Large Craft Table

Thank you for all of your wonderful comments about my paint shelf with hidden door and my wall mount ironing board. Let’s move on, shall we? I am excited to show you my next project which is my studio craft table.  Let’s be honest, this thing is large, coming in at nearly 40 square.  I think I shall call it my craft island.

large craft table

I wanted a project area as large as possible while still being able to have plenty of room to access the cabinets as well as a decent walkway.  I had huge dreams of building drawers but after building my studio cabinets I opted for simple and utilized baskets and open shelves instead.  I tweaked Ana White’s Modern craft table plan to make three oversized bases with a laminate countertop.

On Ana’s plan there was 3 sets of cubbies on one side.  I tweaked her plan to include the same set of cubbies on the other side so it was symmetrical.  That allowed each of my bases to measure 50 1/2” wide instead of 38”.  I made three bases and spaced them evenly apart and then added the laminate countertop.

I used my Kreg Jig to build the whole thing – which makes is sooooo much easier to build.

craft island

For each base I cut 2 (1” x 12”) pieces at 32” and two to 49 1/8” and four 34 1/4”. I made pocketholes and attached the shelves to the sides.  Then I added my long 48 1/8” piece onto the top. Next I added the sides, then I added the bottom.

building a craft table

craft table DIY

building a craft table

Lastly I added two shelves on both sides of the cubbies and added face frames to everything.  Then I patched, sanded, primed and painted them Liquid Jade by Valspar.

craft workspace

Since I made three bases I could have made the table bigger or smaller by making the space between the bases longer or shorter.  I opted for 36” between each base.  I only bought four bar stools but my kiddos love to sit together and craft so that way I can move two stools and fit them in one of the spots so they are right next to each other.

craft table

Next up was finding a table top surface.  I opted for a white laminate top. I hope I don’t regret the decision of going white. The reason I decided to go white was so when I take all of my pictures it would be on a nice white background. The challenge, obviously, is trying to keep it clean. So far, so good, but it definitely takes more upkeep to stay clean than a darker surface.  I have a roll of paper towels, magic erasers, and some Shaklee cleaner on hand at all times.

The laminate was oversized (did you know you can get it in 5’ x 12’ sheets???) so a friend of mine who specializes in working with laminate fabricated it for me. He cut strips of plywood for the countertop to rest on and then we lugged (Holy crap it is heavy!) the laminate piece upstairs and it set perfectly on top.  Then the top was screwed onto the plywood pieces from underneath.

installing laminate countertop

craft work table

Total cost of supplies for the craft island was $407.35.

But then I doubled that price! I asked my Facebook fans for bar stool suggestions here.  But in the end I splurged and bought these barstools on (4 for $419.98).  It was late at night.  I was near the end of my DIY capacity and still under budget and I was tired. I justified it because I got $105.00 back in O-rewards to use later (it looks like you only get $10.50 back now!).  So in my mind the stools cost $315.  Which…dang! …is still expensive.  But I do love them and they were exactly what I was looking for and I was done DIYing.

I grabbed a bunch of the Byholma Baskets from IKEA ($7.99) as well as some glass jars that I had in my previous studio to organize.

IKEA Byholma basketscraft room organization

On the kids side of the table I opted for Dollar Tree baskets and old pencil boxes from my days as a teacher.  {giggle}

craft room storage

Many of you are thinking… How do you utilize that middle base?  Aren’t those shelves under the table?  Do you really crawl under there to get your stuff?  Nope.  That is the kids shelves and they think it is the coolest thing ever to crawl under the table to grab their coloring or construction paper.  In fact, I have found my son under there reading. HA!

middle base for craft table

The kids and I have already spent lots of time up here together creating, which helps me accomplish one of my 2012 goals.




I love it, I love it, I love it?  So who wants to come over for a ladies craft night?

  • katie

    LOVE this large craft table–ideal for family projects or a ladies craft-night!

  • Heidi

    Can I come live with you? This is fantastic!

