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Recycled Card Files for Sewing Storage

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Category Sewing
Style Retro / Vintage
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What materials did you use? Library Card Files.

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What are you most proud of? Sheer determination. The project was so big, I divided the process into phrases. Total time to refurbish the library card files: about 2 weeks. My moto: "Move forward, and do what you have to do." I dismantled the credenzas. Removed and cleaned the brass hardware pulls with fine steel wool. Sanded all the wooden drawer fronts., then applied one coat of primer, and two coats of black satin enamel--that would be for 120 drawers! Re-install cleaned hardware pulls, Stack card file sections, built wall cleets, and install laminate countertops. I love having everything put away in labeled drawers! It's heaven.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Pace yourself when starting a long project. Every job has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Keep your eye on the prize and you'll get to the finish line. Remarkable storage like this doesn't come along everyday. It was worth every dirty moment, sometimes working 8 hours days, turning this sow's ear into a silk purse. I'm used to long projects. We're into our 5th year restoring a Queen Anne Victorian that was destined for the wrecking ball. At this point we're about 80% complete, and the second story of our new/old barn-like garage is my art studio and sewing space. Hope you'll visit our restoration at Best wishes,

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And your workplace looks fantastic.

02/25/2013 Flag

What a great storage system - just gorgeous!

06/07/2013 Flag

This is my dream!! But I haven't located any old card files at a price I' willing to pay, though it seems like they would be a dime a dozen with everything computerized now. You have done a beautiful rejuvenation job on them!

10/25/2013 Flag

What a great idea! I just saw something like this but never thought about remaking it. I sure won't pass one up again.

09/01/2014 Flag
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Love your studio, and the wonderful storage ideas are outstanding ! Thanks for sharing Helen

06/09/2015 Flag