Friday, November 2, 2012

The perfect use for an old hutch? Craft Storage.

The $75 Craigslist anniversary gift has been through a lot.

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Just like a marriage, this symbol of our love required a few things before it could evolve from good to great: hard work, dedication, and clothes that could get messy.

I'm not even sure what that means.

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{Yep, those stripes got painted out too. That's the beauty of a free project: 
when you get sick of it, there is no guilt about wasting money.}

Mr. Hutch got two coats of greeny blue paint (Laura Ashley Jade #5 - just like the map),
then sanded, gouged, and roughed up a bit.

See? Just like a marriage for sure.

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Aside from new pulls on the drawers, all the original hardware stayed put
because I kinda loved it.

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The funky fresh bamboo contact paper that lined the shelves stayed too.
A little Karate Kid in the heart of Texas. Wax on, wax off, y'all.

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ribbon storage


london phone booth


organized craft shelves

scissor storage

{diy silhouette back from this post}

craft room

See that edge of a white desk over on the left? 
The computer got moved in from another room, so my huge craftin' table is now working as a REAL desk and holds all the office supplies, peanut butter m&ms, and pens that don't work but no one bothers to throw away. 

What was a craft room has morphed into a craftin' corner, but as I prefer to stand when I work on projects any way, this set up works peachy keen. And there's a chair that can be pulled over if necessary. So far it hasn't.

wrapping paper storage


Even though the hutch provides a crap ton of storage, I wasn't ready to part with all of my make-do solutions from before. The drawer shelf still hangs happily on the wall,


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and the typesetter drawer is still my favorite way to hold thread.

thread storage in typesetter drawer

I rounded up these sterilite containers that had been scattered throughout the house {in attempt} 
to organize cardstock/paper scraps, but couldn't stand the way you could see the junk inside.

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A few pieces of patterned paper taped behind the fronts make it all better.

patterned paper to hide storage

dresser for craft storage

{Photos taken a month ago, and it hasn't been this clean since.}


Linking up over at Jen's tonight.

31 comments:

  1. love love love it! i wish i could fly you to NC so you could help me do something organized and creative with my tiny crafting space and cluttery desk.

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  2. Most excellent! Now, box it all up and ship it to me in Vancouver. I'd like it by the 15th please.
    HA HA HAHAHA!

    You. Are. So. Inspirational!

    Love the marriage references too

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  3. OMG! What a wonderful transformation. I am loving it! Great job :-)

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  4. Love everything about it! and oh that color!

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  5. Best make-over EVER! Love what you did to that hutch! You are so totally creative and artistic. I love your craft space...it's so awesome!

    PS--this may sound totally nuts, BUT....that red horse statue totally reminds me of the one from the Brady Bunch! :)

    Hope you and your family have a great weekend!

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  6. beautiful! and i still adore your make-do solutions and will one day hang a drawer in my house...somewhere...

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  7. I love the hutch all on its own... but the color and style combo alongside the green dresser is perfection. What an amazing work space!!

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  8. The hutch is amazing. You have such a nack for picking colors and making old stuff look awesome. Thanks for sharing the transformation with us.

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  9. It looks great! You've inspired me to go get some work done on my craft studio.

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  10. I love the hutch! You are amazing...I love the way you store thread....wow!

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  11. wow! can i just tell you i learn something every single time i check you out...that hutch is d.i.v.i.n.e.

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  12. Love your space, and all the great ways you upcycled and beautified! :D

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  13. Officially inspired! Pinning this and hopefully will create one myself!

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  14. Now this is just wonderful. Great job "fixing" it. I would totally love something like this if I had the space. I finally finished my crafting room and am thrilled with it! Not exactly what I would have if I could "have it all" but it is working out great and I can actually craft in there again.
    Beautiful job!

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  15. You do know it's a rule that we only clean our creating spaces to take photographs don't you??? :-)
    I love what you have done, and your description of a crap load of storage almost made me shoot coffee out my nose. What a fabulous way to start out my morning. Completely motivated for the day now!

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  16. I'm not crazy about hutches for dishes. I'm weird like that. But this is an awesome use and I LOVE the color! Great idea!
    :)
    Kelly

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  17. Great makeover, love the color.

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  18. I love te color too! What a great room! You have an awesome crafty space :)

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  19. I am so in love with this. Great job!

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  20. Did you say peanut butter M&Ms?

    I'll be right over.

    Also, I LOVED the idea of covering the front part of those plastic container drawers! I have mine stuffed in my closet because I too can't stand that the junk in it can be seen (even if it is colorful, cutsie papers, stamps, stickers, beads). You Rebecca, are a genius. :)

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  21. Did you say peanut butter M&Ms?

    I'll be right over.

    Also, I LOVED the idea of covering the front part of those plastic container drawers! I have mine stuffed in my closet because I too can't stand that the junk in it can be seen (even if it is colorful, cutsie papers, stamps, stickers, beads). You Rebecca, are a genius. :)

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  22. This looks great! I love the wood work on it and yeah storage, looks like you hit the mother load!

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  23. Love it! What an awesome room, and great transformation on the hutch. Question - where is that fabulous rug from? sarah.etter@gmail.com

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  24. Sarah-

    The rug came from Home Goods. I'm not usually a buyer of "new stuff", but I fell in love, and for $29, I had to have it.

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  25. best anniversary gift ever me thinks!

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    1. The best gifts are ALWAYS the ones you help pick out, right? ;)

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