I’m closing in on finishes on several projects but unfortunately I can’t share any of them with you until after Christmas. So instead of my usual WIP Wednesday post, I thought I’d share photos of the fabric dresser that I’ve mentioned so many times over the past several months.
This dresser is another one of those rescue and refinish projects that Dave has lovingly taken on over the years; the most recent of which was my new cutting table.
I found it at a used furniture store in Panama City back in 2004 when we were living in Carrabelle, FL.
It was the scalloped front that I loved. The fact that not all the handles match only added to the charm.
I wish I had a before photo so that you could see for yourself the miracle Dave worked when he refinished it.
The dresser used to belong to our middle daughter when she lived at home. When she moved into her first apartment after finishing university, I asked her if she wanted it. She replied that it was too big for any place she’d be living in for the foreseeable future, so I was free to sell it if I wanted. When it didn’t sell right away, I decided to re-purpose it for fabric storage.
The dresser measures 64″ long x 32.5″ high x 19.5″ deep. And as you can see, it has nine lovely deep drawers perfect for storing fabric.
Drawer #1 (top left hand side)
This drawer holds plastic zip bags of fabrics I’m collecting for future projects as well as larger pieces of fabrics that I have specific projects in mind for.
Drawer #2 (middle left)
This drawer has various sized pieces of quilt quality cotton.
Drawer #3 (bottom left)
I keep thrifted sheets and scraps of sheets in this drawer.
Drawer #4 (top center)
Scrap drawer! It looks fairly organized in this photo but that’s a rarity.
Drawer #5 (center of the center)
Fat quarters and yardage of flannel are stored here.
Drawer #6 (bottom center)
This is a catch all drawer of different types of fabrics. The two with the ladybugs are silky, filmy type fabrics that I intend to turn into swimsuit cover-ups someday. There are some scraps of fleece in the bottom and a couple of larger pieces of cotton that I couldn’t fit in the other drawers.
Drawer #7 (top right)
Drawer #8 (middle right)
More Christmas fabric!! Can you tell I love Christmas 🙂
And finally Drawer #9 (bottom right)
I should probably switch this lot of quilt cottons with the contents of drawer #3 so that I have all my quilting fabrics close together but since this is my fabric dresser and I (mostly) know where things are, it can stay like this until the next time I reorganize things.
To me, my fabric dresser is as magic as Mr. Dressup’s Tickle Trunk. I can search through and find just the right fabric to transform to create something new.
For my non-Canadian readers, Mr. Dressup was a Canadian children’s show that ran every weekday morning on the CBC from 1967 until it’s final taping in 1996 (rebroadcasts continued until 2006.) Mr. Dressup had an old trunk called The Tickle Trunk. He would tickle it to make it open and inside were costumes that he (and sometimes his guests) would dress up in to act out skits.
Where do you keep your fabric?