Several weeks ago, I updated my basement to make it a more livable space for our family at its current stage. One of the ongoing battles I have had with my kids, whenever I tried to organize this space, stemmed from their need to keep their treasured baby toys and my need to not see them anymore.
For a very long time they sat in bins underneath an old Ikea table in the corner of the room. The Calico Critter mansion and its residents were tucked away there, too. The stuff was out of the way and neatly contained, but I could still see it as soon as I walked into the room and that didn't sit well with my design OCD.
Well, I didn't want them to ditch their stuff. I mean, I am as sentimental about those toys as they are and besides, as an aunt of two little ones and a great aunt to two more, I wanted the toys to be accessible when little visitors came to town.
So, I went with the tried and true and made myself another skirted table. It was a quick, easy and inexpensive DIY that concealed the bins, kept them easy for even the littlest among them to get to and added a bit of flair to the room at the same time.
The skirt I made for my living room end table was basically several rod pocket curtain panels shirred on tension rods. That was the perfect solution upstairs where the panels remain fixed. There's nothing hiding under there...except maybe a few dust bunnies.
However, in the basement, I wanted the panels to move easily, so they could be opened and closed quickly and by little hands. To facilitate this, I simply made rectangular panels and attached them to curtain ring clips. I used the same technique to make my rooster valances in my kitchen.
Since my panels would hang from rings, I set the tension rod and rings up first. Then to make sure I had the proper length I clipped the measuring tape on to the rings and measured from there to the floor.
Now this was a very large piece of fabric. Whenever I have a piece that is longer than my yard stick and I need a straight edge, I take it to my kitchen, line the fabric up with my wood floor, lock one end of the scissors into the groove between boards and use it as a guide. Works like a charm and there's not a scratch on my floor! Well, not from the scissors anyway.
No problem, just use an iron tape and you will get the same result.
So, I got out the one and only power tool I know how to use ~ my electric staple gun ~ and I tacked my finished panel directly to the inside of the table.
The best part was that I purchased this fabric on whim after finding it on the deep, deep discount table.
I think I paid five dollars for it and it is gorgeous, heavyweight upholstery fabric. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I knew I loved the pattern. When I decided to skirt the table, I already had the fabric on hand. Plus it matched the table, which we had stained green years ago.
...and of course, it makes me happy, to know that they are happy!
But really I'm just happy that those buckets are out of my sight.
As always, if you have any questions about the process, please feel free to email me or post a comment. I always respond!
If you would like to see another skirted table, take a peek.
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