And as it also looks as though we're in it for the long haul in terms of moving house, I'm inclined to give it a bit of a makeover.
Or to be more accurate, give the bits and pieces we'll be (eventually) taking with us, a bit of a makeover.
For example, I've had this little wooden storage chest for donkey's years, meaning to paint it but I've never been quite able to decide on a colour.
So, when I stumbled across this today......
on Debbie's blog, I decided that I could easily do something similar in my workroom, on a shoestring budget.
At present, the workroom is quite boring and utilitarian.
For storage of moulds and equipment I have several of these
They were from an 'end of range' kitchen unit clearance sale about 15 years ago.... three base units and two wall units. The doors are oak and are as good as new but they're an uninspiring dark orangey colour which I've never really liked. As they will eventually be moving to my new craft room (wherever and whenever that may be) it struck me that it would be a good idea to repaint the doors. I've recently discovered this amazing 'chalk paint' which apparently can be used straight onto wood without having to sand and/or strip off the finish, and a bit of internet sleuthing has revealed a reasonably local supplier. It comes in a range of wonderful vintage 'shabby chic' colours which I'm sure would be perfect.
Aside from the kitchen units, I also have one whole wall taken up with an open-fronted display unit, in which I have dozens of plastic storage boxes for all my ribbons, trimmings etc......
Although useful, they don't look particularly edifying, so I've hit on what I hope is a damn fine plan to use a similar idea to the little wooden chest and insert different strips of shabby chic scrapbooking paper inside each one, just at the front. This will not only make a prettier display, it will also more effectively shield the contents from the fading effects of the sunlight which pours into the room.
At the bottom of this unit there are also A4 size cardboard storage boxes, which have all seen better days, so again, I can cover the fronts with an array of scrapbooking papers, which I've discovered can be digitally downloaded and printed off 'in house' thereby saving me a small fortune.
Other than that, with some new curtains and a rug I won't recognise the place. It might even make me more creative!
Not only that, I will then have a ready-made shabby chic workroom all ready to relocate to our new house in due course.
I do like to have a project (or two) in hand.....