  • Katie Hughes

    This is fantastic! I need something similar in my new craft room. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Jean Bullock

    I see my chair is waiting for me. You could such totally fun crops in your room. Love the design.

  • Johanna

    Marvellous idea! I love your craft island. We´re renovating our mud/laundry room and this was a real inspiration. Great work!

  • Tiffany

    I’m so impressed and so jealous. Congratulations on completing that project.

  • Jenn

    I’m coming! When’s the party?

  • Mallory @ Classy Clutter

    Dude! This is craft room Heaven right here! Love it! Your room is coming along beautifully!

    XOXO, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  • Erin @ DIY on the Cheap

    It looks amazing! You did an awesome job!

  • Lori

    Totally envious of your craft island!! Totally!! & With the way you have made the spaces you can get a cute complimentary roll of gift wrap and drape over the table from one side to the next… tape underneath and then your white stays beautiful and you have an ever mood changing fun look!! I do it with my white IKEA tops on mine!! Love it!!

    • Beckie

      Yah I need to do that for sure. I am anal about getting the top stained and that doesn’t really help create an environment for my kiddos.

  • Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts

    I painted the top of mine white too, for the same reason – to have a white background in pictures! I LOVE the huge size of yours! Looks great! here’s mine:

  • Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

    Oh my gosh… I would KILL for that space! I’m adding this to my 5-year-plan. :)

    • Beckie

      Thanks Beth. I did kill for this space. I killed our game room. HA!

  • Cheryl @ That’s What Che Said…

    It’s absolutely gorgeous and I am just over here in St. Louis so I will make the drive for a ladies craft night! I want to craft on the island :)

    • Beckie

      Cheryl – anytime for real! if you want to come to Indy my door is always open.

  • ChrisE

    I can’t even begin to imagine the sense of pride and joy you must feel every time you walk into this room. Everything you show us is more amazing than the thing before, and you built it all yourself. Awesome!!!

    • Beckie

      oh my gosh sometimes I admit I just walk in and stare. I am so proud.

  • Laura

    I love the paint color! It looks gorgeous against the floors.

  • Sarah @ An Inviting Home

    You made that?!?! You are AWESOME! What a great custom piece and I can totally see kids loving to crawl under there…perfect.


    • Beckie

      Yes my son flips through books under there all the time. It is like a fort, they love it.

  • Rachel

    OMGoodness! This space would be a dream come true for me! So much hard work and now it will pay off by having all this glorious space and storage. Sign me up for that ladies craft night! ;)

    P.S. I totally would have bought those stools, too. They’re perfect! A person can’t DIY everything. :)

    • Beckie

      thanks for justifying my bar stool purchase ;-) You can totally come for a craft night. I have all the paint and Mod Podge!

  • Megan

    Absolutely amazing and beautiful! That color rocks and all those storage nooks make me jealous. :) Those stools look perfect there…you deserved to splurge after all that construction. Looks like its something everyone can enjoy.

  • Tracy Snyder

    Love!!! Lots of storage and plenty of work space. How on earth do you keep it so clean, if it was me I’d have 20 half finished projects scattered about. What an awesome space to share with the kiddos too. When is ladies craft night?!?!? I wanna come just to get a personal peek at your studio!!! Can’t wait for the next reveal post!

    • Beckie

      Dude seriously…come on over and sneak a peek anytime!

  • Angie

    What an amazing space! I am so jealous. My kids would think they had landed in heaven with a craft room like yours!

  • Amycha

    This island is a crafter’s dream come true!! It turned out amazing, I love the color, and the fact that you made it yourself is so impressive, I just don’t seem to have the “builder” gene myself. If I could offer a tip to keep the top clean when you have really messy projects, I use one of those plastic table cloths that comes in a big roll from the party store, I just cut off a piece to fit, and then I tape it to the underside of my table to keep it in place, but it really does the job to keep my table clean (when I use it religiously.) Anyway, Congrats on finishing your island, it’s super cool!! ~ Amy

    • Beckie

      Oh my gosh what a great idea! Thank you sooooo much for the tip. I will grab a roll this week.

