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yardstick embellished shelves

February 2, 2012

By way of confession, my crafting room is not exactly tidy.  I have a bad habit of keeping supplies on my desk rather than storing them in a drawer or in the closet.

Most of the solution was already at my fingertips — I had five finished shelves salvaged from a discarded CD cabinet.  Ready to hang.

Still…I waited.

Then one day, a friend appeared as if by magic bearing a gift:  two vintage yardsticks from her personal collection.  The puzzle pieces neatly clicked into place.

I scoured the town to find a few extra (new) yardsticks from hardware/lumber purveyors.  Not as easy a task as I’d first imagined.

Seems that old fashioned wooden yardsticks are not as common as they were years ago.

But I happily have enough to tackle the task at hand:  adding functional storage to my crafting room embellished with nostalgically pretty yardsticks.

I selected heavy corner braces for the shelf brackets, because of their industrial look.

Cut the yardsticks to size with a small hand saw and glued them to the front shelf edges.

Then I removed (most) of the clutter from my desk surface.  I absolutely love them!

Two more will hang on the adjacent wall along with a pinboard…but I still need a tiny dose of extra inspiration for that.

Thank you to my lovely friend for the yardsticks, they are absolute treasures!

I’m so grateful you stopped by today 🙂




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24 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2012 12:53 am

    Reblogged this on theforeverremember.

  2. February 2, 2012 1:08 am

    Oh they’re just too dang cute! Seriously so!
    AND you were smart enough to put them on in a way that made a lip on the shelf so you don’t have to fret about stuff rolling from the darn shelf…..cuz you’re that darn good! 😉

  3. February 2, 2012 1:56 am

    Mel took the words right outta my mouth…..”Oh, they’re just so dang cute! Seriously so!”

    And I was also going to mention about the yards sticks giving the shelves a lip, as not to have things fall off.

    Diane, honestly, these are beyond wonderful. Clever and oh so practical!

    And paaaaaaleeeese…..your craft room looks immaculate. In fact, your whole house does.

    Btw, I love the desk!

    Hope you had a faaaaaaaabulous day, dear friend.

    X to you and Cristybella!

  4. February 2, 2012 9:17 am

    Wow!! That is a fabulous idea, Diane! I love the new shelves, love the desk, love it all!! 🙂
    Just shared it to my Facebook and hope you’ll link it up on Sunday! I see a feature coming. hehe
    I hope you’re having a wonderful week!

  5. February 2, 2012 2:08 pm

    These are sooo stinkin’ cute, girlfriend. Just precious.

  6. February 2, 2012 2:24 pm

    So cute! Love the yardsticks!!

  7. February 2, 2012 4:18 pm

    I love this idea!

  8. February 2, 2012 4:23 pm

    perfect looking shelves for a craft area.

  9. February 2, 2012 9:01 pm

    Well, you know I LOVE that! Very cool, Diane!

  10. February 3, 2012 10:56 pm


  11. February 5, 2012 11:19 pm

    I really like that look! Gotta go find me some yardsticks now!

  12. February 7, 2012 11:15 am

    Your shelves look fabulous.

    Yardsticks are hard to find- I have one that I snatched from the math dept. when I was still teaching (as an Eng. teacher!).

    Have a great week,
    White Spray Paint

  13. February 7, 2012 6:24 pm

    LOVE this! I agree, wooden yardsticks are hard to find these days and they’re not free anymore. I used them to make ledges on a shelf in my classroom to hold my baskets of paints in place. They give my space, and yours, a nice zing!

  14. February 8, 2012 9:24 pm

    I LOVE this!! I looked into getting some vintage metre sticks i a while ago…but they’re SOOOO expensive in the UK.


  15. February 9, 2012 4:07 am

    Very cute. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  16. February 10, 2012 2:04 pm

    Such cool shelving !

  17. February 12, 2012 6:47 am

    Love your desk, Diane. And the yardstick shelves complement it so good!

  18. February 12, 2012 8:39 am

    ooh l really like the look, who would have thought!!

  19. February 12, 2012 5:45 pm

    Really cute! Great idea!

  20. March 20, 2012 1:05 pm

    Hi Diane,
    Your DIY is absolutely stunning.

    I have same as your DIY in the garage. I will post that next week. I really love doing it §;-)

    I didn’t realized that this is very popular in decolandia. Me & hubby built his shelves in his garage a year ago with old yardstick. He was an old interior carpenter. But shifted his branch to financial branch.

    TY for sharing this. Hubby give me a wink…

    Happy Tuesday,


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