This weekend my mission was to organize the heck out of my living room. All of my paper crafting supplies were a mess, mostly because nothing had a place to go. If nothing has a "spot" then nothing can get put away! The first step to organizing the living room was hanging all my artwork. Instead of being displayed, all my paintings and framed pieces were leaning against the wall in a stack and taking up valuable space.
My next step was to get some stacked drawers so paper and supplies could have a home. It just so happens that my neighbors in the other half of the house were getting rid of a rolling box with wide drawers. It got a little banged up when they moved, and he just couldn't use it anymore. These drawers are the perfect size for what I need, and with the placement next to the table you can't even see the damaged parts.
The last step was to make a standing rack for my large decorative papers. My idea was to create something like the paper stores have. Basically, wooden dowels maybe an inch in diameter that connect two upright pieces, sort of like a wide ladder. I went into Home Depot with a drawing of what I intended to make and showed it to one of the helpful people in orange aprons. She thought it looked exactly like a porch railing turned sideways. They don't have the wooden railings like that anymore, but she showed me a metal one that is 4 feet long with bars about 36 inches across. It was perfect! Then she helped me find something to stabilize the base. I ended up with 4 shelf brackets that could be screwed onto the base. And the best part is, they assembled it for me at Home Depot because I don't have a power drill at home! I am thrilled with my new paper display and my nice clean work area.