  • Maureen

    ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! When can I come over? Now?


  • Carolyn butler

    I would live in there!

  • Jeanie @ create&babble

    Perfect, just perfect! All that space to spread out and craft is awesome! I’ll be right over ; )

  • Amanda

    Hi, Its Amanda from Michael’s, I love it.. What a great craft station.

    • Beckie

      Thank Amanda for taking time to comment. It is huuuuuuge and the perfect space to play with all my Michael’s supplies ;-)

  • Kelly

    Wowza! That is one SERIOUS table. I love it. The colours are fantastic. Your room is lookin’ pretty amazing.

    • Beckie

      Thank you Kelly I love every square inch of it.

  • Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom

    Love it Beckie! I wish I lived closer so I could come for craft night! I have to resort to the dining room table for my work surface. I have really enjoyed watching all your hard work come together in this awesome craft room!!

    • Beckie

      Yes mine used to be my kitchen island. But now, I finally have a dedicated and huge space for it.

  • Laura @ Finding Home

    I have been following along with this project here and on Instagram, but for whatever reason, this is the part I was most excited to see. We are getting ready to do a built in desk and work table in our office space as well – I wish it could be this big!

    However, as much as this is amazing, your paint storage idea was rather inspiring as well!

    • Beckie

      Thank you Laura I am pretty proud of everything in this room. It is perfect for my needs.

  • Heather @ Real Cheap Housewives of Texas

    I want to come play in your new room! I am drooling over your craft island!

    • Beckie

      Come on over! Thank you Heather

  • Ferly

    These reveals keep getting better! I think this is my favorite piece yet. Love the colors, the tweaked design, the open storage and even the way you kept your kids in mind. Looking forward to seeing how you organized the inside of the cabinets!

    ~ Ferly
    Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

  • Tanya

    That is a gorgeous table! Like how well the shelves are organized.!

  • Ashley @ Simply Designing

    Ohhhh I love your table!!! It’s so pretty and useful!


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  • Lola

    LOVE IT!!!! do you have a PDF of your plans? would love to have it, so hubby can make me one! If you do PLEASE forward to my e-mail please????? Thank you and i love what you do .

    • Beckie

      I don’t have plans per se but if you look at Ana’s site she gives the full plans and then all you have to do it take my measurements to add the cubby on the other side.

  • Cathy Johnson

    Wow, I am so impressed. I would love to have a craft table like this for my craft room! I just wish I was as talented as you. You certainly have a gift!

    • Beckie

      Awww you are sweet but you could totally do it to if someone walked you through it.

  • Mandy Lovan

    Can you see the green from there? I’m literally so jealous of you. I don’t even have time to craft right now but this table is EXACTLY what I dream of. And fairly affordable (minus the chairs ;) ) which is something my husband always wants to know first when I’m justifying things to him. :D Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Beckie

      Yes it is affordable…minus the chairs for sure. Yikes!

  • Brenda Melahn

    Please adopt me as your grandmother — I would so love to play in this room

    • Beckie

      You are adopted, come on over!

  • Marty Walden

    This is amazing, Beckie! Your room must be stunning. What fun to play in and create it. Total craft envy here!

    • Beckie

      Thanks Marty. Yep it is my most favorite room in my whole house hands down.

  • Lori

    Your craft / work room is incredible! You rock!

    • Beckie

      Thanks Lori!

  • Donna Doble-Brown

    OMG I JUST LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! Can I come be your apprentice? I have always wanted to make/build just like you! this is FABULOUS! so glad I have discovered you . . . . enjoy with your kiddos! :)

    • Beckie

      Sure come on over, we’ll build together.

  • Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims

    This is just fabulous! you are so talented :)

    • Beckie

      Thanks Rebecca, I am proud as a peacock of it.

