Thrifty Fabric Tower

A few weeks ago I scored this cabinet at the dump:


I knew it would be perfect for my workroom, although I didn't know exactly what I'd use it for when I grabbed it.  Super cute, with 5 drawers and a totally awesome countrified stencil on the top.

Or, not.

This one I remembered to sand before I started in on it because that stencil had to go.  My go-to color of white paint spiffed it up and gave it a fresh look.  I was going to paint the drawers and get new knobs for it, but one of the drawers was a little moldy inside, so the 5 drawers went back to the dump the next week and the drawer cabinet became a shelf cabinet perfect for holding fabric.  And happily, it fits perfectly in a small space.


Each shelf has fabric for a different project.  Quilt fabrics:


Fabric for Gus and Greta projects:


It turned out to be a handy find.  I've been working to try and get a whole bunch of thrifted items cleaned and painted and altered and put in place in my workroom because it had been such a mess, and I'm so excited with how it's turning out.  I can't wait to show off the whole thing soon!

On another note, thank you for all the enthusiastic responses to the quilted mat I posted yesterday!  It actually gave me an idea.  Several people have expressed an interest in learning how to use their sewing machine or learn how to sew, both in comments made and in posts I've read as I've been hopping from blog to blog.  Would anyone be interested in a few posts on using the sewing machine, for beginners?  I'm not some super expert, but I do know how to use one and I'd be happy to share.  Maybe we could even work on a little project together.  Let me know!  And don't worry, I don't have some fancy-schmancy machine.  I have this one from Walmart and I love it.


10 comments

  1. I love your tower! You have put it to great use. The mat in the post below is beautiful! I love making mats to perfectly fit various furniture pieces. They add so much.

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  2. Cute idea to just take out the drawers!

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  3. And I would LOVE some hints. I have a walmart machine and can do basics but would love some little tips!

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  4. Love what you did with it taking out the drawers. And I agree on loving fabric but then not wanting to cut into it... I did this as a kid with stickers, and then with scrapbook paper. I just only try to buy fabric for a specific project...otherwise I would just buy and hoard!

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  5. get back to the dump and get those drawers. with a little 'help' from you, they could be great storage containers on some shelves!!!

    i need to plan a trip to ct just to the dump with you!

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  6. That cabinet looks great! So clever!

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  7. Ooooh, yes! Do a sew-along project! I've seen a few of those before and it's always cool to see how people interpret the same idea.

    Some basic tips would also be good! I know how to use my machine pretty well, but I'm not great at troubleshooting when the bobbin does something stupid.

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  8. It turned out cute! I love it when a project you've been working on comes together so nicely as that!

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  9. great idea!! I need something like that for my WIPs. right now my queue is the floor. Makes for a messy room!

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  10. new follower! LOVED this re-do!

    stop by sometime!
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