Thursday, January 27, 2011

My New Craft Room

I think you have all seen my old craft closet by now. About six months ago I mentioned that my crafting area had moved to another room and I am just now getting around to showing you the full reveal. It was often in a state of chaos and I kept hoping that I would find time to get it all organized and decorated. Well, it still needs some fun, colorful decor but at least it is organized! So here we go....
As you can see, this was originally the storage area. We went through everything, got rid of a bunch of stuff and moved the remaining items to another area.

We were left with a dark, dingy area with nasty shelves. My amazing husband, Shelby, ripped out the shelving, ran some electrical, installed an additional light fixture, installed some ceiling tiles, and put up drywall on the left wall.

I painted the cinder block walls with Drylock Masonry Waterproofer to protect against leaking. Then Shelby put in a some carpet and built a crafting counter.

Here it is all finished! Like I said, it definitely needs some color and decorative touches but other than that it is perfect!

My favorite part is this awesome 8 foot countertop. The backsplash was damaged so Shelby was able to pick it up for less than $25! He built the stand for it out of 2x4s.

We picked up some bookshelves from Walmart that fit perfectly along the other wall.

For all of the smaller stuff, I used my favorite organizational tool - plastic shoe boxes!



And my handy dandy labler, of course.
Just like when I organized my power cables, I put everything in snack sized ziploc bags and added labels so that everything is easy to find.

I picked up a couple of these organizers at JoAnn Fabrics for all of my beads.

I already showed in this post how I folded my fabric collection.

All of my magazine clippings and such are organized in three ring binders.

To keep my wrapping paper in place, I put two screws on each side and stretched pieces of string across. This keeps them all contained and upright while still easy to access.

All of our storage bins are now stacked just across from my craft "room".
And now, just to be dramatic, here is the before and after side by side:

What a difference!

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22 comments:

Jocelyn said...

Wow! What an amazing difference...love the side by side view! The labeled embellishments is the best...so much easier to find that way. I think I need to go label mine. Your pic inspired me! Thanks for sharing your room.

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

Wow, Megan! This looks AWESOME! You guys have been B-U-S-Y!!! What an amazing space to get creative!!

Mrs. Adventure said...

Wow, wow and WOW seriously amazing I had to look at all the photos twice. You know I love me some organization its awesome!

Krista@thegatheringplacedesign said...

Holy wow! What a transformation...it looks great and a perfect creative space! You guys did a very nice job...way to go:) Thanks for all the organizational tips as well! ENJOY!!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Fantastic transformation and your countertop workspace is the awesomest! Woo hoo! You are going to have some fun in your new space!

Mikalah said...

That is a HUGE difference! I love your organizing ideas, everything looks so nice and easy to access, and like it might actually be easy to keep it organized!

Maggie said...

No freaking way!!!

That is amazing - I'm completely jealouse.

GretchenP said...

what a transformation!! i am sooo jealous of that organization!!!! if it were me it'd be hard to tear myself away from it now! :) enjoy!!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Whoa! So sad to see your craft closet move ... it was so fabulous! However, you made great use of this space ... Looks fab too!

tale of many cities said...

ok girlie.. this looks GREAT!! you are using some of the same organizational 'tools' that i do.. creative minds think alike! ;) so close to finishing up my home office/hobby space makeover!
great job! -tracie

Grammy Goodwill said...

WOW! That is amazing. You did a fantastic job.

Me said...

Found you through "What Allie Makes".
Can I just say, wow. I am amazed (and slightly jealous) at your organization. It looks wonderful!

Jaime said...

You are one organized woman, that would take me forever to label it all up. And not to mention your husband is so handy. I only dream of a space like that with a counter like that! Now you must create!

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

BRILLIANT, love it, you did a super job. ENJOY IT! jen

the cape on the corner said...

i can not believe that is the same space! i am hoping my laundry/craft area will feel the same when we paint that, too. great job!

Noelle @ Mesa AZ Photography said...

That is fabulous. The bookshelves worked out perfect and I love that it (now) has lots of light. What an important detail. Looks great.

Amanda said...

Wow! This looks fantastic! What a difference!

Remodelaholic said...

WOW! Actually wow is an understatement! I love this transformation!

I would be SO happy if you would consider writing a special guest post about this project for my blog Remodelaholic. Please let me know if you are interested, and I will send you the details!

Thanks,
Cassity

Jill @ Craft in a Northern Town said...

Love, love, love it! Gives me great inspiration for my dungeon of a basement!

Anonymous said...

Amazing !!!

Lisa Hazell said...

That's so cool!! I use the same storage system of plastic shoe bins and ziplock baggies!! I'm in the process of finishing reorganizing my craft room and will incorporate your binder idea too!! Thanks for sharing!!

KAT said...

this is PURE INSPIRATION to me ! Im showing Mr G and he must do this for me

- KAT-