Friday, April 19, 2013

114 Studio Progress: Crafty Storage Cart

I am so excited to finally be making progress in my studio!  I am at the beginning phase of adding in storage and problem solving some of the reasons the new/old built-ins weren't working effectively right off the bat.  The overall idea and shell of storage is grand.  But now to make the grand storage functional for the itty bitty items is where I really need to apply to some brainpower.


The first items to tackle were my cutting machine and all the vinyl and tools and supplies that comes along with it.  Since my Silhouette is used for many of the projects I take on, it is really important to address storage for the machine, and ensure that I keep it simple to access and use.  In the past, I would drag everything out of different nooks and crannies and set it up on the kitchen table or counter.  Such a mess and not the best solution for a quick vinyl label or craft project.

With my Silhouette cutting machine, I have accumulated quite a few items that need a place to call home:
  • 12" Vinyl
  • 9" Vinyl
  • Transfer paper
  • Cutting mats
  • Spatulas, hooks, scrapers
  • Specialty papers and finishes
  • Glitter
  • Sketch Pens
The built in cabinets have two drawers, but I quickly found they were not enough.  I was trying to store things below in the cabinets, in the drawers and in cups on the counter.  So, I cleared everything out and decided to start over, this time with a plan.

My gut told me that a special cart that the Silhouette could sit on, with storage below for all of the accessories, would be the most ideal solution.  I don't enjoy sitting at the counter height workspace because it is not comfortable or ergonomic for longer periods of time, it really functions better to stand and craft.  That is why we added a second desk height workspace for computing.  Therefore, I was on the hunt for something to tuck between the two base cabinets, with storage for the Silhouette and all the accessories.  Bonus points if I could find something that could roll out and then tuck back away when I was done.  Or, roll out if I wanted to sit at the counter, but also act as storage when I wasn't.

I searched and searched and given the dimensions, was coming up short.  I had a very specific space that needed to be filled, and I didn't want to waste any of that space.  I looked at nightstands, filing cabinets, printer carts, dressers.... even adding in a third cabinet...

Then, my IKEA strike came to an end and I ran there as fast as I could to soak up all the new items in the store that I hadn't seen yet.  It was magical.

And I found the perfect solution, in the oddest of places... the children's department.  The STUVA storage dresser was calling my name!



The dimensions were nearly perfect, I had a 24" wide opening and the dresser was 23" 1/2.  And the height was super close too!  And would still give me an opportunity to add casters to make it a rolling cart!  Win win, load it up honey!

Of course, I left you with a vision of all white cabinets and counters.  Did the studio really need more white?  I think not.  This girl looooooves color.

I don't get the opportunity to bring in girly colors too often, since I live in a house full of boys.   Pink blooms here and there are about as girly as it gets.  Oh, and I sneak some pretty drawer liners in there too, but it's really not the same.  My studio is the one and only place where I have the freedom to do whatever I want, for me!

And I kind of wanted pink.  Just a little.

So, I pulled the drawer fronts out, taped them off and game them a single coat of oil-based primer.


The primer would help my paint adhere, since the IKEA furniture always has a nice smooth finish.

I wanted to add a little visual interest, so I thought I would play with the oh-so-chic ombre effect.  I grabbed a paint swatch from the paint store, and had testers mixed of all the colors in each shade.

The shades I used were Behr's Arizona Sunrise, Pale Berry, Deep Bloom and Strawberry Rhubarb.  Wow, I got hungry and ready for summer just typing those names.  Sigh.

 
Each drawer received three thin coats of the paint, the tester size was plenty. 


Ohhhh la la!  I love me some pink!  The ombre effect gave the drawers some dimension that the back of the room needed.

The cart received a few more enhancements from it's original out of the box state.  First up, some Martha Stewart bookplates to label each drawer.


These bookplates rock! Just peel and stick and you have an instant label holder.  So pretty!


Next step was to use some washi tape and my label maker to label each drawer front.


Then, we screwed in some casters to the bottom of the drawers to turn it into a rolling cart, we found the casters at Home Depot.


As if the whole process wasn't already my idea of a good time, now it was time to fill up those drawers with my Silhouette goodies!


The top drawer is dedicated to 12" vinyl rolls.


