Aiming for progress, not perfection.

"...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Philippians 1:6

Sunday, April 19, 2009

the shelf project. finally.

awhile back i moved the big, black, ikea corner bookshelf from our living room to the kitchen. i rearranged the living room, and the bookshelf was weighing it down on one end. i had been trying to come up with a good way to store my etsy/craft supplies, bills, things to-be-filed, etc. through a collaboration with delana, it was determined that the shelf in the kitchen with baskets would be a good idea.

i moved the shelf to the kitchen where it was immediately covered in piles and piles of junk. it has remained that way for some time. i purchased the baskets a few weeks ago half off at hobby lobby. they sat in my car for awhile.

finally, today, i bit the bullet.

before:

after:

there was no question that the baskets had to have lids. having baskets designated for specific things and actually putting those things in said baskets is a big step for me. having OPEN baskets is too much. that means what's inside would have to be presentable. not gonna happen. with the exception of my projects-in-progress basket, which usually contains pretty things, lids abound. my nine baskets are: 1.) things to be filed, 2.) things to be dealt with (bills, etc.), 3.) inspiration/to-do projects, 4.) rubber stamps, 5.) paper/cards/envelopes, 6.) ink & writing utensils, 7.) miscellaneous craft supplies (spray paint, mod podge, sponge brushes, acrylic paints), 8.) projects-in-progress and 9.) ribbon & string.

i accessorized with some random stuff i already had. a gold ikea lantern, some retro fire king pottery, a hand painted japanese bowl and jadite-colored tin that i purchased at antique stores and a little house plant in an ikea planter.

the card sets are a couple of etsy orders i MUST finish soon. not shown is poor jenny's set of thank yous that is 1 million years overdue.

i don't think it's perfect. i'm sure some tweaking will go on with the presentation. in fact, i think i may move the basket off the very top of the shelf as soon as i publish this post. it looks weird. please comment with suggestions and thoughts. don't be shy. i know your decorating skills rock.

regardless, the after is light years better than the before!

now, i'm inspired to straighten the rest of my kitchen.

sweetness.

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edited later: see? changed the top already. kylah said the basket on top would be better with some other stuff added. i tried something with a teapot and a cake stand, but it looked sorta weird. this is a glass ikea (can you tell i like ikea?) pitcher with black river rocks and pink flowers cut from the bushes in my front yard. what do you think? better?

6 comments:

kj said...

LOVE it!

Michelle said...

It really is awesome. It makes me want to go out and buy baskets to get oraganized.

Meems said...

Looks great!

Amy said...

I love it! I too love baskets....have some in my kitchen :0)

My favorite is all of the little touches of color you brought in with your accessories...clean and cute!

Sara the crazy red headed girl said...

remember to store your stamp inks upside down or they will dry out....oh and i like your shelf

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