Thursday, July 28, 2011

Creative Chaos. Simply organized.

 
We have this slightly useless room in the very front of our home.  I suppose it's designed to be a sort of den, or small TV room, but it's hard to know for sure, and the layout size makes it rather awkward.  In fact, when we had our house on the market, one relator complained, "This room doesn't have a clearly established purpose."  The truth is, we've used this room for many purposes over the years, including a school room, but over the past year, it's become kind of a creative space/studio for me.  (And I love it.)  I've slowly been turning it into useful space, by making small, affordable changes here and there, such as purchasing an old wooden cupboard that houses all of my paints, tools, fabric and other creative items.  I also had my brother make me a desk, and that's been my favorite thing to date.  Until today. 
 Today, I completed this wall mounted wrapping station because did you know how much these babies cost if you actually buy them?!  They are crazy expensive.  My goal was to use materials I already had, and purchase the least amount of items to make this wall come together. (I spent about $20.00)
Since we had recently added bead board to our kitchen cupboards, there were a few odd sized chunks in my garage and one of them was the perfect size for this little project.  I painted Sherwin Williams "Fawn Brindle" all over the bead board.  It's a soft grey-brown color that's both clean and neutral. (If you don't happen to have a leftover piece of bead board hanging about your garage, you could also use a 1/4" plywood slab for this.  About $7.00 at Lowes.)
 For the frame, I used the wood trim that once adorned the back splash area, above my kitchen counters.  (Waste not, want not.)  Adrain cut it all up for me, and then I used liquid nails to put everything together, fitting things into place, like a puzzle.  (I love liquid nails.  The dowels were a Lowe's purchase, and cost about $1.50 each.  The brackets holding them were sold in a two pack for about $3.00 at Lowe's.)
 

I already had these adorable little buckets that hold my pencils and things, from a Pottery Barn splurge a few years ago.  We previously used them for homeschooling.  The hooks that hold them came from Ikea. 
There is something so relaxing about having a place for everything, after juggling chaos and awkward items that don't seem to fit into drawers and cupboards. 
I almost forgot to mention the little shelf to the left.  I was able to get that at Michaels with a 50% off coupon not too long ago, before I really had much of a plan for the rest of my items. 
 I was so happy to be able to use it!  Mainly, I'm thrilled to have a clutter free workspace again.  I'll be temporarily closing up my Etsy shop tomorrow, but will be reopening it around Sept 1st.  (I also have a wait list for custom orders and things like that going right now in case you know you want something.)

Doesn't organization feel good? It makes me feel like going through all the closets and tackling those next!

What have you organized lately? 

32 comments:

  1. First!!!

    Too. Stinkin'. Cute. !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. I love it! I always feel so much better just cleaning out under my kitchen cabinets, though. You overachiever, you! ;)

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  3. Love it! Just recently I've been thinking about how I want to streamline my gift wrapping supplies to be all kraft paper with cute neutral ribbons and tags...this would be the PERFECT way to store it! Great job pulling together all those items you already had.~

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  4. oh my word, lady! yeah! yeah! yeah!!! love it all! just a tinge jealous over your light and bright space ;)

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  5. It must be in the air.

    Seriously.

    I know we live a long way from each other, but it IS the same air, right?

    I just tackeled each closet and the pantry in the last two weeks.

    I told my husband that I could actually sit in the floor of the pantry and stare.....it made me feel that good.

    Giddy, almost.

    I won't tell you what he suggested we do in the pantry.... Ha!

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  6. I'm more than a tinge jealous! I'm wayyyyy jealous - I love it! Awesome job. If we lived close I would hire you - LOL.

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  7. Organization is something I am craving like CRAZY! My life has been so chaotic the past couple of years, I think my mind needs organization really badly! We've had some (ok, a lot) of boxes in our garage for a year now from when we packed part of our house when we thought we were buying another one, and I started tackling them this week. Lots of work (and sweat, since it's 1 meellion degrees outside), but worth it fo sho! Purple Heart is making a stop by our place Monday morning, and they are going to fill up their truck! :) I LOVE all of your ideas!

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  8. This is so cool!! I love it! I have been so unorganized lately but this really inspires me to become organized again! I love that room!

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  9. Absolutely brilliant, Sasha! I love how you repurposed stuff you had. Anything with beadboard is a good thing, IMO.

    You will be so motivated when you come back to that space.

    We're organizing in bits and pieces this year as we plan to put our home up for sale next year. It feels great!

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  10. Wow, that is fabulous! You are so talented. Very cute and space efficient too. Have a very blessed weekend!

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  11. I LOVE organization! Especially when it looks pretty like yours. : ) You are a lucky lady to have a dedicated work space.
    Love the rack you made for all your tubular things. Very cool.
    Enjoy your weekend!

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  12. Come on... that is so cute and functional all at the same time. I would just sit and hang and revel at my craftiness if I had a room like that . Love it!

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  13. That's so cool! I want one... but I have no where to put it. Great build!

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  14. wow, love how the crafting station turned out. Lucky girl you are!!

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  15. WONDERFUL!!! I love the gray of the beadboard to make it pop. I love organization. I haven't done as much lately as I would like but I have a trip planned to IKEA tomorrow so that may change.

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  16. Adorable! I love it. I have been looking for ways to decorate while saving $$ too, and you are such an inspiration! :)

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  17. How funny--I just posted on my blog about needing inspiration for my art space and here it is! :) My room is currently primed and the floor is in but that is it! I LOVE what you've done here. Oh, and in our last house, the front room/formal living room was my art room so I'm all about making things functional for ME as opposed to how the builder saw it!! :)

    Love this!! You wanna come organize mine next? lol

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  18. looks like a perfect etsy creating room. so pretty and organized. looks just like you!

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  19. Super Fabulous! I am so jealous. It's just Ah-Mazing. You did a really nice job and I hope you enjoy every moment creating in your new space.
    -FringeGirl

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  20. Loved this so much I pinned it to my Pinterest board! Maybe i'll make one for my future craft room :) Thanks for sharing!

    Lacee @ Mommas Like Me

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  21. Wow - it looks amazing! Very nice work. You inspire!!!

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  22. Wowza girl, this is awesome! I would love to be this organized! You have inspired me to get my craft area in order!

    Megan

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  23. I'm poking at Derrick to do something similar for all my scrapbooking junk in the old pantry that now houses all my crafty stuff. Now I'll poke him harder and whine that Sasha has something ;)

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  24. not so useless! youre so crafty.. i paint, thats it. anyway i always wondered what that room was off of your kitchen.. now i know thanks for sharing.

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  25. It amazes me that people really have a space like that. I so envy you!

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  26. great project! will be linking to you on my Operation Organization-MN FB pg. soon!! :)

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