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Monday, April 16, 2012

Craft Space Re-Do Part 1

A few months ago, I decided I wanted to re-do my craft space.  While I am extremely grateful that I have a dedicated area for my obsession...errr...I mean "hobby"...and all the goodies that go along with it, I needed to make some adjustments...  

*I wanted more shelves for organization.
*I wanted a counter-height table - (with a spinning organizer in the middle.)
*I wanted dedicated space for my die-cutting machines, laptop, printer and the ability to hide all the cords.
*I wanted to make better use of my closet.
*I really wanted a door.  With a lock.

At first I thought about getting rid of the furniture that I had in there and starting over.  My friend Darlene and I spent an entire morning in Ikea trying to figure out exactly what I needed.  But then I came home, looked at the furniture I already had in there and ditched the whole Ikea idea.  Starting over was going to be expensive and besides, my style tends to run more traditional anyway so Ikea's more modern look wasn't going to exactly fit with everything else I had in my house.  

My husband had been on board with this re-do from the beginning, and even started watching YouTube videos on how to frame and dry wall in attempt to give me my much longed for Door With Lock.  While I do have the utmost faith in his handy man abilities, I kinda hate to wait.  I wanted my new room and I wanted it yesterday.  So I gave up on my door dream and let him loose on Craig's List instead.  Just days later, he found me the perfect cabinet AND table.  (My husband is pretty much the King of Craig's List.)  

Before and after pics are my fav, so here is what the wall to the right of the closet looked like BEFORE:

And here is it AFTER:

I now have all of my Cricut cartridges, punches, stamps and Stampin' Up inks in one, well-organized spot.

The drawers are the perfect depth for my punches. I have so many different kinds and by different manufacturers and it always bugged me that I couldn't fit them all in one place... so this was a perfect solution.

I used to have my Cricut carts in a drawer, but they were stacked in a way that I had to dig for them.  Having them on these shelves works beautifully for me.

The bottom shelf is dedicated to just my SU and CTMH stamps:

In the top drawers to the right and left of the punch drawers are my wood mounted stamps.  And in the cabinets below those are all my SU inks and the binders containing all of my other acrylic stamps:

There was even space left near the corner to put up this double hook so I had somewhere to hang my ribbon and the shirt I throw on if I think I'm going to make a crafty-mess (which means I wear it all the time).  The black vinyl on the right is actually a chalkboard and just below that is a hook where I hang up my Cricut mats:

Well... that's all for Part 1 of my Craft Space Re-Do Tour.  Be sure to check back later this week to see the rest of the room...

Now...Go Scrap Something!

I now have Facebook page dedicated to all of my scrappy adventures.  Come like my page so you don't miss anything...

I'm updating my blog, so excuse the dust while I demonstrate just how much better I am at making stuff with paper rather than doing anything on the computer...


  1. That's a great piece of furniture for all your storage!! I can't wait to see the rest of the room!

  2. Hi Britten :-)
    I'm so jealous! I'm scrapping out of my unfinished basement so I'm not in the least bit organized, lol. I can only dream of a place to put all of my tools and papers someday. I know you from Above Rubies Studios and I just clicked to follow your blog. I'm looking forward to following you. As a new blogger, I would really appreciate it if you would check out my blog and follow me, too!

  3. I must've missed it, how large is the room? I LOVE organized spaces. Hate not being able to lay my hands on what I want.
    You did a super job! If I could only push out a couple of walls! : - )