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7/16/2014

Organizing Space

WARNING: Picture heavy!
Hi - back again, with the promised pictures of what is currently in progress in one of our basement rooms. But before I share the pictures, let me share that today is the birthday of one of our wonderful Bloggers, known to so many of us: Bonnie of Stamping with Klass. If you have a few minutes, do go over and enjoy some stunning cards by Miss Bonnie, and leave her some birthday love.

Now for the pics (don't laff too hard, it's still quite a mess.) This all started when I asked if DH could fix a table that is high enough for me to sit comfortably and have my Genesis cutter in a more comfortable location for me. Where it lives currently is just fine for an occasional trim, but there's stacks of 12x12 that need to be trimmed to fit in folders that will hang in a new filing cabinet that you'll see. I can't stand that long without my back getting angry with me - good excuse for procrastination, no? Anyway, there was a table top being used in the garage and he decided to buy some metal legs which would make the table high enough for a stool to enable me to sit. Methinks it may have been cheaper in the long run to just 'go buy something', but this occupied him with many trips to our local home improvement center, working with his drill, etc. And I got something workable from his idea. Here we go:

 
 
The metal legs made the table as high as the airbrush table to the left. The leg underneath the table will be added at the back to add more stability - which I don't think is necessary...but I'm not arguing with him. As you can see, there's still mess on the top and underneath. I'm thinking I'll set the sewing machine I occasionally use for card stitching on this table - as well as the Genesis cutter. There's precut holes in this thick top for electrical cords too. The white file cabinet to the right is one found at a thrift store, painted white, put on rollers so I can move it about easily. To the right of the cabinet is a bookcase which was already in the room, but lots of the books have been donated, and some seasonal MS punches are on the shelves.
 


Airbrush area to the right of new table -  with sprays, pan pastels, compressors, copic refills and the stool that can move from the air brush table to the cutting table as needed. Holding up this table top  are 2 very old bookcases scrounged from an estate sale up in New England. The top was another salvaged item.  Bookcases are handy for storing SU cases of stamps, some craft books, and other items which desperately need a sort through. The stacked pizza boxes are meant to contain overspray but usually I don't bother.

When I mention the small windows in our basement, here is one of them in this room. These are set in the walls at ground level, so don't allow much light into the room. The basement was constructed of 3 walls of thick solid pour concrete in molds, delivered on flatbed trucks and placed into a prepared trench with a large crane. Coming as we did from Florida, basements were unknown to us, but we've been pleased with this one. DH & a brother finished off the inside and made 2 big rooms, with a full bathroom too.

This view shows the door going into the 'tv room' and the light from the other basement window is reflected up at the top. There's a plastic hanging shoe bag on the door - stores fiskar punches, empty spray bottles and various other supplies that fit in the pockets. On the side walls are Recollection shelves from Michael's that were being discontinued, so got at sale prices. The same type of  Recollection file cabinet shown has some of DH's airbrush stuff, that needs going through and moved. More sprays and paints are kept in these wall shelves.



 
another view of the bookcase with punches, and the table where a lightbox lives (thanks to Cornelia for this super idea, which works great). The table was an island that initially resided in our kitchen upstairs. Got replaced as a kitchen item and found employment in the basement.
 



Better view showing the ott lights for the light box, and all the 'schtuff' on the island shelves. To the right is the very nice file cabinet we discovered when on a recent trip to the local Goodwill store. DH put castors on the bottom so that it can be moved easily. These drawers are going to house the paper supplies, once I can get them trimmed to folder size, assorted by color. Presently the stacks I had piled everywhere are placed inside some of the drawers, so that we didn't have to keep moving piles of paper as we changed things about.
 
 
Better view of the cabinet. The end table was for a bed that was previously here;  has a drawer in it. The tool box was a birthday gift years ago - just for me - and houses cutting plates, extra cutting platforms, etc. On top of the tool box is a dusty Cricut and the stickles holder. Next to this is a very rickety storage shelving unit - purchased for $10 years ago. Now I see them for $69 in places...totally overpriced. It is not sturdy at all, and needs to be propped between something else so that it doesn't tip. I'm glad we only paid $10 for it.  Stamp Scape stamps live in the drawers. An old crock & wicker basket hold rolls of Christmas paper that I had ideas for, which have not come to fruition yet. Also DH's hat rack is still on the wall. In the far corner not shown, is a cubby where he has ballcaps stored.
 
