I had this old set of drawers that a friend gave me when she left town a few years ago. She had found it at a garage sale and used the drawers to store her sewing supplies. Great idea I thought!
At my home it has proved useful for storing all the little bits and pieces of hardware I use as well as felt, ric rac, ribbons, beads etc. The only down side was its colour, an awful mustard/ brown/ cream mix.
I mentioned to Mr E that I'd like to repaint the drawers so he took me off to Bunnings where I chose tins of white and duck egg blue chalk paint whilst he gathered a brush and some glass paper.
The next weekend he painted them rather nicely and a huge improvement they were on their former state...
Then I had an idea. Wouldn't it be great if he could make wooden dividers in the top three drawers so I could store my rather extensive supply of embroidery threads inside?
Back to Bunnings, another weekend, and a plan came together beautifully...
He was going to paint the dividers but I want to try lining the drawers in fabric first, and perhaps covering the dividers in fabric too. More on that another day when my plan is a little clearer.
Apart from that, there is still one more step for Mr E to complete before my drawers are ready for use again.
A while ago when a local boutique shop was changing owners they had a large table of items on sale that would no longer be stocked and these gorgeous drawer knobs caught my attention. Not wanting to regret walking away without them I hastily handed over $12 and came home with six of the prettiest blue trims any drawer could ask for.
For about two years now they've patiently languished in a lovely box where I had 'almost' forgotten they existed...
It doesn't matter that they're not all the same as I'm rather eclectic with decorating anyhow...
Hopefully in another couple of weeks I can show you the finished makeover - once I've chosen and experimented with lining fabric, Mr E has attached the knobs, AND when my sweet Blossom has finished winding 600 skeins of thread onto card and has labelled them. This really will be a family project when it's done!
And to think it all started with "Honey, I wonder what that old chest of drawers would look like painted white? Don't you think they'd look much nicer?"
Last night I completed the fifth of seven "Days of the Week" patterns for May's Stitchery Club.
Only two more to stitch, and then I will put them together as a set of hanging pockets.
The pattern for the pockets will also be included in the May issue of The Stitchery Club.
In fact, I think I might do a tutorial here on the blog because whenever I make hanging pockets there's always requests from blog readers to show them how I've done it.
Hanging pockets are brilliant for storing little bits and pieces from the sewing room, or for holding letters and notes. In fact, wouldn't they be lovely filled with hair ties, ribbons and clips in a little girls room?
Enjoy your Friday! I'm about to brew a pot of Prince of Wales tea and watch a Jane Austen movie while I begin stitching the Saturday design...bliss.