Thursday, May 28, 2015
DIY BURLAP STORAGE BINS & TAGS
This mudroom that's taking an impossibly long time to finish must have been built for a few reasons............
First and foremost it's where the washer and dryer are
Secondly for storage
And thirdly it was a way to keep the door to the basement on the inside instead of the outside of the building.
The door has an empty space on top of it - like a cubby - where for the past year we've shoved as much as we could possibly get in there............with cords dangling from it - and tools precariously placed ( I was always sure a drill would end up on John's head every time he opened the door to go down there.
But now that I'm trying to make something of this space that just wasn't going to do any longer.
I needed baskets or bins - and I wanted them to be burlap - and I wanted them to be grey ( the entire room is white and grey )
And what's more - I have this disorder that entails me having what I want the moment the thought strikes my mind.............which is not easy when you're still in your nightgown in the middle of the day - with paint brushes and paint tins - and a ladder and boxes all over the floor around you.
Did I just mention boxes? Eureka !
I think that's the first time I've ever said that word in my life.
I think it may be the last................Good Grief - one too many Archie comic books as a kid
I always wanted to be Betty - but I find as I'm getting older I'd take Veronica's life actually.
And just like that - I completely lose my train of thought.
Okay here's a box
I bought a few yards of grey burlap last year because you just never know ( amirite? )
I ended up making a sail boat which I never showed because...............I have no idea why actually.
Anyway I cut enough fabric to cover the 3 boxes that were laying around my feet...............
And stapled it on to the box ( if they come loose I'll glue them later but for now it works )
Three of them - the exact number I needed - AND they fit perfectly
They look small in the photo - but they're actually quite large.
BUT - I was never going to remember what I had in there...........NEVER - and so I made tags - out of a fence plank - cut into squares.
I just gave them a quick white wash and stencilled " back plates " using chalk paint so that the wording could be changed if I want to switch out the sander for oh I don't know - monkey wrenches?
Of which I have no clue what exactly a monkey wrench is - but it's obviously something monkey's use
I'm not that blonde. ( actually I'm so overdue for the hairdressers that I'm not blonde period )
I figured I would just attach them with binder clips
But the wood was too thick - so I ended up stapling some black ribbon and then attaching the binders to the boxes and the ribbon.
If you're wondering why I need a box designated for shims - this house is almost 100 years old -
I think it's basically being held up with shims.
So now this little addition off the kitchen is a laundry room - a craft room - a mud room - and a tool room !
I'm glad I found something else to use the burlap for - because 3 yards to make this
Seems a tad excessive, doesn't it?
Have a wonderful day everybody !
( I think I'll get dressed today :)
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I think it's brilliant! And oh how I LOVE your sweet little sailboat! Makes me wonder if I could make one! Sweet hugs, DianeReplyDelete
This makes me want to go out and buy yards of burlap and wrap every box in my house with it. Love your solution to the tags! Thanks for inspiring at Vintage Inspiration Party.ReplyDelete
Way to make a cardboard box stylish. Love them.ReplyDelete
Your covered boxes are fabulous, Suzan! And, what a coincidence they are all the same size and fit your space perfectly. Have you been taking some "God bless me" pills? I really like your labels, and your "shims" label made me laugh. After I read your home is 100 years old, I completely understand. For the record, the sailboat is wonderful and you should share that tutorial sometime, too. Thanks for brightening my day by linking at Project Inspired this week. :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Kim -ReplyDelete
Here's a quick tutorial for the boat - take a piece of driftwood - stick a triangle of burlap on it LOL !!!
Hi Suzan! Love the boxes. I got a bunch of burlap from a friend that took down some paneling and found burlap layered under it. Don't know why they did that but now I have vintage burlap. It's not a good color, but this is a great project to use it up!ReplyDelete