How to Solve Storage Problems


Storage is often a problem. In particular, it is hard to know where to store things in a neat and attractive way. Here are some suggestions that are both practi­cal and decorative.

A screen is useful for blocking out unattractive storage boxes with no place to go. Cover the screen with fabric or paint, or decoupage it. You can make your own screen out of three rectangular wooden frames (preferably hardboard) held together by a series of hinges, and with a cheap fabric, such as calico, stretched over. This part of the operation is made easier if you use a staple gun, oth­erwise use small nails to hold the fabric in place at the back of the frames. If you want to prepare the screen for decoupage, prime the calico with an acrylic primer or a thinned coat of emulsion, then brush on one or two coats of emulsion to give it a smooth surface on which to work. Stretch elastic or ribbon across to form a trellis in which to insert and store notes, letters and cards as shown in the project.

A chest or trunk is an invaluable storage item and one of the few pieces of furniture no medieval household of any standing would be without. By the fifteenth century, a wealthy bride always brought a magnificent wedding chest (known as a cassoni) to her new home; it was often sumptuously carved and painted with pastoral scenes. But the dowry chests that will probably inspire you to get out your paints are those decorated by the Pennsylvanian Germans in America. These were hand-painted with traditional folk art motifs, such as as mermaids, unicorns, griffins, or the tree-of-life and hearts, and had plain or combed backgrounds. A combed effect on its own looks good on a wooden or tin trunk.

  • Decorating a Trunk
  • You will need:
  • Tin trunk
  • 1 It (2 pt) tin of grey undercoat
  • 1 It (2 pt) tin of green eggshell paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Old credit card
  • Scissors
  • 1 It (2 pt) tin of black eggshell paint

Method

  1. Paint the trunk in grey undercoat. Leave to dry overnight.
  2. Paint over the trunk with the green eggshell. Leave to dry overnight.
  3. With the scissors, cut a serrated edge along the credit card to make a comb.
  4. Paint over the green paint with the black eggshell. Quickly, before it dries, drag the comb down over the green paint, creating a wavy line effect. Leave to dry for 16 hours.

Screen with Ribbons

You will need:

  • Screen
  • Length of ribbon, 2.5 cm (1 in) wide
  • Scissors
  • Staples and staple gun
  • Needle and thread

Method

  1. Measure each panel of the screen and divide it into four sections with a pencil line. Each of these sections will have a diagonal cross of ribbon. Work out how much ribbon you require to create the criss-cross effect. Cut out eight lengths of ribbon.
  2. Start at the top of the screen. Hold one piece of the ribbon to one cor­ner, tuck 1 cm of ribbon over the corner and staple it down. Pull the other end of the ribbon diagonally across a quar­ter of the screen, keeping it taut. Tuck 1 cm of ribbon behind the screen and staple it down. Repeat this over the four sections of the screen. Then repeat from the other side to create the cross.
  3. With the needle and thread, sew a couple of stitches in the centre of each cross, attaching it to the screen.
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