It seems that this project has been in the making for a very long time. It is not that it took that long to complete; the problem was that everything else kept jumping in front of it – like school children cutting in line. And being the well behaved workroom that it is, it politely let everything else get ahead of it…parties, Thanksgiving, Christmas, my husband’s new office, photoshoots, you name it. Everything else took priority over it. Well I am happy to say that it has finally had its turn, and it is absolutely. totally. finished (except I still may change out the chairs if something else catches my eye.)
Unfortunately the photos are not here. Sorry. They’re not… but you can still see them if you will hop over to Marty’s blog, A Stroll Thru Life. They are in a post I wrote for her over there, so just click here and you can see the whole shebang. And then…please come back here afterwards. There is a Part 2 for you here when you return. Okay? Now don’t peek by scrolling down or you will be as bad as those children who cut in line!
See you in a bit.
(some music while I wait for you to return )
Welcome back and welcome to the kind readers from A Stroll Thru Life! I am so glad you came over here for Part 2 of the Workroom. I promised details of the organization and storage in my little room, so here we go.
I have a new/old desk that has been dressed up with paint and beadboard. On the side of that small desk is a compartment that originally held a computer tower, but because I work off a laptop, I have no need for space for computer parts.
That compartment makes a handy spot for my photography equipment and all my blogging calendars and notebooks. (I store my camera in an insulated lunch bag.)
You saw the skirted table with the large bulletin board over it. Well it is a workhorse of a table; plus the storage underneath is wonderful! Since I use that table for sewing and wrapping gifts, the space underneath has my sewing supplies, the sewing machine, a shopping bag full of bubble wrap, and boxes for gifts. (There are a lot of smaller gift boxes inside that big green one.)
And then there are 8 red boxes in the upper part of the large desk unit. Each box holds ribbon that has been sorted by color (with 3 boxes full of red ribbon alone!)
Next to the large desk is a wicker hamper. I am using it to hold gift wrap. I had it at the end of the work table because it made sense next to the gift boxes, but when we put up the large bulletin board, the skirted table badly needed centering underneath it. Then there was no room for the hamper. So it was moved to its current location.
Here is one of the drawers in the big desk unit above.
Going on around the room is the cabinet my husband built under the window. It is my favorite organization space in the house! One of the drawers holds paper, envelopes, labels, and pens for my lettering projects.
The other drawer holds tags and a zillion markers (that I should probably organize by color.) One of the red boxes holds assorted color circle tags.
There is space underneath the drawers for all my craft project supplies. They are in labeled clear plastic storage boxes.
And finally, there is the closet with a pole and all those shelves. A collection of old drapes hang from the pole, and fabrics and throw pillows are housed on the shelves. (I’ve mentioned before it obviously shows my addiction to checked fabric.)
In my post over at Marty’s blog, I promised you a list of sources for the room. So here you go:
- flooring – Lowes Style Selections Heritage Pine laminate available here
- beadboard – Lowes Empire Company 8 ft. wood wall panels available here
- upper wall paint – Lowes Valspar Lyndhurst Timber
- lower wall paint – Benjamin Moore Brilliant White
- drapery rods and rings – Lowes Allen + Roth Mink curtain rod available here
- drapery fabric: Ikea Berta Ruta available here (drapes are lined with Walmart white sheets)
- lamps – various yard sale finds from my mother
- desks – old Broyhill pieces from Havertys painted the same color as the upper walls
- chairs: old Ballard Design wicker chairs – discontinued
- rug: Target Threshold Chenille Jute in Light brown available here
- fabric for table skirt: P. Kauffman Perth in teastain available here
- paper cutter: Martha Stewart Crafts Deluxe Paper trimmer available here
- red storage boxes: Stockholm photo storage boxes available here
- brass stapler, scissors, and letter holder: Target (Nate Berkus line)
- bulletin board: an old one from Pottery Barn; a similar one is here
- picture frames: Format museum mat frames available here
- wicker hamper: an old one from Target
- red paintbrushes: Michaels
- red planter: a very old one from the K-Mart Martha Stewart line
- desk calendar: Sugar Paper for Target (no longer available)
- jars: Target, the lids are spray painted red
- telephone: PB Grand phone from Pottery Barn available here
- black desk Lazy Susan: from Homegoods, a similar one is available here
- black desk photo caddy: Bedford photo caddy available here
- toy VW beetle: Kroger
And there you have it – my new workroom all finished.
Thank you so much for taking a look around here… in the closet…inside the cabinet…under the table. The room is really not that large, but by putting a great deal of thought into how I needed the space to function, I was able to make the most of every part of it. Planning was a BIG part of the work for this room – from the layout to the organization. And if you are like me, you are always looking for ways to be better organized, right? So I’ll end this long post with a question for you…
What’s your best organization tip?
We’d love to hear!