Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Craft Closet Part II

It's finally finished! A rosy, colorful little room behind an ordinary closet door. A place for buttons and rickrack and ribbon, for planning, making, drawing and painting. It's been in progress for a while - I shared illustrated plans back in May and I've been slowly collecting things since December starting with the sewing table I bought without having any closet dimensions handy - luckily it fit perfectly.The table is absolutely my favorite part of the closet. I found it on Craigslist for $15 and my dad adjusted it so it would work with my sewing machine and even made an additional piece to fill in the "hole" in the tabletop when the sewing machine is removed. This means it can double as a craft table. I sanded it, gave it a few coats of paint (Ionic Sky, by Behr), topped it off with water based polyurethane for extra durability and added a knob I've been saving for just the right project.
Pegboards just seemed like the most practical solution for frequently used and awkwardly shaped tools, but at the same time I wanted to dedicate some of the very limited wall space for a writable surface (to make lists and quickly jot ideas) -the chalkboard-pegboard was born! I originally planned to make them magnetic as well, but from what I read magnetic paint is both expensive and not always successful. Making these was a quick project and I'm satisfied with the results; I use them with a set of fine tip liquid chalk pens which work well for writing in between the pegboard holes. Right on the inside of the door a memo board hangs from a pink satin ribbon. This was a must since I'm always collecting interesting paper things - postcards from museum gift shops, old photographs from the flea market, pretty calling cards and vintage stamps. It's also a great place to pin loose drawings or notes.The top shelf provides the bulk of storage - it has a lot of depth and vertical space. I love the way everything up there acquires a pinkish glow from the paper lantern that hangs from the ceiling. I've been using those stacking plastic storage boxes for craft supplies for a few years - they're inexpensive, visually neutral and easy to find in case I need more. As part of the closet project I made some magnetic chalkboard labels with extra paint so in the event of future rearranging and reorganizing, I can change what the labels say and where they're situated on the box.
I couldn't feel more fortunate to have a place to entirely dedicate to creative pursuits. I hope this inspires you to set a side a little time and space - however small it might be for the things you love to do!

79 comments:

pixelhazard said...

Oh my goodnes! So envious!

Boxwood Cottage said...

Oh how I envy all you people with built in closets! We don't have them here in Germany, but I remember seeing them everywhere in the US. Your craft space turned so pretty!!! Love your color choice!
Best wishes sends you
Carola

Amy H. said...

Can I just tell you how jealous I am of your exquisite little working space! What a wonderful little sanctuary to get creative. Oh how I am long for a spot of my own, that is not my dining room table to create. Thank you for sharing, I will keep dreaming....

jchristina said...

Gorgeous! AND practical. Which = amazing. Love it!

Stephanie Sabbe said...

very very cute

Pen and Ink said...

Livy, this is perfect! I love how you laid out the space - every bit is used but it still feels open and un-cluttered. The chalkboard elements are genius, and the styling is gorgeous.
- Lisa

cindy said...

oh my word, livy! you have really outdone yourself. your craft closet is terrific. i love all the details and the pegboard chalkboards are just brilliant. i have chalkboard fabric and would like to get some of those pens you mentioned.

it just goes to show that you don't need a large space to have a beautiful, creative environment. the image collages you created are also really wonderful. i'm inspired to try something similar. thank you!

Teacup said...

Awwh! I have extreme creative space envy. Just beautiful.

krys kirkpatrick said...

Adorable. I hope there is another 5 feet on either side of that doorway!
I just discovered a chalkboard paint http://www.hudsonpaint.com/ The colors amazing.

{kara} said...

oh this is so lovely! I want an indentical one!

belinda said...

this is so beautiful! Such a great job with such a small space. love the sewing machine table - i have one too, only the original machine that doesn't work so not very practical!

Lindsay Road said...

Gorgeous craft room! I like the peg board idea, it would help me to get my tools off the table!

Hannah said...

Very cute! :D

What camera do you have?

Hannah

Jessica said...

beautiful!!!

cupcake studio said...

Now THAT'S a closet I'd like to play in! Wow! This is so inspiring...such a cozy & lovely little place to work! Thanks so much for sharing it here :)

firstborn said...

omg, i love this! i'm actually doing a closet re-do too....but so far i only have the desk, some storage cubbies, & a few unhung shelves & bulletin board...this is very inspiring! love love love it! thanks for the inspiration...i will stop by again to let you know when i'm done with my re-do!

:) mary ann

Ms. B said...

