Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Music For The Eyes

At the end of the hall in my basement is a funny little space. I have never understood what the builder was thinking when he built this spot. Originally it had a bi-fold door on it, leading a person to think that it might be a closet. But who builds a closet that is less than ten inches deep? Even if they would have taken the time to build shelves inside, what items would you store in such a small place?Finally, after years of being annoyed with this dead end, I decided to do something with it. I knew with a little creativity, I could turn this worthless spot into a place of interest and beauty.
I found a book of accordion music at the thrift store for a dollar.
It has handwritten dates inside of when the owner played some of the pieces. They were dated 1954! The pages show their age. I love how yellowed they are.I tore out the pages and adhered them to the inside of the "closet", using wallpaper paste, overlapping the pages and adding parts of pages for interest.I knew I achieved my goal when one of my sons walked by and said, "That's interesting." To which I replied, "Interesting is much better than what it was before." Now, the fun begins! I'm off to find some things to put in this interesting place.

46 comments:

Grapefruit Princess said...

pretty cool idea!

Living with Lindsay said...

That's so fun, Joy! I never would have thought of that. The possibilities for that space are now virtually endless!

I wonder what that space was supposed to actually be used for? I'm trying to figure something out (other than too small closet), but I have no clue!

Hi ! I'm Cindy said...

very ingenious!! great way to work with what you have!! (it was a man's design, you know that, right?) can't wait to see what you end up putting in there!!

Vashti said...

what a weird little dead end! I cant wait to see what you do with the space. I really like the music sheet idea.

Lynn said...

Man: the perfect place to lay the golfclubs.
Woman: the perfect place to hang all my purses!

Barb said...

I have a closet just like this (9 inches deep) with shelves from top to bottom. I use it to store cleaning supplies, medicine, first aid stuff, kleenex, extra TP, the iron. What I like about it is that it's shallow, so nothing gets lost or overlooked. However, if we had moved here and there weren't any shelves in it, I'm sure I would have been scratching my head as to what i was supposed to do with it.

I like what you've done with yours and look forward to seeing what else you add.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Hoe very very cool. i'm a musician and love bringing that into our home!

UPON A HILL said...

That's being reaaly creative!

Darlene said...

How neat!! You do sometimes wonder what builders were thinking.

Steph said...

Looks great! Can't wait to see what else you add to it.

Mercy Ottis said...

Way Cool! I would hang old photo's of family done in sepia tones....maybe in black distressed frames...oh, and maybe get a narrow table to slide in at the bottom, or just an old wooden chair.... maybe find some kind of an old accordion or stringed instrument to set on the chair...can't wait to see what you do with it! ♥ Lewaina

Sue said...

What ANOTHER neat idea you have had! Can't wait to see what you add to it.

Sandy Toes said...

I can't wait to see what you put there...how fun and creative!! Your ideas are endless, Miss Joys of Home!
-sandy toe

Sara said...

Hmmm...that is a weird space. When Hobby Lobby had their Christmas stuff at 90% off I found some stocking hooks that looked like musical instruments and the hook part was removable. They would look good in your space.

Stacey said...

Cant wait to see whats next!

Tiffy Wiffy said...

that looks soooo cool. It's like a big framed piece of art. You're so brave I wouldn't have had the guts to do that.

Shilo said...

Very unique and eye catching! Can't wait to see how it turns out!

Inspired Kara said...

How fun!!!!

Trudi said...

Can't wait to see the final product. Are you adding shelves?
Lights?

Deck The HALLS of HOME with JOY! said...

It's great, it now looks like it was always meant to be there with a purpose! Way to go!

Smith Family said...

A #10 can (the big cans that you get at costco) is only 7" deep. Shelves + a bi-fold door = great food storage place!

kristal said...

beautiful! what a great canvas to work with!

Megan said...

How about hanging wrapping paper and ribbon across the top half and put in an Ikea Norbo wall mount drop leaf table? Voila- a wrapping station behind your closet door.

Joanna said...

What a strange space...You made it rock! I can't wait to see what you put in there.

Holly said...

Brilliant! You could still put some shelves in there for display.

Our Complete Family said...

Wow! What a neat nook you've got there! Can't wait to see what you do more with it!
The table below turned out great, too. Love it!
And the curtains...another great!
Happy terrific Tuesday! Les

Grace2882 said...

I would have thought it was meant to store brooms, mops and buckets in. Too bad that it didn't have shelves in it.

Your decorations are beautiful though and I can't wait to see what you make it be.

Blissful Nikki said...

wow, this is amazing! I love it!! :)

Small House said...

That is very neat!
Sandra

Dawn said...

What a great idea! I can't wait to see what else you do with that space!

-Dawn
www.lifeateventuallycottage.blogspot.com

Angie Lessard said...

Cannot wait to see the finished product! It's beautiful already. You've really got an amazing gift of creativity.

Lincs and Ali said...

Wow. this is new... I am excited to see what else you do with that darn space.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Very creative, I like the way you think! :)

Audrey said...

I love the idea of taking that space from head-smack to quirky and fun. Love the way you think!

Christina said...

Great idea. Love the music book "wall paper" too. Look forward to seeing what else you do with it.

Jen r. said...

Wow, that is so fun!

Lazy Mom Leslie said...

That's a great idea! Can't wait to see how it turns out. Always a great idea!

Tommie Jo~TJs Sweet Home said...

Me too...waiting to see what you come up with! That is an interesting space!

Sadie said...

With an outlet added to it, it might have been a nice place for a fold-down ironing board to stay! ;)

My Dad played the accordion back in the 50's... my mom still has his old squeezebox in a closet in her den. :)

CHIC Sensibility... said...

Great idea idea. I love it.
Stay chic!

Sheryl said...

I can't wait to see what you do with this space!

Hayley said...

I'm waiting with baited breath! I love this and cannot wait to see how it turns out.

Hayley
www.whenigrow.blogspot.com
www.becauseofheller.blogspot.com

Harlene said...

We have one of those closets too! It never occurred to me to do anything with it, my kids usually clean the hall and family room by shoving everything in there.

So creative!

Laura said...

Hi, I am enjoying your blog!

I think this space looks like a life size shadow box!

melissa said...

We have pages and pages of old sheet music (early 1900's)from my great aunt that passed away and haven't known what to do with them~this may be just the thing. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jeanneoli said...

That looks incredible, beautiful, amazing...I think you get the point...I LOVE IT!!!! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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