Our very first Michaels Makers challenge for this new year was to organize our craft area and make something in it we have wanted to but haven’t gotten around to doing yet. I’m very blessed to have a little office that I get to use for my craft area. Here is a little background on this space: The owner of this house (we rent) said this used to be the laundry room. That is why you notice some of the outlets in high places and a board on the wall that I’m assuming covers where the dryer vents used to go out or something. He is an engineer and needed an office so it was a good idea. It worked out good for us too because it ended up being a good little spot for me. I was more than happy to give it some more organization after living here for almost three years now. Everything in the cabinet is really organized, I just have a bad habit of throwing things on the table and shutting the door haha. So I first started by just taking everything out of the room that was on the tables and give the space a good cleaning.
Then I rearranged a few items for better use. I found a nice spot for my fabric shelf in another room so this room wouldn’t be too crammed with stuff. I raised my desk with some wood scraps so I could fit the filing cabinet under it. The height really helps the room feel larger and I like that I can now stand and craft if needed. I added these awesome metal slats with peg hooks, j hooks, ribbon bar, metal basket, and pencil baskets on the wall. This is so much better than all the cups I had on my desk holding these things. It’s much easier to see where things are. Why didn’t I do this sooner?
I also took down a lot of the wall decorations. It just felt too cluttered. I used to have more items up and it felt more like a gallery wall, but some pieces are now in other places leaving this wall looking not quite right. The bulletin board hasn’t made it’s way back in the room yet, but it might later. I just liked the clean feeling of the back wall for now. I tidied up my threads even more by buying another thread holder. I didn’t want to make any holes in this wood cabinet, so I used picture hanging strips to keep them up. I added two picture hanging hooks to hold some of my embroidery hoop stash as well.
And maybe you noticed the lights? I first of all changed the main light bulbs. They were very warm so I bought some daytime light bulbs to brighten things up. Then to add even more light, I added two hanging fixtures also with daytime bulbs. The light alone makes such a big difference! Now I can take pictures in my craft room, which has no windows, when I need to for craft posts.
Easy fixes on the other side of the room with just cleaning up and putting things away. I did redo our mouse pad though. I just used some heat n’ bond to add fabric to the top. An easy project I had been wanting to do for a veryyyyyyy long time.
And this Ipad holder is my project! I know it really isn’t a big project, but I have really wanted an Ipad holder for this space for a long time. I wanted to be able to have it so I could watch shows, etc. while sewing. I debated a few different options and whether it should go on the wall or not. But after playing around with it, placing a crate (similar one here) on top of books was the perfect thing for me. Now I can move it to where I need it where as if it was on the wall that is the only place it would be. It also saves me from filling in a few more nail holes when we move. I’m so excited to start working in this room now! It is much more inviting. In fact, my kids run in and hop on the stool whenever they can now.
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