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Aug 2, 2012

Wrapping Paper Centre Facelift

Oh my gosh, after bragging about all the things I did last weekend I haven't had a minute this week to show them to you. This was my first month-end closing at my new job and apparently it's normal to stay until 8pm or later each night. I just come home each night and fall into bed. I'm looking forward to the weekend (a 3-day weekend for those of us in Canada!)

I'll try to sneak in a little post here before I pass out on the keyboard.

Many, many months ago I had the hubby build a wrapping paper organizer for me to corral all the paper and ribbon I had lying all over the place. Here's a refresher if you've forgotten, or if you're new in these here parts.

Wrapping Paper Organizing Centre

He built it exactly the way I asked him to and I loved it. For a little while. Up until around Christmas time when the roll of ribbon I wanted was always the one in the centre of the row - meaning I had to take half the ribbon off the dowel to get to it.

This is how the ribbon usually looked:

Wrapping Paper Organizing Centre

Actually, THIS is how the ribbon usually looked - because I was too lazy and annoyed to put it back up where it belonged:

Wrapping Paper Organizing Centre

I thought about it for a while and came up with a plan to make it more efficient. I removed the dowel and the hooks for the ribbon holder and had Tom build an angled shelf in its place. It's really just two pieces of wood - one across the back (not even completely necessary since it's against the wall) and one at the front that is angled slightly above horizontal, to keep the ribbon from rolling out.

Wrapping Paper Organizing Centre

We had already attached two little blocks to the front of the main pieces so that the ribbon dowel stood out further than the wrapping paper rolls, so it was just a matter of cutting the bottom corner off at an angle and attaching the "shelf". I've amassed so much ribbon in the last year that I had Tom build a shelf on the bottom too. The tissue paper hanging along the bottom wasn't really working for me anyway.

Wrapping Paper Organizing Centre

I puttied all of the screw holes and gave it a new coat of white paint. You'd never know that it was a re-vamp at all. And now all of my ribbon is easy to see and easy to get to. I'm a happy little crafter!

Here's a side by side so you can see the changes:

Wrapping Paper Organizing Centre

Not earth-shattering, but just a little tidier and user-friendly.

Wrapping Paper Organizing Centre

Wrapping Paper Organizing Centre

Wrapping Paper Organizing Centre

Wrapping Paper Organizing Centre

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32 comments:

Ashley Taylor said...

I love this little organizer! I could really use one, too, actually...

Candace Jedrowicz said...

I really need one of these!  I love it!

Hani Shabbir said...

Great idea. So convenient to use too.  Thanks for linking up at Friday Fun Party. Have a nice weekend!

Tausha said...

This is such a great idea! I love the shelf addition. I have seen a lot wrapping stations, but your's is defnitely one of my favorites. Pinning and sharing your vision with my husband. Hope that he will make one. :)
Thanks so much for the idea

Tausha
sassystyleredesign.com

Shopannies said...

awesome organization what a happy place to wrap a gift for someone you love
come see what I shared http://shopannies.blogspot.com/2012/08/savory-corn-cobbler.html

Stringtownhome said...

This is awesome!  I'm going to have to try to make one!! LOVE it!  Thanks for sharing, girl!  Have a great week!
-Heather
Stringtown Home

Nicole@ Show Off Friday said...

That looks amazing! I love it.

Marilyn said...

The shelves are a great addition

Ginger Knox said...

Hi Barb, I am new to your blog by way of The Dedicated House. I love your wrapping center. It so clever and everything is so neat.
I am currently redoing my craft room. I am definitely going to steal this idea from you. I am bookmarking your post so I can give you credit.
I am a new follower thru GFC and Linky. Please visit me. You may enjoy following me as well.
Have a great evening, Ginger

lfrank1018 said...

How organized! Love it! Thanks so much for linking up to our Pinteresting Party!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Ginger!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you, they've made things so much easier!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

So easy! You can do it!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks! I hope you get one - you'll love it!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks! So easy to build - you should try it!

Amie @ Pinkapotamus said...

Love this!  Wish my hubby would make me one!  Wow.. I really need a craft room.. thanks for the inspiration and the reminder that I need to very nicely harass my hubby to get working on my craft room!
xoxo
Amie @ pinkapotamus

becolorful said...

Love this idea. In fact, I loved it so much I featured it on this week's Motivated Monday at BeColorful. Thanks for sharing.
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Jennifer Dawn Oliver Shelton said...

Great organizing idea!  Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a featured button :) http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2012/08/your-whims-wednesday-72-and-features.html

Debi Bolocofsky said...

This is such a great organizer. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/pink-honey-beeswax-lip-balm-and.html
I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above
www.adornedfromabove.com

Handyman, Crafty Woman said...

Congratulations! You've been featured on Handyman, Crafty Woman's Wicked Awesome Wednesday Linky Party! Please feel free to come by the site and pick up your "I've been Featured" button!

Virginia said...

Barb, adorei! Ideia simples e Ăștil. Beijos.

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you! A little change but it's made a big difference.

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Jennifer!

BarbSteadman said...

Oh definitely, get on it! It was pretty simple, the painting takes the longest time.

Barb @ Turtles and Tails said...

This is great. Tell your husband I'll take one! :) Also, I'm picturing you face down asleep on your computer with keyboard prints on your face, and I am laughing. :) xo!

Barb @ Turtles and Tails said...

I'll let him know he has a new order! :-)

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