Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Inspired by Carmel

I really didn't know what my first "house project" of 2012 was going to be.  Having just moved into this house in October, there are SO many things I want to do!  I was thinking of doing a wall treatment in the hallway, or maybe painting the guest bathroom vanity.  On the bottom of my to-do list was turn the guest room closets into a craft storage/work area for myself.  As it was, all my craft supplies were down in the basement on shelves (and some of it had exploded all over the floor over the past month!).  I would carry everything I needed upstairs to the dining room to work.  Then I carried it back down the stairs when I had to put away.  It was not ideal.

The yesterday, I saw Carmel's craft closet and the inspiration hit me and I got to work.  Here is Carmel's prettily organized closet....

And hey, what do you know, it is in her guest room, too, and I just noticed our guest rooms have very similar bedding!  Ha!

I committed one of the seven deadly blogging sins and did not take a before picture.  But imagine behind these doors that there are loads of knick knacks, photos, frames, basically anything I didn't have a place for.

It was a huge waste of space, and look at all that room!  I knew it could be the solution to my problem.  I should also say that this makeover was NO COST because everything I used I had on hand.  I brought up my IKEA desk, a dry sink that had not sold, and pretty much every art supply, and all the art supply containers I had on hand plus some extra vintage storage containers.

And After:

Here is the closet on the right....
As you can see, I created a bit of a gallery wall in there above the desk.  This is made up of things that inspire me and make me happy, and my most favorite color palette.

Below the desk sits all of my magazine files.

And to the left of the desk all of my drawer liners and wrapping paper are organized in trash can bins, and there is a crate filled with gift bags filed by category.

Above the desk, I have all of my IKEA boxes.  And yes, I can reach them all, so that is not an issue.  I have very long go-go-Gadget arms.

Now, if only that had been enough.... but it wasn't!  So the left closet also houses craft supplies.
Here it is with the drysink, all my fabric rolled on the top shelf, and baskets and a crate holding more floral/Christmas crafts.  And I still need to do something to the wall behind it but I am not sure what yet.

The top features buttons in a vintage jar, paint brushes in a coffee can, and a couple of little happies.  In the sink area I have all my paints and threads (in a tray).  And the paints are divided in an odd manner because I keep all my DecoArt products separate from the rest since I use them for The DIY Club.

In the bottom section, the top shelf houses stencils and fan decks.  The bottom shelf houses boxes of some smaller supplies and a vintage locker bin filled with Styrofoam pieces.
 To the left of the drysink is all of my silhouette supplies in a vintage metal basket.
 And to the right are my silhouette and my sewing machine.

I feel SO much better now that all of my crafts are organized!  I am ready to take on the WORLD!  or at least tackle a craft project. :)

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101 comments:

andrea said...

Cassie, this closet is so cozy and amazing! You're never going to want to comeout of it! Those owls are TOO cute. This is such a great idea and really utilizes the space that you were using of rall of the same things, anyway! andrea@townandprairie

Amanda said...

Cassie you have done a wonderful job! Makes me want to go sort out my crafting space, not a pretty sight at the moment!
Love the gallery wall, get for inspiration.

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I had happy eyes when I saw this. It is so cute and fun. Oh and organized. I love your gallery wall. I could just stare and stare at it. You did good. I keep thinking how you might could use the hanger bar to help with storage as well. Hmmmmmm still thinkng.

Jamie said...

I can't believe how incredible this is!!!! You really carved out a beautiful and inspiring space for yourself

Lesley said...

Looks awesome... Not to get you thinking in this direction (lol) but, I would be moving that darn bed out and making that a studio!!! How many times a year does a guest really use that room?? Or better yet, can they get a room at the nearest hotel?!!! lol lol lol The light seems nice in there. I'd be making it my studio. Just saying...

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

So since i already have seen these awesome pics and you know I love it I am going to comment on your huge supply of silhouette vinyl!!! wow! ;) My room just keeps getting better and better. Can't wait for the crafting weekend we have yet to schedule :)

michelle said...

Girl you did good!! I love it! THe gallery wall is perfect and so happy when you open the doors, I love little surprises like that. :)
xoxox

Megan said...

Whoa! I love it, it's so cute and organized! I have a closet full probably just like your before, I need to get on this craft closet train!

PB said...

I cannot wait to come play in your closets!!!! Perfect location in "my bedroom"
GramPam

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Holy cow! It's so pretty and functional! Being organized always make me work better. This will really get your creative juices flowing. And you work fast! ... What a great project to kick off the new year!

Katie said...

Your space is awesome!! I love the collage wall you made! And you seriously made me laugh with your go-go gadget arms!

