What do closet organizers, wire egg carriers, a baker's rack, closet doors, and bread boxes have in common?
|The beginning of the remodel|
The room is SMALL (like 9 & 1/2 feet by 8 & 1/4 feet) with a small amount of extra space next to built-out closet, so creating usable space and lots of storage was essential!
I had little money to work with and for the most part, used things I had or things I found for cheap at thrift and salvage stores.
In the pictures above, you can see:
- A wooden hutch (to the left) I found at a garage sale 2 years ago for $20 (and had been part of the toy room).
- A metal, rolling cart I found at goodwill for $10.
- A mahogany chair from my dining room set (since I only have a dining "area" and I don't have room for all the chairs, I am using 2 in the new room).
- A baker's rack that I've had for over 20 years (and was bought on clearance then). This is not only being used for storage, but is also acting as a table support.
- a stack of craft-room organizers (which I love, and received as a birthday gift several years ago)
- 2 hollow, wooden, closet doors (one I had bought at a garage sale last year, for $3... and one I bought at a salvage store for $7)
- on top of the closet doors you can see part of a closet organizer which I turned on it's side along with it's friend and made an L-shape that mimics the L-shape of the 2 closet doors.
- Short bookcases act as table supports
- And I found a table-leg (which I had to cut down slightly to act as an additional support for one of the closet-door/tabletops).
|The new view into the room|
|Love the white, desk-organizer - it's vintage too!|
|Most of the baskets are Goodwill finds, although I did spend $1.50 each on the little card cabinets which I got at Daiso (a fabulous Japanese dollar store!!!)|
|Wire egg crates for garbage and paper recycling|
|we even found a way to mount the mirror.|
We have a mirror that we have no other place for (and REALLY wanted to be able to continue to use) - so we even found a place for that. Plus the sliding, closet door makes a great location for a memo board!
I have glass votive holders and vases which will hold water for watercolor painting. I am using my mother's old floral frogs (plus a few I purchased at flea markets) for holding paintbrushes and possibly some writing utensils, and the metal, aqua box on top of the bread box will be holding some new art-markers (when I get the chance to buy some).
|The new fabric for the chairs.|
It's not quite done (I still need to paint the chairs & hutch cream, and recover the chairs with new fabric (yes, I did splurge a tiny bit there... but still used a coupon and got it for $3/yard) - but overall ... we LOVE it!!!
Just to be honest about what I did buy for this remodel:
- The 4 little card cabinets
- 2 wire baskets to act as shelves and hold my stickles glues (which I is one of my favorite embellishments EVER!!)
- Fabric for the chairs (dining area and craft room)
- Wooden crate (painted cream and added casters)
- LED under-the-cabinet lights from IKEA (how did I ever manage before them?)
- Paint - teals & aqua's (spray paints for the metal objects, and a couple of sample-sizes for other objects)
I've already started working on my scrap-booking (which I've managed to put off for the last 4 years). I'm so happy to have a beautiful (and warm) place to work in!
Unfortunately for my poor hubby, it's motivating me to see what other rooms I can "fix". hehehehehe.
Wish me luck - and let me know what ya think!