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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 45 ENTRIES / Shabby Shelf to Sweet Shoe Storage! on: December 05, 2009 08:42:05 AM

This project came about two ways:

1) I was sick of having a big pile of my shoes in the corner on the floor that were constantly in the way and getting tripped over. I have no room to spare in my closet, so getting a closet organizer for them was not an option.

2) I have an awkward space by the radiator in my bedroom that I didn't know what to do with.

A couple of weeks ago while I was (per usual) out at the thrift store, I spotted this bookshelf:

I could tell it was just the right size for that small awkward wall, so I went ahead and grabbed it. At $16.99 it was a little overpriced for a thrift store find, but I got it anyways just because the size was so perfect, and I knew with a little crafty-redo, it could be fabulous! In order to keep the overall cost of this project below the allotted $20.00, I used nothing but discarded/leftover items from around the house to spruce it up!

First, I still had some of the leftover paint that I'd used recently to paint my dressers with, so that was perfect for covering up the hideous laminate finish this shelving unit had. I left the inside of the shelves unpainted though, not only because I knew painting them would be a huge pain, but because I planned on storing my dirty shoes in there, and I was going to cover them with a curtain, so why bother?

The curtain was super easy, too. I had purchased a couple of pairs of curtains from Ikea for my living room, but they were way too long, so I still had some scraps that I'd cut off sitting in my closet. Lucky for me, the hem that was already on them fit the little curtain rod I had perfectly, so I didn't bother with having to sew anything! I just put them on the curtain rod, then attached the rod to the shelf via some thumbtacks and little metal hooks I had sitting in my toolbox. I neatly trimmed the bottom of them with some scissors, leaving them unhemmed. I know I could've hemmed them, but well, what can I say, I didn't feel like it. Tongue

And here you have the final result! A cute matching shelf for my bedroom set without the inconvenience of looking at all those danged shoes piled in the corner or taking up space in my closet!  Grin

P.S. I haven't posted here in about 5 years and couldn't for the life of me remember my old username and password, so I just had to sign up for a new account.  Undecided
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