Kara @ June & Bear said...

you have pushed crafting space farther up my to-do list. i'm still hauling mine from the basement, after cursing under my breath because i can't find what i want. yours looks so great.

Twice Nice said...

I'll bet that feels so good! That is an awesome use of your space. Enjoy! Deb

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Oh, I love it!! You have inspired me to work on my guest room closet!! Take care, Caroline

Anna@Directions Not Included said...

Great use of that space! I love, love, love the gallery wall behind the desk and the touches of vintage storage items. The dry sink and the metal wire crate are awesome.

Jennifer said...

This is beautiful. I just love how cozy it feels, and I especially love the art work it makes it really feel like a space instead of a closet.

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

Girl - you are so fast! I'm amazed at how quickly you put this together! It looks awesome! I love love love it! You have so much space - I'm kind of jealz ;)

simplyvonne said...

I absolutely loveee that space and the gallery wall!!!! my goal for 2012 is to organize our messy office!!! yikes

-Kasey said...

Lookin good! It's a great feeling to know that you have a space dedicated to your things.

I am loving all of the organization im seeing all over blogland. It's feeding my organizing addiction right now, ha!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

You go, Cassie! Take on that world! ;-)

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

I tweeted a link and also added it to my fb page! Seriously- I love this! You've inspired me to finish the desk I'm working on for the other side of the room!

Nick G said...

I like those Owls!

Closet office, great idea!!

Tonya said...

Wow! You just whipped that up yesterday?! I'm impressed!

It looks great & I bet you are going to enjoy your new organized space! Isn't funny how organization makes us happy?!

I wish I lived near an IKEA...I could use some of those boxes for my master bedroom closet makeover!

Nicole {Home for Hire} said...

This is so fun and resourceful (not to mention cute!)! I'm very jealous--it definitely motivated me to get in gear and work on our office!

Andrea said...

Way to start the year off right! Carmel's closet inspired me too. Now I just need to find an empty closet! Love all the organization.

Gwen @ The Bold Abode said...

I will not feel bad about my messy craft room. That's right, I have an entire room...with a big a$$ desk and closet and armoire and shelves...cept dat it's da office and school room too..HA! Had ya there for a minute, didn't I? You go-go-gadget, girl!

17 Perth said...

This turned out fabulous. :) I love love love your little gallery wall.

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Oh my, two big, organized craft closets! Fabulous!

Kelly said...

Whoooooa. Just WHOA. Can I please move into your guest room just so I can play in those pretty organized craft closets? I bet they're super inspiring for your projects now. Gorgeous!

Designing Domesticity said...

Wow, love it. Trying to sort out a new place for all my crafts as well. My 'mom cave' has turned into a storage center and I need to relocate. Wishing I had a room like yours. Thanks for sharing, liz

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

You did all that in a day?? Yay, Cassie!
It looks amazing, and so uber organized! I'm thinking just being able to shut the door on a project when you have to leave it would be really nice, too.

Sarah said...

I have the same table legs from Ikea.

Josie said...

Such a great idea! Closets can be used for so many great things. I had a neighbor that took her closet doors off and added a pull back sheer curtain to both sides of the closet and set her babies crib smack in the center! Great use of space!

Pudel-design said...

OMG!
So much storage;)
Amazing, I hope one day my office, atelier, craft room will look like this!
But hey a new year, new goals;)

Lovely greetings and thanks on your comment!

http://pudel-design.blogspot.com/

Ruby Jean said...

Can I come play in your closet.. :) I LOVE it.. You did a fantastic job.. Organization Truly is a WONDERFUL thing... :)

Ali Richardson said...

Yipppeeeeeee!!! It's seriously SO amazing! If you could please remind Andi to call it "our" room, I would appreciate it, ha ha!!!! Dying to get crafty with you my friend :)

Ashley @ DesignBuildLove.co said...

the space looks absolutely wonderful! I've been searching high and low for those Ikea desk legs since they've been discontinued. Can you tell me the name of them by chance? designbuildloveblog@gmail.com

Thanks!

Anne said...

love love love. its real -and- really organized! So awesome. great job. and very inspiring :)

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Sooooo jealous!! So, sooooo jealous!! Your new crafty space is gorgeous! I use our dining room - not so good!!

Happy New Year, my lovely!

Sarahx

Allison said...

You seriously are the energizer bunny! You amaze me. It looks fabulous and wonderfully organized. The gallery wall is fun! I have got to get busy! You all inspire me so much.

Prudently Painted Vintage said...

