Not too shabby

July 30, 2008


This year I’ll have more preschoolers than we have cubbies, so some prototypin’ had to be done.  A few old shelves, a miter saw,  and just a few muttered curses later – viola’!

It should just stay there.

Of course it won’t live in my entryway, but it doesn’t look bad there.  The only thing I have to do is fix the rough, exposed ends of the top piece.  They’re all raggedy particle board, and I don’t want to spend money on laminate tape.  Any ideas?

UPDATE:  Thanks for all the great ideas, everyone.  This thing almost was turned into a collage of stickers, ribbon and gum!  I had a stroke of luck, though.   Down in the basement I seemed to recall that there was an end-cap thingie from when I bought a countertop for school.  It never was used, and lo and behold – there it was!  Good thing I didn’t clean my basement, Brad.

Crinckly, but still good.

Snip snip, heat heat, apply apply.  Just don’t look too closely.

It covers most of the jaggedness.

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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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16 Responses to “Not too shabby”

  1. Deanne Said on:

    It’s lovely! No ideas on the edges, but the shelf looks great!


  2. Brad Said on:

    You could paint or stain the edges. Or just use polyurethane.


  3. Beth Said on:

    Duct tape.


  4. Michele Said on:

    Glitter glue.


  5. Lloyd Said on:

    Unicorn stickers


  6. Deborah Said on:

    Bubble gum.


  7. Curt Said on:

    Playdough or clay.


  8. Beth Said on:

    Scott Kleeb campaign stickers.


  9. Peggy Said on:

    Carefully burn the edges, Yea! … or if time allows, carve a beautiful landscape in the edges by heating up any metal tool you have laying around …


    • Brad Said on:

      A link from the Kentucky Department of Corrections? That’s a little weird, don’t you think?


      • Curt Said on:

        That is hilarious!! Peggy, do you shop there regularly? Wow they have a lot of products. and services? Hmmm….jail furniture. Who would buy mattresses or bedding from a correctional institute?


  10. Sharly Said on:

    Ummm… Ribbon and hot glue?


  11. Annette Said on:



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