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art storage : before & after


I like love to craft. My kids…are ambivalent. But like any good crafty mama, I gather art supplies and every so often attempt to coerce the children into making something. Sometimes they humor me for a few minutes before wandering off to other things. Neither one of them is particularly driven to create art independently, but then, they are 2 & 4…so I’m hopeful that someday (soon?) they will want to sit with me and make stuff.

Anyway, this (don’t laugh) was our sad, sad art supply storage until recently, when I just had to fix it now or else.

Art storage, before

A falling-apart fabric drawer unit, piled high with pads of paper, random drawings and old shirts turned into art smocks. It was a towering danger. It needed fixing before it fell onto some small head meandering by. I was a little stumped for ideas – it has to be easy enough to get into for me and the tall child but largely inaccessible to the small child. (Aka, the one who will draw on the couch with marker. Oh, yes, he has.)

I’d love to say I thought up some genius idea using scavenged scraps of wood from the backyard and artisanal string. But I didn’t.

I went to Target. Ta-da!

Art storage, after

And it looks soooo much better.

Art papers are securely stored on the very top, where small grasping hands can’t tear them to shreds, as well as the more dangerous/permanent/messy art supplies – scissors, markers, glitter, etc. (Seriously, why do we even have glitter?) The fabric bins house everything else, roughly grouped by type, and the bottom cubbies hold a few toys that they’re welcome to play with at any time. I went with white, even though I generally loathe white particle board furniture, because I recently repainted the kids’ table and little chairs white with leaf green chalkboard paint on top and rather wanted it to match. (And, well, Target only had white. So.)



2 thoughts on “art storage : before & after

  1. It looks great! And makes me want to go to Target for a cubbyhole set like this, because while what I actually want is the IKEA Kallax (or whatever they’re calling what used to be the Expedit), I don’t live anywhere near an IKEA. Alas.

    Also the thought of “artisanal string” cracked me up :)

  2. Yeah, I wish we lived near an IKEA, but we don’t so Target cubbies it is! They’re not as sturdy, for sure, but they’ll do!

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