I am so excited to share with you my craft room transformation. It’s been a labor of love and I really adore the space that I created. The best thing about it? It is very affordable and easy to create, so anyone can do it!
Let’s share a bit of how it looked before so that you can see the true transformation:
Thanks to Taylor Made, I exposed my space to the bloggy world and then realized that it really wasn’t a place that inspired creativity. After seeing all of the amazing rooms in the Craft Room Series I decided I needed to take steps to make it more friendly and be a place I wanted to spend time. I needed a space where I could lay things out, be able to find them and reach them easily and still have the kids be able to spend time with me as I crafted.
The after is so light and breezy, right? We painted the walls Storm Harbor by Ace. We purchased the paint with primer included and it only took two coats to fully cover the orange. I managed to get a handle on most of the electronics that are needed for the connection to my work (I work from home two days a week), so there are much less cords showing. My phone and headset, routers and such still need to be there, but at least they are less obvious and the sewing machine blocks the view.
We did away with the office desk. I built my counter height craft table using 2 Martha Stewart Stackable 9-Cube Organizers, a sheet of MDF that I had Home Depot cut down to 38 x 48 and some industrial strength velcro, which I used to attach the MDF to the top of the shelves. I did plan on adding L-Brackets, but to be honest, that top isn’t going anywhere! I also purchased iron on Melamine Edging to finish the edges of the MDF top. My 29″ stools came from overstock.com and were $80 for the set. They are super comfortable and fit perfectly under the desk.
I made reversible dust covers for both my sewing machine and my Cricut and added some fabric flower embellishments. I followed Stay-at-Home Artist’s method for creating the sewing machine dust cover and then just transferred that concept for the Cricut one.
I had the two cupboards already and added a 3rd Cubbie unit between them. These are all used to store my healthy collection of craft supplies.
I purchased a 24 x 36 piece of foam core that I cut into 10″ x 7″ rectangles to use as fabric organizers. I use a pin to secure the fabric to the board. It works perfectly and was super inexpensive. Just make sure to use a super sharp Xacto knife or box cutter when cutting it and you’ll be golden.
I love how tidy and neat it looks and it keeps the fabric in nice shape too! I typically buy fabric for specific projects, so I don’t have a huge stash, but I am happy that it is finally organized and not shoved in a drawer.
I used a large Mason jar and turned the top into a pin cushion (kudos to Kim at A girl and a glue gun for cluing me in to this awesome solution) and am storing my fledgling button collection in the jar. Baby food jars store other odds and ends.
I went old school and covered some soup cans with paper to store my crayons and pens and pencils. I used buckets purchased at Hobby Lobby (made a trip to NH and got to visit one for the first time!) to store colored pencils and markers.
I had this extra terra cotta pot and it was perfect for all of my scissors and hole punches!
I added this playful little photobooth picture of my husband and I when we were dating to one of the cubbies. His hat makes me laugh… not to mention the AWESOME faces and leather jackets.
My fabric scraps actually have a dedicated spot now in this sweet little basket.
I decorated my cork board with mini bunting made from paper and paper flowers. After I made the pink one my son wanted to make one so I showed him how. The strawberry one is his contribution. The “She believed she could so she did” quote is a free printable that I created.
I also made chalkboard paint using Martha’s how-to. I purchased two Black Behr paint samples and the non-sanded grout from Home Depot. The kids went to town as soon as this was ready. They literally colored for an hour. I did have chalk all over my baseboard, but a simple swipe with a wet cloth remedies the situation.
The playroom portion of the space received a mini-makeover. I took the corner portion out of our sectional couch and put it in storage. The couch is now just a normal (albeit long) couch. I moved it along the wall in front of the TV . I moved all of the doll houses (farm and firehouse) to the corner where the couch use to be.
I purchased a 4th Martha Cubby Organizer and used that to store books and other toys.
My husband is talking about buying a 46 or 55″ TV which is why I didn’t move the TV and haven’t hung pictures yet. The walls will not be as bare over here once that happens.
This set-up gives us more space and organizes the kids toys better. I neglected to show it in any of the pictures but we have a ceiling height storage shelf that we purchased at Home Depot on the side opposite from the chalkboard that stores more toys.
I made new curtains for the windows:
I love the yellow embellishment! I chose to do it vertical but it would also look great going horizontally.
So that’s my new space! What do you all think? I can already feel the creative juices flowing more now that I have this space!
Kim is a Marketing Director by day and Crafter/Blogger by night. She's a mom of three beautiful children and two fur-babies, a Goldendoodle and a rescued Pibble. For even more Inspiration Made Simple, like her on Facebook and Instagram+.