Since beginning my craft room makeover last summer, it has slowly and steadily continued to take shape. After getting the room painted, I was able to sweet talk Todd into making me a myriad of woodworking treasures. I featured his fine woodworking prowess in a pervious post. But, to refresh your memory — he fashioned me a wonderful sewing/cutting table out of a 5-panel door.
He created a coffee table and end table out of my grandmother’s vintage Lady Baltimore luggage. Classy, no?
After getting my serger, he quickly answered my spool storage issue by making me a spool rack from tongue-and-groove flooring. Really, my craft room wouldn’t be much of anything without his help.
The only thing I was left with, after all that, was figuring out how to organize the rest of my craft room “Krackatoa” — spinning paraphernalia, loads and loads of fabric, patterns, paints, sewing notions, etc.
First, I decided to tackle the sewing notions. I had seen a friend use an IKEA bar and bucket system over her craft table and I really like the look. I made a trip to IKEA with Deb and we were able to put the bar and buckets on lock down. Todd helped me hang them over the craft table and in a matter of about an hour, I was already more organized! (Pay no attention to the painter’s tape marking where the shelves will go.)
While this did much to free up space on my sewing table, I quickly realized that I wasn’t finished wielding my feminine whiles. I was in desperate need of more shelving! After some additional pleading, Todd agreed to more mandatory woodworking fun. He decided to start with the easier of the two areas for shelving – the closet. Since he’d already created shelves for one of our other closets, he had a good idea of how to go about it. My only stipulation was that he leave enough room at the bottom that I could store my sewing machine in it when my craft room morphs into our guest bedroom. It literally took him no time at all before I had glorious, glorious shelves. Can you hear the angels singing?
On the shelves, I decided to solve my fabric addiction quandary by creating my own little fabric store. I cut foam core board into mini-bolts and placed all my fabric on them. Now, I can see what fabric I have AND it’s easily accessible. I can now store more fabric than ever! Todd already thinks I have more fabric than I could ever possibly sew up in one lifetime. What a naysayer. Geesh.
Next up, was the more difficult job of creating shelves that would be placed over the sewing/cutting table. After much brainstorming and sketching, we decided upon two long shelves, centered directly over the table. The top one would be four inches narrower than the bottom. Todd even designed a curved bracket for the shelves so that they’d look a little less industrial.
After everything was assembled, we took them out to the back deck and gave them a few coats of white, glossy spray paint. While it was quick, I don’t think I’d go with spray paint again. It just doesn’t ever turn out as nice as when you paint by hand. Then, they were ready for hanging. We live in an old house with plaster walls. And let me tell you, plaster it a bitch. It doesn’t like to have its integrity compromised and if not careful, will answer your unwelcome advances by splintering and cracking . This is probably one of the reasons that the decor on our walls hardly ever changes. If it does, it usually involves placing pieces on already existing nails – regardless of whether that means something is centered. What can you do? Thankfully, Todd has now worked his way up to “plaster black belt” and knows how to hang just about anything in the stuff. While I do not understand these jedi mind tricks, I do know that it involves fantastical items like “cams” and “mollybolts.”
So with the aid of his mollybolts, Todd and I (but, really I just held things) put the shelves up.
And, then they were up! They are utterly fantastic and now give me just enough space to have everything in my craft room organized.
I have to pause a moment here to tell you about a special addition to my craft room. I had been feeling a little sad about the fact that I have no bicycle representation in my craft room. For those of you that know me well, bicycling is a huge part of my life (TakingTheWorldBySaddle.com). So, DH talked to his brother, who made me the most special addition to my craft room EVER – a mini bike! Trent is a metal artist. I love it SO MUCH. It makes me happy just looking at it. So, it had to be the very first thing that I put on my new shelves.
While we had the plaster-wrangling tools out, I also finally hung up my grandmother’s little antique shelves and added her pitcher collection to it. It reminds me of playing “tea” when we were kids.
I organized all of my patterns into the bottom drawers of my filing cabinet. I need to make dividers for them. But, it’s been a perfect storage solution for now.
I also was so lucky to find this awesome ironing board/chair at an antique store near here. It was only $45! It’s an ironing board! It’s a chair! It’s a step stool! (It folds up.) Too cool. So, one of my next sewing projects needs to be making a custom cover for this little baby.
Having a space that I can call my own for creating has drastically changed how often I craft. Because I love my room, I spend as much time in it as possible. Moral of the story: if you’ve been thinking about a craft room makeover, do it! Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Do it. You won’t be sorry!