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Today’s No-waffle: Ribbon Table Skirt

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Okay, cue the champagne and confetti: I recently wrote my 100th post for The Waffler.

Okay, maybe no champagne. But short of eating a hunk of dark chocolate, I can’t think of a better way of celebrating than to share some of the progress I have made with my daughter Tessa’s room. More specifically, the transformation of this non-descript Ikea sidetable…

…into this lovely ribboned nightstand.

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It’s amazing what a little fabric and ribbon can do.

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I wish I could take the credit for making the tableskirt, but it’s the handiwork of my friend, Sarah, and her crafty mother, Kathy. I actually had every intention of learning the ropes (threads?) of how to sew this table skirt, but when I arrived at Sarah’s house with the table and materials, I chickened out. Okay, it was even worse than that: I ended eating most of the giant cookie I had brought for them.

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Well, all of Sarah and Kathy’s hard work made for one very happy five-year-old. Tessa loves the table skirt, especially what she calls the “double ribbons.”

And me? I am also thrilled with the skirt. It might not be in her room in three years, but Tessa is in a particularly girly stage right now — a girly-girl who also plays soccer, wrestles with her brother, and plays a mean game of ninja warrior, but a girly-girl none-the-less.

I’m also thrilled with how far Tessa’s room has come since November.  This is what it looked like a few months ago:

But then I posted a waffle about which of four bed frames I should buy (you can read that post here) and readers encouraged me to go for Land of Nod’s Simple Bed. Then I posted a waffle about where to position the bed, and the clear winner was across from the window rather than under it (read here). Finally, I asked readers which of several nightstands to use, and the majority voted for trying to make a ribboned table skirt for the Ikea table (read about it here).

Here’s Tessa’s room now:

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Okay, okay, so I know that the room is crying out for something on the walls. We’ll get to that in a future waffle. For now I just want to thank all of my readers for helping to resolve my waffles, as well as those of all the other wafflers who have written in. You guys rock!

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Waffler wrap-up and recent poll results

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Remember my waffle about what to put over my mantel?  I was trying to decide whether to use a collection of items from around my house (a large mirror, some black and white photos and a vase of paper flowers) or this lithograph borrowed from a friend.  57% of voters chose the lithograph, with the caveat from some readers that I add chunkier accessories.  The lithograph is staying…the hunt for better accessories is ongoing.

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In toilet paper news (sorry, the third grader in me had to write that) my waffle about which way you prefer the TP to hang on the spool had a clear winner: over the spool won with 71% of the vote.  Some readers identify themselves as “fanatical” ‘over’ people while others claimed they’re just happy if there’s toilet paper on the roll. Carol from The Design Pages describes herself as a recent ‘over’ convert; she didn’t care about this issue until 2 years ago.  Now it drives her crazy if the toilet paper hangs under.

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Another clear winner emerged from my waffle about which nightstand to use in Tessa’s room.  I recently bought the Land of Nod Real Simple bed for her room.  It was on sale, but I still am eager to do a very low-cost nightstand.  This Ikea table was in our guest bedroom.

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75% of voters liked my idea of putting some fabric over the table and making a ribbon skirt around it as in the image below:

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I think Tessa will love it, though I don’t want it to look over-the-top princessy. The girl already begs to wear her tiara to bed…

Have a wonderful weekend!


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