A crafter never lets anything go to waste, right? I mean, that’s why my closet is bulging with scraps of fabric that might one day become a quilt. And the reason why when i open my craft supply cabinet, things fall on my head (no, really, happens every time!)
So when we had some Stikwood paneling left from a recent chimney remodel project, I knew there would eventually be a use for it. And there was! Three uses, actually…
Balanced by a Valance
Our chimney looked great wrapped with Stikwood, but that much wood on one side of the room needed balance. The solution was wood paneled cornice boards for windows on the other side of the room.
We had 10-12 usable sized pieces of Stikwood left from the chimney project. Each valance used two of those panels, trimmed to cover maple backer board. The frames were miter cut from outside corner moulding to hide the edges and painted black to match the metal chimney trim.
We’d been wanting to replace our existing shades for better light control at night anyway and the new cornice boards were the perfect complement to the inside-mount honeycomb shades.
To Top it Off
A couple of years ago, Santa left a Singer sewing table under the tree. I loved it, but the traditional table top that came with it never really fit in with our decor. Besides, I do enjoy making things feel personalized, even vintage items.
We created a new top around the existing one by adding a black painted frame, then trimming a few extra Stikwood panels to fit inside. The more rustic look fits in so much better!
At Your Service
I’ve had this tray for a while; to be honest, I don’t even remember why I bought it. (Ha! I just realized it’s another craft supply item that I’ve kept around… lucky it didn’t fall on my head at some point 😀 )
With just a few tiny scraps of wood left, this was the perfect small project. The new white paint pops next to the Stikwood paneled bottom and the twine handles add a homey touch. It’s ready to serve any purpose now!
At this point, there are only 3 pieces of Stikwood remaining – one’s 9 inches, one’s 12 inches and one’s 20 inches. We’re keeping them around just in case, but even if they never get used, I definitely think we got our money’s worth out of this purchase so far!