Bathroom Cabinet {turned} Ribbon Storage

Wow!  What a crazy whirlwind the past two weeks have been.  We hosted Thanksgiving here for our extended family of 22, then two days later we took off for a mini family reunion at The Happiest Place on Earth–Disneyland!

I just have to say, the new Radiator Springs Racers ride is AWESOME!  We had a fantastic time until the last day, when Chacho and Bug came down with the stomach flu.  We had to cut the trip a bit short.  It was a long ride home, and quite “memorable.”  I’ll spare you all the gory details, but we did learn the upholstery cleaning machines you rent from Home Depot work really well.

I’ve been cleaning and unpacking from the trip, so I haven’t had a chance to work on any new projects, but I’ve got lots of Christmas presents to work on, so I’ll have some fun projects to share really soon.  In the meantime, I thought I’d show you the solution I came up with for organizing all my ribbon in the craft room.

I had been searching for a way to organize my ribbon stores for some time.  I knew that, although I loved the look of ribbon spools organized on long wooden dowels, I wouldn’t be able to keep that system looking neat and tidy.  Mr. Type2Fun and I were shopping at Home Depot one day, when I spied this bathroom cabinet marked down to $15.

It was missing a shelf, had sticker adhesive all over it, and was filthy, but I could still see the potential.  So we took it home, cleaned it up, and gave it a good coat of Zinsser primer.  While the primer was drying, we got to work on the shelves.

We cut some 1×6 boards to size and attached cove molding to the front of all the shelves.  This would keep the ribbon spools from rolling off the shelves.

Once we started placing spools of ribbon on the shelves, we realized they were too deep for most of my ribbon spools.  Our solution was to attach a 1×2 board to the back of the shelves as a sort of stop.  The stop would keep the ribbon spools from having too much “play” and would make sure they all stayed nice and neatly stacked.  Behind the stop, there is enough room to store additional spools of ribbon.

We gave the shelves a coat of primer, then gave everything a coat of my favorite Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint and Ralph Lauren glaze.

Once I had the cabinet hung, I realized that I really didn’t like the look of the cove molding, so I added a decorative molding trim to the front of the shelves to give it a more finished look.

I have a lot of tiny spools that hold narrow scrapbooking ribbon.  I put some of my favorite Coke memorabilia on top, and I store my tiny spools in the straw holders.

All my loose ribbon goes into jars in the bottom of the cabinet.  I try to organize it by color, and it has worked pretty well. I end up tossing scraps in the jars, and now that I know where they are, I actually use them!

The cabinet holds quite a few spools.  I was surprised to discover that I don’t have enough ribbon to fill it up yet.  I’m gonna have to work on that!  :-D

What I love most about it, is that I can close the doors when things get a little messier (and they always do around here) than I’d like.  Since I have to share the craft room/den with Mr. Type2Fun, he likes that, too.

What about you?  How do you store your ribbon?