Drawer number 2 holds the 9" rolls.


Third drawer down holds all of the specialty items such as transfer paper, chalkboard paper, metallic sheets, double sided adhesive sheets, sketch pens and glitter.  The little bins holding the pens and glitter are from the Target Dollar Spot.


The final drawer holds all of my cutting mats, tools and blades.  The tools are resting in the lid of a box that some gift tags came in, which I lined with a piece of pretty paper.


So pretty in pink!


I love that my Silhouette can sit on top of the cart and all of the items are organized nice and neat below. And because it is on casters, it rolls out, I link up my laptop, use it, and roll it back when I am all done.  Super simple and 100% clutter free!


And as I mentioned, I don't sit at the counter often, since when I did it wasn't comfortable for extended periods of time, however, the option is still very much there should I wish to pull up a stool because the cart can easily roll out.

The pink totally makes me smile.  Call me crazy, it's OK, it won't be the first time {or the last}.  But what I love is that should I grow tired of the color, it is as easy as a quick coat of paint to update.

I still have all sorts of other crafty items to think up storage for, such as stickers, embellishments, papers, punches, adhesives, etc... the brainstorming is commencing in 3...2...1...


114 comments:

  1. I wish we had an Ikea close to my hometown because there are so many things that I would like to purchase, especially this item. I could really use it in my office. Love how you painted it too. ;)

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  2. Great storage solution Jen :) xo Kristin

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  3. I love everything about this project! Ikea is amazing and I love the ombré effect you did to make it unique!

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  4. Oh I love the ombre! So girly & functional! Thanks for the inspiration {like always}!

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  5. It's amaizing how adding pops of colours in a neutral room can make such a diference! We recently re-decorated our office and although we went for grey walls and white furniture, we managed to make the room pretty through art and accesories and we are super happy with the end result!
    You can have a look at it in this post if you are feeling curious :o):
    http://www.lifeineight.com/2013/04/home-office-reveal-time.html

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  6. Love this space and your pink ombré storage is perfect! Having a space that's all your own is so great - lots of creativity in that space, I'm sure!

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  7. so cute! Love that cart and that your machine can easily sit on top.

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  8. What a great idea! Love the colors that you chose too.

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  9. I simply love everything about this post.

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  10. Oooh...I love the way that turned out. And the ombre effect, major swoon!

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  11. I am so envious of your craft space. It is so light and lovely.

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous! The new cart looks like you planned it that way as it is the perfect size! The pink looks perfect! Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. I love how it fits perfectly along with the silhouette. Perfect sized opening in the cabinet.

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  14. This is crazy cute! I am jealous - my Silhouette is crammed in a closet & I would love a proper home for it if we had more space. Great job :)

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  15. Omg I am loving this. I wish I had room to have a silhouette cart. I can not believe how much stuff that machine can do. I use mine all the time and am so tired of pulling out everything every time I use it. Maybe one day I will have more space to do this.

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  16. Super Nice!! I hope I can have something similar when I move!

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  17. I love those label holders! I'm going to have to go out and buy some! And the drawers fit so nicely underneath the counter and look great! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Beautiful Jen!! I would love a space like this in my home.

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  19. Mama's Little BitApril 22, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    This is fabulous! I love IKEA, my Silhouette and after the baby is born I hope to get to organizing my craft space!

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  20. I love this! I am always looking for things to re-purpose. I love, love, love the ombre effect. That has inspired me to do something similar to a storage unit I have for my nail art supplies. Thanks!

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  21. I love this... it makes me happy too

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  22. Beautiful, I could do that with my cricket!

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  23. Oh, I love the pink ombre effect! I have a dresser saved to Pinterest with the ombre effect in shades of blue, and I am dying to give it a try. I haven't been to IKEA in ages, either -- now you've got me psyched up to go. Somebody ought to warn my husband. ;-)

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  24. Erin@ManagingtheManorApril 22, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Okay, I think that cart was MADE for a Silhouette and accessories! The ombre effect on the drawers is lovely, and those bookplates really are the best labels ever!!