  • Kristin

    Me!Me!Me! Then you can show me what is in all those cupboards:) I LOVE your craft table! And why not add the shelves under there. There is always stuff we don’t always need access to– if it were for your use and not your kids. Was the DIY with Sandra your first time ever with wood/machinery? Because if so you are rockin’ it now!

    • Beckie

      It wasn’t my first project with Sandra but definitely one of this magnitude. I knew my way around tools okay but this definitely stepped up my game.

      • Kristin

        Prior projects or not, this was a HUGE project! Your carpentry skills are amazing. It looks like you just “whipped up” your ironing board cover. I told Sandra she was creating DIY monsters! You are definately talented! Congratulations on all your hard work and ENJOY the fruits of your labor:)

  • Sandra

    Me. That is awesome and I love the color against the white cabinets.

    • Beckie

      Thanks Sandra. I went atypical on the color but I couldn’t resist.

  • Bettsi

    I wanna come craft with you, Beckie! I LOVE your awesome new table- it looks super professional. No one would look at it and think DIY.

    • Beckie

      Come on over! It’d be fun!

  • Ayisha

    This is flippin awesome. This thing is massive. I currently have a 4′ x 5′ craft table in my workroom and I want to build a longer one. What is the overall length of your table? How long is your room? You did an excellent job on this space. Kudos.

    • Beckie

      The room is 16′ by 21′ and the craft island is 55″ x 9’6″. It is mammoth!

  • Christine

    Damn woman! I am completely impressed and in awe. The cabinets are incredible and this craft table is absolutely perfect. Great job putting together your space…Enjoy!

    • Beckie

      Thank you Christine. It fits my needs perfectly and I couldn’t be happier in my space.

  • Kimberly ~Serendipity Refined

    WOW!!!! Just when I thought that it could NOT POSSIBLY be any COOLER…you made this island….seriously….I used to think that I wanted to live in Thistlewood’s pantry but I’ve gotta say, your craft room is looking like a pretty nice spot..especially since it has a hidden ironing board too! It ROCKS, Becky…and so do you! WELL DONE, girlfriend…WELL DONE! xo

    • Beckie

      Thanks Kimberly. Thistlewood Farm’s pantry wouldn’t be a bad place to live either. But I will take my studio any day. {giggle}

  • kelly thompson

    that is perty! Love the color

  • Smart Girl

    WOW!! That is an awesome desk island! I love that it is in the middle of the room and not up against a wall. People are always afraid to pull things away from the wall. The space is amazing and I agree with others that it’s a fantastic way to share with your kids.

    • Beckie

      Thank you. Yes I like it in the middle too especially since I stand so often when doing my projects that is why I made it countertop height too.

  • Ellora @ Creatively Southern

    Love.this.table! So organized and love the space! You did an awesome job on the table and the whole craft room is just amazing! You and Sandra make one heck of a team! :) Pinning this one on the DIY boards!

    • Beckie

      Thanks for the pin Ellora. Sandra is amazing and I am so grateful for her help.

  • Shelly

    If you build it will they come? This table looks like it definitely draws fellow artists to you!
    Great idea, thanks for sharing.

    • Beckie

      Yep my kiddos can’t get enough of this space.

  • melle@feathered ruffles

    we’re working on tweaking my studio; i share it with my hubbs for his office and he uses my cutting table ALSO as his work table for computer repair… we’ve been trying to figure out how to meet my storage needs and his storage needs and both our space needs… without tripping all OVER each other anymore… and i *think* we might have hit the nail on the head… ding ding ding!

    • Beckie

      It is so hard to plan a space around multiple needs. Spend lots of time drawing and tweaking and listing out all your needs and I am sure you will come up with something amazing.

      • melle@feathered ruffles

        I keep forwarding him Ana White plans and links to your blog….he called me today and asked how upset i would be if the house was in chaos for 6 months? Kind of made me panic!

        But you’ve (we’ve!) got him thinking now! He’s considering having someone come in and rip out walls so that we have an empty open space downstairs so that we can start from scratch and design a living and dining space and a true studio for me with adequate storage!!
        I’m loving this blog series more and more! Lol

  • Marty

    Very very nice design.

