Welcome to the 54th Metamorphosis Monday!
For this week’s Met Monday, I’m sharing a small but fun little metamorphosis in my china closet. You may remember when I posted a while back about the little redo of this space…it was really being poorly utilized. It was being used to store deck cushions that were rarely used.
After a little renovation, (you may read about HERE) it looked like this…cushions stored in the top, birdseed and birding items in large containers on the floor, and china on the shelves in between.
Later, I decided to move the birdseed and birding containers back to the laundry room and I ended up storing my tall candlesticks on the floor, instead.
This closet has now gone through yet, another little change. The deck cushions were moved to an upstairs linen closet, since they are so rarely used. Most of my outdoor time is spent on the screened-in porch (not the decks) due to the mean ole mosquitoes we have here in the south.
Do you see the “After” there on the top shelf? I totally stole Bonnie’s idea from her amazing dish room…remember that post HERE? I was shopping in The Home Depot and they had plastic “shoebox size” containers for only .99 cents each. I remembered Bonnie’s dish room and bought 20 of them.
Next, I took pics of the items I planned to store in the boxes. I found the photos turned out better if the items were photographed on a white surface or white piece of paper, as opposed to a dark table. I took black and white photos, sized them down to what Microsoft Picture Manager calls “E-mail Large,” and printed them out. It took a little experimenting around to find the best size pic for the box. I could have taken them in color…and printed them in color, but I just decided to go with black and white.
I used double-sided tape to stick them onto the containers. I saved the pics on my computer just in case one gets ripped off or damaged. Of course, you could take wide clear tape and place it across the top of each photo/label to ensure they stay secure and undamaged…I may eventually do that. The boxes are large enough to store 2-3 sets of napkin rings in one box, depending, of course, on the size of the napkin ring.
Update: Bonnie just e-mailed and gave me some additional information that you may find helpful: “Another way to do the pictures on the bins is to use a label printing software, add the picture to the design and print on large labels. Or, you can also use a “Xyron” to add adhesive to the back of your printed pictures.” Thanks, Bonnie, for those suggestions!
Looking forward to seeing all your “Before and Afters.”
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