When we planned our new home, we included a little apartment above the garage. I knew that my daughter might end up living there during college, or my mother might need to move in with us at some point. I figured that until one of them needed it, the room would become my crafting space.
I had a crafting table in the space, my sewing machine, but no place to store my crafting supplies. The first thing I did was survey my supplies to see how much space I was going to need. I spread it all out on the floor. How did I get this much stuff? I was shocked at how many craft supplies a non-crafty person like myself had accumulated.
I needed serious storage. When we moved into our home I had a large bookcase that we weren’t using for anything. I decided it would make a perfect piece to store my supplies. The problem was that I didn’t like how it looked.
The first thing I did was to paint the cabinet using homemade chalky paint. You can find my recipe for homemade chalky paint here.
I didn’t prime the piece, but I did make sure it was clean. I usually wax the furniture at this point, but skipped that on this piece. I plan to go back later and add a coat of wax when I have a little bit of free time. (Yeah, I thought that was funny too.)
After the paint dried, I made a very simple curtain, hemming the bottom and adding a rod pocket at the top. I didn’t bother doing anything to the edges of the curtain. I thought they looked just fine. I used an inexpensive tension rod to hang the curtain.
Next, I started filling the cabinet with my vintage trims and laces, using old gym baskets to organize them.
The blue Mason jars were filled with vintage sewing notions I inherited from my mother-in-law. I still had lots of craft supplies left—stamps, paper, ribbon, tags, string, you name it. I went on the hunt for some matching boxes to use for the remaining supplies. I found enough at a local craft store. After organizing the supplies, I sorted them into the boxes.
Lastly, I added a little ribbon to pull back the curtain. Now there’s just one problem. I didn’t label the boxes, so I can’t remember what is in each one. I could lie to you, and tell you this type of thing never happens, but clearly it happens all too often around here. Looks like this story will have a Part 2.
For more simple French home decor inspiration from Anita, check out her blog Cedar Hill Farmhouse.