I couldn't have been happier with how my craft room turned out. And working with Lauren and Lauren was not only fun (because, duh, doing stuff like this with your friends is so much more fun than by yourself!), but it was a learning experience! I like to think that I have a pretty decent eye for decorating, but these girls know what they're doing, and know how to work with you to get what you're going for.
To add a bit of color to my corkboard, Lauren added yellow polka dotted washi tape to the frame! I have a collection of washi that I use in my Goat & Lulu packaging, so she used about 3/4 of a roll to cover the frame.
I thought it was a clever (and free!) touch. And shout out to Hello Hue for my cute sewing machine print! I love it!
Lauren and I came up with this clutter containing idea while shopping at Ikea. I had a leftover curtain rod from Walmart, and we hung these cute little red plastic hook cups off of it for easy access to items I use regularly while working. Pens, scissors, measuring tape, etc., stay off my sewing table and in these cups. And I LOVED that Lauren took some of my family pictures and hung them off the rod with ribbon! I love looking at my babies while I'm working to remember what's most important!
The Laurens made a printer station for me, with my printer on top (instead of across the room, like before), a home for fabric scraps and my iron, and a box with printer paper and supplies. The awesome little galvanized bin is from Walmart and their new Better Homes and Gardens line (which we all agreed was a great move, Walmart!). The white box is from Ikea, and came as a package of 2 for $4.99!!! They look very clean and are just cardboard! But the silver details add so much, and hides clutter, which I am all for.
Another great clutter-buster was this white hanging cabinet and turquoise cart. I bought this white shelf in college from Target, and it was actually sitting in my garage when I thought that it may look good on this wall. We brought it up, cleaned it out, put it up on the wall, and filled the shelves! It fit perfectly, and while it adds a decorative touch, it is definitely functional in holding elastic, velcro, lables, buttons, pins, safety pins, etc. Plus, underneath it is the new home for my YAY banner! Yay! :)
I also acquired my grandmother's antique iron over the weekend, and this cabinet provides the perfect new home for it. :)
I had been coveting this turquoise cart from Ikea from the moment I saw it on Pinterest. Not only is it totally adorable and a great color, but it holds so much! I filled mason jars from my kitchen with thread and pens/pencils and placed them on a cake stand from my pantry, added on white wicker baskets that were hidden in my closet that now hold fabric, and two cute little chevron bins from the dollar section at Target.
And as nerdy as it is, this over the door ironing board was the one thing that all three of us were going nuts over! My old ironing board was taking up so much room, was dangerous, and, let's face it, was an eyesore. The Laurens found this awesome solution at Walmart. Now this new ironing board can be easily put away when not in use, flips right down, and takes up no floor space!
And my fabric storage! I think this bookcase had the most dramatic makeover; you wouldn't even know this was the same old laminate bookcase as before! We had lots of idea for transforming it: painting, wallpapering, etc., but Lauren had the great idea of striping it with tape! Duck Tape now has so many different colors and styles of tape, but Lauren got just the plain white and taped the fronts of the shelves, and I LOVE the way it looks! After she taped the fronts, I didn't even think we needed to add more color or really anything else. It looked clean and really cute!
Then, of course, the storage. I wanted my fabric organized, but still able to be seen. The Laurens found these white wire baskets for fabric storage, and we added more of the galvanized buckets in for scraps, and more of the white Ikea boxes for thread, ribbon, trim, etc. All these vessels are key for keeping this shelf neat and organized I also moved a lot of scraps and leftover fabric to a nearby closet, since I rarely use them, but still want to save them! Just going through the fabric, refolding it, and moving some things out cleaned it up a lot.