In moving the green antique bookshelf across to the opposite wall in my Craft Cave Revived post, I discovered something a little embarrassing.
I’d hung it upside-down. Do you have directional issues with shelving that has a curvy part at one end? Never can decide about the curvy part, which I’ll call the “skirt” since curvy part needs a name. Does it go up, or down
Looking at a snippet of the room picture, see how completely loaded I had it? After emptying and removing it from the wall, I noticed something. The end that was supposed to be the top of the shelf had been managing a lot of weight with no support, except nails.
If hung correctly, the top shelf had support from each side wall. Duh! How did I not notice that?
Makes more sense to have the skirt at the bottom so you can mount hooks and things for added storage options. I was all set to incorporate that option in the cave redo.
Then I had a “eureka!” moment. (Get ready for the ugh! picture again, y’all!)
See that paper roll leaning against the back wall? I’d seen pictures on the internet of organized craft rooms where they’d hung wrapping paper rolls.
This just might be my favorite new feature in the entire new craft room. Excluding the hydrangea window, of course. I use this unprinted newspaper for lots of things – covering the table before painting, hand-made patterns, quick sketches, and lots more. I love how seamlessly it fits into that curve! Like it was designed for it, y’all.
The brackets were part of my haul from my favorite reno supply place, which I mentioned in Craft Cave Revived.
They didn’t charge me for these parts to chain link fencing, since I’d bought a small roll from them last year for a barn project. (The small section of fencing made a good “pasture drag” – for spreading piles. You know – piles, y’all. Horse piles.) I got four of these and painted them red. Didn’t know why at the time. Just on a red kick that day.
I hammered them down so the two ends would meet and screwed them into the cabinet skirt. The rod is a pole from an old patio umbrella that went sailing in the wind one day. (Can you tell I don’t throw anything away?)
In the “old” craft cave, I’d used this small garage storage container for some sewing supplies. It was always hard to get inside those clear flaps and pull out the drawers. Took those babies out, labeled them, and stacked them on the shelf. Much easier access!
Coinki-dink, or God gift, I’m not sure, but these were 50 cents a pack on clearance at Staples the other day. Just happened upon them. Not even looking for labels. Also, hanging circle labels – light blue and yellow – 50 cents a pack. Those will be fun for something later. I used apothecary jars my mom gave me a few years ago.
See those circles in the first jar? See how fun? Wouldn’t Martha be proud? (Maybe not, though – hers would be completely perfect!)
A couple of weeks ago, when I painted Fun Son’s room, in Painted Bedroom – Check, I emptied the paint can within 36 hours of opening. Never had such a clean can before, y’all. Washed it thoroughly before paint got all dried and stuck tight. Really wanted to use it for some sort of industrial-looking storage.
Love the shiny finish! (See it above in the first picture?) Empty space up there, too, so I added a couple of pictures that I love. In any work space, you have to include some fun, refreshing things. It helps keep your attitude lifted.
Speaking of things you love, I wanted to leave you today with a picture of the thing I love most in the Craft Cave. It lifts my attitude when I’m all bogged down with work.
What lifts your attitude? Leave me a message – I really want to know!