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  25. It looks so good! I'm not usually one for pink, but the drawers look so cute, modern, and sophisticated at the same time. Looking forward to seeing all your other ideas coming to life! :)

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  26. I want want of these immediately! I also want a craft room, but I'll settle for some great storage in our office in the meantime for all of my Silhouette goodies. Thanks for the tips!

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  27. Loving the gradient look! Stunning, as usual! I have STUVA in my bedroom, it's fab and doesn't look childlike at all! xoxox

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  28. I love that everything in this post is so neatly compartmentalized. My husband and I were just talking the other day (okay, maybe I was lecturing a bit!!) about how important it is to group items you use together...together. It is one of my personal organizing commitments this year.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  29. Love your new storage cart, I'm thinking I may have to purchase one myself. :) I love when things fit perfectly and you dont have to do anything extra!! :) happy Friday!

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  30. I LOVE the ombre effect. I am dying to try it out on my daughter's dresser.

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  31. That is a very clever idea to store the Silhouette! It's practical and pretty at the same time! Love it!

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  32. Oh wow, I love it!! I'm still trying to find the right way to store my Silhouette AND my cricut plus tons of vinyl & accessories.

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  33. Beautiful Jen!! I would love a space like this in my home.

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  34. Jen, this is by far one of my most favorite projects you've tackled. It looks beautiful, functional, fun, and creative. I too love to scrapbook, and because of lack of space I find myself not engaging in my hobby as much as I'd like. I have a Cricut machine and keep mine put up high in a closet, I think I may have found a future solution. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. SO great! Thanks for sharing. I do Project Life (scrapbooking made easy using these photo pocket pages so the pics slip right in...it rocks!) and another "Project Lifer" shared these cool scrap organizers you might like. They're from a company called Close to My Heart. Here is a link if you want to check them out...http://thecraftypickle.ctmh.com/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=6885&CatalogID=164 and here is another that shows how people have been putting these organizers into the super cute aqua Raskog cart from Ikea. (Maybe it's a good thing you're ban is lifted?!) http://thecraftypickle.com/

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  36. OH EMM GEE! Totally in love, great idea. What I want to know is why in the world haven't you customized your silhouette control panel yet? It needs Color my friend. That is the first thing I did when I got mine. It now sports a purple chevron pattern paper!!!

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    1. Oh boy! I don't know why I never thought to do that!! :) Thanks for the tip!

      xo,
      Jen

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  37. This is such a great idea! My Silhouette is sitting on a shelf low to the ground on my desk, and it's so awkward to get at...I may have to copy your idea and fashion some rolling storage for it!

    I'm also totally jealous of your vinyl collection - so many pretty colors to play with!

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  38. Ahh this is so awesome for so many reasons!! Go girl!! I love the STUVA series, too -- it works really well in small spaces (we used it in our entryway to create seating/storage & a coat closet)! The pink ombré is super cute, and keeping everything in a pretty rolling caddy that tucks away?? You're brilliant, girl! I just bought my Silhouette & need to get my booty into gear with figuring out how to use it -- I will definitely be pinning this post for future reference once I start collecting more materials! This project is fabulously creative & smart, as always!!

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  39. It is all coming together beautifully! I love the ombre rolling drawers and agree that sitting at that height is not comfortable for too long. I was a little confused as I watched this transformation. The blue dresser moved to your room and the 2nd desk is along that wall? Or am I mistaken.
    I wish I was your neighbor and you could come do my house!
    Cant wait to see more!
    Ridgely

    www.ridgelysradar.com

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    1. Hi Ridgely!

      Sorry, yes, it is confusing since I am sharing it in stages and the top picture is actually from before I moved the blue dresser to my bedroom and replaced it with the built in desk. I will share the whole room when I do the final reveal. Until then, it's messy messy messy!! :)

      xo,
      Jen

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  40. Oh My! How I love this! I too have accumulated a bunch with my Silhouette and would love to house it all together like this. Maybe I could repurpose a small thrift store dresser like this. Thanks so much for the inspiration! I love the ombre as well!

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  41. I LOVE this! So perfect. I'm still trying to get the best system of storage for my Silhouette, but I adore what you have done! Too bad my needs are slightly different or I would be mimicking your solution.
    Andrea
    ProjectSimpleHome.com

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  42. This is absolutely perfect! Your house is so beautiful.. I wish I could just transport it to NJ!!

