My craft room takes a step closer

You'll probably remember that when we put the finishing touches to our porch I was left with a "spare" set of pigeon shelves. I quickly thought they'd look great in our study and my plan to transform that room into my craft room started to take shape.  Of course I didn't mention this plan to MOH as I was certain he wouldn't agree, but what I did sell to him was that these shelves would be a great way to store some of my craft items and would free up some other space. He heard this as I wanted to hang these in the study and fill it with more of my junk!  

Which I guess is a loose interpretation of my idea. This is how they ended up.

LOADED, PRETTY AND FUNCTIONAL STORAGE

LOADED, PRETTY AND FUNCTIONAL STORAGE

Not much junk there, hey?  Well I don't think so either, MOH has another view.

Despite making a template when we hung the first set of shelves, this was nowhere to be found. I'd probably cleared it out in a spring cleaning frenzy - that, or I've put it somewhere so safe I just haven't remembered where yet.  Please tell me I'm not the only one that does that?

A CARDBOARD TEMPLATE PATCHED TOGETHER WITH WASHI TAPE

A CARDBOARD TEMPLATE PATCHED TOGETHER WITH WASHI TAPE

With a new template made and hastily mended with some washi tape it wasn't long before the screws were in and we were trying to hook the shelves onto them. This time we'd hung it higher and it wasn't so easy to notch it into place, with a few scratches of the paintwork - thankfully we've not repainted yet, phew! - it was on the wall.

HUNG SUCCESSFULLY!

HUNG SUCCESSFULLY!

So it was time to fill it up. In the middle row I added boxes, twine, handmade cards, my pincushion, some notebooks, a pen pot and a fabric tray:

HANDMADE CARDS  , TWINE, BOXES AND A PINCUSHION

HANDMADE CARDS, TWINE, BOXES AND A PINCUSHION

A BOX OF WASHI, A FABRIC TRAY AND  A MAGAZINE BOW

A BOX OF WASHI, A FABRIC TRAY AND A MAGAZINE BOW

SOME NOTEBOOKS, POSTCARDS AND A POT FOR PENS

SOME NOTEBOOKS, POSTCARDS AND A POT FOR PENS

On the bottom there were storage boxes of ribbons, trimmings and bias binding, a pot of crochet hooks, some wool that I've promised to knit MOH some socks with and a photo frame waiting to be filled:

RIBBONS, BIAS BINDING AND TRIMMINGS

RIBBONS, BIAS BINDING AND TRIMMINGS

SPACE FOR A PHOTO, CROCHET HOOKS AND WOOL FOR SOCKS

SPACE FOR A PHOTO, CROCHET HOOKS AND WOOL FOR SOCKS

Which left room on the top shelf for more functional storage of buttons and threads, card blanks, my letter stamps and another pretty box and a ball of wool that my plan was to crochet some coasters from.  I still need to learn to crochet, one day soon maybe!

THREAD AND PLENTY OF BUTTONS

THREAD AND PLENTY OF BUTTONS

MORE WOOL AND A PRETTY BOX

MORE WOOL AND A PRETTY BOX

CARD BLANKS, ENVELOPES AND   MY LETTER STAMPS

CARD BLANKS, ENVELOPES AND MY LETTER STAMPS

Stepping back I was quite pleased with how it looked, but surprised how quickly I'd filled it!  The one in the porch still has some empty spaces because I'm looking for the right things to fill them - I think I could have filled this one twice over, but don't tell MOH!

And you can see it's alongside my new rainbow board too, with these two additions it's given this wall a brand new lease of life. 

shelves and rainbow board

And my craft room is really starting to come together - and MOH is resigned to the fact too!

My new rainbow board

Just before we put the finishing touches to our porch Teacher Boards got in touch and offered me the opportunity to review one of thier new range of Rainbow Boards. The two events are related, because if you remember the "spare" pigeon shelf that we didn't use in the porch after all, was destined for my soon-to-be craft room. Well, I got to thinking that a pin board in that room would be just the thing, so I was keen to see what this range could offer.

