Remember this antique pine wardrobe I bought off of craigslist a couple of weeks ago?
One of the last projects my brother was able to complete before flying home to Oregon was installing shelves inside. And one of the last things my mom and I got done before my parents drove back to PA was to unpack my fabric and fill those shelves.
There is something about stacks of beautiful fabric, specifically antique linen, that make me giddy. I mean, seriously. I open these wardrobe doors and a rush of excitement bubbles up and I can’t help but release it in a giggle.
This wardrobe only had a rod and a small shelf up high. That would’ve been okay if I wanted to hang clothes inside, but I wanted shelving for fabric and notions. Since the wardrobe is a beautiful antique, I also wanted to add shelves in a way that wasn’t too intrusive or permanent. I opted to use a track shelving system similar to what is installed in the breakdown French wardrobe I use in my bedroom. It’s sturdy, adjustable and removable. Securely attach the tracks to the back of the wardrobe with a few screws and it’s good to go. The brackets lock into place and the melamine shelves rest on the brackets.
We used a track and bracket that is heavy duty (with two hooks), so it could hold the weight of the fabric without a problem.
I was planning on painting the interior of the wardrobe, but now I don’t think it needs it at all. I don’t mind the white shelves against the wood interior and even the modern tracks and brackets aren’t noticeable when hidden behind stacks of textiles.
I added a French laundry basket on top of the wardrobe to store some extra pillows and pillow forms.
In the rest of the room, I brought in the desk I bought at Gold Rush for $65 to use as a sewing table.
I’m not sure if I’m going to paint it and, if I do, what color, but it at least needs some Hemp Oil to hydrate it and bring out the patina of the wood. And I definitely need a chair, so I’ll keep an eye out for just the right one. For now, I’ll just pull in a chair from another room.
The drawer in the desk is just big enough for some thread, bobbins, frequently used machine feet, seam ripper, scissors, etc.
So many of my straight pins were bent, so I pitched them when I was packing for our move and I picked up a few new packs last week. I put them in a magnetic bowl one of my readers bought for me after she watched me spill my pins in just about every sewing tutorial I’ve ever done!
And it’s amazing. Life changer.
Okay, not a life changer, but it’s very handy for sewing.
And, on the wall opposite the wardrobe is where the daybed will go. It needs a little work (and a mattress), but I’ll get to that soon. I can’t wait to see the fabrics and a new wall color bring this space to life.
For now, it’s a nicely lit room set up as a perfect place to tackle my growing list of home sewing projects!
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