Let’s give a warm welcome to Kim Barrett! Her room is impressive – especially considering it was created using recycled materials! Here’s Kim!
I’m a wife of 38 years, mother to four grown children and grandma to three. I live in beautiful Arizona and have worked for a major airline for the last 25 years. I also have a small cake pop business that I began three years ago as a hobby. I love anything DIY, cooking, baking, paper crafting and repurposing vintage pieces of furniture.
To truly appreciate my craft room, I believe I need to take you to where it all started. Here in the back of my husband’s truck.
A close friend of mine was remodeling her kitchen and was taking her old whitewashed oak cabinets to the dump. I jumped at opportunity to save her that trip to the landfill. My idea began with a clean slate and 22 kitchen cabinets that I needed to figure out how to make them work in an 11’x11’ empty room. After figuring out a color to paint them, my new craft space was born.
I was able to use all but two of the cabinets. I did build a hutch to go over a base cabinet which allowed me to have open shelving. My husband was nice enough to move all my outlets in the new craft room to counter height, giving me power in all the right spots. Our biggest challenge was the layout as I wanted to be able to use all the cabinets. We even made use of the cabinet that once sat over a stove making the perfect cubby for my flat screen TV.
I’m one who loves to organize. I prefer being able to see my supplies to some extent. I also don’t care much for clutter, so I am a big fan of tiered stands and almost anything in which I can store items that will allow me to leave them in plain view. I absolutely love storage solutions. Many items I purchase are not exactly designed for my storage solutions, but they are what I’m always drawn to. Our budget was (like most) to spend as little as possible, and do all the work ourselves. The laminate flooring was the biggest cost at $300. The cabinets were free, and to bring them back to life was well worth the $50 for paint and glaze.
One thing I would like to improve is the organization and storage of my paper supply. Being a bit of a scrapbook paper addict, I’m always buying paper, yet never seem to know what I actually have. I need a good 12”x12” paper solution, besides the plastic containers they are stored in at this time.
Being organized, as I believe most will agree is a wonderful place to be and the journey getting there can be just as fun and rewarding.
Thanks for the opportunity to share!
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Don’t you love her space? I think the idea of repurposing something that was bound for the dump is brilliant. And such low cost, too!