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Moving to a new house offered me the chance to undertake my Craft Room Makeover Part 4. Come along with me to see how the planning and creation of the room happened!
Hubby and I had been thinking about our home for a long time, wondering if we should downsize and allow us to have a little less responsibility with yards, sheds and house size. We started looking around at retirement resorts and the vibe and facilities available was astounding!
A retirement resort is not an aged care facility. It is a place where older people live, but they can still be working and most are totally independent. These style of communities offer all sorts of things to their residents. Hubby was particularly interested in having access to a heated swimming pool he did not have to clean. I was excited that there was a community garden.
The resort we chose had both these things AND an exciting other thing - a community craft room!!
I was so happy to discover that.
And I knew we would buy a house where I could still dedicate one room to my love of crafting. Bring on my Craft Room Makeover Part 4!
Our previous house sold really quickly for a good price, so we were all set. We committed to buying in the retirement resort we liked best.
Then I took several weeks to pack my craft room up into boxes.
I culled, I sold furniture, I thought long and hard about my new space as it would be half a metre smaller all around.
I also asked the builder to take up the carpet in my new craft room and lay down lino that would be tough and easy to clean. They did that and now my new empty room looked like this:
I'm loving the light in there.
My sister approved too. She doesn't do paper crafting but she knows a good room for crafting when she sees it. She would have loved that room for its light that she could sew by.
She knew I would have fun with my Craft Room Makeover Part 4.
Moving day went about as expected. Because I had labelled all my packed up boxes 'craft room' and had a pretty good idea about what I had put in my numerous boxes, all of them wound up either IN the new craft room or nearby.
Of course, you cannot put furniture you haven't built yet into a room full of boxes.
So I unpacked the rest of the house, then moved absolutely everything but my big old desk out of the new room so I could decide what I needed to fill the walls with shelving.
Hubby and I measured the new craft room then went to Ikea and selected a few boxes of flat pack Kallax units. I decided I needed a 5 x 5 cube one and a 4 x 5 cube one, so we bought the components that would give us just that.
We had to work together to get the boxes to the delivery counter! We asked Ikea to deliver our new shelving to us at home, and they did. The guys left the boxes in the garage like we asked them to.
Then we started to take one box at a time into the new craft room where we assembled everything on the floor there, once we put a throw rug down so we would avoid scratching the new flooring while building.
Even Archie the dog had to get in on this new family activity. You can see him in my craft desk chair! He just would not leave the room and we were afraid of crushing him, so on the chair he stayed where he had a great view of the assembly process.
The units were a little bit of a challenge to put together, but we got there in the long run.
I just have to give a shout out of thanks to my marvelous hubby, who built this shelving for me one day before he had a total knee replacement!
The units looked great once they were up. I added in some of the basket inserts Ikea makes as well, but not for every cube. I wanted to be able to see what I had and also still wanted to consult with Brenda Rennie of Crafty Storage to custom fill some of the cubes. I decided it was high time I had some nice storage for my ink pads, markers and ink refills.
There were a few weeks where I could not get back in to my craft room to unpack my things as I was needed to look after hubby, and he comes first.
When I finally got to unpack all those boxes, I decided we had underestimated my need for shelving!
I not only filled my new Ikea units but the entire wardrobe as well, and I still had some rolling trolleys floating around too.
Back we went to Ikea, once hubby could get around again, to buy another row of cubes for the top of my shelving units.
And that is where we are now, waiting for a good time to build the extra shelving.
Meanwhile, hubby has done too much and has hurt his back! I keep hoping I won't go out in sympathy! He hasn't been able to help with unpacking and sorting of the house, so I have been doing most of that.
Between us, we're getting there!
Even though it feels like chaos still reigns in my craft room makeover part 4, I can see some progress.
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