So, I've mentioned in past posts that my oldest, my baby, my sweet daughter will be heading off to college this fall…in 16 days to be exact! YIKES!
She and her roommate have worked together to design their room and it's going to be quite lovely. When I went to school my roommate and I decided we would get bedspreads in some shade of brown/beige and that was the extent of our planning. These two have planned a dorm room in white and metallic gold with shots of hot pink and navy…I can't wait to see it when it comes together.
To that end, we've been re-purposing, making and purchasing all sorts of stuff. Let's just say that the gold spray paint has been flying and it's amazing what a coat of metallic gold spray paint can do to a clipboard, previously blue wooden initials, a swing arm desk lamp and other dorm room essentials (or non-essentials as the case may be).
It's been fun to be part of the process. I made a Block Monogram Pillow in gold metallic thread for her bed that is just so darned cool that I think I need to make one for me as well!
Another one of our projects was to recover a storage cube that was purchased during the middle school years and has been very useful both as storage and as a seat. Given the 12′ x 18′ dimensions of their dorm room, pieces that will double as both storage and furniture are essential.
We found this great champagne gold vinyl leather at JoAnn's and went to work this weekend.
I would have gone with Option 1, but it's not my cube and Kate chose Option 2. My inner control freak was getting a bit nervous, but...it's not my cube.
Kate was fine with the raw edges (it is her cube after all), but I couldn't leave well enough alone so when she went to the gym, I glued some ribbon over the staples and raw edges and it made me happy.
The ribbon (on the left side and back of the photo) is the perfect color. We had originally planned to put a button in the middle of the top, thereby creating a ‘tufted top', which is why we have the diagonal lines to mark the center. We planned to drill through the bottom, and attach a decorative button on the outside with a utilitarian button on the inside, held together by some strong thread.
Much to my chagrin, Kate dismissed that idea after we finished covering the cube. Are you kidding me? My inner, and not so subtle control freak is blowing gaskets…but, it's not my cube.
I would've gone ahead and repeated the nail trim on all sides, but…altogether now…it's not my cube and for reasons that escape me, she only wanted it on one side. In her defense, her reasoning is that that one side will be against the wall and so no one will see the nail head, but my reasoning is…but it looks so great so why wouldn't we??!! C'est la vie…nail head trim all around the cube just wasn't in the cards.
She is very pleased with her cube and I'm pleased that she is pleased…so it's a win-win. But…if I did one for myself, here is…
If you like nailhead trim stuff, check out this post and make a nailhead trim/burlap bulletin board.
Here is it in her dorm room. Perfect as a stool, storage and a mini-‘coffee table'.
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