Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Creating Storage




As many of your know we live in a small, one room schoolhouse. It was built in 1878, and is my dream home. When we found it 17 years ago I couldn't believe it. We put an offer in right away, and the rest as they say, is history.

I am assuming when they built this schoolhouse there was no thought given to storage, okay I don't have to assume that, I know that! There is no storage in this place. We have over the years created two closets which store seasonal decorations, camping gear, clothes, my craft supplies and the odds and ends you gather over the years. My biggest issue is that my craft supplies were stored in the closet in Reece's room, which means if I get the urge to create once he is in bed and I haven't gathered my supplies ahead of time, well you get the picture...I end up waking him up and my creative time is spent snuggling a little one back to sleep.

I have been trying to figure something out for quite some time and just last week I suggested to Justin that a little cupboard above my craft space would be perfect. It would allow me a little bit of storage for my stuff and it would be accessible without waking my little man. Justin loved the idea and pretty much got right to work on it.

To say I was more than pleased when I saw it would be an understatement, I love it! We had not planned to put doors on it, instead I was going to make curtains and secured them top and bottom with rods. However, once it was up we both knew it needed doors. Justin whipped those up and then we added the fabric to finish them off.

So now pretty much everything I need is either in the new cupboard above or in the one below. I still have a stash of fabric in the closet in Reece's room, there is just no way I could get it all in this space, and really that is perfectly okay with me. For the most part anything I could possibly need is handy and ready for my crafting adventures.

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  1. Great ideas Kim. We have no storage in my home either which can be so bothersome at times.
    I just saw a cute idea using a wooden pallet that I want to try. If it works like I hope I'll take photos to
    share.

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    1. Thanks Tracey. And yes, please share pics if you give it a try, would love to see it.

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  2. I love this idea and how handy he could create what you imagined. I think it's a perfect solution for those late night inspirations :) I only just got my studio room after decades of closet corners and I do love it.

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    1. Thanks Karen, and yes very handy :) I am a pretty lucky lady, I have visions and Justin brings them to fruition. I have dreams of an entire craft room...not sure it will ever happen in our little space, but you never know.

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  3. It looks great, I love the doors with the fabric on them, and all so organised!

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  4. EEE! I love this Kim! So beautiful. It's just wonderful that even in your small space you've created space for yourself. This makes me smile so much.

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    1. Thanks KC! It took years to figure it all out, but finally yes, a space for me and I love it!

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  5. That is just gorgeous! Love everything about it. Don't you just love upcycling? Makes me feel so good when we do. I'll send you a few pictures of the pallet wood furniture my hubby has made on your FB page. :-)

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    1. Thanks! Yes, we upcycle a lot. Always feels good to reuse :)

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  6. This is so lovely! I especially love the nails in the dowel. I had no idea you lived in a schoolhouse. The epitome of minimalism. May I live vicariously through you?!

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    1. Thank you! I love those too. That dowel was where the curtain was suppose to attach. When we decided to add the doors, I told him to leave the dowel because I liked the look :)

      Yes you may, although minimalist I am not! Although always striving to live with less.

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  7. Just gorgeous, Kim! I love it! You and Justin are an amazing team! xo

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    1. Thanks Shel. We do make a pretty good team :)

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  8. Oh I will dream of this kind of thing!

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  9. Oh my goodness - that cupboard really is something else, isn't it? It's gorgeous, and organizes your things so well!

    I am purging and organizing my creative space this month. I think I'm going to keep coming back to this page as an inspiration. If you can fit your supplies in one cupboard, there's no reason I can't get everything into a whole room... xo

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    1. It is pretty awesome! And yes absolutely perfect for organization. Haha, I hope the inspiration works. My secret is that I usually only buy supplies when I know what I am creating, then the supplies don't hang around too long :)

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  10. This is gorgeous, and a great way to add not only storage, but color and beauty as well.

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    1. Thanks Heather. We knew we wanted to add a little colour and this was the perfect way to do it!

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  11. It is beautiful Kim, congratulations!

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  12. Kim- that looks great! Looks like a picture out of a magazine ;) We live in a tiny home too, so thanks for the inspiration.

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  13. Nothing better than a handy husband :)
    It looks great!! And I think being able to close it with doors makes it look more neat and tidy, too.

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    1. You got that right! Thanks, and yes, neat and tidy, just the way I like things :)

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  14. Lovely! Your home looks so sweet...I would love to come out and see it some time!

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    1. Thanks Johanna! You know you are welcome anytime, just let me know when you want to come out :)

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  15. Kim this is gorgeous! You are lucky to have such a clever hubby. Love the fabric too. Well done. Love the beautiful timber in your home too. xxoo

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    1. Thanks Julie. I am pretty darn lucky and I know it :)

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  16. Love it! I have a craft cabinet too, but little hands love to help themselves so it rarely stays so tidy:-)

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    1. Thank you! And yes, I know exactly what you mean. There has been a rule implemented here that this is my space and supplies. Reece can use them but has to ask first. It also helps that he has his own craft cabinet under his craft table :)

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  17. Lovely! You and your husband make such a fabulous creative duo! :)

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  18. Very cute! And we have the opposite "problem"! With so much storage we seem to expand to fill it! I want to purge!! :)

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    1. Thanks Lisa. I think I like my problem better than yours :)

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  19. this is so beautiful! it would be an honour to visit and see your schoolhouse one day...here's to our next canada trip! xo

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    1. Thanks Renee. I can't wait to welcome you and your family into our home. xo

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  20. Kim - how lovely! This cabinet turned out great - thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks Kristen, I love it! Always happy to inspire :)

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