MY SHELF RULES Christine August 1, 2012 Crafts Yeah, my shelf rules and I know it! 🙂 I’m pretty excited to show off this little diddy ever since I saw this amazing piece of furniture faced with vintage yardsticks and rulers. IF I can collect enough yardsticks and IF I can find the perfect buffet like this one from The Corner House Blog I WILL create one just like this for my home! Can we all agree that this is completely awesome? Yeah, I thought so. I’ve been collecting yardsticks but I surely didn’t have enough to face a huge piece so I opted to change my recent estate sale find, aka, a handmade wooden box into a shelf to store my wimpy collection of sewing paraphanelia. As you might remember from a previous post I bought a Brother sewing machine for about $16. Sweet. I don’t know how to work the dang machine and honestly I’m a wreck thinking about even trying to load the bobbin. I don’t have a killer thread collection or even know how to stitch a stitch so using a small shelf is not an issue. I also thought this shelf would be an awesome spice rack for your kitchen. This is the box post pick but pre stain… I cleaned it up but didn’t bother to sand it…yeah, the mosquitos were sucking the life out of me. I added a quick wipe on wipe off coat of Minwax Early American stain (I like to call it Miniwax). Because I didn’t sand the wood it took the stain deeply in some areas while others were fairly even. I didn’t really care though. I know this may shock you but I wasn’t born with a designer’s eye so it takes me FOREVER to decide on which direction I want to go with a project. I finally decided on using my small collection of yardsticks to face the shelf. I hemmed and hawed for a day or two over whether to place them on the back wall of each shelf but in the end I just used the rulers to face the edges. Can you see how crazy the stain looks? Don’t worry it’ll work out. I hope. I decided to cut my rulers to fit flush horizontally on the lip of each shelf first and then I measured and cut the small sections between each horizontal ruler like this. It’s time like these that I realize I need (want) a circular saw. It was a short cut list sure but if I’m ever going to cover a buffet I’ve got to ditch the plastic miter (toy)box and get grown up toys. If you’re in a condo like me rest assured that this miter box does the trick and it’s pretty cheap at Home Depot for $8. All of my rulers were flush with the outer edges of the box but the rulers on the front lip were glued down (using Elmer’s Wood Glue) so that there was a lip or ledge on each shelf. I ended up really digging the lip because I can place things like bobbins on the shelf and they won’t roll off! Once they were all in place I used Howard’s Restor-A-Finish in walnut. This stuff can take out that white cloudy thing that happens to old wood furniture and just makes it pretty again. I like to think of it as the lip gloss to your lip stick. It’s the glam factor but you know for furniture. Yeah, please don’t put this on your lips. Once again, without a designer’s instincts, I couldn’t decide which color, pattern, or type of material to use to line the back wall of the shelf. So I opted for the classic and clean canvas. By the way, if ya’ll aren’t checking the fabric section at your local Goodwill then you’re missing out. I bought a few yards for $2. Anyways, I measured the inside and cut my pattern using craft card stock. Using a solid surface take your pattern and trace them onto the fabric. Yeah, that’s Johnny Cash and yeah that’s my solid surface. What’s more solid then Ring Of Fire on good ol’ vinyl? I wiped on a little Mod Podge with a foam brush to adhere the canvas to the wood. I smoothed the canvas out using a butter knife. P.S. Aren’t these cast iron cuties well…cute? The 2 larger jars are from old Yankee Candles and the small glass jar on the top shelf was a votive candle! Did you see my pin cushion? I used the lid from the Yankee Candle jar and some foam and scrap material! I’ll show you that one in more detail in a following post. So, what do you think? Does my shelf rule or what? Question: Do you have rulers and yardsticks collecting dust? What would you make with them? I’m linking up here, here, here, here, and here. 44 Responses Terrie Lee August 1, 2012 Your shelf really does rule! I love ruler crafts. I’ve recently started collecting to make one of my own but I’ve got a long way to go. ☺ Reply ccleahy August 2, 2012 Terrie, I’d love to know what your ideas are for your yardsticks! If you finish the project I’d love to see the photos! Thanks for hanging out here! Reply Michelle Chao August 2, 2012 your shelf totally rules!! i love the way it turned out, and the white canvas backdrop keeps the shelf from seeming too dark. Reply laurel@chippingwithcharm August 2, 2012 Looks great…love anything with old rulers 🙂 Laurel Reply Distressed Donna