When I first challenged myself with a cleaning challenge called Heap of Change, all I really expected to do was declutter. But I’m SO GLAD I pushed myself to the extreme in this area. Because this particular before and after is one of the most dramatic ones I’ve done to date!
Where we left off….
This is a junk storage area, but I needed it to double as a paint studio for my stencils. Wish me luck!
Update! Part 4 – this is how it looks today! The carpet has been pulled, with the concrete painted white too!
And check out the newest stencil storage rack HERE. It’s HUGE!
1. Let there be LIGHT!
Lighten up your space so it’s more enjoyable to work in.
This little space is a section between two rooms with no windows. It was always as dark as a cave.
Don’t let the photos fool you, it’s still dark, but the camera shutter was left WIDE open to capture the light. The paint saved this room. The white walls did exactly what they were suppose to do to the best of its abiliity.
Tip: I gauge if a room is too dark by how it looks with the lights off mid day. If I MUST flick on lights, it needs to be lightened up colour wise.
I’ll also be adding more lights to the space. Somehow. Junk style perhaps? One day maybe even a few high windows for natural light. I’m thinking.
It will help you determine which accessories are most productive. Remember, no clutter allowed!
This area was designed to house vinyl signmaking and stencilling. So it’s a blend of crafting and all things paint.
3. Make every accessory decorative AND productive.
It’s the best way to get in style and all the things you need, without an overload of pretties just taking up space.
You’ve seen this mattress spring as a bulletin board in the past.
Today, it will hold stencils that will be waiting to either be cleaned off, or left out to dry after just having been cleaned.
I’m crazy about how functional it is, yet doesn’t darken the space!
It’s touches like these that make your space specifically and uniquely yours.
The cultivator wheel is ready and waiting for hanging bits of twine, cords, what have you.
Because I’ll be doing photographs in my photo studio beyond the french doors to the left, all supplies are designed to be portable.
I personally love how the stencil brushes are separated from paint brushes now. Triple yes! The drawers proved to be the perfect trays for the mason jars.
(you can find the new smaller aqua mason jars on Amazon HERE)
Much like my old crate kitchen phone station, I’ll be accumulating various sized crates to lock on to this one. They make the best rustic shelves!
No idea what this metal red thing is, but it sure is perfect for housing tapes and twine! Any ideas?
The Ikea cup holders give off a nice industrial edge, which makes portability totally do-able.
Because this area was developed for my line of stencils, I’ll be adding samples of it around the room. We’re off to a fine start! 🙂
Like the Bingo design? That can be released if there’s interest. Lemme know in comments!
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More info on the old sign stencils is HERE.
Purchase stencils direct HERE.
I’m debating on adding a tool storage wall as well. Tools all over the house are my worst offence. I delay carrying them back into a cold, dark garage, so I need to fix that.
The shutter toolbox I made at Christmas is perfection to store the stencils. I’ll be adding file folders to separate the names / collections. Giddy!
Under the table is prime real estate for all things storage within easy grasp. I could have done this in another room, but I wanted a way to SEE things in order to grab and run.
Nothing under this table will not be used. Those things are in the other room. This round, everything will be pulled out and utilized.
Do you see her? Even my baby girl found a spot to snuggle in. 🙂
So many have asked where I lugged off all the goods from my ‘before’ heap of shame pile. I only got rid of the things I lost interest in or weren’t my style.
Much of the rest was put to work, such as these vintage toolbox storage ‘drawers’. Wait till you see how I’m going to make them even MORE portable… a brainstorm is on its way! It may even make you laugh…
(there’s a really cute barn wood toolbox HERE on Amazon)
You can also find CRAFT PAINT HERE.
Because this area is geared to also store my staging junk, I’ve allowed this section for the big stuff and photography backdrops. But it’s a dangerous scenario that gets out of hand quickly. Once the piles move too far into the isle, I generally start throwing things on the curb again.
You just have to be tough, and toss out the storage you will likely never use again, so you have room for the stuff you will.
Easier said than done, I know. 🙂
(metal JUNK letters were purchased from a vendor at Lucketts Spring Market 2 years ago)
But don’t let these photos fool you. Just when you think you have it all together, you turn around and have to deal with…
… this. Good thing we’re hosting Heap of Change every Thursday. 🙂
So what do you think? Have I convinced you that anything’s possible with most any room you have? What area do you need to improve on? I hope you join us next Thursday!
But we are far from done here…
Funky Junk Interiors – An old sign themed paint studio (you are here!)
Breida with a B – you HAVE to see the before! So funny! This transformation is amazing!
Knick of Time Interiors – leave it to Angie to come up with yet another cool hanging apparatus!
Beyond the Picket Fence – what in the world is Becky up to now…
And now it’s YOUR turn!
Link up your blog posts below! I can’t wait too cheer you on and feature / pin some highlights!
See just the Heap of Change events to date HERE.
And all 2015 organizing posts HERE.
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