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« on: February 04, 2008 10:08:43 AM »

My crafting resolution is to organize and reduce my knitting yarn and needles.  Over time my stash has grown and GROWN...  My needles were in a confusing jumble causing me to purchase duplicates because I didn't know what I owned!!  Here is the before on my "organizing system":  (haha)



Obviously something needed to be done.  Resolution: find a solution!!  Enter: one OOgley dresser, desperately in need of refinishing.  Note the horrible handles and grime!  The finish was called "Silver Mist"... ugh.


Detail of old hardware:

Somehow this dresser was crying out to be blue.  This caused many looks of skepticism from the BF and other male clerks and salespeople.  (I'm claiming artistic vision, not poor taste)  I removed the hardware, stripped the finish off, sanded it down and then started the dye process.  I chose Aniline dye, as opposed to stain to try to keep some of the wood grain showing.  I ended up dying my hands and face blue at the same time.  Quite the adventure.  Two coats of satin varnish, some new modern handles... and VOILA!  Blue dresser.



In use organizing yarn, the "Lopi Drawer":

The final part of my resolution was to organize my knitting needles.  This was a process of trial and error, and I certainly would change a few details now.  I ended up taking apart the DPN case and removing some layers to make it less bulky. 

DPN case:

Circ. case:

All in all I am very happy with how it all turned out.  I am loving the needle cases, being organized is amazing!  I just put the finishing touches on the dresser last night, so have yet to use it.  Special thanks to the BF for all his help and advice.  Hope you enjoy looking at these!

PS - Seems like my dog likes his bum to be in all the shots!  Managed to crop him out of all but two of the photos!

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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2008 10:20:51 AM »

I really like the new blue finish, it looks much much better indeed Smiley And darn those old handles needed to be amputated... the new ones look way better Cheesy Way to go, the dresser must love you now;-)

With all these cool idea's (yours and others here on this board) I can't help but kick my own butt in gear to get my own stash organized too... ^_^ So thanks for the inspiration Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2008 10:56:00 AM »

I love this idea. I'd have to have more than one dresser! Now that dresser is a showpiece. Now you don't have to hide those bins.

« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2008 10:58:47 AM »

That blue is amazing!  Totally worth a few days of hands/face being blue.

And, let's face it, dog butts are generally cute, and in LOTS of photos!  (the ones without the giant nose/tongue combo)

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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2008 11:00:46 AM »

Looks great!  Now I'm questioning my resolve to hold out for a clear drawer unit for my yarn....I think it's just fine that you have to pull out the drawers to see what's in there.....  OH, and I want to see before and after pictures of you in all your blueness Wink
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2008 11:26:06 AM »

The blue dresser is gorgeous!  Much improved indeed.  I wish I had such a beautiful stash organizer.  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2008 02:53:28 PM »

The dresser is beautiful!I love the blue,and I never would have thought of using dye to let the wood grain show.Gorgeous job.And you're reminding me I really need to make a needle holder for my daughter.
I really like this idea.I'd love to get an old dresser for my craft supplies.I have some in boxes and shelves in 2 closets,some boxes in the junk room,some just in tote bags....I'm going to have to do some serious cleaning and rearanging first,all over the house.But once I do,I'm going to keep my eyes open for a dresser to revamp.

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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2008 04:19:14 PM »

I'll take those old handles you hate....
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2008 04:22:56 PM »

I'll take those old handles you hate....

REALLY?  I've got them... can't bear to throw them out... yet loathe them.  Where do you live?
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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2008 04:50:20 PM »

Wow, I love this, everything about it. The color of the dresser is great, the new handles are fantastic, the needle cases are beautiful. I might just have to borrow your circ case design, I've been really having a hard time trying to find a design that doesn't take up so much space.

I really love your entry and good luck in the challenge as well as staying organized Cheesy

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« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2008 06:42:05 PM »

That dresser looks fantastic in blue .
Great needle case too (I so need to make one of those )

« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2008 09:52:43 PM »

haha your "before" s how i organizine my yarn right now!  trying to find a better solution is so hard, yours is great!!

« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2008 04:00:27 PM »

I just want to say a BIG thanks to everyones nice comments!  I'm so thrilled with how you all like the blue. 

I wish I had taken photos of the "during" phase of this... (eg. the blue face  Embarrassed) but to be honest I had a few disasters along the way and forgot!  I managed to dump a quart of varnish on the wood floor of my apartment, tried to clean oil based varnish off brushes with water and a few other unmentionables. 

Now I'm all inspired to try the next challenge!  All these entries are great!!
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2008 11:53:42 PM »

Oh! I'm so inspired.
That looks great.
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2008 12:15:49 PM »

Great idea! I have an old dresser that I am going to have to "repurpose". Thanks for the idea!
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2008 10:33:33 AM »

oh I love that blue! Its so pretty! Awesome job!

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