I have been thinking how I wanted to show you my little 8'x12' room How I've organized and made it my own. Although I'm not done yet I have made most of the progress. Creating an effective use of space in a small room is vital. I can't tell you how shocked people are when I tell them I don't have a BIG fancy studio. That my room for the past 3 years has been an old desk, TV Stand and a used bookcase. So, I decided the best way to show you is to break it down. This way I won't miss anything and hopefully give you inspiration if you've been searching like me.
I have spent 3 years in this room not wanting to do anything until I knew where I wanted things and how I wanted it to look. I am not into the "craft room" look, stark white all things matching. Neat and tucked behind cupboard doors. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Just not how I envisioned my "creative space". I want an open feel where I can see all the things that inspire me and that I love. I have spent countless hours searching unique ways to store, organize and create an inspirational environment. I am no where near done but I think I'm well on my way.
My 12x12 Paper
I have approached my room much like I would a tag or project. I have "crafted" my space.
There's those "white cubby's" I was just mentioning. They have their place and work for our crafty needs. I caved as mentioned in my "Mid Life Crisis" post. But that doesn't mean I have to have white. My husband built me this cabinet for these white cubby's to slide into. I took it a step further by distressing the white with sand paper and walnut stain applied with a cloth. Now it has a white wash look and I'm happier.
I don't have a lot of paper. No one can believe it but I don't! So I'm OK to mix it up.
You can see how I distressed the white right off then added a grungy look with walnut stain. I labeled the slots to quiet my A Type side yelling at me.
I am hoarding all these Bottle Brushed trees with my 12 Tags of Christmas Tag set. My Winnie the Poo book ends are tucked with them at my husband's request. All in a wire basket. More of that later.
This whole thing is mounted up on the wall and into a load bearing beam I have running through my room.
My 8 1/2"x 11" paper.
I used to have those Ikea Magazine holders and they were always falling over. Then I found this off white paper holder all in one no falling over option. It had a scratch on it so I asked for a discount, I paid $18 and I distressed it anyway;)
All my smaller paper in one spot and it doesn't knock over anymore.
There are 4 dividers. I sanded the edges and created wear spots. Then more walnut stain.
I wanted to have some fun. I used the TH Alpha Parts- Signmaker letters. It just makes it more fun. Not to mention it breaks up the big white space. It makes you stop and look. A great inspiration point for me.
I used the metal "1/2" on a project last year, I think it was August 12 Tags of 2013? Sometimes I'll grab from old projects if it fits a new one. In this case it did!
All those Scraps!
I found these huge galvanised bins with the "chalk" label area already there. These were a great find at $17 each. I used my TH Stencils with chalk to make it more interesting. And again I find myself crafting my space and not just crafting in it.
Now I have a deep bin to store those scraps. A great way to dig through and find my goodies.
Here's my before, fresh white cubbies. And before that my 12 x 12 was stacked in an old TV Stand.
My husband building my wood shelf for the white cubbies to store in.
After I stained with the walnut stain. This whole storage cubby cost me $56.
Another creative opportunity, using TH Pull Labels and some chit chat words. Now, instead of a piece of wood it has a more vintage feel.
There will be more to show you. I still have a old desk coming to me, but I'm refinishing it. I need warmer weather for that. I have some great finds and unique ways I've used my crafty things to help me organize.
In the end my room will have cost me about $700 to create. I have shopped around at places that have that Restoration Hardware/ Pottery Barn look but on a Walmart budget. And of course there's IKEA! What a great resource. I can't wait to show you my best find yet from Value Village!
Thanks for stopping by. Stay Tuned!
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Nicole Wright Designs