This post is brought to you by the letter “M.” That’s “M” for my friend, Megan. She’s a sewing machine! Not really an actual sewing machine, but…you get it. She even started her own Etsy shop, Thimble & Tag. She asked me a few weeks back if I could make her a board to hold all of her spools of thread and, of course, I said, “YUH HUH!” And you know who came to mind next? PETE! Pete the Pallet. You may remember him from this post?
Let me explain the “M” part. I came across this pin on Pinterest and just fell in love with the execution. I had to try something like this out, and this project was screaming, “OOH ME! ME!” So I came up with my own version of it and gave it a go. My boyfriend’s son, Jack, so wanted to be part of the project. He’s one of my biggest House Confetti fans. :) Here he is helping me get the boards ready. He took them apart. Removed nails. And helped cut them to size. WAY TO GO, JACK!
Love how the stain brings out the knots and the grain is all like, HERE I AM! I’m a big fan. Ok…next are the vertical braces to get these guys attached. Just some scrap wood to bring it all together. Literally.
Now it’s starting to really look like something, huh? We’ve got a board, people! Let’s move on to paint. A little white wash to lighten things up. It’s pretty simple. I put some white paint in a bowl, douse it with water and use my roller to put it on and a rag to smear it in more and really get into the crevices.
OH yeah! Megan said her sewing room is pink and gray and white…so toning this down seemed like a good idea. Well, what’s left to do? HAMMER AWAY! I measured and measured and measured, and, yes, measured again. 2 inches was the magic measurement. 2-inch spaces. 2-inch border. And I used my stencil to get the “M” nice and centered and cool looking. Actually, it was starting to look like a torture device of some sort. Creepy. Or cool. I don’t judge. See how the nails angle up a bit? That’s so the spools don’t come sliding off when it’s up on the wall. Oh, and don’t worry about some of those crooked guys. I took care of ‘em. It was a quick “take-the-shot-before-you-forget!”
Ok, check out the little surprise I found in the wood. Right in the middle of my “M.” Yes, there’s a knot in the wood in the shape of a heart! How random is that? It ended up getting covered up, but we know it’s there. See, I build love into every one of my pieces. It’s true.
Ok, now that all that hammering is DONE… (Oh my gosh, that was a lot of hammering. The dogs weren’t a fan of that part. But I showered them with kisses later and we were all good again.) Time to get the “M” ready for it’s spotlight. First, since Megan is a super big fan of the color pink, I couldn’t pass up this great yarn I found at Michael’s.
I mean, come on, even the name is all cute and dainty. Now for the fun! I honestly had no plan with this. No instructions. I just kinda made my own design. Notice the gray yarn below? Yeah, I started with that and went “blech,” cause it blended too much with the background. And then purchased the pink. But you deserve an M-weaving action shot. And this is the one I have.
Yeah, I think I done good. It’s quirky and sweet. I just love it. Before I show the final shots, let me show you how it hangs up on the wall. Simple wire action. Two screws. Two washers to really tie down the wire and there you have it.
And that is one good-looking, sewing-sensational, thread-terrificness, personalized spool display. If I do say so myself. I mean, seriously. It’s repurposed wood, nails, yarn, a splash of paint and stain and you got yourself a place to store all your spools. OH, and the matching bobbins, too! BYOS. I nabbed these from my boyfriend’s mom for the sake of the shot. Megan’s gotta bring her own spools.
How about all of you reading this? What’s your favorite hobby and how do you keep things nearby for easy access? Got any fun crafty ways to share? Please share, I love when you share.