 
Going clockwise around the room from the last view, this is a short wall which is to the left of the basement bathroom.(didn't think that would be of any interest - but you can just see the door molding!)  Another nightstand with some drawers - and another Michaels Recollection shelf sale item. We got 5 of these - going to 3 different stores - when we found the sale. To the right of this view, is the entrance to our basement coming in from the garage, and all the magnets on the metal doors were collected on our travels. The small shelving rack was brought in from the garage and cleaned, will make excellent storage. Same with the white shelving in the foreground. This was another old bookcase from an estate sale, which had been in the garage. Now has large punches, flat EK punches.
 
The white bookcase was placed under a pegboard which had been put up to hold punches..something I saw on a blog. I wish DH had gotten the white pegboard, but he didn't, and I didn't ask him to take it back either!! We used curtain rods for the bars instead of the Ikea racks that I've seen used elsewhere. Works fine, and cheaper too. The hutch and shelving unit were purchased some years ago from a local stamp store that was closing...I think we paid $50 for the set. All the cd's that are in the top shelves are going to be loaded to flash drives - eventually! - and the cd's will be going by-bye..so more storage. The wall behind this area is the stairwell to our main floor.
To the right of the hutch, is another double unit similar to the rickety one...but this one is more sturdy. Has embossing powders, glitters, and the top has whatever didn't get put away. With the vacuum as a wonderful decoration to it all!!! Just haven't put it away yet, as we keep needing it each time we work on this project.

Hope I didn't bore you to death, but at least now when I talk about my basement stamp area, you know what part of it looks like. There's another same size room on the other side of the stairwell, that has our tv room - which has now become my stamp room, and it's in even a worse shape than this area! But one of these days...hopefully...

That's it. Hope you liked the tour and didn't fall asleep. If you've got any good suggestions, feel free to tell me! Hugs and Happy evening. Come again when you can. I'm off to do some visiting of some lovely bloggers.
 
 
 





30 comments:

Sharon said...

This is a fabulous crafty space Mary and wow, so many punches. What a fabulous idea to create a table of a certain height using metal legs.
enjoy the rest of your week.
Hugs Sharon. x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Mary ! thanks for the tour of your craft studio, but you have a 2nd one just for stamps? I have to say that you have quite a collection of stash & tools with lots of neat shelving for everything. I find it great fun to see other's craft space, so thank you very much! Take care, Shirleyx

Carol L said...

Thanks for the tour of your room! That's a nice collection of stamping supplies, and if you're anything like me, you sometimes look at all this and think to yourself......"I started all this to save money by making my own greeting cards!" LOL It's hilarious when you stop and think how much we've invested to make cards huh? And now......back to my stamping :) Thanks for the personal tour ;)

Bonnie said...

Isn't it fun to get things organized and moved around a bit. I hope this works lots better for you and gives your back a break! Thanks so much for the birthday shout out and the beautiful card!

jimlynn said...

Give a guy a drill and a project and they go to town on it!! It looks great and you have SO MUCH ROOM!!! Love all the different areas and that's great the way the table is higher now. I'm so jealous! LOL! Guess I just need a basement! Trust me....if you saw my tiny little space you'd laugh!
Lynn

Shona Erlenborn said...


... and I thought I had a lot of "stuff"!! ... and you have another room??? This is crazy! Love all the organization going on though and the fact that the table is higher - you've got no excuse not to get the cardstock cut and sorted into the cabinet!! Really great space and ideas Mary. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

Oh wow, what an awesome crafty space you have, Mary!! Mine too is in the basement. I have a small window that lets in a little natural light, so that helps :) I love all of your storage options!! And I loved taking a look at where you create your masterpieces!! Thanks for the tour!! Have a great evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

aussie aNNie said...

Wow fab tour of your craft area, wow, this is one fantastic area and I would love a tour personally to see it one day ....well one day....
♥aNNie The Journey is the Start

Patti J said...

Wow! What an awesome space you have! Now we all know where you work your magic ;-) thanks for the fun tour! Lots of great ideas!

Nikki C said...

Wow amazing room so much to play with :)

Greta said...

Oh what a great space you have! So fun hubby was involved!

Maxine D said...

What a huge area and great shelving - it must be a great place to create in.
Blessings
Maxine

Sarah said...

