Annick needed (well really I needed) some organization and a way to have access to her art supplies so she was able to draw and be creative without my help. Of course she can’t quite read yet but I figured labeling now would be a good way to start “training” her to put her things back where they belonged. I saw on Pinterest (so addicted!) a similar idea as the one above so I decided to give it a try. The final product is above. I had some nice plywood laying around that was already sealed and then I just got the metal tins at IKEA and screwed them in and then of course my husband mounted the whole thing on the wall.
As you can see she loves it and uses it pretty often. You’ll also see her sitting at an old school desk from my mom’s elementary school and the wonderful yellow chair was also my mother’s that was given to me at my baby shower for Annick. I love the color and the whole set up. The only other thing I would like to add is a system to hold scrap paper, new paper and artwork. I will let you know when I finish that project.
I know I mentioned this in the first post about Annick’s room but wanted to bring it up again because I love this part of her room. The wood beam shown above happen to go right through the chalkboard wall and I was happy to find that it did. I took IKEA tins and screwed them in and wrote on the tin with some paint pens and voila!…..a place for chalk and erasers that all kids can get to on their own.
Here is the view of the whole “art space” I set up for Annick. The metal shelves you see were left there by the previous tenants (thank you keith and tracy!) so I left them there so I had a place to keep her art supplies and other art book/goodies so Annick couldn’t go through it and end up with a huge mess. I got the fabric bin at Target and they can be found all throughout Annick’s room because they are sturdy and I think pretty fashionable. Great bins for storage…..you can find them here online or in the store. They are made by itso. You can also see in this picture her easel that I got off of craigslist by someone but I know came from……surprise, IKEA. It is easy to move around and is nice a simple…dry erase on one side and paper on the other. There is a chalkboard under the paper but obviously we did not need that part.
If you read a bunch of post back you would have seen more of the room (click here to see more) and probably noticed that there is a lot of wood beams, brick and metal pieces in the room that we did not install. This large metal door is one of those wonderful things. I decided to leave space in front of the door so the kids could use fun letters or Annick’s prized dinosaur magnets to play with. The door is sealed with a clear spray so it would stop rusting and it ended up bringing out wonderful coloring in the door. I also can hang fun prints and artwork. So far it was a good decision to leave it there.
Besides arts and crafts, Annick loves to read. Ever since she could use her little hands to open a book, she would sit in her chair and read for a very long time (very nice for me). So I needed a place for her books that she cold easily get to on her own. Her little pink chair is right next to her bookcase and available whenever. The bookcase was actually mine when I was little and it was not the best color. It was this dark grayish-blue so I decided to paint it yellow to match her dresser. I found the knobs at Anthropologie on sale of course! If you ever need to accent or dress up an old piece of furniture go to Anthropologie and look in their sale section, I guarantee you will find something beautiful and unique. The knobs ended up being $2.95 a piece so I was pretty happy with it and there was enough that I got some for the dresser too.
I hope you enjoyed the little tour of her art area and I hope it gave you all some inspiration too. I am really happy how things turned out and always love hearing feedback and seeing others do creative and inspiring things to their space, so comment away. If you want to see more pictures of Annick’s room and the quilt that I finished for her bed click here and here.