Yesterday I shared the beginning of my craft room purging and organizing with some very not pretty before shots.
Well, I’m happy to say that it’s slowly coming along and because space is such a challenge in this room I decided to repurpose a few items into a wall organizer for those little things that I like to have close at hand.
Instead of tossing these little binder clip plastic containers into the recycling bin at work I’ve been bringing them home in hopes that one day I would use them for something.
These containers have removeable tops and bottoms, and it’s very important to not get them mixed up. The tops have a hard rounded inside edge which gives the container some strength even when the lid is off. The bottom of the container is much weaker and gets its strength from being attached to the bottom lid.
To dress up these containers I’m using my new favourite thing…. metal foil duct tape, and some washi tape from my stash.
I get 99% of my craft supplies at thrift stores so I have quite the mish mash of craft supplies, so when doing a project I usually just make use of whatever I happen to have.
I cut pieces of the metal duct tape to size and wrapped it around the containers.
To get the distressed look I simply applied one end of the tape and played with the tape slightly, sort of like an accordion, as I made my way around the container.
Once it was applied all around the container I smoothed it down by pressing on both sides of the container at the same time. This does not lose the distressed look, it just smooths down the edges.
Then I just used the washi tapes around the tops and the bottoms.
The bottom tape will make sure that the bottom lid stays on.
When applying the washi tape around the tops make sure it’s as flat as possible so the lid will go on without any trouble. If there are any ridges in the tape the lid won’t fit and the tape will tear.
Now I needed to find something to hang on the wall to hold my newly dressed up containers.
A few years ago I shared this ceiling tile that I thrifted for $2. Yes, I said a few years ago. Things don’t always get used right away around here. Or should I say things don’t usually get used right away around here. lol. That’s why I need more storage. lol.
This lovely tin ceiling tile has been waiting for a project just like this one. All I did was screw it into the wall right beside my work desk. I did the four corners and the middle of the two sides.
I glued magnets onto the bottoms of the containers, filled them with my bits and pieces, put them in place on my metal ceiling tile, and my wall organizer is done.
I interspersed them with some magnetic spice containers that I thrifted a while back.
This project was supposed to be for the Junk Challenge earlier this month, but because of some terrible pictures I didn’t make it.
I finally figured out what the problem was with taking night pics in my craft room. It was the soft white light bulbs in my chandelier and their yellow glow, as you can see in the photo above.
Yesterday I switched the 5 chandy bulbs to daylights… and voila! It was like magic!
Now I can take night pics that have a lovely daylight look to them, and finally the colour of my craft room wall looks like the fresh minty green that it actually is.
I put a chalkboard label on the one big container just because I had it, but I don’t want labels on the rest because I like seeing what’s in the containers.
These little containers are perfect for my little bits and pieces, but could also be used in other ways like for sewing notions or scrap booking decorative doodads etc.
Thanks so much for reading and until next time… keep on keepin’ on..