Thursday, August 21, 2014

Industrial Chic Craft Storage

how to store my crafts

It's been a peculiar year.  Sometimes, life throws you curves.  I guess that's what makes us stronger.  As I'm turning 58 years young next week, I guess it's time to admit I'm a real grown up--whatever that means.  My Dad passed away early this year, and while we are all grateful he lived almost 91 years, it wasn't without its bumps along the way.  Yes, we are grateful, but that doesn't make me feel less sad.  

My Dad was the optimal optimist.  His thoughts were always positive, believing that tomorrow will be a better day.  With the crazy world we live in, it is important to think, hope and believe that tomorrow will, indeed, be better.  

To help with all the insanity, I'm glad for my arts & crafts--it's the best therapy ever.  Although I haven't posted anything new this year, I have spent many a day, wandering up and down the junk-treasure-packed aisles at the local flea market and at a few yard sales.  I hide my quirky and rusty finds in the corner of our backyard, hidden from view.
I'm in the process of replacing my plastic storage bins with industrial chic organization.  Remember my 33-drawer metal cabinet and my very cool-for-school locker transformations?  Recently, I purchased a wonderfully rusty, 18-drawer metal cabinet, and knew it would make a perfect storage unit for my rubber stamp collection.    

Here is a photo of it in its original glory:restore metal cabinets

First things first, comes the mundane: cleaning each one of those 18 drawers.  Ugh -- remind me again why I bought this.  It was hot outside, so hosing down those little monsters was actually keeping me cool.

I spray-primed the entire piece and each drawer, then hand-brushed the drawers with a pretty shade of green, leaving the label holders white.

Then it was time to re-organize my stamps and move the ones I want to keep into the metal drawers.  Here is a photo of the old and new storage side-by-side:
my stamp collection

And here is the [almost] finished cabinet.  [I still need to create the labels.]  This cabinet also has three large openings at the top which are perfect for housing card stock, stamp pads, and miscellaneous other very important items.

Once the labels are in place, I should easily be able to find specific stamps to create a personal, handmade card or gift.  Come on over and craft with me!
craft storage

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  1. I love this! I'm a real sucker for cool metal filing drawers. Cleaning them out is never a fun chore, but all your effort was well worth it. Great job! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  2. How perfect for your stamps! Great find

  3. Yes, it's been a rough year. I'm happy to see you crafting and blogging again. The final product looks great.

  4. Wow this looks great! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  5. This is great! I love it. I so very much agree with you about arts and crafts being good therapy. I'm working on a new quilt this week and I just feel so good playing with all that lovely fabric. So sorry you lost your daddy. Hugs, Nancy (Visiting from Posed Perfection)

  6. I am sorry to hear about your Dad! I miss mine everyday. I am visiting from amaze me Monday! Glad I came over and I am following you now. Happy birthday! Dazee

  7. Love how this turned out! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party:)

  8. the metal drawers look soooooo much better with your paint treatment and very handy stamp storage there

    stopping by from the 'And Sew We Craft' linky :)

  9. Oh, I love it! Though, you must have more patience that I do to wash and paint all. those. drawers!
    It turned out fabulous and I would have never seen the potential that you saw. Congratulations on a job well-done!

  10. I'd say that is a great find and perfect for stamps! I really like industrial that has been given a bit of a feminine touch. Most of my craft-sewing room storage is either IKEA, Target, or Michael's, and I really like that everything is white; but it is fun to add some pops of color.

  11. That is an amazing piece. I'd love to have that in my craft room. What a great makeover!

  12. These are gorgeouso!! Please let me know what is the color paint? I have one or two small plastic ones I want to try to paint. Thanks in advance for your repy. Alice, Just a Domestic Engineer.


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