Of the luxuries I’ve missed most about having a dedicated sewing space, a thread stand is definitely in my top five. Not only do I love the look of having my thread on display, it is a lot easier to find what you’re looking for when it is neatly displayed on the wall instead of digging through a basket with thread tails everywhere.
But the natural brown wood of my thread stands just weren’t going to cut it for my colorful creative space. Enter a can of spray paint. I could have alternately titled this article, “I heart spray paint” because I just love how a can (or two in this case) can completely transform the look of an object.
I chose Rust-Oleum 271474 Universal All Surface Spray Paint in Antique Nickel for this project. I liked the metallic look of the paint color and the antique nickel fits in well with my color scheme for the room. Two cans later my ugly, boring thread stands are a modern-looking foundation for my thread display. I love that it is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Spray paint is pretty easy to use, but I do have a few tips for those who are new to the magic that it can create.
- You generally want to be about eight to 10 inches away from the object you are spray painting
- It is better to apply several thin coats within half-an-hour or so than one quick coat all at once
- Spray paint usually dries to the touch within half-an-hour, but wait to flip it over to do the other side until it has been at least an hour
- Wait another 24 to 48 hours before using the piece you have spray painted to give the paint time to cure
Back to my thread stand. I hung both the small and large one right on top of each other. It required some careful measuring, but now it looks like I have one giant thread stand with five empty row still to fill up. Because I’m slightly anal retentive about random stuff like this, I organized the thread by brand and fiber content so I can easily grab the color I want in the fiber that is appropriate for the project I’m working on.
I also realized I own almost the complete line of Sulky Blendables. Yes, I may have a problem. No, we’re not going to talk about it.
The other major bonus of having my thread stand back is it makes great use of the vertical space in my sewing studio. At just 96 square feet, (that’s just a little larger than a king-sized quilt) I have to make use of every inch of space, and that means using the walls as well. I’ll have a few more examples of this as I finish putting the room together, but the thread stand is definitely the prettiest example.
What do you think? Will any of you be headed to the hardware store for a can of spray paint to transform your boring thread stand?
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