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Alternate Title: This week is kicking my butt and I haven’t finished this project yet!
This is one of those weeks where my mantra is: “What needs to get done, will get done. Everything else will get done eventually.”
Remember last week I shared the horror that is my gift wrap situation? I loved your input on that post and was particularly inspired by the old dresser as gift wrap station. I have the perfect dresser to use even.
We bought this dresser, which was intended to be a child’s wardrobe with hanging space in the little cupboard, many years ago at our local flea market for just $15. It’s sturdy and was useful in its last life in our dining room as a place to store our electronics for recharge and various tablecloths, candles and children’s videos. Now it lives in my son’s bedroom where it is functioning, not very well.
We need to replace it with a larger dresser because he’s a larger boy and his clothes, shockingly, do not fit in a space intended for the under 30 inch set. The new dresser is on the to-do list, so this dresser can go to the basement. But in the meantime I want to create a small space devoted to wrapping paper.
Here is the space I’ll be working with.
So far I have purchased a Wrap and Craft container, shelf brackets, a shelf and a closet rod. I was inspired by an image in the latest issue of Real Simple which is not yet on their website. I think the hanging rack will work well for me because this space is where our laundry chute comes down, so we can’t have much covering that opening.
And now, armed with a drill, a level and a totally unreliable stud finder, I will attack this job. Stay Tuned.
12:15: Logan is getting an electric drill for his birthday. No wonder he swears so much when working around the house.
12:18: Drywall anchors are a mystery to me. A really frustrating, non-sensical and inefficient mystery.
12:29: How level does this shelf, really need to be? I mean really.
12:45: I’ve redone it twice, this shelf doesn’t want to be level.
12:54: Going forward, knowing Logan is going to need to fix it.
1:00: I’m done!
I used a skirt hanger to clip tissue paper and gift tags to.
I’m storing my ribbon in a wooden drawer and my spool of tulle (cheap and festive!) on the rod (it was the only one that would fit).
As you can see in the background of that picture I had to make 4 holes trying to get the shelf brackets level. They were level, until I put the actual shelf on.
Overall I’m disappointed and we’ll hopefully be buying Max’s new dresser next week so I can pretend none of this ever happened.
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