Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Assembling a ScrapBox WorkBox (Craft Supply Storage and Work Space)

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When I announced that it was time to team up with The Original ScrapBox to get my craft supply clutter under control before Baby #3 arrives, I had some comments, social media shout-outs, and emails asking how the process works. Today, I want to give you an overview of how the shipping and assembly process works. I chose the "Big Daddy" of all craft supply storage units, The WorkBox, so we'll focus on that today. 
Assembling a WorkBox from The Original ScrapBox (going from craft supply chaos to organization!), at Serenity Now

When it comes to following assembly instructions, using power tools, and building things, I am at a loss. Not my strength at all. But luckily, I married a super handy guy. However, said super handy guy currently only gets one weekend off a month and prefers not to do large projects on those weekends. I lucked out when T offered to put together my new WorkBox as part of a wedding anniversary gift. He even promised not to throw any "fits of rage" during the building process.

Once my order was placed, I waited for a call from FedEx freight, which would be delivering the packages (yes, there were more than one!) that my WorkBox came in. Shipping is free within the continental U.S.

The FedEx rep scheduled a delivery time with me and also gave me tracking information. The driver even called to confirm that he was on his way. When the truck arrived, I made sure that T was home to help with getting the boxes inside. We don't have a basement, garage, or covered carport, so they came straight into our family room! I don't think that the freight company is obliged to help with this part of the delivery process, but our worker was really nice and helped us out. The boxes are heavy!

Assembling a WorkBox from The Original ScrapBox (going from craft supply chaos to organization!), at Serenity Now


To begin with, I hopped online to read some reviews on The Original ScrapBox website and Facebook page and looked to see if there were any helpful hints for assembly. Everyone seemed to recommend watching the DVD that arrives with the boxes and instructions before doing anything. I suggested it to T, who agreed, despite his normal tendency to rip things open and build them from scratch.
Assembling a WorkBox from The Original ScrapBox (going from craft supply chaos to organization!), at Serenity Now

T's next step was to open all the boxes and organize the components so that they'd be easy to reach. He was pleased to see that like items were packed together.

There was one piece (an interior door) that was damaged at some point, possibly by a forklift. It was impossible to see until the box was unwrapped, so we really couldn't fault anyone. All it took was one phone call to the folks at ScrapBox and they sent me a new part....no questions asked. It couldn't have been any easier!
Assembling a WorkBox from The Original ScrapBox (going from craft supply chaos to organization!), at Serenity Now

If you or your husband/wife/friend/helper is a handy person, you should still plan to spend several hours on assembling this piece. I think it took T a total of six hours because he had to make a run to the hardware store for a dowel rod when one of the included pegs broke off, and he ended up having to redrill some holes in the unit, which is a common occurrence, from what I read online. We were expecting that.

The girls and I left him alone to work, for the most part. There were some things he let the girls help with...handing him tools, lining pieces up, etc. But it was definitely a grown-up's job.
Assembling a WorkBox from The Original ScrapBox (going from craft supply chaos to organization!), at Serenity Now
Assembling a WorkBox from The Original ScrapBox (going from craft supply chaos to organization!), at Serenity Now
Assembling a WorkBox from The Original ScrapBox (going from craft supply chaos to organization!), at Serenity Now
Assembling a WorkBox from The Original ScrapBox (going from craft supply chaos to organization!), at Serenity Now

The very last step is to insert the little bitty plastic attachments into all of those tiny holes you see in the photo above, then add the shelves and bins.

Because I am in *MAJOR nesting mode* right now, I forced myself to reorganize the girls' closets and go through their old clothes for resale before I let myself enjoy the fun part of the new WorkBox and start organizing all my crafty stuff. I can't wait to have a space all to myself where my supplies are easily accessible!

Having a handy hubby who was willing to step in and do the grunt work on this project made it a breeze for me. If you're nervous about assembly, I really do recommend watching the DVD that they send with the boxes, and giving yourself a weekend so you can take breaks if you need to. Rome wasn't built in a day, so why should you push yourself?

My next ScrapBox post will be a "reveal" of my new craft storage unit and workspace. I can't wait to share some of the neat design features and show you how it works for our family!

How do you/would you like to organize your crafting supplies?

Looking for ideas for your own craft space? The Original ScrapBox has a page full of inspiration. You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Disclosure: This is not a paid post, but I will receive product from The Original ScrapBox in exchange for an honest review.

13 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see the full reveal! I've been thinking about getting one of these for awhile to help organize my mess. And for 6 hours of assembling, still a winner for me!!!

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  2. That is beautiful! I think I could use something like that.

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  3. What a great husband! It's going to be so nice to have all that space!

    I had to laugh when you said he promised no fits of rage. That is so my husband! He is so calm normally, but ask the man to hang a curtain rod and he goes possessed.

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  4. Way to go, T! Makes me think of that old saying: "Happy wife, happy life." You made your wife happy!

    Amanda, this looks like a great product! I'm impressed with the customer service. And although this may sound odd, I'm also impressed that the boxes were so heavy. It's nice to think that the product is that heavy-duty.

    I look forward to seeing this all assembled and in place in your house! :)

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  5. Can't wait to see it put together. Love Ikea, but so many parts. This doesn't look much better!! LOL

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  6. Oh my gosh what a wonderful piece of crafting furniture! How fun is this? Your hubby deserves a high-5!

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  7. I know you are so excited to have this piece put together and ready to be filled with your supplies. T deserves a gold star for putting this together. I can imagine that it was time consuming.

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  8. This so reminded me of when Brad put together the workstation in my office. Such good husbands you and I have. :) Can't wait to see your ScrapBox WorkBox in action!

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  9. Wow! I would love to try this beautiful furniture. It looks so easy to do the way you share this tutorial. Anyway, I would suggest this to my husband. Thanks for sharing! :-D

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  10. I am SO coveting a scrapbox. I already wanted one but your posts make me want one even more!

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  11. Looking forward to seeing your new room! Those WorkBoxes look so cool!

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  12. This is too funny- Mine just arrived and I am dreading the 'assembly' part with my husband. He has no patience. When I googled assembly of the original scrapbox 2.0 this came up. I am going to go home and unpack everything and look for the dvd. =) STay tuned

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