Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Creative Space Planning: A Craft Room / Laundry Room Combination





When you've got a huge family in an average size house, you've got two choices when it comes to logistics:

1. Get discouraged, cry a little, then do a big fat nothing because it won't be "ideal"

2. Get creative

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{more -almost 2 decades old- photos of our first house here}
See that lift-up coffee table? The year was 1999, and the sweet storage space inside was my "craft room". I don't mean sweet as in taste, although many a sippy cups were spilled over those cracks, but with a two-year-old, a one-year-old, and pregnant with #3, what lurked below was truly delicious: cardstock, ribbon, a sewing machine...my only link to sanity(ish).

Once the kids were big enough to help themselves to sharpies whenever the urge struck, it all got moved to a hall cupboard. Then, when the magic of chairs being pulled over to reach high places was discovered, a small coat closet with a locking doorknob. From a rubbermaid bin below the bed to a full on craft room, I testify to the power of doing what you can with where you are and what you have. IT ALL WORKS.

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Last spring, after coming to terms with having another kiddo diagnosed on the spectrum, the room sharing arrangements required some shuffling. That began an incredibly overwhelming domino effect, the end result and only thing remotely relevant to this story being that the Harry-Potter-under-the-stairs-in-the-laundry-room boys space was no more...


and allllll that crap from No Budget Craft Room had to fit in it's footprint.


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Remember? Get discouraged or Get creative.

{also, it's worth noting that when you don't spend money on a space, you don't feel guilty when things have to change. Custom cabinets and fancy fixtures are lovely - so I've heard - but then what happens when situations evolve...you know...as life has a tendency of doing?}


The only explanation for any of this working was divine intervention. A pry bar to remove the quarter round baseboard on one side didn't hurt either. A half inch more on the teal fella would've been the death of Plan A.

The paint drips detract from the glitter in the linoleum.

If you're asking why not paint the dark wall behind the hutch BEFORE moving it into place then you need to shut your mouth. It was late, the supply of teenage boy labor was unusually agreeable, and one just takes advantage of such situations without always thinking things through. How was I to know it would literally be so wedged to discourage thoughts of ever moving again?

As hoarding would have it, all those tiny scraps in the garage saved from planking the fireplace SEVEN YEARS AGO fit just perfectly around the exposed wall.


Once I realized just how much (read: little) space we were working with, the purging began. I will not reveal how many boxes were given away, not out of embarrassment, only because I lost track.

Random fabric scraps.

Paper piecing patterns from a scrapbook classes taught 16 years ago.

When you give yourself a physical limitation and declare whatever-doesn't-fit-doesn't-stay, it's surprisingly cleansing. Pun intended.







Going vertical is a necessity in a room without loads of floor space. Put those walls to work. Curtains would have been lovely, but old crates are functional which makes them pretty AND smart.







{super simple DIY Wrapping Paper holder directions here}




 Even a tight space has room for things that make you smile :)






 From catch-all,

{move-in - 2008}
to bedroom,

{2014}
to crafty hide away. Total cost: ten bucks for the pegboard.


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34 comments:

  1. Pretty sure I almost shorted out the keyboard by drooling on it a little. You so don't want to see the mess that is my space. The idea of starting all over has been rumbling around in my noggin for several weeks now. Inspired.

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    1. DO IT! DO IT! (said in a college frat chanting voice)

      If you're anything like me, you'll have random things that you've held onto for periods of time that can be measured in years, not months. Although it initially feels like frugality, somewhere along the line mentally taking care of items that cost less $1 to replace turns into foolishness.

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  2. Amazing. You and the space. Especially since I usually have no budget for my desirables - you give me inspiration! But given the sheer amount of crafting inventory, me thinks you may be holding back on exposing all that you make?! You must be enjoying more creativities than wrapping presents - inquiring minds want to see! Fill this space! Please. X

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    1. I'm obviously in 6th grade because the word EXPOSING delighted me much more than it should have. Yes, I'm a maker of things, although not such a great sharer due to a winning combo of laziness and apathy :) Shame on me if I ever proclaimed wrapping crap as my only hobby. Forgive me?

