Ok, if you saw my post about our new playroom, you may remember that I said there was an area of the playroom that I re-organized as a work and storage space for myself.
I am SO excited about this space! I wish I had taken “before” pics when it was at its worst! Here’s a not so bad shot:
Before: on a GOOD day!
For years, this space was neglected and ignored. It housed hockey equipment, rarely used kitchen stuff like our wok, jumbo roasting pan etc, as well as outgrown clothes , house paint, and camping gear. And the counter was always piled high with boxes, wrapping paper, Christmas decorations and junk. It was an embarrassment.
The space is adjacent and open to the room that we used as a guest bedroom. When I transformed that bedroom into a playspace for the daycare a couple of weeks ago, it occurred to me that if I cleaned up this sorry looking storage area, and cleared out all the cupboards, I’d have an awesome workspace for me, a good amount of floor space for the Hooligans to craft on, and cupboards to hold ALL of our craft supplies. This last bit was really exciting, as up until now, our craft supplies have been scattered all over the house in various cupboards and cabinets.
Let’s get to the pics. Warning: there are quite a few. I wanted you to see everything!
O.K. Here’s a before shot of the icky laundry sink (our laundry room is actually in a different room than this). This is directly behind me when I’m sitting on that stool at the long counter.
BEFORE – laundry sink. Please do not judge me by the filth of this sink. I have ignored it since we moved in almost 8 years ago as the taps leak so badly we don’t use them.
AFTER: the cupboards above hold containers, spray bottles etc. Large bottom cupboard holds paints and our wall paper sample books. Now just to replace those taps (ahem…handy hubby), and it will be perfect!
wall paper sample books and paint supplies
There’s a bank of 3 tall cupboards to the left of my workspace, just outside the playroom. Two of them serve as our pantry cupboards, so they’re stocked with all kinds of dry food and canned goods (I’ve always used them for that). The 3rd cupboard that you see open here, used to hold random tools and owners manuals. Now it holds all of our colouring supplies, a few puzzles and some frequently used craft supplies.
Colouring books/crayons etc, puzzles and our frequently used craft supplies. Yes, one of these days I’ll paint the INSIDES of the cupboards.
Above, we have games and more puzzles.
The drawers under the counter hold:
glue guns and water colour paints… read on to find out about the LED lights
There’s a frosted glass panel above that end drawer that the original home owners put in to cover what was obviously a sink hole at one time.
So I put a couple of LEDs in the drawer, and when you turn them on, you get…
A built in light panel! What a GIFT!
The cupboards below the counter hold:
season and and sensory bin items, and our construction paper
miscellaneous craft supplies
and my stack of white cardboard (which we use a ton of), and our button collections.
one of the Hooligan’s grandma’s donates brings us the cardboard
and inside one of the cupboard doors, I hung a spice rack and filled the bottles with some coloured buttons for day to day crafting.
If we’re going to get messy, there’s a spot for the re-purposed denim aprons that I made for the Hooligans,
and enough room in front of the counter to throw down a vinyl tablecloth for crafting on.
Can you believe this space was sitting here all this time, right under my nose, and I wasn’t even using it???
I’m SO excited about it. Honestly. Sometimes, I just go downstairs and stand there admiring it. Do you ever do that when you makeover a space? Please tell me you to. Tell me I’m not the only one who does that.
It’s just so nice to have all of our toys, games and craft supplies all in one place, and so awesome to have a space for me to prepare and clean up crafts so close to where the Hooligans are playing.
Ok, one last before and after shot:
Standing in the playroom, looking out at my work space BEFORE:
and a couple of AFTER shots:
Stay tuned for part 3 of the series where I’ll cover “organization”.