Organizing Your Craft Space the Reclaimed, Revamped & Reinvented Way
By Jennifer Perkins on December 29, 2011
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Time has come to start thinking about your resolutions for 2012. The two most common always seem to revolve around weight loss and organization. I can't be much help in the diet department, but I have a few clever ideas for organizing your craft studio.
The key to getting your craft space organized is finding the right storage solution for the right job. Sure I have just as many clear plastic bins as the next guy, but I have a few other fun things helping me sort my craft supplies. Like for instance this vintage wooden soda crate holding all my craft paint. Next time you spot a soda crate at the flea market snatch it up. Not only do they look great holding craft paint they also make fab advent calendars and hold magazines.
Why would I let this blue beauty hide in the bottom of a silverware drawer when it could be out loud and proud holding my paintbrushes and paint markers? I also have a silverware sorter in each of my bathroom drawers for makeup storage.
This drawer once held meat in a fridge, had a small stint as a planter and is now holding swag in my studio. The lesson to be learned is look at everything, even a meat drawer, with organizational tunnel vision. Once you start thinking outside the box anything is fair game to help you organize your craft space.
A weenie dog butter dish and a lime green planter have been reclaimed as office tools. Again, reclaim and reuse. Who really uses a butter dish anyway? This doggy was just taking up space before he became a handy dandy pen holder.
Old TV trays are easily transformed into a magnet boards. All I did was remove the legs and nail them to the wall. The boards sit behind my sewing machine where I can pin up photos for inspiration.
Directly above my spiffy new magnet boards lives a myriad of reinvented office storage solutions. I love using vintage kitchen tins around my office. A children's tin toy washing machine holds pens and my metal files. A wallpaper covered tin and customized ice cream carton now sit on a shelf and hold random odds and ends.
I told ya, I love those old kitchen containers. It seems I see a set almost every time I go to the thrift store.
Another unusual item in my studio is the old door I revamped into a work table with the help of some pink Ikea table legs. Before the door was a table it was a fabric covered headboard. Waste not want not right?
Underneath my worktable lives my suitcase storage. Some of the suitcases are studios to go when I teach classes, others hold vintage cookbooks and postcards one is a lap top case I made.
Old teapots and cookie jars without lids make great storage solutions for colored pencils and pens. How could I pass up the groovy ice bucket that probably made cocktails at a key party? It now holds office supplies on my desk.
My favorite reinvented piece of studio storage hands down are my shelves made from vintage game boards. A set of your own is just a board game and a pair of L brackets away. I have mine on peg board, but have seen them on walls as well.
I must confess these are older pictures. Currently you can barely walk through my studio it is so messy. One of my resolutions for 2012 is to restore my craft space to it's former glory. What about you? How do you keep your creative space tidy and organized?
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