Craft Room Organization DONE!

I’ve finally finished painting, cleaning and organizing my craft room! Go me! I never thought I’d get it done. I was very overwhelmed. I wrote a “To Do” list every evening in my journal and that gave me the enthusiasm to get it done. One baby step at a time.

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The first picture is just entering the room. I still have the shelf at the beginning. Now it has the things I use on a very infrequent basis.

Picture 2: Is my craft table folded in half. I don’t use the whole space anyway. Across from that at the window was a cabinet my father picked up at a flea market a while ago. I have my paint rack on it.

Picture 3: Is the far side of the room. I have my little 9 cube shelf. I put 2 of my plastic drawers in the closet to save space. It mainly has my rubber stamps and most of my crayons, colored pencils, gel pens and markers.

Picture 4 is my closet with my fabric shelf, minus most (2 full to popping shelves) of fabric. I have that up for auction on Ebay. I hope it sells. I put up 8 pound so fake fur and about 4 pounds of regular fabric.

I am glad to have the room cleared out. Now I have to get started on making sets of my Glass Marble Magnets that I sell on Etsy.


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Craft Room: Painting . . . or what not to do

This is my first painting project ever. It has been my personal 2-day nightmare. Okay, the first day was the nightmare.

It is important to read everything you are about to buy. I knew I needed an edger. There was a handy little item that looked like a more substantial one than I was looking for. It even had on the tag it was made by women for women. I figured this meant very cool edger. It was not. I don’t know what it was meant for. It had sides on it, which made me thing it was an edger giving clean edges. In fact it was just a sponge roller paint  . . . thing. After using it the sponge would shrink just a bit (with all that paint and the pressure of moving it) that the sides would scrape down the wall. UGH.

I had to go out and get a real edger. But not until 4 hrs later. For some reason I thought I’ll just make do. My parents didn’t get that fancy edger thing until the late 80’s, I can paint through this. It was a more work than I should have done. Once I got the fancy edger product, it went quicker. Of course, I was not done.

Today I started again (10 am) and was done by 3 pm. It was a much easier day. And while it doesn’t look at all good, I was told for a first time it wasn’t bad. That made me feel a bit better.

Here are the almost finished pictures of the craft room. I will wait 48 hrs before I take the blue tape off and start moving in the furniture.

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It’s funny how  the picture by the door looks so much lighter than the other pictures. The shade is called Pale Daffodil by Behr. The shade I expected is the one by the door. In this picture it looks light. The color you see by the windows, the bright “in your face” lemon is what it looks like in real life. Luckily, I wanted a more “In Your Face” yellow, but knew better (from past experience) to go one shade lighter.

I may put wallies up for a border, I’m not sure yet. I’m really not sure how much more money I want to sink into this. I have about $120 in it so far. Much more than I expected.

My next task is arranging the craft room. This is where the organization will really come in.




Craft Room Organization Part 2

I am completely overwhelmed. I’ve been doing about an hour’s work at a time all week. This morning I did nearly 3 hours of work and here it is. Ready to be painted.


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Picture 1: This is from the back of my craft room towards the door. I’ve taken down the cork board. Not sure if I’ll put that back up. It was old and ratty when I got it. I did by a white board. It will be more useful considering I sell so many magnets.


Picture 2: Here is the little ‘entrance’ to my craft room. This little spot always seems like a waste of space where the closet juts out into the room. I used to have a toy box full of fabric. Now I have a shelf. Not sure which is better. It still seems like a waste of space.


Picture 3: is from the door looking into the room. I’ve got nearly everything in the middle ready to paint.

Picture 4: I realize I have to move that shelf. I had to move everything from in there out into a clothes basket. It’s not the sturdiest shelf. I bought it at Big Lots.

I have plaster on 2 holes and have to clean around the floor boards and frames. By tomorrow I should be painting.

My closet is now a packed mess. I did take a lot out, but what was left inside the room had to go there. After my paint is dry things are either going up on Ebay, Etsy or Goodwill. I’m done with almost all of it. I’d love to find a good home for my fun fur, though.

When my daughter was younger I had loads of different art forms for her to try. Now that she’s older and has settled on a few, there is no need for all this stuff I have accumulated. I worried that I’d miss something I gave away. And wouldn’t you know it, two weeks after giving away tin serving trays I could have used them. No matter! I found something else. I can’t believe all the things in my house and I’m not anywhere near a ‘hoarder’. It must be truly overwhelming to get rid of that amount of stuff.