I was browsing this great site called Decorating Your Way and happened upon a post called, Craft Room Design & Storage Inspiration. I was delighted to see that #7 was a photo of my kids craft room. When I put this area together a few years ago, I had no idea that it would generate so much attention and be such a great design inspiration for so many people. The last time that I checked, it was added to nearly 6000 ideabooks on the website Houzz.com I have also seen it on blogs, Pinterest, Flickr and even on Facebook.
Here is my original post....
The previous owners left us the long white table.
It weighs a ton so I can see why they didn't want to take it.
I added two cabinets from Lowes at each end and connected everything with a peg board.
Peg boards are easy to paint if you use a roller.
I buy these mini rollers from Sherwin Williams that work great.
I use them on all of my furniture painting too.
When you hang your peg board, don't forget to attach it to a
piece of wood that is about an inch thick. The peg board needs to stick out
from the wall so that here is enough space for you to use the hooks.
I found most of the storage containers from Ikea.
Very easy to use and they can be moved around when needed.
If your kids are like mine and have played sports since they were little, then you know how many team photos you can collect over the years. They're cute. I love going back and looking at them. But, I really don't want to display them all. They would take over the house.
Here is the easiest way to keep them neatly organized.
Each child gets their own binder. When they move out (sniff sniff....it will be here before you know it) they get to take this with them and it will be a great reminder of all of the fun that they have had and the successes that they have achieved over the years.
Fill it full of clear sheet protectors
Whenever they get a new photo, I just slide it in. Let me just add, scrap booking is great and if you are into that, that's great. It would be a much prettier set up. I'm just a little bit lazier, and this is perfect for me. No stress involved. Just pop it in.
Each binder in separated into the different sports and I usually add a few candids, ribbons, metals, etc.
I eventually added their school photos too. Simple, easy and all in one place.
When ordering the sport photos, I try to stay consistent and just order the memory mate (shown below). However, it's not always offered.
My favorite part about keeping these binders is about the 3 times a year when we add the new photos we get to sit down and flip through the book. It's amazing how fast your kids grow. Enjoy every minute!! My oldest will be going to college in two years and I still can't believe how fast it went.