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I’ve been working on my craft room, in my spare time, since I moved into the house. Actually, not true. Since I got all of the boxes out of the craft room when I had them stored. I think I am about 95% done. I have one more little thing to do and then some organization and it will be done. Look for a ‘reveal’ of sorts in the next two weeks. This latest project, DIY Crate Shelves, was an easy project and perfect for my fabric storage.
You can get these crates so many places and I think they are less expensive at a home improvement store than a craft store, unless you get them like I did. Last year when I was working at JoAnn Fabric, I got them with 60% off coupons on one of our employee 30% off days. So, they cost me $3.80 each. You can’t really beat the price, unless you make them yourself from scraps. I had been holding on to these two crates until I decided what I wanted to do with them. When I was working on my craft room, an idea hit and I ran with it. So glad I did too.
While I was working at JoAnn, I also collected a little bit of fabric. It was so easy to do with that discount. I really think some people end up paying Joann to work there with all of the stuff they buy. However, I learned really quickly that I needed to set aside money each pay period and only spend that amount. I did really well except for one time, when the great Ott Lights( OttLite L24554 Task Plus High-Definition 24-Watt Floor Lamp, Dove Grey ) were on sale. Those things are amazing! I highly recommend them if you are in the market for craft lighting.
I wrote to DecorArt and requested the supplies to make these crates work in my room. I love being able to do that because working with companies like DecorArt on projects is really great. One of the many things I love about blogging.
I used the colors Escape and Delicate and then the Soft Touch Varnish. I also covered my table with painter’s plastic (TRM Manufacturing HD9 Weatherall Painter’s Plastic , Roll Size 9′ X 400′, Polythelene) to protect it. I’m amazing how much of that stuff I go through.
Painted the whole crates in the Delicate color (Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish Paint, 8-Ounce, Delicate ), using 2 coats. Be sure you get enough paint because these crates really suck it up. I used a big sponge brush to paint with because it’s easier to get in the corners.
For the stencil, which I also got from DecorArt, I use the Escape color (Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish Paint, 8-Ounce, Escape ). Stencils are really easy. You just have to pay attention to what you’re doing and have patience. Lay your stencil where you want it, use a stencil brush of some sort and load it with paint, but don’t over load it. The trick is to layer the paint lightly and add a few coats, allowing it to dry completely between each coat. Don’t pull the stencil off until the paint is completely dry.
When all of your paint is dry, add your varnish. As I said, I used the Soft Touch Varnish (Deco Art Soft Touch Varnish, 8-Ounce, Clear) and I added two coats, allowing it to dry completely between coats.
My husband is pretty awesome, so he hung the crates for me. I think they look great on my grey wall. They also go with the accent paint on the opposite wall. You see, it’s all coming together. I love that!
I loaded the crates with my fabric and now I can see it all. I actually have a bunch of other fabric in a drawer, but I decided to just put these fabrics out. (Don’t tell my husband.)
How do you store your fabric? It’s amazing how addicting fabric can be. Do you ever buy fabric with no project in mind? I totally do. Please tell me I’m not the only one. Leave me a comment and spill your fabric secrets.