We have a pretty office, but we don't use it all that much and since I haven't had any place to take out my scrap booking, sewing, or painting stuff and leave it, well, whats a girl to do? This girl found a wall in the office that wasn't being used that would be a perfect place for a counter top. We had a nice book shelf in there also, but once I evaluated all the space, I came up with a plan. We had plenty of bookshelves in the family room, so I emptied all the books into them. That left me with a whole book shelf for my craft stuff, why hadn't I seen this before. The pictures are horrible but it really is a cool space. I cut dividers for the millions of pieces of paper I have so that I can now see it all. I used an old door (from Restore for 3 bucks)for my counter top until my hubby made me some nicer one's
Here's the nice one's. We got these at Home Depot for fifteen dollars on clearance! What a deal.
Isn't it fun to find things at second hand stores or at yard sales that you know will make such a good redo? I had a lot of luck finding accessories for my craft "counter". These are a few things I found here and there to fix up, and store my stuff in.
I found this really neat metal can wrapped in white and blue rope, just the right color and size for some of my scrap booking punches. Next to it are Dollar Store plastic trays, three for a dollar, again, just the right color.
I saw this really cute idea out in blog land somewhere and I wished I could remember where, so sorry not to give credit where it's due. It was to use old fashioned clothes pins to wrap your ribbon around and store it that way. I got the bottles from the Dollar Store also.
I found this bulletin board at a second hand store. I didn't have to repaint it but did have to replace the fabric and ribbon. It's right above where I sit and craft so I have put some pictures there that make me smile every time I see them.
I wished I had a before picture of this mail holder because it really has been transformed. The sides weren't indented like they are now, I cut it this way. It was all drab brown and straight up and down, very boring. I cut the sides out, painted it black, added the paper with modge podge, then a metal "m" for mail, and a ribbon. It really did turn out fun.
I saved one of the funnest redo's that I have done for last. I love it so much because I use it all the time. This is and old sewing box, it was all brown and in a shambles. I took it apart, and believe me, there are dozens of teeny, tiny, pieces and screws. I painted the wood a fresh white and then found this really refreshing blue paper. I didn't paint the inside because I knew with all the tight fits I would run into problems with it sticking.
Didn't it turn out nice? I have had a lot of fun doing smaller projects for my craft and sewing space that has helped me be more organized. Now when I want to leave my scrapping out, or if I'm in the middle of a sewing project, I can just leave it where it is and close the door.
I usually post about the furniture that I do, which I love doing,
but it's nice to take a break once and awhile. But now it's crunch time because I have a show coming up in two and a half weeks. I have 2 dressers, a server, a huge buffet, a small secretary, and two end tables to get done by then. I have been so lucky in finding some of the neatest pieces for this show, can't wait to get them done and share them with you.
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