Studio Tour with Kim Hanou

Let’s give a big welcome to Kim Hanou of Too Much time on My Hands.  Kim is not a papercrafter or sewer (sewist?), but rather, she creates, builds, upcycles and decorates with an earth friendly view, small budget and beginner skills (she calls them beginner, I call them brilliant!).  She considers her two children major inspiration for a lot of her projects and tries to keep inquisitive hands in mind when she creates and decorates.  Here she is!

I started out with all of my crafting and building supplies tucked in corners all over our home. It was a task just to gather everything to begin a project. The kids had most of the run in our loft, but after completing a basement playroom, I decided I would take some space for me. My goal was to have my supplies organized, in one general area, and right on hand and where I could grab them easily. Sometimes I only have an hour to do something while a little one is napping and quick and easy is a necessity when it comes to my projects. I am visual person and I enjoy seeing everything which is why I used a lot of clear jars for organizing! I also hate, when I forget about things I have and go buy more, only to discover I already had 3 jars of mod podge!

A bigger view.
More storage using vintage items.


A re-purposed "curbside" chair


Repurposed Cabinet


Ball jars make great storage!


Flat mail rate postage boxes used for magazine/paper storage


Baskets and jars galore!


Bread box craft storage


Space for Little Crafters, too.

While this space is mostly for me, my kids are becoming crafty types and they needed a place to do their important projects while I was also working. I found a super cheap table and chairs that I revamped for them to use so we can all get our craft on together!

1. What kind of budget did you have when organizing your space?

My budget started out at just $100, but I had to push it to $150. I used mostly thrift store and curbside finds for the furniture and accessories. I spent a lot of time refinishing, revamping, and rebuilding to make the items suit my needs. The budget forced me to be super creative and use what I already had on hand.

2. What was your greatest challenge?

The biggest challenge was the monster desk that was totally user-friendly but pretty ugly. I just couldn’t bear to get rid of it…especially with such a small budget. I used a drop cloth, jute, and hot glue to dress it up and create some hidden storage space underneath. I am not in love with it, but it is a huge improvement on where it started!

3. Are you a “organize it once” kind of girl, or are your storage solutions constantly evolving?

I am an organize it all at once kinda gal. When I am done with a project, I want to be DONE with the project. However, as I am using the space I am slowly realizing I need even more storage space for my supplies. I am currently on the hunt for a piece of furniture that can house more of my tins, jars, and boxes. Somehow, I keep acquiring more and more supplies!

4. What is one thing you’d like to improve about your storage/organization?

One thing I am planning on improving is to up the lighting in the room. There are no ceiling fixtures, so I made my own hanging lamp in the corner and have a table lamp on my desk, but it still isn’t quite enough if I am working at night. I found a wire basket and I am going to try and make another hanging lamp from one of the great tutorials I have seen in blog land recently.


Kim – your space is awesome!  I love that you’ve implemented so many methods of organization, using found and recycled items.  Thank you so much for sharing!

For more information about Kim and to check out all of the projects she creates in her studio – check out her blog!

And one more  thing – are there any other questions you’d like our tour guides to answer in future posts?  Leave us a comment!

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