Wednesday, 3 April 2019

I Have Been Missing in Action - Craft Room Revamp Update

About a month ago (perhaps more) I reached the point where I decided that enough was enough.   My craft space had become unworkable for me.

I was trying in vain to work and to craft from one space and it was proving to be very difficult, if not impossible to do anything efficiently.  And, frankly, I did not like my room layout anymore.

Here is a photo I took on the day I started my revamp:-



I decided to "lose" the very large wood effect cube storage unit that can be seen in the above photo, swapping it with a couple of Kallax units from my husband's office, and have relocated them to the opposite side of my small room:-




It is still a work in progress as I have a lot of stuff to re-organise and I am undertaking a big de-clutter.  But there is some light at the end of the tunnel ........ I now have a desk to work from.  It's an Ikea Skasta Sit Stand desk from Ikea with an Alex Add on Unit across the top where I can hide away my laptop and Stampin' Trimmer when not in use:-





and ............ a dedicated craft space too.   I bought the slat wall secondhand from Ebay :-


I love the fact that everything I need to craft is within easy reach.   The slat wall provides loads of space to store tools and it's nice that I can make it look quite decorative too.

I also have a chrome Under Shelf Storage Basket which holds all my cutting pads and magnetic plates and accessories for my Big Shot, Gemini and Scan n Cut.

I got bitten by the DIY bug and made myself a rather crude but really useful rotating ink storage unit. The Ink Pad storage units from LaserSmiths have been placed on a wooden Lazy Susan (bought from Ebay) and I added a wooden box to the top to hold all my acrylic blocks, heat tool and a lot of my cutting dies.


I don't have much floor space at all, so I stacked my two sets of Alex Drawers from Ikea and added a small Pahl shelving unit on top to hold my punches and display cards, etc.



I bought this handy copper organiser from TKMaxx and it holds all my punch boards, stamparatus, and ancilliary piercing, silicon and embossing mats:-



I still have a little way to go.  I lost some storage space in reconfiguring my work space.  The sacrifice has been worth it though, because its become a much more user friendly room.  So the de-cluttering continues .............................

To anyone who has been thinking of re-organising their craft/work space, I would urge you to do so.  Its a really cathartic exercise and you will feel so much more inspired to get down to some serious crafting.   I definitely recommend having a dedicated desk for admin work and a separate one for creating and getting messy !!

I meant to add that I painted my walls in Chic Shadow by Dulux.  It does go on very dark but dries to a lovely shade of grey.

Hope you like what I have done.  Thank you for looking and happy crafting !

Linda xx



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12 comments:

  1. Lovely room Linda! My room is much bigger :/ But it´s so easy to get just to much stuff...I´m looking forward to see more of your georgeous cards and other crafts that you create.

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    1. I would love a big room - but have tried to make the best of the little space I have. I am pleased you like it. Thanks for your lovely message x

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  2. MS. Linda, Wow what a wonderful space. I plan on redoing my room. It is not user friendly anymore. Toooooooooooooo!!!!! Much stuff (LOL) I have started working on the dining room table. My family hate me moving into there space. I plan to start reorganizing either in May or June. (I hope) I will send you a before and after picture when I get brave enough to start.

    I said all of this because you have Inspire me to take action. But, how do I get started? Do I get brave and take a lot out at one time, or a little at a time? I am afraid I might put everything back and have 2 messy rooms. Suggestions please!!

    From your Number 1 Fan.

    Michelle

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    1. Hi lovely !! Well some people told me to get it all out and paint. But I do not have enough space to do that. So I just moved my furniture around to give me access to one wall at a time. I painted two opposite side walls first. Then I painted the one over by the window. I was then able to fit my new worktop and the desk. I was able to deposit a lot of my stuff on them whilst I painted the wall where you come in through the door, leaving that until last. I don't have any furniture on that one. I did remove the big oak coloured unit and the worktop that you see in picture 1 before painting. I swapped the storage unit with a couple of small units from my husband's office. Some furniture did end up in my bedroom whilst I reorganised stuff, but not much. I won't lie - doing it this way did take me a few weeks, but I had a lot of other stuff going on at the time which meant I couldn't fully concentrate on getting the job done quickly. But I am happy with the outcome, even if I was ripping my hair out at times. I am glad you like it. Good luck with yours and I would love to see your photos xxxxx

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  3. Lovely and I appreciated you doing it as I benefited for your paper.
    Many thanks Sue

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  4. Hi Linda, it's looking good. What a great space to work in, so light and cheery. My room is much smaller and twice as packed - maybe three times ;) So envious of your room, but I either buy SU goodies or redo my room, I chose the former. You have all worked so hard, it looks terrific, well done. I hope it has given you a lift! K x

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  5. Hi Karen - Thank you. It has been taxing at times, but well worth it. I feel comfortable work in there now. So pleased you approve xxx

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  6. Hi
    Wow well done....as you know I dismantled (funny way to discribe but it had built up a lot of stuff/storage boxes) my craft room as we were down sizing. From your photos I have taken inspiration and I am now looking at Ikea for a desk solution to place in a nice little corner in my spare room....hee hee who knows it may turn out to be my craft room with a bed for when I need a break.xx

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    1. Thanks Kate. I do hope that you are able to come up with a desk solution. Corner desk is a good idea. Would love to hear how it turns out xx

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  7. Hi Linda Danielle From West Australia here. Well done good job and I must say its what I need to do badly also have a big sale of retired stuff Ive never sold one item of my SU stuff since I started in 2008 and as i became a Demo in 2010 there is lots and lots of stuff. I have missed you while youve been busy so am looking forward to seeing your U Tube videos again soon. Happy Stamping in your great room

    Danielle

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