It's amazing what you can get used to living with... take for instance my kids' "desk area"...
And it's amazing what one little call from a major television show can do to get a lady's butt in gear!
Now, of course I would LOVE to have a massive room that is adorable and strictly purposed for unleashing my children's creativity, but in reality they get one corner of one room. :) All the awesome rooms on Pinterest just depressed me, so I'm not spending much effort showing you their rooms. So there!
"Oh Children, did you remember to take time for some creative play in the loft?" BLAH!
Ok, so here's my reality and it's semi-cute and works for us.
I wanted/needed a few things...
1- Place for the kids' computer
2- A place to
hide store all my kid craft crap supplies
3- A space where more than one kiddo could sit
4- Storage for markers and crayons that they could open by themselves!
5- A place to display masterpieces
I shopped around for a lot of desks, but I really didn't want to spend a ton of money and I needed something really long... one word for ya... IKEA. They had a table top, that was just the right size. I bought $5.00 legs (which I plan to spray paint) and could assemble it without any help from the hubs!
Then came storage for all the junk! JoAnn's was having an awesome sale on these fabric bins, and even though they're black and don't match even the tiniest bit, I bought them. They hold a good amount of supplies in each one.
Where the bins are kinda blah, the paint cans make me go, "Ooohhh, Ahhhh"
You can get these plain cans at any paint store or HD or Lowes. I filled them with all of our little bottles of acrylic paints. They work perfectly and at least give this area a teeny bit of mama's style!
I needed chairs. I just wasn't feelin' the metal folding chairs. I looked at IKEA, but all they had were stark white chairs... Hmm... Let's do a little math...
Woo hoo! Navy-ish chairs to match. These puppies were made to spray paint... they took the paint so well!
One of the most important requirements I had was storage for markers and crayons that did NOT require me to help every single time someone wanted to color. I know that sounds like lame mommy, but with 4 kids, each one wants to color at least 2x a day... it gets old!
Walmart kitchen canisters to the rescue! I took the younger two shopping with me and they both proved they could open the containers. I love the clear look, so you can see the supplies and the metal works with the paint cans. SCORE!
Finally, I wanted to be able to display a few special pieces of artwork. I had a few fancy-schmancy ideas, but none of them fit in the narrow space I had. So, 99 cents later hanging clipboards won!
I like how the clear boards and metal clip works with the clear and metal canisters and they were oh-so-easy to hang. One nail...
So, it isn't super-amazing, or magazine worthy, but it works for us and I do like a few things about it. Our kids have been out there crafting and creating like crazy and really that was the goal all along!
So, now that I'm done with this project... what amazing ideas for kid craft storage have you used that I should have? Do share!