    • Beckie

      Thanks Marty. It is perfectly functional now.

  • rochambeau

    W O N D E R F U L !!!
    F A N T A S T I C !!
    F A B U L O U S !!
    Thank you for sharing!!

    • Beckie

      Thank you Constance and thanks for stopping by.

  • Stella Cordova

    I’m looking at this backwards. I saw the inside of the cabinets first, before this. AND I LOVE IT TOO!

    You did such an AMAZING job pulling all of this together. I love the colors and the forms of organization you used. It looks so great.

    I’m super proud of you! You did such a great job of building all of this! There’s no way I could do something like this.

    • Beckie

      Thanks Stella. I thought the same thing “there is no way I could do this.” But eventually one day at a time it happened. It took me three months to finish but I couldn’t be more proud of the space.

  • Mindy

    I can’t believe you made that island (and the cabinets obvi)! Congrats that you’re done, you earned those stools!

    • Beckie

      Thanks Mindy that is what I kept telling myself!

  • Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

    whoa–that’s an amazing table/island!!

  • karen@somewhatquirky

    I’ll let you know the next time I’m driving through town… this is magnificent. A maker of stuff’s dream. Wonderful. Congrats on a job well done!

    • Beckie

      Please do I would love that.

  • gail

    wow! that’s a fabulous creative space Beckie! Lucky you and the kids! :)

    ps LOVE my Kreg Jigs!

    • Beckie

      I swear I don’t know how I built before I discovered the Kreg! Thanks Gail for stopping by.

  • Stephanie Wagner

    I do, I’ll come craft with you anytime? Are we in the same time zone lol . Beckie, I so enjoyed meeting you at CHA this past winter and now to watch you transform your craft space. I think you are doing everyone woman’s dream right now. I so have been wanting to redo my craft space. Love it, keep up the good work.

    • Beckie

      Thanks Stephanie! It was a long time coming for sure. I dreamed and thought about it for a year before I took the plunge on creating a space that was exactly what I wanted.

  • Emily@Decorchick

    Beckie! This is amazing!! The whole room is actually just incredible. High five!

    • Beckie

      Thanks Em the full on reveal will be tomorrow. Woo to the hoo!

  • Lindsay Scicluna

    Um, you’re pretty dang amazing you know that?? UH-MAZ-ing. I can not WAIT to see it in person!… And make a cover for that sewing machine ;)

    • Beckie

      Come now! I need you!

  • Mary

    Absolutely wonder. :O) Thanks for sharing

  • Christina

    Are you kidding me this would be a awesome island I love it!!!

  • Carol

    I LOVE that TABLE! I do have something to “give” back to you though. I can’t recall where/when I found this, so apologies to whomever….? (Heliose?) I found a GREAT tip for white countertops – If you get a stain on it, try using a tooth whitening toothpaste. The toothpaste has a very fine grit, and the “whitening” bleaches the stain. I have been able to keep my countertop white. Hope this tip helps you too!
    I HOPE my future includes a table like yours!!

    • Beckie

      Woo to the hoo I love tips. I will tooootally try that one. Thank you for mentioning it.

  • judy allen

    I love this. I can’t help but think that I could completely transform my OFFICE!!! So much better than a small desk. Boy, I can really spread out the paperwork.

  • CRystal

    I love it, too! I like the white laminate and think it’s a smart choice for photography. We have the same laminate tops in our kitchen and yes I would love to replace them but for now – they are durable and good for taking photographs.

  • Julie

    May I ask what paint color you used on your craft table? It is gorgeous!

    • Beckie

      Liquid Jade by Valspar

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  • Melissa @madeiracrafts

    I am thoroughly impressed that you made that yourself! And wicked jealous! I have an Ikea yellow laminate desk on 4 legs that I found on kijiji for about $25 that’s been doing it for me for about 2 years now. But I have made the recent addition of a wonderful Expedit shelving unit from Ikea that has saved my craft room from closing in on me-much happier crafting now. Well done!

