My husband and I recently updated our bathroom because we will be putting our house on the market soon. I find it ironic that we have painted, replaced and spruced up almost everything in our house so that someone else can reap the benefits! 😉 But our home is almost 24 years old and we are the original owners, so a lot of things needed sprucing up!
In our bathroom we installed a new vanity, floor tile, lights, shower doors and all new shower and vanity tile! Now it’s time to stage the bathroom. Following the advice of numerous real estate agents (and a few staging blogs), we used neutral colors (white) for everything that is permanent and are using color only in the paint, towels and accent pieces.
The middle of the new vanity has two shelves. I plan to put some towels on the top shelf, to bring in color. The towels I am planning to buy are just a shade darker than the wall color. On the bottom shelf I needed something that also brought out the main accent color, but I wanted it to be useful and not just a pretty dust catcher. At first I thought I would put a basket in there, but couldn’t find the right size or color. Nope – not even IKEA had the right size or color! Nothing seemed right. Then I realized I had a cardboard box lying around that fit in the opening pretty well. So, I decided to cover the box with fabric that would coordinate with the towels and paint color.
At my local fabric store I found some fabric in the discount bin (50% off – wahoo) that would be enough to cover the box (just about 2 inches less than a full yard) – and it was the perfect color! I don’t like everything all matchy-matchy, so when I saw this fabric which is about two shades darker than the paint color – SOLD!
After pressing the fabric to get all the wrinkles out, I measured the length needed to cover the sides and cut the fabric to that length, adding one inch for the seam. I also cut the fabric tall enough so that it would fold over the top of the box to the inside. Then the box was placed on top of the remaining fabric and a line drawn around the bottom, plus a 1/2 inch seam all around. This piece will cover the bottom of the box.
First, the seam for the fabric covering the sides of the box was sewn. I made sure this was the right size by fitting the fabric over the box. Nice and Snug. Perfect!
Now I pinned the side fabric to the bottom fabric and sewed that into place. The corners can be tricky so take your time. I found it easiest to cut a slash in each corner as I was pinning the pieces together. Then, when I was sewing the seam, the fabric stretched a bit so I could get sharp corners. Before putting the fabric on the box, I sprayed the box with a bit of tacky glue and let that dry for a few minutes. This helped the fabric adhere to the box, especially on the inside, but it sure made it harder to get the fabric on! I think next time I will only spray the inside of the box. This project went really fast and only took about 1/2 hour to cut out the two pieces and then sew them together!
Once the box was done, I felt it needed something else. A handle! I had an extra drawer handle that would work great on this box and seemed to be the perfect finishing piece! It had the same rubbed bronze finish as the handles and pulls on the vanity, although it was a slightly different style and size, which seemed to make it all that much more special! At first I was just going to punch a hole with an awl through the fabric and cardboard,so I could screw the handle on, but the fabric started to pull! So instead I had to actually cut tiny holes in the fabric (easier said than done when it is stuck with glue to the cardboard – I ended up using a razor blade), threaded the screws in from the inside of the box and screwed them into the handle. What is great is that the screws also help to hold the fabric down on the inside of the box!
I can store a lot of things in the box that I wouldn’t want out in the open, keeping a “spa-like” atmosphere in the bathroom. Aaahhhhh….
I found some nice fluffy towels at our local BB&B store that were almost an exact match to the fabric!
So… whaddya think?
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