Someone gave me an old dresser (thanks Jenn!). It had a lot of potential, but the sliders on the bottom four drawers were broken. As it turns out, sliders are kiiiiiinda expensive, and I’m kiiiiiinda cheap. Sooooo, I scrapped the whole idea of a dresser all together and decided to make a buffet instead. I don’t have a before picture, but just imagine that this is way cuter than the original one. See…
So, the original dresser had drawers where the little curtains are now. After I turned it into a buffet, I was left with four drawers which were screaming to be put to use. Listen:
I had seen on Pinterest (beloved Pinterest) some shelves made from drawers, so I thought I’d Pinterest it up and make some of my own. I started out by painting them.
Hey, paint snobs: don’t judge my non-priming; sometimes I just want things to go quickly. Priming takes forever. My original plan was that once it dried, I was going to paint a little background…some little trees or something, but then I decided (to stick with the quicker-is-better gag), to adhere a fabric background. So, I decided to use the same fabric that I used for the dresser-turned buffet. Did I mention that the fabric came from a shower curtain that I bought for $5? (This, also, is consistent with my cheaper-is-better gag.)
To cut the fabric precisely, I turned the drawer upside down, laid the fabric on it and used a rotary cutter to cut the correct size.
Next comes the fun part: MOD PODGE!! Eeep! Unfortunately, I couldn’t find my Mod Podge, but I did find a half full (because I’m an optimist) bottle of glue. So, I added water, just like Pinterest told me to, held it over the drawer and squeezed it like a preschooler after recess.
Then I pressed the fabric in and, viola!
And here it is (well…they are…one for each of the munchkins) with fun little things in it (them).
Sinking Down Deep
Crafting is therapy for my soul. It’s sort of like doing yoga, only it doesn’t hurt and I don’t look (as) silly doing it. But when I finish a project, it feels like I’ve just taken a breath of clean ocean air. It just feels good.
But…it wouldn’t be honest of me if I only showed you these pictures of everything happening with grace and style. The truth is, there was a moment when I snapped at one of my kids for touching the wet paint. During part of the process, I put a show on for them so I could JUST. GET. IT. DONE.
I was wrong in my actions, and it all started with my attitude. The problem was that I considered the project my right (rather than a privilege) and my children a nuisance (rather than a gift and my priority). So, when you’re in that tricky spot of the kids finishing up nap time, or coming home from school, but you have just a little bit more to do to finish… I’d encourage you…don’t be like me. Put the Mod Podge away. I know. It’s hard. But let’s hold hands and do it together, sista.