Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Art Caddy

So Im trying to pair down my supplies, so that I can fit them into a cabinat that I have and a dresser along with a desk. We are wanting to sell our house and Im trying to think small, knowing that what ever we get next , I may not have my own room. I have alot of markers and pens and pencils that I always have to dig for and I got the idea that I would make a caddy that would fit on my desk and i would be able to use them and they would be handy for me to get too. So I began my search on line to see what I could see. What I found was way out of my price range. I decided I would just make my own. Shane had brought this old wooden wall hanging magazine rack from the recycle center. Thinking that my scrapbook papers would fit into the slots. But they were not big enough and I really dont have room to hang anything either. So it sat on our porch for a while and when we had family come and it was rainy and our gutter get so full, Shane decided that the magazine rack would make a good bridge! lol It did for a time..until it started to break. So We put it in the garage to put it out for the clean up times our town has in the spring and fall. So knowing I didnt have much wood in the garage, I thought maybe I could use that magazine rack and recycle it into  my caddy.  So thats what I did.  I carefully took off the slats that were the section/shelves and I drew out my ends, the sides and the sections in between.( No pattern, just my vision in my head.)  The bottom is the back of the rack and the handle was the edge of the rack. It was a rusty red color, the rack..and scuffed up but I liked the rusticness of it. And was fine to leave it that way. But after looking at it for a while and thinking the color was an odd color and wouldnt really go with anything I had..So I decided (with an idea from a friend) to paint it like my paintings backgrounds like I do. So that it would be more my style. So I did. Luckily my son Luke had wanted to paint a wall in his room years back white so that he could paint a big tree on his wall...he never got it done so I used the white paint to paint my caddy. At first I was thinking on my word, what have I done...its so white...its no longer rustic...I may hate it.  I tried to calm myself and decided to wait till I added the splotches of paint.  By the way....I hate painting compartments in anything...moving on. I added my color and still wasnt totally sold on my caddy...but really no turning back. I let it dry all night and the next day I thought it needs a word....in my paintings I always include a quote of some sort, words what have you. So my caddy should have a word. I chose Inspired.  I love it. I like that i can just reach for my supplies right there on my desk and the brightness of it cheers me up and inspires me! And best of all....it was pretty much in my price limit....FREE. 


Janet said...

Your recycled caddy is brilliant! What an inspired idea. You have given me an idea to make something similar myself. Thank you!

Renee G said...

you'll have to show me Janet!