Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Craft Room ~ Finishing Touches

While other couples were exchanging expensive gifts and going out to fancy dinners, hubby and I were Craigslisting.  You know your hubby loves you when he spends the entire Valentine's Day holiday moving second hand furniture for you;)   

I've been patiently surfing Craigslist for the last year looking for a large hutch to finish off one last section of my craft room (here's a look at the last wall).  My criteria for the new piece was 1) tall, 2) open and closed storage, and 3) white, and 4) made of real wood.  I have quite a few Ikea pieces, but I keep prefer to keep the heavy duty stuff in metal cabinets  (like my pattern cabinets) or real wood furniture.   I have chosen to use freestanding furniture  only as opposed to built ins because some day we may have to convert this into a main floor bedroom for my dad.  And, as everything else in my craft room, this last purchase was done on a budget!

Meet my new hutch...


Technically, I think it's an old dresser with a hutch built on top of it.  All I know is that it fits the space perfectly and it's sturdy as heck!  Bonus, gold hardware!  I'll always be updating the office in little ways, but I'm happy to have that last piece of furniture in place.    There rest of the room is pretty much untouched, but here's a few new pics...

 

While we're talking craft room, here are a couple little storage ideas that I haven't shared in my past craft room posts.  

The first is for Copic storage.  I keep them in pencil cups from Target in the top of my Raskog cart.  This system works really well because the both the cart and the cups are mobile.  So much more convenient!  Another Copic tip, create a color chart.  I keep mine clipped to the side of my cart with a magnet.  A color chart is essential because the color on the tips of the Copics do not always match the actual color of the pen.   Go figure!


Another tip for storage is a magnetic knife rack.  If you are going to do this, get a real knife strip.  Don't use the cheapie Ikea one (super weak and you don't want a pair of scissors falling on your foot!).  This is a good way to store light weight tools or even dies.  


This next tip is not so much storage, but more convenience.  When you are planning your room, ALWAYS take in to account where the electrical outlets are!  I cannot stress this enough!  I've used industrial velcro to attach a power strip on both sides of my work table.  Makes it so much easier to use my glue gun and embosser (which I keep in an old metal loaf pan for safety).  As you can see, I've also attached a roll of paper towels. 


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Thanks to my hubby for the heavy lifting and thank you to you for stopping by! 

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj

18 comments:

  1. What a great finding, JJ! I also love the quatrefoil paper on the second cabinet, it's super pretty!

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  2. I definitely need that power strip and paper towel holder! Great ideas. Love the new hutch!

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  3. Great craftroom, new hutch and ideas! So excited for you!!!

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  4. What a lovely room you have, JJ. And hubby!

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  5. Super, JJ. It fits right in. Thanks for sharing your tips, too.

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  6. I really love your Craft Room and your new hutch is fabulous, JJ! Thanks so much for the photos and for sharing your important tips with us...it's so helpful! PS: Way to go with that great guy you have there :)

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  7. Love the hutch and all of your great tips!

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  8. Love the new hutch, and the loaf pan is an awesome idea!! Beautiful room :)

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  9. Oh thanks for the heads up on the magnet rack almost bought that ikea one
    what a pain that would have been :)

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  10. Looks awesome JJ! Perfect.
    great tips and I love the use of the loaf pan!

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  11. Totally agree with you about 'mobile' storage. We're considering going condo within a year, and all my furniture can go along with me! Love that new hutch. I'm looking for something similar; though aren't all of us crafters, lol! How nice that it's all done. Thanks for all your little tips too! Bev

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  12. Thanks so much for the visit to your craft room! I love all your well thought out ideas!

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  13. Looks great in there! I am going to have to schedule a visit! ;)

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  14. In LOVE with your craft room!!!! Such great organization :)

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  15. what a happy place. I love it! I can't wait to see it in person. :)

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  16. BEAUTIFUL!!! Great job on all of your hard work :) I'm jealous, but in a good way 😊 I love all of your ideas and thank you so much for taking the time to share and explain.

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