As you can imagine when you have a blog like Silhouette School you have a lot of...stuff. I'm talking five Silhouette machines (Portrait, CAMEO, CAMEO 2, Curio, and Mint), a heat press, lamintor, Xyron, printer, computer, enough vinyl to make my husband cringe every time another tube mailer shows up in the mail, endless stacks of papers, supplies, tools and gadgets to demo, review, and use.
The problem is I only have so much room.
For a while there I had a whole lot less of it, because I was sharing this room with my husband. I was generous and gave him a corner...quite literally.
It didn't last long....
I can deal with a rather "lived in" craft room and office because I can just shut the door when I walk out. But when my office-mate moved in, it wasn't so much a matter of half-done projects all over the place, but now I literally had half the space and I was sharing with a guy who doesn't like 'stuff'. So like they do in NYC where square footage is also limited, we built up.
In our case we added shelving. (I really had my heart set on a she-shed, but I settled for shelves instead. I mean, I can compromise with the best of 'em when I have to.) I should also point out, it was those six months of officemate-hood that lead to my infamous #bosslady chair....but we'll get to that in a minute.
Now, you should know, me and my contractor are like BFFs...to the point he sent me a $100 restaurant gift card for Christmas. But the office wasn't getting the contractor's touch, we (and by
we', I mean me) were DIYing it as we maxed out our contractor budget by like January of last year. ha.
Anyway, I was inspired by a "Shelf Help" office makeover I saw in the September 2015 issue of Martha Stewart Living. It used a combination of tracks, brackets and wood shelves to create a custom shelving system that fit the space and function.
I headed to Home Depot to pick up the following...I've also linked to all of the items on Amazon for easy shopping:
- 10 White 12" ClosetMaid Shelf Brackets
- 1 White 40" ClosetMaid Hang Track
- 3 White 60" ClosetMaid Shelf Tracks
- 10 pack of Screws
- 1 Stud Finder (that actually works)
Once the Hang Track was secure, I added the three vertical shelf tracks. I positioned them strategically so I could put the screws right into the studs. There's no need to mess with screw anchors this way. (I have NO idea now why I didn't remove the clipboards as I was working...)
Once the tracks were up, I added the shelf brackets and then rummaged through my garage for a few pieces of spare wood that would work for the shelves.
I then started shopping my house (and let's be honest, Target's Dollar Spot) to find pretty storage containers to organize all those odds and ends. My six foot long folding table (so fancy!) still serves as my desk and it slides right up under the lowest shelf. I'm happy to report all of my machines and various other gadgets now have a home...on the wall!
I later added the hot pink office chair from Walmart and added my own personal touch just for giggles.
My husband took one look at my pretty new shelving (I'm sure he didn't miss the chair, as I made it specifically for him) and asked if I could put the same shelving on his side of the office.
And so we did. I may have snagged 90% of the shelving space on that side too. He's a dude, he doesn't need much room.
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