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  43. wow. so well done. it's beautiful, functional and done with a piece so afforable. thank you for sharing. wish you were my best friend.

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  44. Love love love!!!! This is one of my favorite projects you've posted!

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  45. This is awesome. One of my favorite projects of yours! I covet a Silhouette and your storage solution is brilliant and beautiful! Bravo!

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  46. Perfection - I really love what you did and I'm so with you on the pink, as a mum to 3 boys myself. We don't have any pink in our house! I need to think how to sneak some in.

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  47. I just love the ombre drawers! We did ombre stripes on the walls of our nursery (http://www.blueistyle.blogspot.com/2013/03/GenderNeutralNurseryReveal.html) and I keep looking for other places in our house where I can add some more ombre.

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  48. Girl, I so hear you on the boy-dominated house! I am also in the minority! I love how you snuck some pink into the space...and so beautifully too! Per usual, I'm swooning over the immaculate organization of your drawers-- can't wait to see what you dream up for the rest of it! Have a wonderful weekend, Miss Jen!

    ~Abby =)

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  49. Amazing, Jen!! It looks like it was made for that spot. The pink + ombre is divine!

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  50. I cannot believe how perfectly that fits the space! You made me feel less crazy bc I have spent hours looking for a set of drawers for a similar space in my office! Why were you on an Ikea strike?

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    1. Hi Phyllis!

      I just found myself crutching on my love of Target and IKEA so much, that I really never shopped anywhere else and forced myself to take some time off and explore other options. I found a few new places to shop and was proud that I was able to take a little break, but at the end of the day, I shop at Target & IKEA because it is what I can afford and they always offer products that fit my style. :) It was a good experience though.

      xo,
      Jen

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  51. Love the addition of a little pink in your space! Just adorable. It is really coming together!

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  52. The ombre looks awesome! I thought you were just going to paint it all pink and I was going to say that the Stuva comes with pink fronts already!!!

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    1. Yes, I saw that! However, it just wasn't the right shades, the ones I went with were a little more muted. :)

      xo,
      Jen

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  53. I've been following your blog for a year now and I love everything you do. I recently organized my my moms office bag from the tote that you have and she loves it! The inner affect adds a nice pop of color and definition. Love the colors totally doing this!

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  54. Deana @ YourHappyStuff.comApril 22, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    So amazing:) Just adore it! I can't wait to see how the rest turns out!

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  55. Anneke at This, That and LifeApril 22, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    This couldn't be any more perfect ~ seriously Jen. It's just awesome! I'm off to grab some of those bookplates too!!!

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  56. I found this funny because I have boys/no girls as well and found myself staring at the pantry all last week daydreaming about painting it pink and gray inside. :-)

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  57. Super cute!!!! Love the colors!!!

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  58. Wow! Perfect! So neat and colorful. I love how you painted it...and the wheels-genious!
    And, I am going to get these bookplates today.
    BTW, you could be happy to see my small home office makeover.
    Thanks again.

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  59. Love everything about it. You rock!
    Thanks for sharing and for all the inspirations.
    i've mentioned a thank you shout out to you on my blog.
    Thanks again.
    Sherie
    sltbywm.blogspot.com

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  60. Love it! How tall are the drawers? Was thinking I could use this in my pantry. Thanks

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    1. Hello!

      You can find all of the product measurements and variations right on the IKEA website: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S09888711/#/S49888709

      xoxo!
      Jen

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  61. I realize you painted the drawers in 4 different shades of pink...but I wanted to mention the STUVA can be purchased with pink drawer fronts, or blue or green, and a few other options.

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    1. Hi Melissa,

      Yes, I saw that! However, it just wasn't the right shade of pink, the ones I went with were a little more muted. :)

      xo,
      Jen

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  62. I have a Pazzles and something like that would be perfect for all the supplies that I have for that as well! Great solution and love the ombre pink!

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  63. Love the ombre drawers! What a great way to jazz up something so simple!

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  64. Love this solution - keeps everything together, neat and easy to access. I know that you love your silhouette - why do you like this one over the other 1-2 scrapbook cutters on the market? This is on my birthday wishlist and was curious.

