I’ve searched, but I don’t have a before picture of this box. Trust me when I say it was quite awful. I have spent way too much time on this today, but I have found two (somewhat) suitable before shots of this cubby box. I just couldn’t trust you to imagine how ugly this thing was.
Okay, so they’re not the best before pictures, but you get the idea. (Although it gives you a pretty neat before of Peanut’s room.) Can you believe I stained that thing in those colours on purpose? I bought it at Ikea in high school to house my CDs, and I guess the idea was to paint it to match my room (which was/is yellow with oh-I-totally-would-have-been-reading-Twilight-back-then crimson* trim). After Hubby and I moved in together, it housed various odds and ends (mostly photographic in nature), but I always hid it somewhere in a corner or behind a couch because I hated the colours. I had wanted a minty sort of green for the outside, but it ended up being more forest green. And what possessed me to paint the drawers both red crimson and yellow? Only a teenager would know.
In any case, in my nesting phase, early into the sixth month, I decided to give it new life.
First, I painted it white! I opted to not paint the inside of the drawers. Partly Mostly because I was lazy, but also because I thought Mr. S would enjoy a little surprise pop of colour inside the drawers. He’ll be able to keep whatever he wants in here–rocks, acorns, candies–I don’t know–anything a little boy needs to store. Then, I painted the front of the drawers in chalkboard paint, so he’ll be able to change the filing system as often as he likes. Or, you know, he can just scribble on it.
Here’s the result:
I bought these cute little correspondence cards at Winners ($5.99!) to use as decoration for Peanut’s room.
So, I thought I would be smart and tested the layout in Photoshop before I went to Ikea to purchase the frame. On my computer, everything fit neatly into the frame I had chosen, and I had several options for the layout. Of course, I was too lazy to actually go and measure the cards, and assumed they were just 4x6s. Not only did the cards not fit into the 50cm x 70cm frame I purchased, they didn’t even come close to my estimations, and so now I have 10 homeless cards.
Of course, I could just go and buy a larger frame, but the thing is: the alphabet is not even. Twenty-six letters just doesn’t divide evenly into rows, and always leaves you with an orphan line of letters. Hm. Maybe orphan isn’t the right term to use exactly, but you get my meaning? You cannot “full justify” the alphabet. Well, I guess you could but then the bottom row would be all spaced out and it would look like those documents where someone’s trying to make it look longer than it actually is.
Okay. Enough with the word processing metaphors. At some point, I’m going to have to get creative with the layout, so I figure I might as well just do it with the framing, and then maybe the little orphan letters won’t look so alone. I’m already into abstract framing and picture hanging, as I did with my Sharon Montrose prints (also in Peanut’s room):
…and as I’ve done with my burlap coffee sack in the kitchen:
So now tell me, dear readers, given the Ikea Catalogue, what would you do? I could buy two smaller frames from the same series and hope all the cards fit. I could do the rest individually, but that could get expensive. Or I could do a combination of the two. Or perhaps you’ll say I should just get one large frame because my off-kilter picture hanging techniques have just gotten out of hand! (This may actually be the cheapest way to do it. It just seems so boring!) And then comes the question, how do I mat the pictures within the frame?
So what do you say?