AMAZING! I love every inch of your organization. This makes me want to organize my craft stuff. Seriously, it may take a while. I hope I can make it look half as good as yours!

Prudently Painted Vintage said...

AMAZING! I love every inch of your organization. This makes me want to organize my craft stuff. Seriously, it may take a while. I hope I can make it look half as good as yours!

Dana Frieling@ Make Them Wonder said...

You and your go, go gadget arms did a great job. No worries about not having the before shots, we ALL have those closets in our homes...easy to visualize!

Renee from Where the Grass is Greener said...

That was a huge project, but it looks awesome. I don't have a guest bedroom, but when I do, I will use your closet re-do as inspiration!! (It doesn't even look like it was a closet before.

Rebecca said...

You're a rock star! Organization is my downfall, hmmmm....maybe you've inspired me!

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

WOW! That looks like a LOT of work, but soooo worth it in the end. I love the little gallery wall and the matching white boxes. Very pretty and organized!! :)

DecorandtheDog said...

I'm jealous of your crafting supply arsenal. Impressive. Your little crafting nook is super adorable. Let's make something. :P

pam {simple details} said...

You two are going to create a tidal wave of closet re-dos throughout the blogosphere! I'm copying, but I only have a cabinet! :)

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Shut up. This is a closet??? Girl, it looks better than what most people have out in the open. And for free?!?!? You've got some serious talents. Way to go. Way to go :)

Christy @ MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Awesome, lovin the owls

{Hi Sugarplum!} said...

This amazing space makes me want to drop everything and organize all my craft supplies! Like stay up all night organizing!!! Great job, cassie!!

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

I love it Cassie! This space must make you feel so happy! It looks so lovely & cozy! You really did a wonderful job! Happy New Year! Angie xo

Chrissie said...

Youre amazing! You have a gallery wall in your closet! LOVE IT!

Domestically Speaking said...

Love, love, love Cassie!

My Crafty Home-Life said...

You rocked it!!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Whoa girl you've been busy!! Makes me want to go tackle a closet! Nice job!

A Lived in Home said...

Wow! What a nice, organized space. I love the curves on your desk legs. I would like a similar coffee table.

Meredith said...

Cassie, you KNOW I love desks in closets, and yours turned out amazing! I can definitely see your personality in these two little spaces and I bet you'll have lots of fun crafting now that you can find all your supplies. :)
Great job!

Lisa @ Turning Tables said...

It turned out SO awesome. That is so much good, useful space to work with!!! I am jealous, friend!! :) Happy Crafting!

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

FABULOUS!!! I'm a little jealous since my studio is a pure mess right now after the holiday blitz. I'd rather just move in with you and use that great space than tackle organizing mine!! lol!!
<3 Christina

gail said...

oh sooo envious! I love your new storage! great job cassie!
gail
ps thanks for linking up and linking back to catch as catch can

ritajoy said...

Oh, thank you for posting this idea-filled post! I'm currently in process of trying to get my craft space organized, too...and I love all your creative storage solutions! It's way more fun to work in a cute, organized space!:)

Katy said...

This looks awesome! Dont you just love when everything has a place? I love all of the owl details and the frame collage behind the desk. I just made a craft space/office in my closet too!!

Catherine said...

Wow Cassie, this looks great. I've been so inspired I went out to buy some craft space storage today!
Can I ask you though, where do you get those great drawer liners?

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

I love the little art gallery!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Cassie,
My goodness...this is sooooo darn cute...what an awesome idea...love all your frames:)

Blessings,
Linda

Rhiannon said...

So tidy and organised, but still inspiring and practical. Great job!

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

That might be the most amazing closet/workspace I've ever seen! A gallery wall in the closet?!?!? Love it! I thought Carmel was the queen of organizing, but looks like she might have some friendly competition! :)

susanmw1 said...

I would suggest adding peg board behind the dry sink!

Michelle said...

Great use of the closets! I bet you'll love having your supplies closer. Awesome that you had everything you needed on hand!

Monica said...

You really did an awesome job organizing everything!!

Amy of The Salvage Collection said...

well, darn it, ms. busy bee, you have done it again. crazy amazin' organization!

though i can just hear little emmy when the neighbor knocks on the door and asks where her mom is..."oh, i'll get here. she's in the closet."

;)

Janette - The2Seasons said...

Carmel inspired me, too. I was a crazy closet organizer last week. Your finished project is great!!!

Heatherlee said...

So cute!! You did a great job!

Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife said...

Wonderful craft space!!

Stopping by from Its So Very Cheri linky party. Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2012/01/my-first-amp-cover.html

Erin said...

