As they were downstairs working, I thought, hey! Wait a minute! I have carpenters doing things for me! They could get and hang that for me! No struggling & planning for Mike & I! Professionals! Duh.
So I did! Texted the boss man- Jim, and one of the guys, Chris, measured before they left.that same day. Jim Becker , who owns Jobecks Designs, had done our kitchen remodel some years ago. Just three days later they installed a wall for me that is approximately 5' X 4', big enough to run the length of my cutting wall. It's all framed in very pretty--I know for sure Mike & I wouldn't/couldn't have done that!
I forgot to take a BEFORE pic when taking everything down in prep, but did find this older pic, which shows at least part of my cutting tables:
Took it all down, everything off the top. All ready!!
|Just starting to hang some things up. Organizing is fun, but messy|
|Close up, after most of the hanging up was done---there are two of my favorites, the magnetic tool strip & the little compartment bins. The small plastic buckets are great too|
|And look---the top is CLEARED for cutting!|
The trick is figuring out what's going to go on the wall, & what's the best way for it to go there. I did email Mary Dykstra for a few suggestions & she was very helpful. Things like pencils or marking tools are best in a small container sitting on a shelf. There are lots of wonderful shelves--I got a set of three 10" long acrylic shelves. The clear acrylic is wonderful, you can see what's in it (or on it, as they case may be). I also have a longer shelf, 24" wide, 4" deep, with closed ends, that I put things in near the top, small jars, more decorative things. A great 6" acrylic square bin holds my perle cottons & embroidery threads. Stored up top, cuz I don't use them a lot---I can climb once in awhile!
Amazon had as a vendor a place called Retail Resource. Their quality was very good & they were very fast, so the next time I ordered from them, I ordered directly & saved a little money.
Some of my favorite: The magnetic tool strip---going to have four of these altogether, remember I am buying for TWO slat walls, the basement & my studio. It's nice to be able to order more, see how you can use, how well does it suit your purpose. If I can't use it one place, I can probably use it in the other. The magnetic tool strip holds scissors, both for paper & for fabric, drawing compass, & magnetic pincushion. Plastic bins of different sizes. Acrylic Magazine rack, although the one I got (not from Retail Resource) had the part that tips into the slat wall come off immediately--dismaying. I re-glued it & am hoping for the best. Meanwhile, I am waiting a couple of wire baskets that go in to the slatwall that might be better for patterns or books I want close at hand. Those little acrylic boxes divided into 4 compartments each--great for small stuff! The 10" shelves were wonderful.
One of the nice things about slatwall is that you can slide the container over a bit if it's not quite where you want it. If you want it higher or lower, you do have to take it out & move it. On pegboard, the item MUST come out all the way and get re-stuck in the proper holes. That's one of the reasons I liked the slat wall systems better, just tip it in, slide it over. I worried that it would be hard to GET the things to go in the slat wall, pegboard being maybe more universal. But it was very easy peasy & there are lots of great products. Just ask my UPS deliveryman---he's been here a lot lately!!
Best of all, I can move things around as my needs or wants change. It will be a work in progress. Wait, Oh no. ANOTHER WIP??? But in a good way.