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    Gotta love Craigslist! Finally finished!

    A couple of years ago I posted an awesome find from Craigslist. WE were going to build a new garage with a "garottage" above for a hobby room (my husband is a wood carver). I found these cabinets to use for storage and finally have them refinished and installed. I LOVE them! The glass in the windows is slightly etched and I placed the cabinets in the corner away from any direct sunlight. I'm toying with possibly creating some "sheer" type curtains as additional protection although the rest of the lighting in the room is LED. Any feedback on whether it will be necessary if there's no direct sunlight?

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    Beautiful! Love your machines and cases display!
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    Beautiful! I think the only thing necessary is to sell one of your Singer Featherweights to ME! It looks off-balance to have 2.......then, I think everything would be PERFECT! ! ! hahahahahahahahaha (actually it is truly perfect as it is). Good for you to have such a nice room and 2 featherweights.........YIKES! ! ! ! ! Is that a WHITE featherweight too! You are blessed!

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    I adore your cabinets especially the way your FW are so nicely displayed. I had fabric fade from indirect sunlight so I am very gun shy at any light getting to my fabrics.
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    Add the curtains. I went to a lqs and bought a fabric that was NOT near a window. It only got indirect light and light from the fixtures. As the woman started measuring to cut the fabric, a faded area appeared as the fabric was unwrapped from the bolt - three altogether - at the place where the bolt was exposed to light. Almost a yard of fabric was cut away before the fabric could be measured for the sale.
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    I would add curtains or paper lining to the windows to protect the fabric. Some fabrics are very resistant to fading from light - some seem to fade in minutes. From my experience, blues seem to be more vulnerable than some other colors. Did not matter if they were light or dark blue.

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    Beautiful cabinets and set up! Great Featherweights too!
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    Those cabinets are wonderful! As for covering the fabric-- I can tell you that I have had several wall hangings fade from indirect sunlight that came in through window shades that were made from an off white fabric. The shades were always left in the down position, but they still allowed enough light in to cause fading.
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    Your cabinets (and contents) look wonderful.

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    Beautifull cabinets and wonderful FWs!

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    I had a throw, an older quilt from my neighbor on my sofa. It was not directly in sunlight but the sun reflected off the mirrors and glass and anything metal causing indirect but direct "reflection" on to the sofa. The throw faded. So my fabric is under cover of a cabinet DH made me. I have a large mirror in my room but the cabinet has solid doors on it. What you could do is purchase or you may have a large panel you're not sure how you want to use. If it's big enough, cut it into sections to fit your doors like you're looking through a window. You can back it with black or a darker fabric so the light doesn't penetrate. Or possibly and "Attic Window" pattern blocks for each window. Or a bookcase pattern using the fabric from each shelf.

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    Great cabinets! I wish I was that organized.

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    Is there some sort of window film that block the sun rays?

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    All I can say is you did GOOD, GOOD, GOOD, on your cabinets and how tidy they are. Thanks for sharing.
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    Great find and very resourceful. Looks like you've done a great job with your hobby room.
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    Wow, what a beautiful display in your wonderful re-done cabinets! I would stand there all day and just smile--until I started petting the fabric, pulling out 3 or 13 or 30 to play with, make a mess of, sew...you get the idea.

    I agree with the others about protecting your fabric. Glass will only intensify the effects of light, whether the light is direct or not, so I'd find a fabric that to coordinate with your decor and attach it behind the glass. I know it's terribly fun to see your stash at a glance, but I think a safer alternative is to cover it.

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    Wow, I'm drooling all over my keyboard here! The cabinets and machines are awesome!

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    Punched tin would be great! You could install the panels with those mirror locks or those little turning metal locks for pictures to hold it into the "frames" behind the glass. I bet you could find some nice sewing designs to punch, Then use a stain to age them.
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    You have done a fantastic job!
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    great storage/organization
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    I got some of the film to screen out the UV rays at Home Depot a few years ago -- you could put that on the cabinet glass. There are a bunch of different kinds on Amazon -- just search on window film.
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    Thanks for all of your replies. I think I'll have to invest in some sort of coverings for the windows. I'd hate to have my stash fade before I can use it. I love being able to look at it, pet it, etc. but I can still do that with the doors open if I really need a fix! I especially liked the idea of a punched tin look - - here I thought that two years later I finally had them finished......oh well, always having a project keeps me happy.
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    I LOVE Craigslist! I have a chest of drawers, a vanity I use as a sewing desk, an actual sewing desk, and a bathroom cabinet for my sewing room that were all Craigslist finds! I even found my Featherweight on there. I have several things that were Peddlers Mall finds as well. 😀

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    Awesome....Great storage...

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