Dodgy Storage Ideas

altered tin
So this idea comes from a need to be a wee bit more frugal and the fact that I am ALWAYS changing my mind about where things should be placed. The pencil tin (above) was quite simply one of those “goddamit” moments (as opposed to “ah-ha” moments) when I had so many tins from crushed tomatoes and so many uprighty objects needing storage.

Then I scrounged around for more things to put things into and came across my Kikki-K label book. Originally purchased to add quirkiness to scrapbooking layouts, I now decided to use them for the purpose they were intended.

labels from Kikki-K

I began with these drawers (ugly as all get-up) that we brought with us from our previous home. It was our bathroom cabinet. The house was built in 1959 and had a teeny-tiny bathroom and minimal storage and this unit was the only one that fit. Now it serves as storage for all my mediums, adhesives and junk.

re-purposed from the bathroom

Another scrapbooking hangover is this trolley from K-Mart. Perfect 12x12inch drawers which now house ribbon, stamps, rubons and alphas (which I am desperate to turf).

12×12 trolley K-Mart

I thought I was Queen of Scrapbooking when I found these drawers a million years ago. Now they house very little scrapbooking paper and much more ephemera, stencils, music sheets and crazy ephemera kits.

stackable 12×12 drawers – Howard’s Storage World

After reading Sarah Ahearn Bellmare’s fab book “Painted Pages”, I loved the idea of having wet and dry areas on my worktable.

“wet area” on the right hand side
The wet area still isn’t with appropriate storage, but I’m still on the look out!
“dry area” on the left hand side
And as you can see, the dry area has yet more tins to alter, but at least they’re functional without the decoration.

Sarah’s book also has some fantastic art prompts to kick start some creativity which I have found incredible useful. I found an old watch box, added some tape and alphas and it now has a sturdy home.

altered watch box

Finally, when I’m taking a class with specific supplies I want to keep separate, I give them their own home.

class-specific supplies
This was a horrible plastic storage container but fits these supplies perfectly. And, I’ve since added more washi tape to the outside, because you can never have too much.

Next time you polish off that tin of tomatoes, empty that jewellery box or groan at that container without a lid, ask yourself if it can be re-purposed quickly and easily using supplies you already have. I’m even thinking of using some of the altered tins to house small pot plants, because they tins are water-tight!!!!
Hmmmm, now I’m freaking myself out a little.

Published by Giovanna Scott

Artist, Educator, Joy Seeker, and Lover of Good Coffee. I began this blog in December 2006 to document the ebb and flow of our life. It has now become a steady record of my artistic journey and a home for my collections.

2 thoughts on “Dodgy Storage Ideas

  1. bahahahahaha! you are freaking me out too! I loves your 12 x 12 draws, I have always been tempted to steal them off you lol..
    hope you are feeling better soon honey
    D xx

  2. hahaha I think most of us have used the odd ‘tomato/spaghetti tin’ for storing pencils and other such ‘uprighty’ objects….. I have covered boxes with napkins to store cardboard and my collection of napkins!!! A few months ago took the wheels off my storage trolleys and they fit perfect under my office desk now…. I need to turf a lot of my scrappy stash too…. Hope you are feeling better soon {{hugs}}
    bronny xxxxx

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