Rather than give you the full before/ after glossy reveal, I thought maybe I’d bring you on board in the earlier stages of this project so you could see the thought process. Today’s design: a better art area for Eleanor.
Just to give you a lay of the arts and crafts land, currently we have this basket of markers, etc. on our family room table all the time. I have a couple tins of crayons (skinny and thick), a tin of markers (thin and pip squeaks) and then some miscellaneous art supplies like dawbers, scissors, an old scroll of paper, etc.
And right behind it is this basket with paper for her to grab whenever she needs to get her drawing on.
I have a craft closet right off the dining room for paint, playdough, and all the other misc. projects that I need to have a little more supervision over, but bottom line, Eleanor has just reached an age where not only is her drawing beautiful, but she loves to sit and create and put her ideas onto the paper…. far be it from me to EVER get in the way of a creative mind.
My first stop is always Pinterest or Google Images. You can follow me on Pinterest here to see everything I’ve pinned, but these were a few of my inspiration pictures and what I liked about them.
Image 1: I liked the fun simplicity. Those yellow stencil frames are fantastic, the art supplies are easily accessible hanging in their cups, and the simple drawers on the left can corral other supplies.
Image 2: I loved how the kids art is displayed with basic slats of wood and clips… I bet Eleanor could manage her own gallery here. One of my biggest goals is to have an art space for her that she can really be in charge of. I also love the roll of paper on the side of the table.
Image 3: I liked how the desk was repurposed to have a compartment in lieu of the drawers… easy access for drawings and projects… or maybe even a drying area for paintings. Again, I also like the simple display wire for the kids artwork. And that glass canister of crayons makes me swoon.
I like a bit of an unveiling, so I won’t be toooooo specific about my plans for Eleanor’s art area… but my wish list is the following:
1. A surface on which to draw/ paint/ create. I loved some of the ideas on Pinterest that involved making a desk that would fold down to clear space, but I didn’t think it was reasonable to expect a 4-year-old to clear off her workspace every time she was finished working… so scoring some other Craigslist or thrifted surface will be a top priority. If not, something simple like this from Ikea works for me:
2. Storage, storage, storage. For pens and markers and pencils and scissors and papers and everything! Doesn’t this art space make your heart skip a beat?!
I’m not getting this one from Ikea, but I love the contained but ample simplicity of these drawers…
I AM, however, a big fan of these simple tins from Ikea so maybe those will factor in.
3. An easy way for Eleanor to display her art. I made this last summer, but it’s a little too fussy for Eleanor to use on her own, so I’ll try to find something she can use independently.
Two ideas are below. I’m not sold on either but for different reasons. The frames look AMAZING, but are obviously not something Eleanor can manage on her own. The wire would be easy, but it could also look a little haphazard and might not hold a lot of artwork. Volume is not my daughter’s problem…
I can’t wait to see how Eleanor (hopefully!) embraces her new space… she spends hours drawing each day so giving her a proper art space is the least I can do!
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