Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mobile Craft Cart

My family is currently living with my mom and stepdad in their house for financial reasons.  That means that there are 4 adults, 1 toddler, 4 cats, and 1 dog in a 3 bedroom (plus office) home.  Needless to say, space is limited.   My dream is to have a room of my own wear I can craft in and do art activities with my daughter.  Since that's not possible right now, I'm finding ways to improvise.  Since I've become a stay-at-home-mom, my craft/art supplies have been growing with no space to put them!  I have two plastic 3-drawer thingies, but that's just not enough.  So...

My husband came home with this the other day from work.

It was $23 on clearance down from $125.  It was a deal he couldn't pass up (this is not the first "deal" he's come home with!).  He said, "I thought you could use it for your crafting."  I love him, and I loved that idea, but this cart, which looks like it was meant to be a janitorial cart, needed some sprucing up.  Here's what I did with a $5 roll of contact paper from Target.



Better, right?  I like it.  I makes me happy to look at!  I love how you can take a simple product like contact paper and really transform something.

Here's my cart loaded up:
The bottom has a mix of my stuff (sewing, spray paint, current crafts) and some of Olive's things.
The top is all Olive: fine motor skills activities in the tub, chalk, crayons, paper, etc.
I got this roll of paper at Ikea awhile back for super cheap.  I decided to use some yarn to attach it to the handle of the cart.  Now I can easily rip off a piece when Olive wants to color!

I love my new cart!  It works perfect for me.  No, it's not a plush craft/art room with bright windows and big table in the middle and shelving all along the walls.  But it will be one day!  For now, I'm going to push my cart into the living room and do some coloring with my daughter!

2 comments:

  1. What an awesome little cart!!
    Go husband for the find and go you for making it so darling and functional!

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  2. What a great idea! Good ol' contact paper. This would be really helpful in my craft room-I'm going to start keeping my eyeballs peeled for one of those puppies ;)

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