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  3. You could be given a 2 by 2 foot space and make it sparkle! Bless your weary soul, I pray for endurance for you and your family.

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    1. I'd paint that space white and have you doodle all over it. I mean, WITH PENS. Felt like that needed some clarification.

      P.S Meds are helping, and lowering my standards to near non-existent has made things much more bearable. Forcing myself to be distracted doesn't hurt either...but you already knew that! I hope YOU are doing well, sweet friend. The kids pysch dr is in Lewisville off Hebron and I always tempted to send you an email and say MEET ME FOR SHAKES! :)

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  4. "I want to go to there." - Liz Lemon

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  5. This is awesome. You are amazing.

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  6. That. Wrapping. Paper.

    Lusting! What a dream this adorable space is. I have to agree, when our home was smaller and my resources more limited, I was at the top of my creative game! Funny how that works. Maybe that's how humans are wired to be.

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    1. I keep saying no more more until every inch of what's here is used up, but then a roll marked down on clearance to 75 cents makes me a liar.

      Also, you're definitely onto something....although I'd like the chance to have some resources to test that theory ;) Of course when it's free, if it turns out awful, you haven't wasted anything but time.

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  7. You are a creative genius when it comes to spaces. Great job, have fun in that space of yours. I saw that little "hello" stamp and it made me smile, you sent me one just like it and I still have it. It's so darn cute. Im finally getting around to cleaning and reorganizing my space, it's nuts! But it has to be done, can't wait to get it finished.

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    1. HAHA! Nuts can be fun too :) I can only imagine all the treasures you must have in that space of yours!!

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    2. I'm finding a lot of things I forgot that I have. Now just to either get rid of them or put them to use. I got a new table at Ikea when I was with my friend in Toledo, so I'm good to go, it's just going to take me a while to get it all in order. I should have taken a picture before, but forgot, I'll probably post the finished room on my blog. It will be nice to actually be able to use it again.

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  8. Wow. Just...wow. You are a space designing genie!

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    1. Exaggeration for sure, but sometimes it feels about as big as a bottle. Motivation to keep it clean(ish).

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  9. So some quarter-round had to be sacrificed for the greater good...that's what happens sometimes in the name of organization.

    I am forever impressed with the variety of materials you have on hand for whatever needs to be made. I want that aqua (turquoise?) cabinet. Seriously. If I could find a way to un-wedge that thing from the nook, it would be strapped to the top of my Jeep and hauled north. Love this room.

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    1. "Variety of materials on hand for whatever needs to be made" is the definition of hoarding. I'm sure of it. Trying to break the tendency...

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  10. Everything you do is awesome. That's all.

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    1. Printing and framing on the wall for the children to see. Lest they ever be confused.

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  11. I'm beginning to think you took (stole) my share of creativity from the genes (since u were born waaay before me 😆). Although, my white kitchen cabinets ARE looking almost as fabulous as your pic showed they would! I wanna come visit you & see this so-called "average" size home!

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  12. So wonderful, love how you made everything fit and all your storage ideas.

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    1. Whatever doesn't fit had to go, so I tried my best :) Thanks!

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  13. I knew it would look awesome! I don't how you make it look so pretty! I have plenty of space now but I still can't get it to look this good. This space, despite the washing machine, makes me wanna create something. I bow down to the Craft Queen x

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    1. What's the fun of being a queen if one still can't make the sewing magic you can? Next time I'm down under, you create while I organize around you. Seems fair.

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  15. very nice, i like the way made it, very stylish, friends from http://mailbeautifulbrides.com liked it a lot!

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  16. Your room paint and its color is looking good...!!! and your room stuff in very ordered. renovations surrey

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  17. Amazing work. I believe that some good ideas or design can change the value of a room. Space played a very crucial role for big families. shutter window treatments can also help to increase the space in a room. Thanks for this nice post.

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