Friday, November 4, 2011

DVD Box Project

So, here I have my first project for November finished--and it wasn't even on my list!

In the ongoing effort to lighten and brighten the living room, (and make it coordinate better with our "new" curb-found teal carpet) I took it upon myself to switch out the dvd boxes in our TV cabinet.

I chose the infamous Kassett boxes from Ikea. I wanted to use the green ones, not just because I knew I had some kicking around (as it turns out, I only had to purchase two new ones) and not merely because they would coordinate with the other green Kassett boxes I have in the dining room, but because this colour of green is pretty darn close to the green in this fabulous mood board:

So, I changed them out.

But they lacked a certain je ne sais quois.

An easy way to get at them, maybe?
A way to tell what was inside, perhaps?

So, I set out to fix both problems.

Did you know that a 3 1/2" x 5" index card can be cut to fit six labels for the Kassett, exactly? I didn't either. Thought I'd pass it along.

For the second problem, I found a rather obvious but elegant solution, I thought. Ribbon! I had purchased this ribbon for another project and hadn't used it.

I simply inserted it into the part which holds the label, and folded under the raw edges about 1/2 inch (1.5 cm) at both ends. I used that piece to measure and cut the rest. (Total cut length is about 2 1/2" (between 6 and 7 cm.)

I ironed each piece, tucking under the 1/2" (1.5cm) and then folded it in half (with the folded edges touching) and ironed that. Some dye from the ribbon transferred to my ironing board cover so you may want to put down an ironing cloth or towel or something to protect yours.

Then, I put them in the label holders again.

Then, I was stuck.

How was I going to close these up and actually make these handles?

I could use iron on tape: but I couldn't see how I was going to hold the iron, the ribbon, and the box all at the same time. Machine sewing was out. So was hand sewing. (I'm terrible at it and I've lost my thimble, to boot.)

So, a simple staple it was. Too, too easy, really. (Hold your applause, please.)

And so here is my newly "lightened and brightened" TV cabinet.

Shall we see that again?

It's a start.

Linking to the 146th Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.

If you're visiting from the party, thanks for stopping by!


Nicole said...

Love it! Very creative!

Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) said...

What a good idea!

scb said...

Oooh, yes. Me likey. The handles are useful and add a little pizazz. And I like the green. Definitely a good choice. (That inspiration color board is great!)

It occurs to me that I could take pictures in my living room as well. I dusted today. More like excavated. And switched a couple of things slightly around. Hmm... a couple more things to do. Shall I wait? Hmmm... (Still no furniture to speak of, but a CLEAN CARPET!)

onshore said...

I'm with others, the kasset boxes look great, they go very well with the carpet.

What's happening to the brown boxes now?

Alana in Canada said...

I've got them in the basement for now--holding some of the things that had been in the green ones.

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