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    1. Great question!

      I actually was given the opportunity to review one awhile back and have been hooked ever since. I have friends that have the Cricuit, and found that the Silhouette seemed a bit simpler and needed less accessories to work. I love that I can use my own fonts and download anything from their site as a single file as I need. The machine is user friendly and does so many things, I am learning new things daily. Love love!

      xoxo!
      Jen

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  65. O Wow That is so lovely I enjoy reading and watching your projects! I think I may have to try the drawer color system for my own office! Simple yet so chic!

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  66. love, love the ombre effect! It is sooo cute and pretty!

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  67. I absolutely LOVE this idea and the colors you use. On a not exactly related but kinda related note..where do you buy your Vinyl? I would love to get some for craft and organizing projects but I am not aware of places that have good deals on it and a good selection. Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Kelly!

      I purchase from the Silhouette website: http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/?page=shop&cat=7 {when they have promos and sales}, and also on Expressions Vinyl's site, which also has a lot of sales and promos: http://www.expressionsvinyl.com/

      xoxo!
      Jen

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  68. Now I need my own office just so I can make one of these... I'm not kidding.

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  69. You did a great job - totally love these drawers.

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  70. I love it. Weird question, where did you get your starburst mirror from and what size is it?

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    1. Hi Amy!

      I love it too! :) I found it a few years ago at Pier 1 and it's super fabulous. If you are OK with gold, Home Depot has a similar one for a super amazing price here: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Martha-Stewart-Living-Wales-30-in-x-30-in-Metal-Antique-Gold-Framed-Mirror-72930/203024519#.UXX2S8ptQQ8

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      Jen

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  71. i love this! i'm in the process of organizing a couple of rooms and this is perfect!

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  72. Just. Wow! You are a genius xx

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  73. Jen! How many yards of vinyl are on your 12" rolls? I am trying to find a good storage solution for my vinyl but i buy in bulk. Thanks Jen!

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  74. I LOVE this idea. Do you keep scraps of vinyl? I can't seem to throw it out! :) I just throw it in a bin right now, but thought you might have a better solution. Thanks!
    ~Nicole

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    1. Hi Nicole!

      I save mine also. I try to re-roll the scrap back with the specific color it goes with so they are easy to find. :)

      xo,
      Jen

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  75. Hi Jen!
    We are working on this project right now. Which casters and or screws did you use from home depot? We started with the screw in kind but found the bottom of the cabinet is hollow! Are yours the 4 screw holes on each caster and how long of screws?
    Thanks!
    Katrina

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    1. Hi Katrina!

      We used the kind with a base and four holes to attach to the cart. My hubby screwed into three of the four holes because they went into the wood frame, but the fourth would have gone into the hollow portion. Hope that makes sense. Best of luck with your project!

      xo,
      Jen

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  76. I think I am going to have my husband recreate something like this. I need a space for my 12x12 scrapbooking paper & cricut to sit on. thanks so much!

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  77. Hi Jen,
    Okay, so I already commented on this one! BUT- I'm thinking of doing the same thing in my boys room (In blue of course!) and I'd like your advice please. And do you have any further tips?
    You can see what I've done so far here...
    http://stayathometerritory.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/shared-room-makeover.html
    Sarah

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    1. Blue would look great! Nice thin coats is key. :) I love all of the special touches you put into your kid's space!

      xo,
      Jen

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    2. Thank you!
      It's a long weekend here in the Territory, so I might have to get out the brushes.
      Sarah

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  78. Just discovered your site; love love love! Question, please: are the pink colored paints oil base or water base? So glad to see you painting the Ikea furniture; it opens up a new world for me!

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  79. You so answered what I've been searching for, never thought to look in the kids furniture. Craft solution HERO!!!!

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  80. Jen, I am getting ready to purchase a Silhouette. Which one would you advise my getting? The Cameo? I have a great learning curve ahead of me!

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    1. Hi Martha!

      You can find a comparison chart for both Silhouette models here: http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/select-a-silhouette

      I personally love the larger option as I print/cut larger objects, but you may not find a need for that size. The smaller option is more portable and can do just about everything the larger one can. It really is a personal preference.

