The farmhouse we live in has special needs.
Built sometime in the 1870’s, it’s apparent that additions were contracted at intervals some time after the original house was built. However, one thing was consistently neglected in those additions: storage.
This city girl traded in twelve closets and a lower level of concrete storage (known as a modern basement) for a dirt cellar–where parts of the house are supported by field stones, mind you–and tiny closets tucked into the eaves of the upstairs bedrooms.
So what does a city-gone-country girl do? Purge, organize and get creative!
Here’s the tricky part, we don’t own this house so my solutions need to be both cheap and portable.
In “the study” we built a wall of shelving to store our school books and project supplies. This is the first place I concentrated my efforts to get organized. There was just no place for these items to land. And without this storage every horizontal surface looked like this . . .
I didn’t want to look at the chaos of all the items on the shelves so I made a slip-cover out of painter’s tarps which are attached at the top with Velcro.
When we are working in the study I can open the covers for easy access to the shelves. I wish they always looked this neat and tidy!
And because I will add type to anything that will stand still long enough, I stenciled the covers with numbers–which was as easy as 1, 2, 3…
1. Choose the font style and size, print onto copy paper and cut out the numbers with an exacto knife. You can also design your own font by hand. If you plan to use the stencil more than once you may want to trace the text onto wax paper or stencil plastic. I was planning to use these only once, so copy paper would do.
2. Spray the back with spray adhesive and apply the stencil to the fabric, making sure the edges make good contact to keep the paint from bleeding under.
3. With a “dry” stencil brush, use a pouncing motion to apply the paint to the inside of the stencil. Keeping the brush dry by blotting excess paint onto a paper towel will help keep the edges crisp.
I am undecided about the ribbon closures. Right now they are pinned into place. I need something to keep these drops closed but haven’t decided on just the thing, yet. Maybe it’s the sheen, maybe it’s the color? Maybe I should knot them instead? Oh, the possibilities.