The project was great on many levels. One, I now have a clean and organized studio that I am itching to get back to work in. Two, I learned a lot about my creative journey as I sorted through projects I made years ago. Wow, has my work evolved (and am I ever grateful that it has). Three, I no longer have stale supplies or books. Four, I found a lot of things I had forgotten about.
My studio space is about 25' long by 13' wide I've divided it up into several work areas so it is tough to get a good "overall" photo so I'll show it to you in sections.
Opposite the fabric area is my worktable for collage, handmade books, stenciling, etc. There used to be a sofa bed in this area but nobody ever slept in it or sat on it because it was covered in piles of fabric and art supplies. So, out went the sofa bed and in came three Ikea bookcase units that Val and I assembled. I moved all my mixed media supplies and some equipment, like my Cricut, into the shelves. Colorful baskets help it look neat and I love having everything at arms length. The tall skinny cabinets on the left came from Home Decorators Collection and hold much of my collage stash, sorted by subject.Under the window I have my bead cart (from Dick Blick). I love the rainbow colored drawers and have sorted my bead stash by color in the coordinating drawer. It is SO easy to find the right color beads quickly. There are four more drawers on the bottom (they are purple). The drawers pull out easily so I can take the whole drawer to my work table and keep things under control. Love this!
Next is my desk which houses my computer, laser and ink jet printers and related supplies. We re-arranged this space and added a two book case units (one tall, one short) to house my journals, stationary and office supplies. It is a wonderful to have it all organized instead of in toppling piles! Two organizational items in that area that I especially love are the wooden rack for my re-inkers (a tag sale find) and the lucite cubes I found at Office Max to organize my markers (which I wanted to store flat to extend the life of the markers).
This is the area I use for rubber stamping, card making, collage & journaling. The gray shelves on the left were a tag sale find - pre-made & painted wooden trays that I made into a rack to hold my rubber stamps. On the wall to the right is an old cassette rack which is perfect for holding stamp pads. The shelf to the right of that is another tag sale find - I know it was meant to be mine because the shelves are exactly the right height for bottles of Lumiere paint. The cabinets hold collage and assemblage items, envelopes, paper and countless doo dads and gee gaws.
I'm skipping pictures of the next section because it is just more cabinets. The only thing of interest there is a small shelf unit I built to hold the countless bottles of glue, mediums, and other liquid stuff in bottles. At one time I was going to put a sink in the countertop below this unit but I've decided I like the countertop better. I have a laundry sink in the next room so I can live without another sink in here.
This cart is another new addition, from Ikea. It has wheels so I can roll it to my easel or to my work table. Three shelves hold paint, meduims, water jars & paintbrushes. Love this!
My sewing table is on the other side of the room (behind the desk area). My table is a large closet door that sits on top of a short book case and a couple of file cabinets. I love having a large area to work on and can clear it all off if I have someting big to cut. I covered the door with peel-n-stick tiles so it would be smooth and easy to cleaan. My ironing board is nearby so I just spin in my chair, iron, and return to sewing. What you can't see is the stuff UNDER the table. I've got a couple of large scrap bins & boxes of vintage linens under there - have to use all available space! This area was a mess, covered in piles of fabric and works-in-progress. Extra things have been put away and this area is ready to work in again.