DIY shelving units

I’ve been doing a lot of thrift store/flea market/Craigslist hunting for a nice large cabinet to organize my sewing stuff, but I’ve come up empty for months. When I could no longer function in my sewing room because it was such a mess, I decided to build my own basic shelving units.

I figured out the measurements for the shelving unit components and how much plywood I’d need, and Alex and I went on a trip to Lowe’s.

You can see those metal boxes on the right that I mentioned many months ago. I am finally starting to work on scrubbing and painting them again. I have a very specific plan for them, which I'll explain once I finish them.

We have a table saw, so we cut the plywood to the proper measurements at home.

Despite what it looks like, I did actually help cut the wood. It would have been impossible for Alex to do it on his own. We don’t have a table extension and the sheets of plywood were large and heavy.

Newton was being very helpful

We screwed and nailed everything together and added the trim pieces and backer.

Then, I filled the holes and sanded everything down.

Next, I applied white paint.

Three coats seemed to be the magic number. These pictures were taken when there were only two coats of paint on the unit.

No more holes

Here is my new fabric closet, with a lovely white shelving unit.

I work so much better when I can see everything organized in one place.

It may still seem unorganized to some, but I assure you there is a method to the way all of those fabrics are sorted.

I’m working on a second unit for the other closet (I’ll use it to store things slated for reconstruction and various notions), and I’ll probably make a third to put in the little cubby room by the dormer (to store any stock for my shop)

My next project for beautifying my sewing room will be covering the closet doors. Two of them have huge, unsightly holes in them, so painting won’t really solve the problem. Besides it’ll be a great way to liven up the room a bit more, and give me a backdrop to use occasionally for pictures.

  1. Korey

    February 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Nice work on the shelves and you have so much amazing fabric! I increased the size of that picture and just swooned. Definitely started the mental gears turning in terms of ordering clothes 🙂

    1. Becca

      February 16, 2012 at 8:36 am

      Indeed, I have many cuts of fabric, some of which I forgot I had. I’m glad you enjoyed looking at the fabrics. Just let me know if you’re interested in some of them, and I’ll keep them in mind for you. 🙂

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