Ooh, I need one of these! Everything is so organized and in beautiful colors too! I love the paint color you chose for the table. All of the colors work very well together! You need to come to my house and make a craft closet for me!

xoxo

kalai said...

I love the collages^^
your little craft closet is so sweet~ cute colours and i love the table! i want one too XD

sushipie said...

it's spectacular! I had a dream last night about my own craft studio. However, like you, I don't let the fact that I don't have a room to do it in stop me. haha. I have my space set up in the office/livingroom area and it's about the size of your closet. :)

Bee Designs said...

Oh it looks absolutely beautiful and so inspiring, you managed to do it on such a low budget too. I'm just looking at my little space in the corner of my room and dreaming of how I can spruce it up.

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

Livy, too cute as always. You always inspire me you know. Keep it up girl! Love, Stacy :)

jen jafarzadeh said...

looks amazing, livy! did the chalkboard paint go on the plastic bins easily (or did you need to prime first to make those chalkboard labels?) love all your chalkboard ideas. may need to steal one for my craftspace! thanks for sharing.

Jordan and Jandee said...

Lovely lovely job! Goes to show what a little enthusiasm for a project can do. Loved the finished project.

Debbie said...

so lovely! Thanks for sharing and great job! Makes me want a space of my own for sure, no matter how small.

Helen said...

This is so beautiful. Amazing.

chenoa said...

how special!!!

evie s. said...

It's wonderful, great job!

Mermaid said...

this closet looks ever so lovely and so beautifull put together in terms of objects and colouring. it kind of reminds me of something martha stewart would do.

anyway, it is something exquisite♥

Screwed Up Texan said...

great job and beautifully creative as always!

Suzanne : : S.HOPtalk said...

It's as fabulous as I would've imagined. If I had 1/10 of your creativity... :) So inspiring!

Lindsey said...

You are pretty amazing. I'm not so sure I could make in such a small space, but then I think back to all the clothes my own mother sewed in a space not much bigger than this. It's amazing what you can make work when you have to.

Minnie said...

What an inspiring room! I love that your dad had a hand in the makeover. This is all so lovely and I'm admiring it all, but do have a fondness for those chalkboard labels. And I second the comment about your beautiful image collages. I will have to add you to my weekly "finds" on my blog. Now, I'm off to explore your archives!

Casey said...

Oh wow! What a beautiful little spot to hide away and spend some time creating! :) I love all the storage solutions you came up with. I'm hoping one day to have a properly decorate sewing space; but for now I'm sharing a room with the guest bedroom and my husband's office. ;) hehe!

Mary said...

Love the finished product! Gorgeous! I'd like to make my storeroom into a crafty area but alas, we have too much junk!

I'm having a giveaway on my blog, come check it out!

nicole said...

Amazing...I love your craft "room"!

Meg said...

Wow! I made a craft closet a few months ago but it was not as inspiring as this one! I actually had to turn it back into a closet because my poor clothes had nowhere to go! But if mine had looked like this, I would have been crafting all day long! Great job.

koralee said...

Oh my...I am coming to live in your craft closet...so AMAZING...I need to find a closet quick!!!!! You inspire me soooooo much...I love your blog!

Maverick Malone said...

Omg, that is SO inspiring!! I want to make a little closet studio now!! Love this blog :)

xx. mavi

cali bird said...

I'm about to turn my sister's closet into a small little office for her. She is a journalist & needs somewhere to write & something that looks legit too.
I love how many bright colors are used for the space

FrancoB. said...

Omg I'm so glad I found your blog!!!
my name is franco!
you just found yourself a loyal reader my friend.

Fallon said...

I am in aww!!! Your craft closet turned out beautifully and just like you planned in your original sketches! You are truly inspiring!!!

Crystal said...

I am jealous of your beautiful workspace! What a great place to get inspiration. Great job putting that together.

Julie Ann said...

Hey, Livy! :) I am so happy for you! You're creative working space is just brilliant. I love it! Looking forward to many more creative output from that awesome little art room of yours. Cheers!

ryan manning said...

hi

jen said...

OH! that's wonderful! so clever!

i use my walk in closet as my supply storage and shipping station for my shop but that is not nearly as romantic and inspiring!

ashd said...

I have on my 'to do list' - create studio space. After seeing your redo, it just moved to the top. What a great creative place to work! Great Job!

Sara said...

This spot is sooooo darling! i love it!

Little Lovables said...

wow, it is truly beautiful!

Sabii Wabii said...

This is soooo organized and neat right now. How long will it last once you begin creating again?

Christine Edwards said...

