My Arts and Crafts Room

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I am blessed to have a room in our house that is devoted solely to crafting.  It started out as an office for my husband as well, but if he works from home, he usually sits on the couch with his laptop or sets up multiple monitors in the living room or on the kitchen table.  So I quickly invaded his “space” in the office.  For a time after I had O, I was limited to the first floor due to hip problems, so this room served as a bedroom then too.  But now…oh NOW it is the most wonderful space ever.  I have two big tables for working and so so so many shelves.  But I am getting ahead of myself.

Let’s talk about storage.  The amount of paper and supplies I have accumulated is staggering.  My favorite crafting endeavors involve yarn, paper, and fabric, all of which add up.  I have a lot of wonderful scrapbooking supplies that need a home, yarn scraps, extra fabric, a computer and printer, a sewing machine and photos, photos, PHOTOS!

First things first, I decided I wanted open shelves for the yarn and fabric, as well as for pretty baskets.  I love when you walk into a yarn shop and they have all those open spaces with fibers of all kinds and colors galore.   I wanted to store my yarn that way.   My husband is a self-proclaimed Ikea master, having assembled multiple shelves, cabinets, beds, dressers, and more from the Swedish company.  For storage solutions, I feel there is no equal, especially for the price.  We decided first on a 5 x 5 cube unit for my main storage.  Mine was the Expedit line, which is no longer available, but now they have the Kallax line which is similar (here is a 4 x 4 cube version).  My yarns look great in it, and the bins fit my 12″ x 12″ scrapbooking paper.  The Thirty-One Your Way cube fits in it great, by the way.  IMG_4982

This was alone in the room with some wall cabinets for awhile, but last year, my husband said, “I think we should move the kids’ art stuff into that room as well, and make it a family arts and crafts room.”  He thought maybe I wouldn’t like that idea seeing as how that was MY space, but it meant we’d free up dining room space, and I also felt like purging and organizing, so off we went to Ikea again!  The plan was to house all of the kids markers, crayons, paper, coloring books, workbooks, globe, stickers, etc in this room as well.  We also wanted a big space so all of us could work on projects at the same time. The challenge would be to fit it all in and still be able to hide it!

This time, my husband bought items from the Galant line, and they work great in the space.  The sliding doors hide so much stuff and the cubes fit as well.

Sliding doors  are open to show the shelves.  See the black cubes in there?  Hidden kid art stuff!  Also, that rolling cart to the left.  You got it.  It's from Ikea.  It's working great for current kid projects...move it out to the big kitchen table, move it back...whatever you want!

Sliding doors are open to show the shelves. See the black cubes in there? Hidden kid art stuff! Also, that rolling cart to the left. You got it. It’s from Ikea. It’s working great for current kid projects…move it out to the big kitchen table, move it back…whatever you want!

Upper white cabinets are from Ikea as well. The lower shelves are from the Galant line.  The shelf on the left is Ikea, but a discontinued line.  The multi-colored 12 x 12 plastic tubs?  Costco!  My other favorite place!

Upper white cabinets are from Ikea as well. The lower shelves are from the Galant line. The shelf on the left is Ikea, but a discontinued line. The multi-colored 12 x 12 plastic tubs? Costco! My other favorite place!

A big, HUGE table in the middle of the room with a peninsula for my sewing machine, and the room is complete!  I did pretty much NONE of the planning in this room.  It was completely my husband’s vision and DIY skills.  But now it is such a nice place for me and the kids to work on projects.  And it’s all tucked nicely away out of site when we’re done.

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I’ve since added a few small updates that I think add a lot to this creative space.  I find having markers and colored pencils out is both pretty and easy to use.  So I got this neat organizer at Michael’s.  I added my cutting board to the top of the table since I do a lot of rotary cutting and measuring of both paper and fabric.  Lastly, I added some paper pinwheels and banners to the space to brighten it up!

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