No Chaos No Order

December 10, 2012

Beginning the Bookshelf

Filed under: heart, home — fairyguts @ 7:36 am


While I really wanted to start on my sewing closet, I decided to organize my bookshelf first so I could use my desk and my husband wouldn’t trip on my stuff anymore. Yesterday, I emptied it out and moved it in the middle of the office because I wanted to give it a new finish. I drove around for a while thinking about how to change it. Paint would probably be the best, but to do it right would require lots of effort. I didn’t want to wait for it to dry. But, most importantly,  I worried about paint fumes in the house bothering Robin. I thought about gluing paper on it, but, again, I didn’t want to wait for it to dry and if I didn’t like it I’d have to contend with glued on paper and overlapping edges. So I decided to try starching fabric on to it.


I followed the recipe described here and was curious to see how it would work on the bottom of the shelves. I was careful to think about the dark faux wood behind the fabric I chose, but I wasn’t careful with my piece preparation – I overlapped in some spots and have holes in others. My husband helped me paint the starch on and apply the fabric, especially on the lower parts, so I wouldn’t aggravate my back.




I think it looks nice – not so much a dark hulking presence in the room! Tomorrow, I’ll start loading it up and hope I’ll get a better picture!


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