March & Starch

March 22, 2010


That’s not a good title.

My shoes are always scuffed. I wear the same shoes every day, and have several pairs of the exact same kind. (I’m not gifted with a good fashion sense.) I sit criss-cross on the floor all the time at school, so scuffs on the side are easily explained – scuffs on the top of the toes confused me.

What is going on?

For a while I thought maybe I didn’t realize I was dragging my feet, but during one of the rare times I was actually putting my shoes back in the closet, I saw the reason.

Why, it's the ceiling's fault!

It’s that knobbly ceiling! The solution? Fabric and liquid starch.

I’m a big fan of liquid starch. If you are some poor college student or a person who lives where your landlord won’t let you paint, you can liquid starch fabric to the wall and it can look pretty cool. Just soak the fabric until it’s pretty wet, then smooth it on, smoosh out the bubbles, let dry. The best part is peeling it off the wall when it’s time to take it down. It doesn’t harm the paint and you just have to wash the starch residue off the wall. The brown stripe in our kitchen is just a ribbon liquid-starched to the wall (because painting a stripe would require FAR more patience than I possess).

The colors don't quite match and I do not care.

Anyway, back to the closet. I didn’t try to do a careful job smoothing it out nicely since this is purely for function. Hopefully this bit of flannel will stop the scuffs.

It's just slapped up there.

And hopefully I’ll put my shoes away on a regular basis.

No imagination. None.


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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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12 Responses to “March & Starch”

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  3. Beth Said on:

    When I make Tim’s closet into a jungle, I’m going to starch starry-night-sky type fabric to the ceiling. Because that will be cool.


  4. Kristi Said on:

    Very clever. Want to do my closets, too?


  5. bekahcubed Said on:

    I’m very impressed--now I’ll just have to think up something I want to decorate with fabric and starch!


  6. Peggy Said on:

    Is bekacubed a real person? Is it possible that your remarkably outstanding site has reached the far edges of the galaxy?

    (I never put my shoes away, they still get scuffed on the toes…but I do fall alot)


  7. Lauren's mom Said on:

    How about a cool border above that fabric?


  8. Karla Said on:

    My mom and I lined a trunk with starched fabric once. It was so easy, and now, 10 years later, it still great. 🙂


  9. Annette Said on:

    Good thing you didn’t discover this in February!


  10. Ribs Said on:

    What a great idea Lauren! I would never have thought of doing that. I’ve got a huge stash of fabric and many boring white walls in a rented flat that must soon become more intimate with one another. I’m off to find the UK equivalent to liquid starch right now…


  11. Ribs Said on:

    Of course when I say “off to find” I mean “off to the internets” 🙂


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