I'm off to book a flight so I can come and play!! Wow Mary!! xx

Hazel said...

Gosh Mary your basement craft room is nearly as big as my cottage!!! My spare bedroom come craft storage room is only 7ftx10ft. No basements here, had them in Germany and made great playrooms for the children. I might just have to show my husband your room to let him see I have hardly craft stuff. Hazel xx

Redanne said...

Wow Mary, I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of your craft room. Now I know someone who has even more stuff than I do, which I thought was impossible - lol! Great use of space too, I could spend many a happy hour in there.... Hugs, Anne xx

SarahGeorge said...

I'll have to come again, to read the details, of how you've put them in an order,But now, I'm inspired to organize my little corner :). Thanks for the pictures :).

Marilyn said...

Awesome craft room!! Thanks or the tour

Brenda said...

I am loving the tour of your basement crafty area Momma Mary! I love all the great storage shelves you have and those tables are fabulous that hubby put legs on for you. With store bought tables they sometimes have cross bars for stability and get in the way, this one that hubby did doesn't! Love that!! You can take your peg board down and spay paint it white if it allows coming off the wall easily. I have rods to do that with my punches too but haven't yet to do it because I know they will need to be secured to the wall and will need hubbies help with that. You are slowly getting organized Momma Mary, and that always takes time in my mind. Love, love your nice big area and now I've seen where you create so I can vision you working there and in the other room in front of the tv! lol Hugs, Brenda

Sue said...

Well Mary I had to show hubby your fabulous craft space just so I could prove I don't have the most craft stash in the world!!! LOL its really fab and what a great area you have to craft in..have a great weekend!!! huggles Sue xxx

Petra Swart said...

WOW, Mary, what a lovely craft room you have ...and what a lot of stuff you have!!! If I could have this, it would be like a dream come true!!!! A lot of hard work you've put into it, but the end result is really great!!! Have fun in your 'new' craft room!!!

Hugz

Jean Straw said...

Mary what a great craft space you have with everything sorted into areas, and another room for stamps?!! I too showed your pictures to my husband to prove that my stash is really quite small!!. My craft space is one end of the sun room and no matter how many times I think I have got the storage organised and a home found for everything I go and buy more stuff and and it sits in a pile on the chair. The good thing about it is that there is plenty of natural light.Thanks for the tour around your amazing basement.
Jean x

Patricia said...

Luck, lucky you to have ALL that Craft Space never mind all the "stuff" to fill it. Oh! how I wish I had just a teeny tiny corner of your basement. Thank you very much for the tour.

Patricia xx

Faith A said...

Oh! Mary, what can I say? HUGE amount of crafties to play with and now a HUGE place to play in AND what a guy! Seems a bit like mine, except I don't have all those crafty items and he thinks I have too much LOL. I can now "see" you in your crafty hideaway doing what you love, which is the best place to be. Enjoy to your hearts content :)
xx

scrappymo! said...

I think your DH did a great job of customizing your table to fit your needs. But i did have a giggle at the adding one more leg at the back...teehee

You have lots of good crafty storage and look very organized. Are you cutting your 12x12 papers to fit 8 1/2 x11 files or to be 6x6?
I think it is a great idea to cut them down. You are going to be so organized...must be a fabulous feeling!

Sheila H said...

Two rooms, Mary!! Amazing! Thanks for sharing your craft space. It's wonderful :)

Diane said...

Oh my goodness...look at all the wonderful "stuff" you have to play with...I want to come and snoop...lol....so many neat things to look at...and you have another room of stamps...wow...I want to see them...lol...thanks for sharing, someday I will have the nerve to show mine!!!

crafty-stamper said...

oh my goodness my husband says I have more than enough stash but my stuff makes yours look like a craft shop lol
Carol x

Donna Ellis said...

Wowser! What a great crafting place, Miss Mary! So much organized storage, and lots of surface space for crafting and leaving things out until your project is completed! BEAUTIFUL creative spot - I love what you have to play with, and the way you have it arranged! thank you for sharing! hugs, de

Kim Heggins said...

Wow...what a wonderful space to be creative...I love it.

Wynn Walton said...

Wow Mary you've got heaps of space and oodles of yummy goodies in your craft area. Wish I was there.....drooling already.
Tried following again. Hope it's worked this time xx Wynn xx