Monday, July 4, 2011

My Original Scrapbox Workbox

Yes, it has been almost a month since my last post!  I have been very busy both at my "real" job and my crafty job.  We also had the end of the school year, so we are getting adjusted to our new schedule.   The bad thing is about the time we get adjusted, it will be time to go back!

The first thing I'm going to brag about is my new workspace.  I wrote about wanting a cabinet from The Original Scrapbox in a previous post.  After doing a ton of research I thought their Workbox could be the solution for my jewelry making/crafting mess.  Yes it is for scrapbooking, but with all the organization I could just see me making jewelry there.  I just didn't know how to pay for it!

They have a Facebook page, so I joined it and followed the daily postings from satisfied customers and from the company.  One day I saw a post that they had a Minibox with a scratch on it at a reduced price, but I knew that it wouldn't be big enough, so I jokingly said..."Scratch up some of the Workboxes so I can afford one!"  Imagine my surprise when the responded that they had some scratch and dents available and I should call Ashleigh at the office.

I couldn't get to the phone fast enough!  She told me that the main problem was that some of the predrilled holes didn't line up.  I can tell you from my research, even on the "perfect" ones that was something that happened.  I also figured if it had a major scratch I'd just paint it.  The cost was just under $1000 and shipping was only $50!  A major discount!  I ordered the white beadboard one and then anxiously awaited the call from Fed X for the delivery.  Ashleigh told me it would be 2 weeks, but 10 days later my cabinet was delivered....
  And yes, the crate was as big as my car!  The next thing to do was to get my husband to put the thing together.  I pulled the instructions and a how to put it together DVD out and left them for him to study.  If you know my husband, he will count every nut, bolt and screw and lay out how it will be done prior to opening the crate. (unlike me..I tend to just open the thing and start putting it together)

So, my husband built my cabinet over Father's Day weekend.  He worked on it about 90 minutes at a time, and it took about 3 days.  He had some help from me..hold this, hand me that, help me pick this up...NO..not that thing - THAT thing!  But we got it put together without any violence or a divorce.  Here is how it looked when we first got finished.

Here is the closed cabinet...we still need to put the knobs on and the latches at the top, but it is awesome!

Here the cabinet is open and being inspected by my cat.  I still have to put ALL the dividers in for the shelves.  That took another 2 days!  Yes there are that many!
Here I am mostly done with the shelves, now for all the bins!  And yes, they include all the bins with the cabinet.  It is great because I customized my cabinet for my needs and can make the spaces as tall as I wanted.  There is a second leg to the table, but I was under there putting in shelves just before I took this picture.

Here is is all filled up!

I had no idea I had this many seed beads

I bought these at WalMart and they fit this spot perfectly.  I keep all my findings in here and each drawer has a different color in it.

That box of ribbons will be in a new container soon.

fabrics and fibers and tools oh my!

I had this large cutting mat and it fits here perfectly

My first project in my new space

Now, I am keeping my cabinet in my great room right in front of the front door.  Everyone asks how can I do this...well, my friends come thru the garage into the mud room, and this spot has great natural light/overhead light and I get to be with my family even while crafting.  (and I like it like that)

Yes, I do still need one plastic cart, but that is for the different fibers I use in my work and some miscellaneous items that I haven't sorted yet.  I can easily close this up and roll it to one side when company comes and it just looks like a beautiful piece of furniture.

I have told everyone I know about this company and will probably buy another cabinet from them in the future for my sewing machines.  And because of my big mouth I got to be fan of the week and won this nifty ribbon box

So now I can organize all those ribbons.


  1. Great post, thanks for the info!

  2. So, what/where was the "scratch?" Was it real noticeable? Or was it that the pre-drilled holes didn't line up? I want one of these SO bad and now I think maybe a "scratch and dent" might work for me!

  3. This looks like an amazing way to organize!!

  4. Oh wow! What an amazing cabinet!!!!

  5. Thanks for sharing this in FB group.
    I will have to see how to adapt something similar in my craft room, even if just for over flow storage.


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