the boxes however because I like a little bit of pretty. Decided to go back to the scrap booking section only to find that paper is apparently an endangered species because those prices were outrageous as well. Can't a girl catch a break?
To the party aisle to find some rad cocktail napkins! Remember anything can be used differently...
Here's the skinny...
Take your boxes and tape them all up.
Cut the sides on an angle like above. There is writing on all but one side of the box. That will be your front just in case the napkin you choose are pretty transparent.
They should look like this after you are done cutting. Fold the top flap that is in the front inside and tape in place.
Reinforce the top edge with tape
Wrap the top like this
Fold tape inside like this
All of the boxes folded, reinforced and ready for decoupaging.
Unfold your napkins and dry fit where you want them to sit. BEWARE!! Mine had small writing near the middle when I opened it up so make sure you put that somewhere out of sight.
Paint some glue on the box, including the sides, a little on the bottom and inside. Lay your napkin down and smooth it out. Paint some glue over the top and let dry. 8 boxes took me about an hour to complete, that included folding, taping and decoupaging.
Now the next part was not so stellar. I had seen all these great tutorials on transferring images using wax paper/ or freezer paper. I found wood tags at a local craft store, was ecstatic and thought
"Well, I'll just....."
Two hours later (I DID have to run to CVS to get more ink...and more wax paper.. and more chocolate because at this point, I was screaming at the printer and not saying some very nice things) this is what I was "okay" with but not ecstatic. But sometimes you need to move on...
I didn't do the insides because once they are filled you can't even see the back.
Kinda like how the tags turned out once I tied the twine on and attached them. Hot glued them at an angle to slow down the wear and tear that will surely come upon them.
I made this one facing the wrong way! Honestly, it is amazing I get anything done right
Here it is all corrected and organized. I didn't add tags to the other bins either because those items will most likely change often. Maybe "I'll just" use chalkboard paint on those tags?
The total cost for 8 bins?
Target: $64 for 8 $8.00 bins
Library Book Bin got a cardboard and twine bunting because I am tired of the library books getting put on the regular bookshelf and I am tired of the regular books getting stored in the library book basket!
Kids helped with the lettering. Love it, makes it theirs and it satisfies my need to be organized with a little bit of pretty. Second problem solved.
Grabbed this beauty from the trash! and got it sanded and primed!
Wish my legs looked this good after so many years
This was not a problem just a happy perchance today.
AND since I am officially over the hill since I have officially bought my first pair of reading glasses.. I made a glasses case from one of my husband's old ties. I have only been using them for a week and I have already lost them 4 times in my purse. Third problem solved!
Tie tutee will follow tomorrow because
I am like three kinds of tired
I'll just go lay down......
Always being renewed,