My husband and I moved into our home back in April, the month before our wedding. When we moved in, we concentrated on getting the kitchen, living room and master bedroom in decent shape for guests. Once the wedding was all done, we could concentrate on the rest of the house. Fast forward to now... the wedding is done, the thank you cards are written... and the time had come to whip my craft room into shape!
It was clear that this place had potential... but it was also clear that it was going to take quite a bit of work to get it there.
It actually just consisted of a few shelves from walmart, with all my stuff thrown on there, a wire basket that I had from Toronto, and my paper shelving unit from Toronto that my dad built me (he's awesome, isn't he?!). I didn't have a craft table, so I was crafting across the house, at my dining room table. Tom's computer/desk was also set up back there too.
And now the after... there is space for everything, and room to grow!
Tom donated the pegboard he previously had his tools on to the cause, and built me this awesome unit that you see before you! He built the shelves and painted it all white. The Walmart shelves are still there, along with the wire baskets, but they are much more organized now. The paper shelving unit lives to the right, and my Fiskars Fuse and AcuQuilt Go machine are nested in between. Tom salvaged an old table that someone was giving away, and repainted it white, with the centre panels done in chalkboard paint, so I get fun messages from visitors! Here's a look at some of the awesome details of my craft space:
The pegboard has lots of space for all sorts of things with holes in them! There's different types of pegs that hold different things. I kept my scissors in a row on these L shaped pegs, and to the left, you can see my pliers (and cool Fiskars cutting tools) are kept in these rounded hoop type pegs. Also on the pegboard at the moment, I have a sanding paper file, several packages of glitter, a clipboard, measuring tape, and some tin containers that hold pens, sharpies and chalk. In my last entry, you can also see the pennant banner that I made to hang on the higher, somewhat unreachable section of the pegboard.
I must admit, when Tom first told me how narrow the top shelves that he was building were going to be, I was a bit skeptical. What on earth was I going to put on such narrow shelves?! I lucked out at Dollar Tree, and wound up finding a whole bunch of awesome bins and tins in various sizes (including the ones for the shelves below), and I only spent $20 for ALL of them. I would have preferred turquoise bins, but beggars can't be choosers, so I decided of all the colour choices, green would suit the space the best and be the easiest to work with. I really ended up loving the green in the end, together with my turquoise and grey walls!
I drew the labels on the bins and baskets by hand one night while watching the ever hilarious Russell Peters. I thought about doing computer labels, but decided the hand-made ones would be more charming. My Cricut cartridges live on the third shelf, and there's plenty of room for more. On the higher shelves, I mostly have decorative items, like my interchangeable canvases and my wedding bouquet.
On the walls, I added a small magnetic board, and I also repurposed my tea wreath, as a photo holder. It currently holds some polaroids of New York, but I can see it changing with the seasons - perhaps holding birthday cards in October, Christmas cards in December... and I'm not sure what else through the rest of the year! Probably more photos.
Now that it's all done, I've gotta say, I've never had a place that was this inspiring to craft! I love that I know where absolutely everything is, and I've definitely gotten into the habit of putting everything back right after using it, instead of letting things linger on the craft room table (I suppose it's especially important now, since the craft area is one of the first things you see when you walk in the front door! We're thinking about maybe getting the Expedit unit from Ikea to section the area off a little bit more).
It's a super awesome space to craft in, and definitely to get a few people together to throw a craft party, which I did last weekend! I can't wait to have more!
Linked to: Ashley's Dandelion Wishes, Smart Schoolhouse, A Creative Princess, Seven Alive, All Things With Purpose, Transformation Thursday