I live in a three bedroom home with my husband and two sons, ages two and ten. There is no room for me to house my treasured finds and upcycles-in-waiting let alone a place to actually create.
This is my craft room:
It looks an awfully lot like a kitchen, no?
What I love though, is this big island. It’s usually got a bunch of junk on it that I have to move to the right so I can work, but it leaves me with a good 3′ X 4′ of workspace. I also love that I don’t have to bend over to work; the height is just right.
This area is also the hub of the house. It’s where my kids eat their snacks. It’s where everyone gathers and it’s also the dumping ground for pretty much every thing that enters the house.
These are NOT ideal working conditions. I needed to carve out a space somewhere, somehow!
I needed more than anything, a place to store my finds and supplies.
This is my problem. I’m pretty sure this is how hoarding starts:
I can’t believe I’m sharing this with the world. But it does get better, I promise!
Enter these huge panels of wood. My dad is an expert woodworker, but he’s slowly been getting rid of his tools and supplies since they’re not in the business anymore. That’s how I inherited this wood:
There were two and this one has already had 3′ taken off of it. It was 4′ x 8′. They gave me an idea. I could build a workstation with storage in the garage!
I’m warning you, this is far from pin-worthy!! It’s function over form folks…
Tada! So. much. better! I used posts leftover from our fence installation and added wheels so I could move it as needed.
I was on my way to do my grocery shopping last week and I took a quick detour to the Good Will. I found these clear plastic bins for 75¢! They were on my list to buy for my work table. I got six of them for less than $5!
They are just the right size to sort all of my
I found this little metal shelf at a yard sale for $1. It’s perfect for holding some of my paint:
I built my workstation the same size as my kitchen island (minus the funky curved part), 3′ x 4′. I also made it the same height, 33″. It’s not pretty, but it’s perfect!
Now I have a place to work and be creative without all the interruptions. I can walk away and leave it set up and just close the door!
We also have a vent in the garage so it’s somewhat temperature controlled as long as the garage door stays closed.
Now my pile is no longer greeting me at the door…
The best part is I only had to purchase the wheels.
Besides the accessories, this work table cost me less than $20! Woohoo.
Thanks for letting me share a not-so-pretty project!
Time for me to get to work 🙂
Have a great week!