All that space for organization!!! I'm so jealous. ;)

I am totally drawn the colors you used in your gallery wall above your desk. Nice job!

Katie said...

Great project!!!! You are so talented! I love making closets into craft spaces! I did the same at my place! It is nice to have it organized (I just wish there were more room for my fabric stash!)

--Katie
@Creatively Living

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Love it! Thanks for linking up! Check out my giveaway....


XO, Aimee

Erin said...

Go-go Gadget arms...LMAO! You have mad organization skills, Cassie. This looks phenomenal! I'm completely inspired by this organization and will be channeling it when I get around to dealing with my crapft room.

Abbie said...

Cassie, this looks SOOO awesome (I LOVE the owl gallery wall!).

You are one organized chica!

Thanks SO much for linking up your awesome posts @ Feature Friday Free-for-All!


~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

I'm featuring this awesomeness today. You're my inspiration....

Abbie said...

Just letting you know that your great craft closet will be featured on tomorrow's Feature Friday Free-for-All. Feel free to grab a button! : )

Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom said...

Your craft closet looks great, I am working on mine too, very slowly. I think I will have to make a trip to ikea tomorrow for some of those boxes.
~Jamie S.

WhisperWood Cottage said...

It looks great, Cassie! Wish I had some go-go-Gadget arms!! I'm always running around looking for a chair or step stool to climb on. :) Thanks for linking up to the 1st Project of the Year Party!

Meg and Mum's said...

Cassie this is so freakin' good I had to feature it! Come grab a button :)

Restyled Vintage said...

Cassie, how did I miss this post?? Just saw it via Meg and Mum's and had to come and look...the closet looks awesome and I love the gallery wall. I love how many little paints you have, whoa! Puts my collection to shame although to be fair I had to leave it all in NZ and start again in Australia (movers wouldn't ship paints :( I am looking forward to organising all my art and craft stuff when we move into our new house, thanks for the brilliant ideas :)

xx
Karen

sherdyl said...

Hi, Cassie; what a beautiful job! I was wondering if you remember where you found (or did you make?) the amazing birds on a wire with "H O M E" being held. I love it! Thanks for sharing your great ideas! sherri

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

hi sherdyl- it was a gift from a friend for christmas, but i believe she purchased it at home goods.

René said...

This is such a great use of space! You are so organized! Wow! What a collection of craft supplies too. Thank you for joining the party Cassie!

-René

Camille said...

Hi Cassie, it looks like these closets hold a TON of stuff, but it's not at all cluttered looking. What I love most is the two shelves above your desk area. So cool that the boxes are not stacked. Whenever I stack boxes, it is bad news in my house! ;)

Camille

Fiona, LilyfieldLife said...

Wow Cassie you are spolit for space arent you! (and craft supplies!) It all looks fantastic, well done.

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Love the idea of using the space to its full potential! You made it super organized and cute! Just discovered your blog via Living Savvy!

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

Thank you so much for linking up! I love the you created this space with spending no money! It is a perfect place to see everything and be creative!

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

congrats on your nomination for the Cottages and Bungalows feature at Whisperwood Cottage for this! i was so happy to see you among the chosen!! :)

Iesha Williams said...

Congrats on making the top 12 at WhisperWood Cottage!

thistlewoodfarm said...

Cassie,

Now I already think you are a rockstar and I am one of your biggest fans....and then....you make the top 12 over at WhisperWood Cottage! You go girl. Many congratulations are due you! You deserve it for this incredible project.

blessings,
karianne

D said...

Congratulations on making it to the top 12 at WHISPERWOOD COTTAGE! Beautiful job.

The DIY Show Off said...

Cassie! Way to go! I love that inspiring gallery wall! I organized closets in January too - so rewarding and nice to have everything in it's place...now how long does it stay that way? lol Congratulations on being in the Top 12! :)

Pammakesthings said...

Congratulations on making the top 12 at Whisperwood Cottage! What a great use of closets! Also, it is so worth it to buy matching boxes for an organized space, isn't it? I just did the same with my craft supplies, but with black boxes when they were on sale at Hobby Lobby. I love it. It makes working so much more fun and inspiring.

Jen said...

Congratulations on making the top 12!! LOve your project, you have definatley inspired me!! Good Luck!

heidi said...

I love this craft closet. A girlcould get a lot of great work done with a space like this. It's so organized, and the owls, home sign and other decor make it cozy. Ever since I first saw this space I keep thinking of it and wondering which closet I can convert to my own craft room.
Congrats on being a finalist fit the Whisperwood First Project party. You have do many great spaces that any magazine would be lucky to feature {thinking of your daughters room with the deer mural and the mushroom table}