Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Craft Area Makeover

Fueled by a maddening desire to find art supplies without them tumbling on my head when I open the closet, I made a late night run to the hideously evil Walmart- desperate for more storage. $50 ($25 for each tall bookshelf) got me exactly what I needed, affordable storage that makes my supplies readily available.

In Progress. One Bookshelf up, One More to Go:

I was up until the witching hour feverishly constructing book shelves and organizing art supplies. I still have more boxes to sort through and organize but so far the new Art Supply Storage Center is encouraging me to create and resume projects long abandoned (because I couldn't find them!).

I feel guilty over my desperate late-night Walmart purchase, but who knows when Lady Thrifty Lucky would grant me the perfect curio cabinet I craved for storing my art supplies.

 [Pictured Above, Humble Beginnings: The dining/craft room the weekend I moved into my apartment 2 months ago.] Was I to live in utter chaos until that magical day? Patiently awaiting a cabinet that may never come?

[Pictured Left, The Hideous and Maddening Clutter of one of my hallway closets, stuffed with Art Stock that needs to be sold and art supplies. The chaos in this photo ain't the half of it]

To punish me for my impatience I'll find the perfect cabinet for a fraction of the funds I paid for my flimsy Walmart book shelves, such is the cruel law of Thrift.

Other Recent Room Renovations: 





This post is linked to: Welcome Wednesday / Works for Me Wednesdays / Creative Therapy Session / Show and Tell / Penny Pinching Party / We Did it Wednesdays / Make it Yours Day / Whatever Goes Wednesday / Room to Inspire/ Women Who do it All / Hoo's Got Talent / We Can Do it Cheaper / Transformation Thursdays

36 comments:

  1. Looks good! I've been hoping for ages to find a really nice vintage pigeon hole unit to display my "stuff" but after no luck I finally decided to get an Ikea Expedit then found an Expedit for one third of the price in Vinnie's, yay!!!

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  2. Sometimes I think we have to give in and get the less ideal option to prevent chaos-dementia. Hey, if I find the perfect cabinets I'll still find a use for these bookshelves. I have tons of crap, ur- treasure- to display.

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  3. So glad you found your long lost projects! lol! The shelves look great and I like that color on your wall.

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  4. Wow, they look really good. I hate walmart too. But shop there all the time...

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  5. Hi, I'm a new follower via Welcome Wednesday.

    my blog: about happy books

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  6. Looks great and if it work too then it's a total success! Enjoy...

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  7. Looks great, I think I need to get some of those book shelfs.
    amy

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  8. I love your new space! My craft area which is a sad corner of my office, a cabinet in the hallway and a mess in the bedroom is so disorganized at the moment. I too long for a neat and tidy space to find everything. And I love the color on your walls. Delicious.

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  9. You are doing great! My craft room is so crammed and disorganized that I'm working in about 2 square feet of cleared space. As soon as I have no houseguests, I am totally cleaning house! Your wall color is gorgeous, btw. And maybe the cruel law of Thrift won't be so persnickety. I'm sure you'll take the cheap cabinets if you find them!!

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  10. I just hopped in from the Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop. I remember having your kind of energy! Nowadays I'll be lucky if I can get through an entire blog hop! Seriously - great job. I look forward to living vicariously through your effort. Mind if I follow you?

    I have a greeting card shop for wives on Zazzle that you might want to browse from my blog. Please accept my invitation to follow me back at http://bythesefruits.blogspot.com

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  11. Great job. I have what are probably the same or very similiar bookcases from Target for my crafts too. I have 2 tall ones and 3 shorter ones, I wish I ahd bought more tall one as I need more space. Or I guess I could get rid {gasp} of some craft supplies. :)

    Found you through Make It Yours.

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  12. Does this mean a craft night at your place soon? Bwahahaha!!! I have been finding and bookmarking DIY crafts lately.

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  13. Yep- that it does! I can't wait for the crafty inspiration to begin! And beers, lots of beers...

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  14. *sigh* I need to do something with my crafts!
    Your newest follower from Welcome Wednesday Hope you'll stop by Mommy's Memorandum

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  15. I love the color of your walls. Do you know the color name? I would love for you to drop by my blog, Yoga Gal, when you get a chance! :)

    Great job!

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  16. Great organization! Love the wall color. Yeah I feel the same about Walmart, I bought some of those shelves and found out the hard way of not storing anything heavy on them.

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  17. you did so well organizing, don't feel guilty about purchasing them, they fit into your home! I have the same one, and has transformed it many times over. Your place is beautiful!

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  18. Just discovered you last night and love your feelings about Wally-World. What is sad is that sometimes,I too am forced to go there and I hate to feed that monster. This is why we create and thrift. Good luck on organizing...that is one of my summer projects. Of course, should stop surfing the web...

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  19. Following you from Welcome Wednesday! Hope you can follow me back! :)

    http://mygorgeouspinkcheeks.blogspot.com/

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  20. looks great! I am now following you thanks to Welcome Wednesday and it would be nice if you could share back the love here!
    Happy Welcome Wednesday!

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  21. Love the wall colour! Really great.

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  22. I knew EXACTLY what I wanted for the creative space wall color and luckily found it at Lowes. It's Valspar's "Laguna Green". So dreamy, you want to sink into it like bathing in cool Caribbean waters in the summer.

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  23. I feel your pain and glory! Mine looks like the jumble of mess, but I dream of being organized one day! Great job, sounds like $50 well spent! Thanks for linking up to We Can Do It Cheaper!

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  24. It looks amazing! I am so jealous of all your storage. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

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  25. wow, it turned out great! I need to get organized now!

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  26. Yay for Walmart! I need my craft room organized so bad! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

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  27. It looks great! It is such a great feeling when every thing is organized.

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  28. Evil Walmart or not, it looks fantastic! I really like your table, btw.

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  29. This is EXACTLY how I feel right now. I found this cool corner bench with storage on the inside and a wooden round table in a Chatelaine magazine. It's exactly what I want for our diningroom/craft area, but I can't find what I'm looking for. And yes, I've looked at Walmart. Thanks for sharing. Love the black and white floors and the turquoise walls.

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  30. Love the new space! And the color of your walls is gorgeous. This gets me itching to reorganize something...hummm, my kitchen is in sad shape right now. :-)

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  31. sometimes we have to settle for cheap and organized, if not aesthetically pleasing :)
    if it encourages you in your art, so be it...
    (visiting from ana's friday archive dive)

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  32. i am pretty sure i've already commented on the colour of your walls, but i just love it. and i agree, when my space is organized, i feel like i can jump in and start a project (or dig out an old one) more easily. and shannon's right, sometimes cheap and organized just wins out. it's been about half a year, are you still happy with it?

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  33. As much as everyone loves to hate Wal-mart including me at one time. They do some good for society. They hire so many people even in a bad economy. They also work really hard to hire people that other business's consider a risk. There are families with food and shelter because of Wal-mart took a chance and hired them. Can't say I dearly love going there but if you need too, don't feel bad!

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  34. PS I love your new space, its so YOU!!!:)

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