I’m excited to share my latest project with you! I’ve found a lot of inspiration lately from other crafty blogs relating to organizing. A theme I’ve enjoyed as well is, use what you have. This theme is challenging for me as I have a habit of starting projects first with an idea and then buying new supplies every time instead of seeing first what supplies I already have then create a project with those same supplies. I think of it as reverse engineering, working backwards from a project by the supplies. It’s amazing how much you can really do with what you already have (even with food items already in your pantry). I followed this theme for my drawstring backpack project, all fabric I that already owned.
I bought this wire drawer unit a couple of years ago and it’s really worked well for me for my fabric organization. My husband helped me cut a piece of wood to fit the open top as an extra flat surface and I covered it with fabric.
To sort my fabric (I’ve never sorted my fabric before, so fun!!) the majority of the categories were by color, although I did make a few exceptions and organized by “baby fabric” and “clothing fabric”. For the most part, the color theme was really helpful. Here is a picture of my drawer unit (pre-labels).
I started to create printed labels, but I realized that my fabric stash is ever changing. I went out and got some chalkboard paint (knowing I can continue to use the rest of the can of chalkboard paint for other Christmas gift ideas). I took some scrap wood and made chalkboard labels that are erasable as my fabric stash changes with use.
Some tips for working with chalkboard paint (things I would do differently next time). Make SURE the suface you’re working with is very smooth. On the scrap wood, I painted one layer of primer, sanded with medium grade sandpaper over the primer to smooth the surface, and then painted two layers of the chalkboard paint. I think next time I would use multiple grades of sandpaper to smooth the wood and spend more time on that step. You can see little lines through the chalk as I wrote.
Does anyone have any chalk board paint projects they’d like to share?