{Personal} "Settling"

Don't get me wrong. I LOVE my son. But he and I did not get off to the best of starts. The morning sickness was miserable, and the sciatic pain he's caused is even worse. But by far his worst offense is ousting me from my craft room. Just WHERE am I supposed to make all my photo props for sessions like:

Yeah. I have a crafting problem. 

Yeah. I have a crafting problem. 

Still, there's no denying a baby needs a nursery. I'd just have to be one of those part-time crafters, with a big mess of boxes in the attic that take over my dining room table at Halloween when costumes need making.

OH WAIT.. we're overlooking one minor detail: I'm not one for settling (hello - have you SEEN my husband?)! I'm also broke ..er.. cheap ..er.. "creative", which is a recipe for one heck of a DIY-erSo I designed THIS instead:

I just got chills.

I just got chills.

But I'm getting ahead of myself! For instance, you should know this was first a closet. In our guest bedroom. Receiving zero love.

Talk about wasted space!

Talk about wasted space!

It's a pretty big closet, 6ft x 2ft, and the same size as the one in my craft room exploding fabric. I knew if I was ever going to have an organized space I could actually use, I'd have to draft a pretty thorough plan. Thankfully, this pin pretty much solved that problem for me.  (I swear, there are no "original" ideas anymore!)

Step 1: Paint the Closet 

Recognize the color?? I've used it all over my house. And here on the website too! 

Recognize the color?? I've used it all over my house. And here on the website too! 

Let's be honest. If you confined me to a white-wall cell, I'd go even more insane. Painting was a MUST. Thankfully, we had a lot of leftover paint so all it cost was a few hours of manual labor. 

Step 2: Install the Desk

Every craft room needs surface space! I didn't take pictures of this process (somehow, wrestling a toddler away from a stud finder didn't leave a lot of opportunity for that). We used the same method as we did for my new office space last weekend:

cell phone pics courtesy of the hubs

cell phone pics courtesy of the hubs

We mounted the desk top to 2x2's drilled into studs in the wall. This thing isn't going anywhere!

Step 3: Pretty it Up

So.. now you've got a desk in a closet. How do you class it up? Fabric-wrapped cork board, and Wainscoting squares.

As it turns out, being a hoarder totally paid off for this project. We had the cork board since designing Daniel's work space in college, and the the wainscoting scraps were leftover from an earlier house project.

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Step 4: Put Everything Away

This is my favorite part. Magically... everything. EVERYTHING. had a place in this closet. Yards of fabric neatly organized in the black drawers under the desk, scraps organized in bins by size, miscellaneous crafting supplies in mason jars. Purrrr-fection.

That binder? Filled with patterns. ORGANIZED patterns. 

That binder? Filled with patterns. ORGANIZED patterns. 

Step 5: ENJOY

There you have it! The 24 hour conversion of a closet to a craft room! Did I mention the whole project cost just shy of $40? As in four-zero. Not bad right?

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Best part is, my guests never have to know (unless they read my blog..). Close the closet doors and it's 100% contained and out of view. Beautiful :)

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