August 2, 2012 This is meant as a compliment – Your shelf looks ancient! Love the patina you created. I, too, get caught up in collecting sewing notions and do not sew! Maybe I’ll have to find my sewing machine just to create a shelf like this! Distressed Donna Down Home Reply ccleahy August 2, 2012 LOL! Thanks for the compliment!!! One of these days I’m gonna sew a pillow or something….look out! Reply Printabelle August 2, 2012 It definitely rules! It turned out awesome! Great job! Reply Brittany August 3, 2012 How fun! I love how it turned out! Reply Becca August 3, 2012 This came out fantastic. I always wondered where one finds yard sticks…let alone a bunch of them! Becca http://www.thesassypenguin.blogspot.com Reply Sarita Edgerton August 3, 2012 Oh my! Fantastic! I love it! Reply Athena at Minerva's Garden August 4, 2012 This is so cute, Christine–very nice! Reply Lori Stokes Wright August 4, 2012 Yes it does RULE! I like your self better than the inspiration. I found you at Look What I Made Party. Reply Randi August 4, 2012 I love ruler projects! That looks fantastic … you did a great job. Reply Nicole August 4, 2012 WOW WOW WOW! I LOVE this so much. I found a bunch of vintage thick yardsticks at a yardsale this summer and have been wanting to do something cool with them. I’m so glad you linked this up at Doodles & Stitches. You’ll definitely be featured on Friday. I hope you’ll be back each week. You’re very talented 🙂 Reply Angie Stewart Church August 4, 2012 yes it does very nicely done come see what we shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com Reply Krafty Kat August 5, 2012 I love it! It looks like it always was a shelf made of rulers! Reply Jo August 5, 2012 Yes it does rule!!…love it!…I’m visiting from Boogieboard Cottage! Reply JoselynGreene August 5, 2012 Yes it definitely rules! It has the same aesthetic as your inspiration piece. Well done! Reply Mary Alice Patterson August 6, 2012 You shelf turned out so cute! Great idea. Mary Alice Reply Marilyn August 6, 2012 This is awesome..I like it more than your inspiration piece~ Reply Dina August 7, 2012 Awesome – Love them both! Thanks for sharing such a great idea. Reply Nicole@ Show Off Friday August 7, 2012 Those yardsticks are so cool! Reply Kathryn Griffin August 7, 2012 Well done! I love it. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The DedIcated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse Reply Holly August 7, 2012 It does rule! Love it. I am collecting yardsticks too. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party. Holly Reply StacySewsandSchools August 7, 2012 WOW! That is amazing!! I love it!! I have a few shelves that could definitely use some work. Reply ccleahy August 8, 2012 Thanks Stacy!!! Reply Elaine McCarty August 7, 2012 I love your shelf! I’m pinning this, and then going to look for my bundle of yard sticks I got at the auction…now, what did I do with them??? Reply ccleahy August 7, 2012 Thanks Elaine! I hope you’ll send me a pic when you’re done! Reply Kathryn Siegwart August 8, 2012 Love it! I have a stash of colorful metre-sticks (the metric version of yardsticks) that somehow got left behind when our home used to be a school! I thought about covering a table top or something with them, but didn’t think I had enough… now I think I know what I’ll be doing! 😀 Reply ccleahy August 8, 2012 OMGosh Kathryn! Lucky!! Are you a blogger? I’d love to see your home…I always tell Big Daddy (my husband) that I think it would be so cool to buy an old church or school and transform it into our living space/offices/retreat center for our ministries! Reply Francine S August 8, 2012 Great shelf…I love it:) Francine Reply Kim~madeinaday August 8, 2012 I love these shelves!! I am featuring them tomorrow! Kim@madeinaday Reply Julie Murkerson August 8, 2012 Oh I love this! Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays! Reply Deana@CountryMommaCooks August 9, 2012 How cute…love it…Thanks for linking it up @ CountryMommaCooks link and greet party…..hope to see you again tomorrow : ) Reply Charlene@apinchofjoy August 12, 2012 Your shelf does indeed rule! Love the inspiration piece too. Thanks for sharing on Busy Monday! Reply BeColorful August 12, 2012 I adore your interpretation of this look and you did it on a dime. Yay you. 😀 Thanks for sharing this week on BeColorful. p Reply Heidi Fowler August 13, 2012 Absolutely fantastic! I love the rulers. (I have some on my furniture, too.) I hope you’ll consider linking this up at One Creative Weekend! Reply Holly August 14, 2012 I just wanted to let you know that I featured your shelf this week at the All Star Block Party features. Stop by and grab a button. Holly http://fullcirclecreations.blogspot.com/2012/08/its-feature-time_14.html Reply Bobi Jensen September 17, 2012 I love this! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.