  • Chip

    Thank you!!!! I’ve been looking for an idea to store[when not being used], as well as secure my knitting machines to when in use. This is the best!! I can even imagine several being set up at the same time. And what a great place to store the additional parts. It is in the top 10 of my must do list. Oh heck, who am I kidding!!! It is in the top 3 of that list. Thanks for sharing-Blessings

  • doudou

    Amazing!!! J’adore!

    • Beckie

      Thank you!

  • Sharon

    I would add a cutting mat to the top. My craft table has one and it is great. But this would definitely be the upgraded model.

    • Beckie

      I actually do have one. It is a 24″ x 36″. It just didn’t look pretty for pictures so I didn’t have it up there. ;)

  • Trena in Naperville

    Wow!! you go Sister!!

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  • Mish Volonino

    I absolutely love your work space.

    I have a work room but it is very cramped. We are planning on moving within the next 10 months and a must on my “want” list for my new home is a large beautiful room for my workshop. I will most definitely be grabbing some ideas from you.

    Thank you so much for sharing. It truly is beautiful.


    • Beckie

      Thanks, Mishy. It seriously is my own little heaven on earth. Have fun with your new workshop!

  • Cheryl n

    This is beautiful. What are the dimensions of the island? I have a small room about 10 by 9.5 and want to build a craft room. This looks similar to my layout. Thanks cn

    • Beckie

      Hi Cheryl, The width measures 50 1/2″ and the length 108″.

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  • Leslie Lyman Redd

    Can you tell me the final dimensions if this table?

    • Beckie


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  • JoanCrawford1

    What are the final dimensions of this island? It’s awesome!

    • Beckie

      55″ x 9’6″ – It’ a big boy! ;)

    • BeckieFarrant

      5′ x 10′

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  • russcaldwell

    I have looked at your base pictures and the cut measurments you gave (For each base I cut 2 (1” x 12”) pieces at 32” and two to 49 1/8” and two 34 1/4”. I made pocketholes and attached the shelves to the sides. Then I added my long 48 1/8” piece onto the top. Next I added the sides, then I added the bottom.) and I am confused :{ . If your base 34 1/4 ” high, and I count four side pieces should you have at least four cut to the same length?? Please help my 16 year old daughter really likes this craft table and I would like to get it built but don’t want to mess it up.
    Thanks in advance :).

    • BeckieFarrant

      Russ you are correct. It is 4 pieces at 34 1/4″. I corrected the tutorial. I am sorry about that.

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  • Adam

    From the picture of you nailing on the face frame to the picture of you filling nail holes, there appears to be an extra ‘frame’ constructed on the top of each cubby unit (not the plywood base for tabletop). I don’t see this mentioned in the text. Can you please provide details on this and exactly why you did it? (ie, was it for aesthetics or other reason?)

    • Beckie

      Hi Adam, Really, I just followed Ana’s plan, and that is how she did it. So I did it as well. :-)

  • Shannon Lemon

    What kind of saw do you use? I would be interested in knowing what tools as well (saw, kreg jig, etc). I am going to attempt to build something for the first time. I have no saw, and very little tools so I will need to buy some things. Thanks! :)

    • Beckie

      Hi Shannon, I would recommend a chop saw, a Kreg Jig and a cordless drill as your first building purchases. I have a Dewalt 12” chop saw and a Rockwell 3rill drill. Best of luck! :-)

    • hdc77494

      Shannon, I think you could get the 1×2’s cut to length at Home Depot or Lowes, the Kregg jig drills guides a regular drill for the pocket holes, and a simple chop saw will cut the face frame pieces. It wasn’t highlighted as such but it looks like this table will take very few tools to build.

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  • Katie Wood

    Can you please tell me how much this table cost to make? I LOVE it and would love to re-create it. :)

    • Beckie

      Hi Katie, Total cost of supplies for the craft island was $407.35. :-) So glad you like it.