Thursday, March 15, 2012

DIY - Creative Ways to Turn Your Drab Laundry Room into a Functional Craft Area

Our laundry room, was your typical, drab, dark laundry room. It was the only space that we had for a crafting/work area for me in the house. So, I decided I needed to transform the space to make it functional and fabulous! Like always, I didn't want to spend tons of money, so I knew I would have to come up with some creative ideas for storage and style. I also knew I wanted to brighten the place up. The first thing we did was paint all the brick walls and surrounding walls a bright white. This alone made the space so much more brighter! I knew I wanted open shelving so that I am able to see what I have. So, all my husband did was cut down some 1x8's to fit the length of the wall and hung them up. My parents had a corner desk that fit perfect down there and didn't take up too much space.

I wanted to find something that I could hang on the wall that would house all of my "utensils" (markers, scissors, pencils, etc). I found these wine holders on clearance at Target for about $3 each. I picked up 4 of them. I pictured them mounted on the wall instead of holding wine. I brought them home and my husband was able to screw them underneath the shelves he had put up for me.

I think they came out perfect!!!! All of my "utensils" fit in them and they aren't taking up space on the desk, which gives me even more room to spread out and be creative!!

Another thing I really wanted, was a place (that was out of the way) to house all my wrapping paper, contact paper and ribbon. My husband made this brilliant wall hanging (he saw something similar on Pinterest). He was able to use up some extra wood we had to make the frame and then we bought the wood dowels. I was thrilled when I saw this! I can now just pull out the ribbon I need, cut it and be done! I love all this stuff up and out of the way!

The finished space is so much more open, light and airy. There is more space for everything and I can see what I have. It has made a tremendous difference in that back room and I love it even more to know that we didn't spend a lot of money to do it. A little planning and creativity and I believe you can have most anything without breaking the bank!!!

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