Welcome to my new favorite spot, where I do all my coloring! This is different from where I create coloring books. That’s my job, so I do that in my office. When it’s time to relax at the end of the day, I come out here to color.
I was getting a sore neck coloring at the dining table, plus I was having to tote all my stuff back and forth, here and there, all the time. I needed a good spot where all my coloring supplies could live in harmony. I asked around in some coloring groups, to see what everyone else likes, and got some great ideas. Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer my questions. 🙂 My favorite answers all seemed to involve a recliner, and we just so happen to have a very comfortable one, as you can see! So I assessed the surrounding area, and started going through the house to see what I could use from elsewhere.
As it turns out, I was only really missing one key ingredient, so for my birthday, I asked for a TableMate table, and my boyfriend very sweetly took me to go get one, a few days early. Everything else came from other spots in the house, where they weren’t being used to their full potential anyway. To make it even better, almost all of it was originally bought at thrift shops or yard sales, so even if I had bought it all it once, it would have been very inexpensive.
The wooden turntable was on the dining table, holding napkins, salt, and pepper, and some unnecessary stuff that was pretty much there just because the turntable was so big and it looked too empty. It really didn’t need to be there in the first place. Really, all TWO of us can reach the salt just fine without spinning anything! So I scooped that up. I had a few little buckets from Target that nicely held one set of pencils, and for the other set, I repurposed a cute little kitchen herb garden set – 3 little pots and a perfectly sized tray! The pots and buckets fit perfect on the turntable, with a giant goblet in the middle to hold brushes, erasers, blending sticks, etc. Ok, who’s next?
Next was the double-decker inbox that I had recently retired from its previous job of collecting mail near the door. It was in the “probably headed for the donation box” pile, until I rescued it for this project. Luckily for it, I needed a spot for printed out pages in progress, as well as double-tipped markers, which should be stored flat. They all fit neatly. Markers in the bottom tray, pages in the top. My sharpies are in mason jars in my office. I didn’t even think of them here because I haven’t actually tried coloring with them yet!
Then there is this little beauty. I love it. Keep your eyes open for magazine racks like this, you could score one too! I’m sure it would hold a lot of coloring books, but so far I only have my own 4. I have to color those for quality control purposes, you know. Must make sure they are fun to color! So far, so good…whew! 😀
Also in my coloring spot I have my fabulous favorite pillows (Go Pack Go!), a clipboard, lap desk, and the afghan my Mom made sometime in the early `80s. Super cozy. 🙂 So there you have it! Even the big old trunk that everything sits on, was a yard sale find, several years ago. It makes an awesome table. See the remote on the corner? That’s how much space my boyfriend is allowed in the coloring zone. 😀
I hope you enjoyed the view of my little happy place, and got some good ideas for your own. Where do you color? I’d love to hear about your space in the comments! 🙂