Friday, 20 November 2009

My new play space

Well, I've finally moved out of the dining room into a proper play space. I'm not fully organised yet, so please excuse the messy piles of stuff here and there!

This was once a bedroom, and is still the spare room if/when we have a house full, as the sofa is a fold out bed. To the left of the sofa is the filing drawer unit that I store my unmounted stamps in. To the right of the sofa are the iris carts which were almost the whole of my storage space in the dining room.

But now I have cupboards... no curtains yet, but lots of cupboards!

And spaces on top of cupboards and underneath cupboards... the cupboards were once a mini kitchen which is no longer needed, so we moved them in here. We had to buy new worktops as we've organised the cupboards differently, but we managed to find a cheap worktop at a bargain price.

I have invested in lots of plastic boxes so that I can organise things in the cupboards, but a number of them are empty as yet, as I haven't sorted everything out into its final home yet. I m determined to be properly organised, and have even started putting labels on the boxes so I know what's in each of them. I've already used one dymo cartridge and need to buy another to carry on!

I bought a spice rack for the inside of a kitchen unit, and then had a 'eureka' moment, as I realised that fitting these to the inside of these cupboards would be perfect storage for my embossing powders and colourwash sprays and would be really easy to see the colours.

I'm not sure what the best things to out in drawers are, but for the moment this is my metalworking drawer:

This one's full of napkins and glue guns:

and this one has some of my beads, brayers and non stick sheets. No, I'm not sure about the logic, either!

Because there is actually somewhere to put everything, I am pulling boxes out, using the things I need, then putting them back into the box and putting the box away as I work, so hopefully this room won't degenerate into the dreadful mess the dining room was. Things just piled up on the table there until they reached avalanche point, and slid off the table, at which point I had to try and clear and sort everything. And I could never find anything!

Apart from finding places for the last few piles of stuff, and adding more labels to the boxes, the only things that need to sort out are curtains, the lighting, and the power supply. This room is much lighter than the dining room was, but when I am working on the worktop am standing between the light and my work. The desk lamp helps, but is not enough. We have got some spare lights that fit under the wall units. All I have to do is persuade the man in my life to install them... As for the power supply, I have a double socket next to the sofa, and another in the corner of the room above the worktop. I am right handed, so I either have to use the tools which need an electric supply on the small section of worktop near the window, or use them on the longer piece with the wires getting in my way. I think I'll run an extension lead under the units to somewhere near the door. Makes sense to have another couple of sockets anyway!

It's lovely to work in here, and what's nicer, it's a quiet room at the back of the house away form the traffic noise, and the window looks out over my lovely garden! Oh, and there's a bathroom next door, so carrying water is never going to be an issue!


  1. Mmm nice.... not that I'm envious or anything, lol!!!! Enjoy :)

  2. Adrienne, it looks fabulous! You are so organised. But, omgosh, you have so much stuff... I'd kill for half the golden paints/mediums and your colourwash collection! Lol! I really must show DH so he knows mine isn't OTT! =)

  3. WOOHOO - I LOVE IT!!! Way to go Adrienne, you certainly deserve this lovely space - and I am not too proud to admit how jealous I am :)

  4. WoW I am soooooooooooo green with envy. Fabulous Space.

    You have such gorgeous stuff too, all thoses colourwashs.mmmmmmmm..

  5. Envious here too LOL...must get the last two kids grown up and out of here so I can claim a room for me...I'm still next to the dinning room table

  6. Fabulous Adrienne, you really are organised. What a lot of stuff !!!!!!

  7. It's lovely Adrienne! How wonderful for you to have your own space. And one you can close the door on too!

  8. Must haves! and Must organize!
    (you're putting me and my stuff to shame).

  9. Wonderful!! I love all of your cabinets and drawers. And a window onto your garden - how perfect! btw - I don't see any mess.




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