a place to cut, craft and create

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It’s finally time to show off my favorite part of the studio re-do! While Maren and I were still in the planning stages, we determined that designating a workspace where I could cut, craft and create would greatly enhance the functionality of my small studio. I knew I needed a big surface to use for projects, as well a way to organize all the various tools and supplies that I use on a frequent basis. I wanted everything to be neat, organized and easily accessible, so that the items I use daily weren’t buried in a bin in the closet. Maren suggested adding open shelving, and using the black and white storage boxes that I already had. She also recommended that I add a pegboard for my most-used tools. I took her suggestions, and went to town!

The shelves are from IKEA, and were pretty easy to install. On the shelves, I have several boxes that contain ribbon, art supplies, adhesives, notecards and markers. One wire basket holds the string and yarn that I use for packaging, and another contains envelopes and packages that need to be mailed. Below the shelves is my framed pegboard. I purchased a sheet of pegboard from Home Depot for about seven bucks, then I went in search of something to frame it. I scouted thrift stores and antique malls until I found this old, black window for a mere twelve dollars. I broke out the glass, then cut pieces of pegboard to fit. The two “panes” create a natural organization system, with my rulers and paper trimmer on one side and various paper punches, scissors, pencils and exacto blades on the other. The pegboard hooks came from Home Depot, and the white hanging vases are from IKEA.

I moved the wood table that was originally on this wall to my sewing nook, then purchased a 4′ length of Pragel countertop from IKEA (to match my desk) for my work table. I mounted four table legs to the underside of the countertop, then installed another cord management system to hold my modem and router. A small set of drawers that I already had now sits below my work table, holding all my paper, envelopes, and sketchbooks.

The result is a neat and tidy workspace that I love to use. It’s easy to keep it all organized, because of the simple system that is in place. I find myself tackling more projects, and I never dread cleaning up, because everything has a place. Below are a few before and afters for you, as well as links to all previous studio re-do posts. Watch for one more post on this project, where I wrap it all up and share photos of the entire room, all put together!

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BEFORE                              *                                 AFTER

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BEFORE

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AFTER

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part 1 :: the state of things ’round here
part 2 :: everything in its place
part 3 :: behind closed doors
part 4 :: clean slate
part 5 :: sewing nook
part 6 :: cord management

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE the way that the peg board turned out! :)

  2. Tricia says:

    I need you to move to MA so you can design my office space. LOVE it!

  3. Kerry says:

    Everything looks great! I love the white woodwork! Very inspirational!

  4. the place is coming together! I love the window and pegboard and I really like how you painted the doors white. it really makes the room brighter. I can’t wait to see what you create in your new space!

    xo Kirby

  5. Hope says:

    Love the clean lines throughout! Yes, the painted doors are awesome!

  6. jordan says:

    ahh! love it. tidy & efficient!

  7. Suzanne says:

    What a cool space — I love a well organized work or craft area!

  8. I’m a little late on this, but wow, what a great space! I love that it’s clean, but with just the right touch of personality. Happy creating!

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