Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Home Craft & Teacher Things Closet Reveal

I have always, always wanted a craft room.  I don't craft so much around the house, but I love to have all kinds of stuff on hand for teaching projects, wrapping gifts, or holiday things.  All I want is a tiny Hobby Lobby in my house.  Is that too much to ask?

We don't have an extra room in our home for me to have an entire room for my random stuff--and that random stuff has unfortunately been scattered EVERYWHERE.  You would find washi tape, dry erase & sharpie markers in almost every drawer in the house, including... the bathroom?  {Don't ask me how or why.  I don't even understand.}  My teaching books and MANY notebooks/idea books could be found in the kitchen, master closet, beside the bathtub, the mudroom, on my nightstand, in the office, on my kids bookshelves, etc.  It was getting out of hand.  I felt bad for my husband who was constantly finding my little trail of teaching things all. over. the place.

So, even though we don't have a whole room for my endless amounts of STUFF that I bring home--I wanted a little place to get things more organized.  We have an upstairs loft & office area, with a closet we were using to shove all of the office junk and loads of board games we never play.  For 2 years I've been thinking of transforming it into the craft closet, and this past weekend, we finally got to work and made it happen--it only took one day, a few storage boxes, and a little paint.  Okay, well, two cans of paint.  First, I picked a pale green.  After the hubs spent the morning painting, it just wasn't right--the color was too light, and it looked the same color as it was before.  So off I went to choose another color, this time getting testers.  I chose a pink and a purple.  It looked like Barbie's dream house. Um, NO.  I finally found a coral that I just love.  It's girly and perfect.  {Sherwin Williams Coral--"Hopeful"}

Here is a little "before and after" action for you:

#embarrassing.  Yep, I'm a messy & disorganized slob sometimes.  

Now onto the pretty.

It is still a work in progress.  I need to create labels for everything, and I would like a few more storage drawers underneath the mirrors on the side wall.  But this little closet is such a happy place!  

Those mirrors have just been sitting on a shelf for a few years!  I had no idea where to put them!

And, I used a piece of my new milk glass to hold my bakers twine!  

Now, hopefully my stuff won't be all over the place anymore.  I can't make any promises, though.  ;)  

Do you have a home craft room?  
Any suggestions for additional storage items that will actually fit in my small space?  


Raye said...

Oh that wall color is so pretty! The closet looks awesome :)

Lovely Nina said...

Your closet looks so pretty!! Love the colors!

Melissa Glenn said...

Love the idea of a craft closet! Wish I had a closet big enough to do that. Great colors!

Real Life in First Grade

Alison Rose said...

That turned out beautifully. I have stuff spread out all over the place too...it's a nightmare! I would like a mini Hobby Lobby in my house too...for free. Lol!
Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

Betty Dodd said...

I think you did an amazing job!!!

Rachel Lamb said...

it looks great! I LOVE that teal wall shelf baskets thingy!

Sarah Cooley said...

Thanks Rachel!!

Mrs. Agent said...

So pretty! I love organized cuteness!

Kate said...

I live in a one bedroom with my husband & own an etsy shop along with teaching. I feel your pain! I try to stay organized with shelving but it still ends everywhere. Math centers are all over my living room floor right now. My favorite purchase was from ikea-a rolling metal cart. I keep mason jars of thread, buttons, bows, ribbons, paint brushes, etc.

Sarah Cooley said...

I have been wanting to get a set of mason jars for displaying crafty items! Love it!

Miss Kindergarten said...


Glenda said...

What an astonishing difference it made to simply turn the bookcase and place it on the end wall. I love the color too! Are you familiar with those magazine/folder racks that are clear heavy plastic and angled out slightly like a wedge shaped pocket? Sort of like the teal organizer only larger. In your photo, it looks like you might have room to do a complete wall of them on the right hand wall, floor to ceiling....well not ceiling but eyebrow level for sure. Great space.

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