Thursday, April 25, 2013

My own yarn cabinet ... inspired by KnitsforLife

Early this month an image showed up on Pinterest from this wonderful blog.

The lovely Lorna had a fabulous idea for yarn storage and shared it with the world. I quickly pinned one of her images to my Fiberliciousness board and dreamed of a fantasy house in which I'd have just the right wall to have my own fiber display ... uh ... storage.

Really, if you look at Lorna's wall, it's more than mere storage. It's an ever-evolving work of art comprising different colors and textures. Form and function -- genius!

One morning I overslept and had to drive da boyz to school. Before we'd even left the neighborhood, I saw that someone had put a gun cabinet out for the garbage guys -- or someone like me -- to pick up.

"If that thing's still there when I get back, it's coming home with me," I thought.

It was there, and when I brushed away the thin coating of snow, I was delighted to see that the door was glass (unbroken, thank goodness).

I tried shoving it into the back seat of the car, but it was about 6 inches too long. So I slid it into the trunk and put my mittens in between the trunk latch and the glass.

Traveling at about 1 mile/hour, I made it home in about a week, terrified that the cabinet was going to leap out of the trunk or that I'd hear the sound of breaking glass.

Here it is, and I've already pulled out the pieces of wood on the bottom and along the back that were there to support guns.
I knew that for the pegboard to work, it would need to have a gap behind it so that the metal pegs could seat properly.
I found some scrap wood and glued them into place. It didn't take me long to realize that glue wasn't going to keep my spacers where I needed them.
Because the back of the cabinet is absolutely flat, I ran the screws in from the back. Once I'd done all six, I installed the pegboard. Then I had to redrill about three of the holes because the were off-center from the holes in the board. *sigh*

After that, I painted. And painted. And painted some more. It took about four coats of the off-white paint to really cover the darkness of the wood. My husbeast wondered why I was painting it at all. It was just too dark, too dated-looking. Besides, I wanted a light, neutral color to go with the white pegboard so that all the color would come from the yarn.

Inside, I just painted about half of the sides, top, and bottom. My yarn is going to have the royal treatment: cedar. I bought cedar tongue-and-groove boards and found it to be fairly easy to saw. I used wood glue to install the boards, then used whatever I could find to hold the pieces in place while the glue dried (i.e., three long tool handles and a rolled up yoga mat).

I still have three whole boards left over and will use them in my dresser or maybe in storage boxes or bags. I used the scraps to sort of line the drawer.
You can find the pegboard, wood glue, cedar boards, and screws at Home Depot or Lowe's. I forgot about the actual pegs while I was shopping but found them at KMart (~$2 for four pegs). I replaced the drawer pulls with plain wood ones and covered up the hole in the door where the locking mechanism had been removed with a wood knob. The knob is held on with a screw and a big washer, which let me tighten the screw and keeps the knob in place so that the hole is covered.

And here it is:
The cedar doesn't line up exactly, but that's OK. Every time I open the door that delicious scent wafts out -- mmm!
I bought a "peg" that's designed to hold screwdrivers but will end up holding my spindles.
And just because there was some yarn in a bag right where I was working, I stuck them on the pegs. Yeah, they're gray, but they'll soon be joined by a host of colors.
Now all I need to do is figure out where to put this beauty!


  1. OMG the cedar, I can just smell it! This is such an awesome hack. And mostly free! You rock. Can't wait to see where you put it and to see it filled with yarn!

  2. Hey, that looks awesome! You are pretty crafty lady!