It's pretty from this angle, but prepare to be horrified!
Here it is from my front door
What? You don't have a huge garage storage shelf in the middle of your old diningroom? And piles and piles of crud? Well honestly it's been this way for over a month. My craft room used to be upstairs and my sweet husband decided that I would be happier with it downstairs. I hate to go upstairs, (pure laziness) plus it's too easy to let it stay a dumping ground, which it did. So for very little money I plan on taking this room from this to downstairs cute and tidy.
The first step is to cover over the shelves.
If you need a crafting. material cutting island this is a great idea for a cheap but sturdy one. This half a garage shelf is from lowes or home depot. My huge cutting mat fits on it and it's the perfect height for working or sitting with a barstool. Plus I really like to be able to get to whatever I am working on from all angles. Like a kitchen island but minus the money. I ultimately plan on buying this beauty from ikea, but until I can save my pennies this needs to become workable.
It's a varde counter storage system from ikea. The drawers will fit 12 x 12 papers and all kinds of other crafty wonderfulness, but the glass fronts are frosted, so you can't really see, and if it is too clear, I will line them.
But until then here is my solution. I took a painting canvas and made a cut where I needed it and then just tore it across. Because it's a natural fiber it stayed straight. No need to cut perfectly, spending time agonizing over it. Then I folded over the edge, leaving the already done hem at the bottom and staple it into the wood panel that sits on top, with a regular paper staple, not even using a staple gun! How easy is that, the whole thing took 30 seconds. Then I stapled some pom pom fringe around the top.
After that I arranged my ikea paper cutter ($10) I use the paper across the top of the craft table and cutting mat when I'm not cutting material so it stays clean and then just throw the paper away. I add baskets of all my pretty pencils and pens and brushes and it looks so much better. It needs to dewrinkle, but hopefully you can see past that.
In the next few days I will show a super cheap, but cute sewing table redo.
Plus the ugly laminate cabinets are going to be shabby chic afied and beautiful.
making the world cuter