I chose the smallest size of 0.9m x 0.6m, but there's six sizes available with the largest at 2.4m x 1.2m being huge and would probably cover the whole wall in my study-cum-craft-room!  With the size sorted, all that was left was to choose a colour - there's nineteen to choose from - and decide whether to have a frame or not. 

In the end I choose not to have a frame and after receiving some samples choose light blue over teal and turquoise. When it arrived I knew I'd chosen well as it was a similar shade to the wallpaper we have used throughout the house as our base colour palette.

rainbow board my colour palette

I was surprised though to find  there were no holes. But that was easily sorted and it meant that I could choose where they would go, so they were easy to add. Marking the four holes one inch from each edge I delegated the actual hole drilling to MOH, who let's be fair relished the chance to use some power tools.

MARKING THE HOLES

MARKING THE HOLES

DRILLING THE HOLES

DRILLING THE HOLES

HOLES
FIXINGS SUPPLIED

FIXINGS SUPPLIED

Above you can see the fixings that were supplied. Because we (yes, the Royal we again) were drilling into a plasterboard wall MOH made substitutions that were appropriate - I left him to it. What I did think were very clever though was the white screw covers which, I think give a professional finish and mean I don't have to look at the screw heads. Clever hey?   

HANGING THE BOARD

HANGING THE BOARD

FIXING CLOSE-UP

So with my new rainbow notice board on the wall, there was only one thing left to do - decorate it. 

DECORATED RAINBOW BOARD

I've added the sample charts that Teacher Boards sent so you can see the range of colours available against the Light Blue that I choose.

RAINBOW COLOUR SAMPLES

I've also pinned

  • a yellow party popper I had hanging around,
  • a heart left over from my Valentines craft,
  • a cerise and white polka dot tray I've made
  • a brass and (fake) pearl name pin,
  • my first paper cut out testing my new die machine
  • a spring garden picture
  • a yellow fancily decorated egg hanging on ribbon
  • a small bag containing some perspex stamps
  • one of the bows I made a while back
  • plus some paper flowers I keep meaning to use, but I'm not sure how yet.
CRAFT ROOM WALL

I'm really pleased with my board. It arrived promptly, was good value (this board costs £36.19) and it was easy to put up despite my initial concern about the lack of holes!  I think it looks good, and I'm looking forward to using it to provide inspiration for my current and future craft projects and to brighten that corner of the room.

The study's transformation to my craft room just took another step closer!

 

This is a collaborative post with Teacher Boards who provided me with this board for the purposes of this review, all opinions are my own.

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A DIY makeover for my bookshelves

And hopefully a slightly more interesting post than that title sounds!

In our study (aka my craft room) we have two Billy bookcases and two of those shelves are devoted to my collections of Good Food and Olive magazines which are growing. The oldest magazine dates back to 2003, a year after we bought this house and clearly when my recipe know-how was starting to fade a bit...

And with so many magazines, it was getting hard to keep them upright so I had a plan.

I headed off to the big orange DIY store clutching my measurements and managed to get there on a day when the big cutting machine was working. Handing over the sizes I wanted cut I waited for the man to do his stuff and left with lots of smaller bits of MDF!

Back home I got to work to insert the cut MDF as uprights

installing uprights

Even though my measuring - and the cutting - was accurate, there were some variations between the space and the MDF upright, so I added some draught excluder to the top of the MDF to help wedge it in place.

filling the gap

This worked well and ensured the uprights stood firm, and I took a moment to work out what to do next.

CONTEMPLATING MY NEXT MOVE

CONTEMPLATING MY NEXT MOVE

uprights installed

That was to carry on and repeat this for the second shelf before putting the magazines back in place.  I've left the MDF unfinished and unpainted as it's already a close match to the colour of the unit, and I think it works well.

With the uprights in place, there was only one thing left to do - and that was to step back and admire my morning's work.

magazines back on the shelf

It looks like there's enough space for my subscriptions to carry on for a little while yet!