The other day I made a great find at my favorite local thrift shop. Admittedly it needed work to up-cycle it into the long thought-about colorwork yarn stash cabinet I’d been dreaming of putting on the wall in front of my work table. Just something to show which colors I have on hand , rather than perpetually digging out bags and boxes and dumping about to sift through. Well, this little cabinet is of very old redwood, and the 3/4″ boards which made up the back were recessed into the frame.
I wanted shelves, and I wanted extra width in the depth than it had ~~ enough for balls & skeins of yarn for colorwork. So I needed to take that back off in order to get enough width, and to make shelves out of it, and that is exactly what I did (well, with the help mostly of Jeff too) . Here it is as I found it… very dark aged redwood cabinet thing, looking like it may have been a little workshop cabinet once, as it is not in the least bit refined cabinetry, but rough, as I like it.
I removed the back boards by cutting through the nails with a coping saw blade, gave it a light sanding, then created shelves with the 3/4″ boards that were on the back. Voila, a framed shelf with glass door ~~ a colorwork stash cabinet made to order !
My humble work space is now much improved with a glass encased colorwork stash to inspire !
I’m glad you got to see it, as I’d been talking about changing it to make it right. Now it is right. What to do with those hooks that were on the wall previously now? Any ideas? 🙂 xx
A darling cabinet, but what a tease you are with your casually displayed knitting on the table! OooooooooH!
Right Carol… a little blaringly obvious posed display of my latest projects couldn’t hurt the photo …lol. xx
Precious. And your wee box on the table.
Hey Lizzi, did you notice I used your word ‘up-cycle’ ??? 🙂 xx
Oh yes, and my little Shaker Box I bought at the same thrift shop, but the table at another. I look at that photo and see practically everything in it are thrift shop finds.
This looks really good – I think I need one too!
Yes, you do ! 🙂 xx
Hi… and thanks Kat. xx
Thank you Anne, though I’m embarrassed I don’t have it at least filled with Rowan… 😉 xx
it looks amazing…love the colours of your yarns in it too 🙂
Hi Marianne, thank you ! I happen to be on my way to packing that little cabinet full of mostly Jamiesons Of Shetland Spindrift… going to be my fun little shopping spree. 🙂 xx
Thank you Brighid, and hand-made , or at least hand-upcycled, is always best, eh? 🙂 xx
What a lovely little display cabinet. I love the contents too. But even more I love the knitting casually (or not so) lying on the table in front of said lovely cabinet!
Danke Sally, and you can be sure one of those items on the table is a winter weight long-sleeved Penny Candy design in the making… 🙂 xx
That’s good to know! I’d be interested in a winter version. I think the lace would perfect for fancy cuffs. I don’t yet know how cold Sydney winters are (more later this week) but it seems as if they are a tad chillier than Mr Soknitsome expected so I have the perfect excuse to carry on knitting 😉
Oh you’re in Australia soon ! But soon it will be spring there and well, there you go.. 🙂 Really though, I will be sure to shamelessly promote the Penny Candy Winter with you : ) xx
There’s always another winter 😉
Oh yeah… 🙂
This is the best stash container I’ve seen!
Hi Kristi,,, the only thing wrong with it, is there’s limited space…lol. I can only fit *some* of my stash in it…. xx
It’s absolutely lovely! With all your wool, it looks like a practical piece of art! 🙂
Hello Raymonde!! Oh, you would recognize old furniture & cabinets as works of art, yes, I believe it is ! (( and I’ve already added a couple of more balls of fair-isle fingering yarn into it…lol)) I hope you’re well ! xxx 🙂
I love, love, love that cabinet!!!
Thank you 🙂