You guys, I can’t even believe I’m about to utter these words…it’s week 5 already! Week 5 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling it Home.
The biggest amount of progress we’ve made this week has been in the inventory/craft closet. For those of you that are new here I’ve had a booth space for a few years now where I sell painted furniture, vintage items and various other treasures I’m lucky enough to find. It’s so much fun to spend the day shopping for the booth and for private clients too. It is definitely one of my favorite parts of the job.
But lately, things have totally gotten out of control! I knew there was no way I’d be able to have a gorgeous office with all of my treasure trail goodies stacked up on the floor. So my Mom (thanks Mom!) helped me come up with a plan to reorganize the closet in my office where we used half for crafts and the other half for inventory. I’m not even going to lie to you guys…this was THE hardest part of the One Room Challenge to date. It was so hard going through everything and deciding if I should keep it, sell it, donate it or recycle it. SO HARD. Clutter is no joke! It took about 2 days to go through everything with tears and ice cream involved but I feel SO much better now. My Mom has the patience of a saint! Here’s a look at the closet before…
The shelves I’ve been using were in great shape but I wanted to give them a fresh feel. I spray painted them with the Rust-oluem paint that is specifically formulated for plastics in Flat Black. It took about 4 cans of spray paint, which wasn’t surprising given all those slats so keep that in mind when you’re planning for a project like this.
Once we got the shelves reinstalled in the closet, we started organizing the craft supplies first. All of these baskets have been painted in Valspar’s Hot Stone, which you can read about here. I used vegetable baskets I picked up at various thrift stores around town but you can use whatever sturdy basket you can find or have on hand at home. They hold everything from floral foam to markers to craft paints.
We used vintage briefcases to hold scrapbook papers and stickers. The canvas covered boxes hold stamps and ink pads.
The plastic bins on the bottom hold fabric. They’re great because you can see through them but they also have interlocking lids so you don’t have to worry about losing the lid.
My mom gave me this pegboard to hold brushes and wrapping paper rolls I just need to get the metal holders. The shelf above holds the tickets and tags I use for the booth.
Organizing the inventory side of the closet was a little harder given all of the different sized items. We arranged them according to material, which definitely helped. Eventually, I want to be able to have more vegetable baskets to help corral the smaller items that are just waiting for their debut at the store.
Either way, it’s a huge difference from where we started. Here’s another look at the before…
I know I say this every week but you guys seriously it’s all starting to come together and I’m getting so excited! We’ll be at Loblolly Manor celebrating Mother’s Day with my family this weekend so I hope you guys have a peace filled weekend too.
I’ll see you back here next week for another fun week. I’ll share a few small painted pieces I’ve been working on, all the latest finds from the treasure trail, we’ll revisit the old office and finally on Thursday I’ll share the office makeover. Until then, I’ll see you on Facebook, on Instagram on Pinterest over the weekend and back here on Monday for another awesome week.