Monday, January 23, 2012

I could have cleaned house, but instead I did this....


I've been out of town for a week, meaning the menfolk have been on their own.  They did a good job keeping it all together, but there was ample housework to be done.  So, of course I did a furniture project, instead! Above is a nice little sewing bench that my friend Chris brought me from a thrifting adventure.  It might also have been a vanity bench.  Sadly, it has lost it's drawer somewhere.

At first I thought I would paint the shelf where the drawer goes, and then look for a tray or basket that fit the space, but inspiration struck in the form of an Amazon box.
A little tape, white glue, and cutting later, I had a drawer.  I doubled every side of the box, and used white glue on the theory that it would work into the fibers of the cardboard and make it sturdier.  I did 4 layers on the drawer front.

Then I wiped it down with Howards furniture polish, stapled new fabric and some batting on the top, and covered the front of the drawer with fabric and a single layer of batting.  The ribbon loop is how one would open the drawer.

While a cardboard drawer won't be as strong as a wood one, I think that because it sits on a flat shelf it will be strong enough to be useful for small, light things.  I'm going to look for a basket for the bottom, and keep things in there.  Or maybe the cone thread should go there? 

I have to say I'm thrilled with how it came out!

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7 comments:

Michelle said...

Good job!!!

Clare said...

Laura - you are so clever! Now that you are back can you check the Database. There are some people waiting for you!

AlisonH said...

Oh, that's cool!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Cute! I'd love to find something like that here. One of these days....

Magpie Sue said...

That turned out great! Good job!

DragonPoodle said...

Really cool! I love your fabric too.

Unknown said...

You do your projects very quickly! Give you something and the next day it has been miraculously transformed!