Welcome to the first Pinterest Challenge of 2020, hosted by Erlene from My Pinterventures! It’s time to take one of those organization pins and MAKE IT HAPPEN! My inspiration was a casual, yet artsy, cubby shelf by Itsy Bits and Pieces.
We are a family of 7 living in a cottage with less than 1600 square feet. My three older children go to college/move out; then come back (you know the drill). As a result, I don’t have a craft room where I can store everything, or work on my projects. If you live in a space-challenged home, maybe you can relate to my Craft Storage Shelf for Works in Progress. I have several places where I keep my long-term craft supplies. This shelf is only used for things I want to keep close at hand year-round.
My little shelf is a nine-cuber that began as very solid, ugly black shelf. My husband helped me repaint it and add bead-board backing last year. A backless shelf just won’t do! You can read Dreamy Turquoise Cubby Shelf Makeover to see the before and after photos.
At the top right of my shelf, I have an Upcycled Project Caddy that holds materials for upcoming posts. Since Valentine’s Day is looming, I have all my hearts and flowers ready to go. This nifty little basket was originally a French drain. I spray painted it white and upholstered the bottom. If I’m working on a project, this guy can come with me to the kitchen table, or my favorite recliner. The floral plate is a Fitz and Floyd beauty that I found at Goodwill last week. I don’t exactly know how I’m going to use it, but I know it will look great in a Valentine’s Day vignette.
On the left side, I have all the fabric I’ll be using in the very near future. I won’t have to dig through all my fabric bins to find the winter fat quarters I bought last Tuesday; if you know what I mean. I don’t want to put them away in my fabric bins, but I don’t want 3 paper bags full of recent Hobby Lobby purchases sitting in the bottom of my closet either. When I make a craft haul, I come home and “file” the items I bought on this shelf. Every few months, I put the leftover stuff into my long-term craft storage areas.
The bottom 3 craft shelves contain seasonal items. The 3 shelves are “Christmas,” “Fall,” and “Spring/Summer.” I keep these out because I want a place to quickly tuck items I might find at a thrift store or clearance sale. This is also where I keep small items that I recently bought for that season, but never got around to using. In the back of the Christmas shelf, you can see 2 lanterns that I began painting, but never finished. They will just have to be “works in progress” until next Christmas.
I also have a shelf for classic craft supplies I use all the time. I’m not going to put my stencils in a craft bin somewhere, because I will probably need them very soon. Yet, I don’t want things to lay all around my house, lookin’ messy. You can see that I haven’t bought fancy baskets or matching bins. Most of the containers used for this shelf are things I don’t want to get rid of, but don’t want to store. For example, the basket below has a hand-painted rooster on the side. It is a hold out from the “rooster kitchen” I had about 10 years (or maybe 15) ago. I don’t want to throw it away, yet I’m done with the rooster kitchen. Now it serves as a cute storage basket.
I have shelves for my spray paint, Mason Jars, and milk glass that I use frequently in displays. On one shelf, I have all the little easels I use to hold the plates and pictures for my mantle scape/piano decor posts. The shelf in the middle/far left contains Elmers, Modge Podge, and glittery gold ornaments-three things I use a lot.
In the top middle of my shelf, I have my very-loved 1” sponge and other paint brushes, along with a wire wreath I’ve yet to do anything with.
The mind of a crafter/ blogger is hard to fathom. I hope this post sheds a little light on the method behind the madness! The code word for my Craft Storage Shelf for Works in Progress is functionality. I hope that idea came through in this post!
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For more Pinterest inspired projects from this month’s Pinterest Challenge hosts, check out the links below ↓
My Pinterventures • Domestic Deadline • Elle Marie Home
Cookies Coffee and Crafts • Across the Boulevard • Slices of Life
Teadoddles • Farm Girl Reformed • Purple Hues and Me
Decorate and More with Tip • Sew Crafty Crochet • Life Beyond Kitchen
Mom Home Guide • Intelligent Domestications • Lulu & Celeste
Love My Little Cottage • Eye Love Knots • K’s Olympic Nest • My Family Thyme
Create with Cynthia • DIY Vibes • Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After
Christine Faye Repurposed • Coastal Bohemian
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