Your craft closet is amazing! What a fabulous job. Thanks for showing that making a creative space anywhere is doable and affordable. :-)

Marty J. Christopher said...

This is fantastic!! I am linking it to my Friday dance. So, so, so, so jealous!!

Kate said...

What a great space! I can't wait to get out of student accommodation and into my own place so I can have a whole room just like this. Well done!

Me Sme and I said...

I am so very green right now. I love it all. Especially the colours chosen. So suber! (super+uber)x

Living and Loving In L.A. said...

You are AH-MAZING! I love it! So clever! So Crafty! So organized! My little crafty heart is bursting with envy!

Soph8695 said...

Your blog is probably the prettiest I have ever come across.
A super super blog.
Soph xx

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Down Comforter said...

Amazing! What a great little space. I bet you can't wait to get crafty!

Indie.Tea said...

what pretty pictures of a lovely yet useful room...

RhiannonM said...

Congratulations, I love it!

Jen said...

I'm in love with your craft space! Where did you get the little house in the glass container on the top shelf?

Tizzalicious said...

Wow, that looks absolutely fantastic!

jennifer lorton said...

So many pretty pictures, how inspiring. Love it.

down pillow said...

Very inspiring. I adore it!

amy said...

just delightful. Thx for inspiring me to make my space better.

Robin said...

you are such the creative genius. this post is so beautiful, not to mention the absolute incredible closet/office. love it :O)

a tasteful garden said...

i think i could live in there forever. simply beautiful. enjoy!

cookiefleur said...

Gorgeous gorgeous! Gives me a serious case of closet envy! Wish I had a craft closet too! =D

Lexi said...

I love how you display the photos. So unique!

Grace@PoeticHome said...

Wow Livy!!! Your craft closet itself is a work of art, and I love seeing how it has grown from your sketch into a breathing reality. It's gorgeous!

anji-jane said...

My goodness it is so absolutely and totally perfect. xx

Livy said...

Hi Jen,

the little house up on the top shelf came undecorated from michaels - it was a seasonal item. The great news is they have them again this year.

livy

Helen Cuthbert said...

I love your craft room. Hope you are getting good use out of it! My boyfriend is currently doing mine as we speak! Like the idea of the blackboard-pegboard! Thanks for sharing.

Morning T said...

Coming to you from Simply Seleta....wow, this is incredible~ bravo!! :)

Marija said...

I also saw this post at Simply Seleta - it is WONDERFUL! Congratulations on a job well done! And you should totally frame those renderings :)

Marija

pve design said...

I would never come out.
Seleta sent me, and boy I am glad I came.
Sweet things here.
pve

Jessica said...

I saw this on Simply Seleta also and I love it! I have a similar closet in my master and now I need to find a way to clear it out so I can finally have a "sewing room" - I never would have thought of it though, so thank you! any ideas of where to find a similar sewing desk?? I need a new one... do you know who makes yours? thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! It is AWESOME! Do you think you could post more pics? I would like to see more of the closet, the doors with the memo boards...just more! It's lovely, very inspiring. Did you have electrical in the closet or did you have it put in? I am guessing the wall lights, also, how do the magnetic labels work on the boxes? do you have a magnet inside the box? or are they taped on? Sorry if that seems like a silly question! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

Livy said...

Anonymous -

Hi - yes the labels work with a magnet on the inside of the box. Then there's a magnet glued to the back of the wooden ovals painted with chalkboard paint. The magnets sandwich the box, that way I can move them around or take them off, etc.

There is no electrical in the closet - I just ran an extension cord in from a nearby outlet. None of the wiring is concealed inside the wall (I rent), but I did spend a lot of time tacking down the wires with a kit I got at Ikea. All the wires were white too, so that helped. If you look closely you can see the wires from the wall mounted lights running under the upper shelf.

Unfortunately I don't have anymore pictures right now, maybe in the future. It is such a small space that is is almost impossible to get a shot from within it. Plus there is limited natural light so things come out blurry.

The Countess of Nassau County said...

Holy flippin' amazeballs.

Sweet Asceticism said...

wow. thats the most amazing "closet" i have ever seen! its like eating chocolate, you can see it and automatically want it! thats a really bad analogy but hey what can you do? hah. well i if you didn't get it, it looks beautiful and i would kill to have a room like that. maybe you should come and redo mine because the color palette i want is on the dot with this one. truly breath taking. enjoy, you lucky dog ;)

p.s.
check out my first blog. im still really new so all your comments and advice would help tons! thanks a bunches.
-becca ♥
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