Being organized in my studio is the only way I can stay focused and foster creativity. And I believe you can never have too much storage. However, I tend to shy away from standard options like metal filing cabinets, plastic bins and prefab furniture. My motto: the more vintage items that I can repurpose, the better!
This tall, narrow cabinet has a place of prominance along a wall of my studio. It was hand made by a local furniture maker entirely out of salvaged elements: reclaimed wood with antique tin ceiling tiles for the door. The upper portion is an old window topped with a drawer front that still sports its original drawer pull. So neat!
Inside the cabinet, I store some of the more fragile items I sell in my Etsy shop, along with canisters of T-Party's loose leaf tea.
This small shelf is actually made to sit on a tabletop. But I decided to hang it on the wall instead.
I have shared this favorite studio piece with you before: it's the antique child's dresser I use to store my collection of rubber stamps and stamp pads.
I'm always looking for ways to keep my vast button collection organized. This small unit, with its see-through drawers, is perfect. It sits atop an oak filing cabinet.
One of the features I love about antique filing cabinets is that they were made to be modular. Mine is actually in three sections, each with a metal rod that holds them in place. Since these solid oak pieces are very heavy, it makes it a lot easier to move them when you can take it apart. And you can even add more sections to make it a taller unit.
Alongside the filing cabinet is my 1940s metal shopping cart. When its not holding rolls of paper, it becomes my constant companion at flea markets.
Have you enjoyed my three-part series of vintage storage solutions for the studio? I hope so. Maybe I'll do another one sometime, showing the many smaller elements used for storage in my space.
Enjoy your weekend!