Monday, November 7, 2016

Primitive cubby.

Ta da!

I finished my yarn cubby.
I asked my assistant to cut the wood on my pencil markings,
 but other than that, I planned and built the cubby all by myself.  Soooo,
 if it appears slightly off-kilter in the photo above.....well, it probably is.

Remember, primitive.

I've got Vanna White standing next to the cubby just to give you an idea of its size.
It will be screwed into wall studs in a small recessed area behind the door to the
 unfinished bedroom, but I took the photos against a brighter wall.

Over the past year, I've been selling or donating my vintage stash
collected over almost 4 decades, but here are a few things
 that made the cut to be used in said bedroom.

I painted it this past summer (big mistake), but my assistant was kind enough
to sand off the paint and dark varnish to reveal the soft wood tone underneath.
It still needs some finishing touches, but I think it's a keeper.

Here's how it looked when I bought it at an estate sale back in December of 2011.
Where has the time gone?!

You can't imagine how many times I stubbed my toe on this heavy,
 mirrorless buffet top while it was collecting dust under a bed.

Nabbed from youngest daughter's sell pile at our vintage sale in October.
The last line says "To Bed on Time".

I truly hope this leaded glass window works in the bedroom....

... because I'm getting tired of filling holes in the walls where I've hung it previously.
  And I'd really like to use it somewhere in our house.

I'm sure there are any number of tutorials out there for building a cubby,
so I'll let you follow somebody other than me who knows
what in the world they're doing.

It's constructed of 1 x 12 stock pine with a plywood back.  For a non-toxic, no VOC finish,
I aged the wood with steel wool soaked overnight in vinegar.  Beware!  The vinegar
solution permanently stains clothing and anything else it comes in contact with.
I should not have been wearing those 10 year old jeans anyway, but there you have it.
I've been forced by the hand of fate to update my wardrobe.  :o)

I attached horizontal slats with the rustiest nails I could find
and then added a little faux staining around the nails with black oil paint.
For a smooth clean finish, I applied 2 coats of wax, inside and out.

As you can see, I left enough room on top for a basket to hold 
yarn remnants and works in progress.  The cubby is only 12 inches deep, but the small
suitcase that holds my needles and pattern books fits nicely underneath.

I've got 2 coats of paint on the baseboard trim, but there are a few dozen other things
 to complete before I haul furniture into the room.  My goal is to have the room back together
 before the gang's all here for Thanksgiving, so I better get crackin'!

Thanks so much for visiting!
*I took the photo above to use as an autumn screensaver on our home computer,
not really paying much attention to the squirrely details in the photo.

Our oldest granddaughter pointed out that it's a boy.
he he he.

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  1. Why yes, I do think he's a boy and very proud of it :) I love the new cubby. Who knew you had that much yarn though! Hope you have fun knitting (or crocheting?) up a storm with it this winter.

  2. Love your primitive shelf...perfect for such gorgeous yarns! Downsizing is so fun...ha...not. Did that this summer, it does feel liberating once you get over all those projects you thought you would tackle! I always look forward to your posts.

  3. Love your yarn cubby!! I'm so impressed that you designed and built in yourself. And all that color -gorgeous!! xo

  4. Your cubby is perfect and no, it doesn't look askew at all. I'm I pressed that you out this together yourself, and the rusty nails were a thoughtful touch.

    Now about that squirrel, I'll admit I enlarged your photo so I could see what you were talking about. Holy quap Vicki! It that REALLY his dong?? I've known some guys that weren't that big!

  5. Vickie, you & your assistant did a bang up job on the cubby!! I bet you were sad to have ruined your 10 yr old jeans. By that point, they're like an old friend. :'(
    Lol to your grand's sharp eye!
    Have a great (busy, no doubt) week.

  6. Hi Vickie,
    The cabbie is great. Love it! Good job. LOL on Mr. Squirrel! He is very excited Fall has arrived!
    Have a great week

  7. The squirrel photo is so funny...a perfect screen saver!
    Your cubby is wonderful, Vickie! It looks like a beautiful piece of art with the yarn colors! I love your style, my friend!

  8. You style things so beautifully! Now if I could just persuade you to post more, as I truly love your blog!

  9. Just discovered your blog from Cozy Little House. I love your style! I'll visit again.

  10. That cubby is a happy thing, Vickie! I love how it looks with all the yarn.
    Will we ever be finished with "the things we have to do before Thanksgiving"???
    I doubt it, not in my case! LOL
    Also, I CAN imagaine how many times you stubbed your toe. Under the guest bed is a favorite hiding spot. ;)
    Have a good week! xo, T.

  11. Oh my gosh... I was thinking 'Where did she find such a perfect yarn cupboard???' I should have known... You have the best ideas and finish them to perfection. Love, love it! I'm thinking I need one of those in my Creatin' Room when I redo it. Absolutely love it and it would be so handy compared to the 43 places I have yarn 'squirrelled' away around here.

    That Finley is one observant little girl. Granny, not so much. hee see

    Enjoy your masterpiece and I can't wait to see your room when it's finished.

    PS Do you think I could use one of those for crochet yarn too, or is a knitters only deal.... xo

  12. I'm so impressed that you made that cubby cabinet! It's just perfect for all of your yarn. I figured you had a lot because of all that you've made but I never knew you had THAT much! Now, it's organized and even attractive to display. Good luck with getting the room ready to place it in.

  13. You are too funny. Your cubby is amazing. I love that you did it all yourself. Great job. I can't wait to see the reveal.

  14. Vickie,
    amazing as usual, love the yarn colors and how you stacked them up next to one another! Those little girls don't miss a thing! LOL! Us, now we miss things like Mr. Squirrel being a bit "Squirrely"! That suitcase would fit perfectly into my collection, very nice! Looking forward to seeing the finished room! Thanksgiving will be here before we know it!

  15. Love your primitive cubby and the colourful yarn looks great!

  16. Love, love your yarn cubby. I can't wait to see your treasures put in place. I am in the same boat-nailing pictures up, changing my mind, patching nail holes. Oh well-you gotta get your exercise somehow. Happy Fall!

  17. I love it - great job! And oh my gosh, what a cool collection of yarn you've got going on there - now, if I could only knit....or sew....or crochet....sigh!

  18. What a fabulous yarn cubby. You did a great job and if you hadn't said it was offer centered no one would of noticed! I have yarn all over the place and will be using an usual way to hold the. Love you suitcase underneath!

  19. Well, aren't you ever so clever? Making your very own yard cubby, and fabulous it is as well! You have gorgeous yarn and the basket and suitcase are beautiful and both functional. Love your mannequin as well. Your squirrel picture made me laugh. :)

  20. Nothing you make or do is ever off kilter, Vickie. You are so talented. Love, love, love your yarn's perfect!
    Mary Alice

  21. I'm so impressed with your cubby. And have developed a slight case of yarn envy :-)

  22. That cubby is incredible - you are so talented! Looks so beautiful with all that yarn in it.

  23. This is just Beautiful and a Feast for the Eyes... and what a Creative way to make all your supplies not only accessible but Visually stimulating at the same time! Creative Genius it is! Merry Christmas from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian


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