Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Craftroom: Moving In

Good weather finally hit in Chicagoland, so we were outside. I'm not fully moved into the basement craft room, but it is beginning to look like a real work/play room. This is just a preview, as with all new spaces you have to make 'friends' with it. Everything will eventually find it's 'space'.

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The huge table is the BEST for sorting items. I did get tired of walking around it for two days while I moved things around in circles, LOL.


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The sink still isn't hooked up, saving that for a rainy day. 

We added two IKEA corner tables for work stations. We opted for the tables for their work surfaces instead of cabinetry. The left one will be for painting, small assembly, and paper work. The right one will be for power tools, (dremel, sawing, jewelry, and hot gluing.) 
During this photo, I'm still sorting.

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The pegboard rings hold plastic pots on the wall for storing pens, pencils, brushes, etc. I do have some for sale in my Etsy shop. They take a 7 1/2"-8" pot. IKEA has some perfect white metal pots that fit, but they are $5.99 each, so I'm making do right now with Dollar Store pots, and a couple of my own ceramics. 

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I will eventually put up hooks for all my tapes, adhesives and small tools. A few pretties have been added. The bag was from a TJMax/Homegoods store. Just love the photo....great for a backdrop or I may frame one side.

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I really had a lot of stuff to sort through and organize. I couldn't believe I had stuff stashed everywhere.

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My Etsy Shop storage is below. Five of those bins are full of goodies I have to list.

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Here is my collection of baskets, I probably have 7 or so more of these. 
They will be used for storage and eventually specific projects. Labels are temporary until I decide of something more attractive. The baskets will slide under the tables for easy access. 
This little corner to the left will be slotted for a permanent Vickie's Vintage 
and the new second floor addition. 
I hope to install shelves above for standing doll display, if I ever find my doll stands.

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We've found that the doll houses aren't sitting level despite propping up here and there on the small tables. Everything is wonky and wobbly---as the floor is uneven, mostly higher at the walls. So, some rainy day the empty doors (raw wood you see), will be secured to the wall by sitting on an installed small ledge. Then the front will be on supported by adjustable legs so we can get the entire surface plumb and level.


The Grand (she's five now) Moved everything back into the houses. And she designed the back yard. 

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(Seems the old garage was taken down during the move...so now the yard is larger.)
We have yet to reinstall the decks. I will wait and do that when we redo the support doors. All the clothing and accessories have been sorted and labeled in bins below.

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Vickie's townhouse was enlarged by a second matching house I found for $4.99. This will be fun to rework, paint and really decorate. The garage will be enlarged when the new bases are finished.

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The pegboard above will be flexible for storage and/or display. Quick shelves can be put up for lighter items. 

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Here is the holding corner for projects. The lower shelf left is the stranded on the island set, above will be Joe's apartment. Parts of Vickie's Vintage shop, the bowling alley, the cabin in the woods, the bar setup from the Halloween setting, are all here along with extra dolls.

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This eight foot long banquet table will be perfect for setting up temporary dioramas, having art/craft parties, and sorting through my antiques for the Etsy shop. Come on over and have a cup of coffee or some iced tea and have fun with me.

NEXT: Plumbing and Lighting


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6 comments:

  1. And now it becomes a home. What an accomplishment! Well done, you!

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    1. Yes, you just have to 'live' in a space for a bit. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Wht a great working craft room. I have seen many "decorated and arranged" ones that are pretty much for looks. Mine is like your's - functional and busy with activity!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by---I will have to do some miniature tea settings...lol. I've been so busy with this. And, yes, I am already into three projects and can have them all going at once....YAY! (and I have a clean kitchen table)..ha!

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  3. Great space. I might get lost and never come out!!!

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  4. It's going to be a wonderful place for you Sandi! Love the idea of using the picnic baskets for storage organization. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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And great to meet you, Sandi