Our New Art Room

We’ve had many spaces for art in our home, but having a very active toddler has compelled us to designate a room in our house just for art.  I believe that kids should be able to go and create whenever the mood strikes and have the supplies available to inspire them.  Unless they are under the age of 2 and in total destruction mode. You know who you are, Love Bug. Anyway, the Queen Bee especially loves to spend hours each day coloring, painting, gluing, cutting, etc.

We had many of our art supplies in our home office with a little table and kid-sized chairs. The Queen Bee’s art projects overflowed the little table onto my desk as well as The Husband’s on a daily basis. It was time to give her more space. With the resident in-laws recently vacating one of the room’s in our house, it was time to put my art room plans into action.

Here are the components of the art room.  First we have an easel set up with paper, paints and smock, ready to go at any time. Also, here is our table and roll of butcher paper.  As you can see this is an old folding table and they can do whatever they want to it, Mom won’t fuss about paint or glue getting all over it.

Next we have our drawers of markers, colored pencils, glue, extra paint brushes, etc. This is actually a c.d. storage system that I got at a garage sale for ten dollars.

I took photos of the contents of each drawer, laminated them and made a label on my labelmaker. I punched two holes in the top of each laminated photo and tied them to the drawer pulls with pretty ribbon.

In this corner we have shelves for paper, drawers for stickers, containers to stash extra smocks, and my favorite, our “candy jars” of fun stuff to glue onto other stuff.

Here’s a close up of the “candy jars”.  I saw this idea at the Children’s Museum of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia.  I plan to change out the items periodically, but for now we have feathers, flowers and leaves (I just bought a few sprigs of silk flowers at the craft store and snipped them off their fake stems), small beads, and ribbons and wrapping paper (I cut up various lengths of dollar bin ribbon. I also took wrapping paper and cut out circles that said “Happy” and “Birthday”.).

In the corner I have a comfy glider and foot stool for myself.  When I’m not doing art with the kids, I can sit with my laptop and/or cup of coffee and…

…enjoy the view.  We have a hummingbird feeder and plan to add several more feeders, especially over the winter months.

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8 Responses to Our New Art Room

  1. LOVE the storage, especially that cd cabinet turned supply holder with the photos of supplies. Jealous!!

  2. Thanks, Nicole. It was a proud moment for me, finding that cabinet. I forgot to mention that the drawers slide out easily and the kids can carry them to wherever they want to use them, then easily slide them back in.

  3. What a great space!! I love the candy jars – that’s a nifty storage solution. Our art cabinet is in the kitchen – it works, but is in desperate need of re-vamping. We’re out this week, so I may just do that. I LOVE your drawer labels, too. Very creative!

  4. Thanks, Heather. Sometimes I surprise myself with how crafty I can be, when given the right tools. Although more often I think the craftiness skipped me in my family tree, since my mother and sister are like Martha Stewart level crafty. It’s hard living in their shadows, but alas, someone has to do it. 😉

  5. You ever watch ‘Whatever, Martha’? It’s a show her daughter does that is nothing but making fun of MS and attempting to do the crafts that MS demonstrates (with smug perfection). It’s completely ridiculous, but when you’re craft-challenged, it’s a must-see if for no other reason than seeing someone publicly ridicule the Craft Master, lol.

  6. Angela says:

    What a great find on that CD storage cabinet for your art supplies! Love your organization!

    I have some of those candy jars, I should put them out and display them with craft supplies in them. Thanks for the idea!

    A few years ago I would’ve never thought I would aspire to be crafty. I am more of a techy gal and would snicker whenever I went past Michaels or JoAnns to slip into some computer store. Now, I never enter geeky stores and am always at the craft stores!

  7. QueenBee says:

    Love, love, LOVE the idea of a room dedicated to art! I love the organization in the room – great job! I’ve been wanting a room dedicated to art, but have yet to make it happen. =) My husband is onboard with the idea – we just need to make the space somehow.

  8. Adrienne says:

    I LOVE this room! I’m so jealous and am now turning over ideas in my head, trying to figure out a way to implement a similar system. The organization if awesome. I just don’t know yet if I trust my daughter with unsupervised access to paints. Hmmm….

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