      Enjoy your new machine! So exciting!

      xo!

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  81. What finish of paint did you use? was it oil based like the primer? I'm so glad to see how you painted them. I didn't like the colors offered and wanted to paint mine orange - so glad i found your post about painting them!

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    1. Hello Jessica!

      I used an oil base primer, and the paint was just the Behr testers from Home Depot, I believe those only come in a Flat finish and are general latex paints.

      xo!

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  82. This.Is.Genius! I'm going it!!!!

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  83. Jennifer, I bought the Stuva this weekend and went to Home Depot for the casters but the threads for the "screw" part of the casters don't seem to match. Can you tell me where you purchased the casters? And if you inserted them into the holes that were there for the "feet" already OR if you attached a different type? THANK YOU!

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    1. Hi Chris! We used a caster similar to this one: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Shepherd-2-in-Polypropylene-Swivel-Plate-Caster-with-125-lb-Load-Rating-9392/100142073, which we affixed with screws. xoxo!

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  84. Ok. Thanks. So you screwed it into the bottom of the Stuva? I wasn't sure if that would work because of the particle board-type construction of the piece. Thank you! I love this project (and I'm obsessed with my Silhouette!)

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    1. Yep! just screwed right up into the bottom as the corners seemed to be strong enough. I haven't had any issues so far. :) xo!

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  85. Did you sand the surface before the primer?

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    1. I typically always do a very light sanding prior to priming, but some primers don't require it, so it depends on the type I am using. The back of your can should let you know, but when it doubt, a bit of sanding never hurts.

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  86. Hi Jen! I love this! I want to do it to my Likea Alex drawers. I'm wondering now how well the sample paint is holding up. It's a flat finish, right? Did you seal it with anything or just leave it as is? Thanks so much for sharing this cute idea!

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    1. Hi Lindsay!
      Because I was the only one using the drawers, they held up great! But yes, a flat finish in the sample sizes. If it is a family area, I would recommend adding a coat or two of water based poly, or using a finish in a glossier sheen that will cure and wash better. xoxo!

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  87. I pinned this some time ago, knowing that some day I would get this exact thing to store my Silhouette and all of my supplies. That day arrived over the weekend! Like you, I want to put casters on mine, but alas IKEA doesn't sell any that will fit and I've looked everywhere for the kind that will just screw in to the bottom in place of the legs. Is that what you used, or did you have to use the kind that attach with 4 screws?

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    1. Hi Liza,

      We attached our casters with 4 screws and they have held up well. If you are concerned about weight and durability, you could add small wood pieces between the casters and the cart for added strength.

      Best of luck with your project!

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  88. Hi Jennifer!

    I stumbled across your blog and am in love! I would love to do this storage for my Silhouette as well. It is clear I am finding this 3 years later, as I can't find the Stuva drawers and the Martha Stewart bookplates are not made anymore. Do you have any suggestions for either of those that are available now?

    Appreciate it!!!

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    1. Thank you Rachel!

      I think the BESTA line could accomplish something quite similar. They have a similar sized box/frame that you can pair with shelves, cabinets and drawers. All have decorative faces you can add to really polish it off.

      http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20245964/#/30245850

      http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/living_room/12158/

      Jen

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  89. I too have a stuva line piece but it is a cabinet with the drawers and have been looking to see if anyone else has hacked them as guidance before I change my front pieces. Since you used the oil based primer have you had any issues with the paint coming off easily and did you sand them before doing the primer?

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    1. Hi Jenn,
      The oil based primer is the key, it has held up well. I actually shared a tutorial for painting IKEA furniture that has worked really well on high traffic pieces: http://www.iheartorganizing.com/2015/04/one-room-challenge-week-3-painted-shoe.html

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  90. Hi there. Did you need to "rig" it for the casters or did it fit well? I'm looking at this piece on offer up and want to add a peg board to the back and add sight word rings for my first graders. Yours is gorgeous.

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    1. Hello,
      We actually just found the type of casters that have a flat base and four holes to screw up through into the bottom of the cabinet (something similar to these: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-2-in-Soft-Rubber-Swivel-Plate-Caster-with-90-lb-Load-Rating-49477/203661054). Worked out perfectly!
      Jen

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