So I am currently working on Craft Room Makeover. A new creative space in my house in Columbus, Ohio. Almost a year ago we moved here and I am finally getting this room done.
This time I decided not to build all my own cabinets. My previous craft room in Indianapolis took 4 months to complete. My goal is 1 month for my new space.
I am on Day 6 of painting cabinets. All I have left is 34 doors to paint. Yesterday I installed the 15 IVAR cabinets on one wall and I am slowly purging and organizing everything.
THE OLD CRAFT ROOM
But before I move forward here is a quick look at my old studio. Here’s my old sewing table and area and old cabinets.
This is the day I have been waiting for 4 months to happen – CRAFT STUDIO REVEAL DAY!
But before you can appreciate a good before and after let’s begin with the story of my former craft room and see the inspiration for the change.
Before I designed and built this space I had a tiny 10’ x 11’ foot room that I thought would be a good idea to paint pumpkin orange (egads!).
How do you declutter craft stuff?
My old craft room organization became more of a storage room than a place to create. It was also the only room on the first floor with a shut door. So when people came over and we had to hide stuff guess where it went? Yep to the craft room. Every month I had to gut, purge and clean it.
I desperately needed a place to actually work and store all of my supplies. What started out as a mere conversation with Sandra from Sawdust Girl telling me that she could totally coach me along on this project, became a reality January 1st as I was getting all my supplies from Lowes.
Decluttering craft stuff can be a challenging task, especially if you have accumulated a lot of materials and supplies over time.
Here are some steps to help you declutter your craft supplies:
Start by gathering all of your craft supplies in one place. This will help you see exactly what you have and how much you need to declutter.
Sort your supplies into categories, such as scrapbook paper, fabric, buttons, pens, markers, paint brushes, etc. This will help you identify duplicates and organize your materials.
Consider how often you use each item. If you haven’t used something in over a year, it’s probably safe to let it go.
Assess the condition of each item. If something is damaged or expired, it’s time to toss it.
Set aside items that are still usable but that you no longer need or want. Consider donating them to a local school or community center.
Determine a storage solution for the supplies you plan to keep. Make sure you have enough space to store everything, and that your storage system is easy to use and maintain. A display is always a good idea.
Finally, commit to regularly reassessing your craft supplies and decluttering as necessary. This will help prevent future clutter buildup.
Remember, decluttering can be a difficult process, so take it one step at a time and be patient with yourself. With some effort, you can create a more organized and manageable crafting space.
How do you set up a crafting room?
So we started to build from scratch, my amazing studio cabinets which set in motion the main organization of the room. If you want to read my Sawdust Diary where I walked through all the ups and downs of building those cabinets head on over to Sawdust Girl.
I made it countertop height since most of the time I stand when I do my projects. It is nice to not always have to bend over my projects when I work.
Then I needed a dual purpose option to hold both my craft paints and hide my drop down iron. I didn’t have much wall space in this room with only three to work with, two of which had cabinets on them. So the Paint Shelf Hidden Door was born.
I also needed an area where I could pretend like I can sew. Scratching off our original plan to build a desk, I took a Craiglist find and painted it to the match the cabinets.
It became an instant sewing table as well as a place for me to store my files, Silhouette machine and my printer. Not even need for drawers! The perfect workspace!
Moving day came and I took about a million trips up and down the stairs and organized the cabinets. I managed to pack to the gills 8 of the 9 cabinets I built.
And then finally I got to decorate and add details like my lazy susan art caddy, and some amazing curtains from IKEA (Janette $24.99 a pair) that set the color palette for the space.
Not only is this a space for me to work in but it has been the hub for homework, scrapbooking, craft projects and game nights. My kids are hard at work trying to create pieces of art to add to our gallery wall.
This project, by far, was the most zealous project I have ever taken on. Not only did it take me three months to complete but cost me the most of any remodel project I have ever done.
I had set a budget for this project but it didn’t work! lol, but for all I did to transform this room I think it is pretty amazing and it was worth every penny to me.
A cost cannot be given as it depends on so many things! such as the size of the room, the types of crafts you enjoy, and the storage and organizational solutions you choose.
Here are some general cost estimates for setting up a basic craft room:
Furniture: A basic crafting table or desk can cost anywhere from $50 to $500 or more, depending on the size and quality. A comfortable chair can cost between $50 and $300.
Storage: The cost of storage solutions will depend on the types of crafts you enjoy and the amount of supplies you have. Shelves, cabinets, and drawers can cost anywhere from $50 to $500 or more.
Lighting: Good lighting is essential for any crafting space. A quality desk lamp can cost between $20 and $200 or more, depending on the style and features.
Decor and personal touches: Adding some decor and personal touches to your crafting space can help inspire creativity and make the space feel inviting. This can include artwork, plants, and other decorative items. The cost of these items will vary depending on your personal style and preferences.
Overall, the cost of setting up a basic craft room can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars or more, depending on your individual needs and preferences.
It’s important to set a budget (even if it blows up! ) and prioritize the most essential items first, and then gradually add additional items as your budget allows.
Where do I set up my craft room?
Many of you have asked where this is in our house. It is our upstairs loft. Here you can see the stairwell and get an idea of its placement in our home.
The loft used to be an underutilized game room. The only bummer was the fact that we had to lose our ping-pong table. Even though we only used it quarterly, just knowing it is gone is a slight bummer.
Would you even in a million years guess it was the same room?
I literally spend about 8 hours a day in here working, crafting and playing with my kiddos. My family literally has to beg me to come downstairs.
It is by far my favorite space in the entire house. I never want to move, ever. I keep adding new jars, trays and my diy project list grows by the minute.
I never beg for pins but I would appreciate, ever so greatly, if you would consider pinning this. It would make me a happy crafter girl 🙂
It was such a hard project I want everyone to see it.
Consider these points if you are thinking where to set up your craft room:
- The amount of space you need.
- Choose a well-lit area, ideally with natural light.
- Pick a quiet location.
- Consider accessibility.
- Think about storage.
How to maximize space in a small craft room?
Maximizing space in a small craft room can be challenging, but there are several strategies you can use to make the most of the available space:
Use vertical space: Make use of the walls by installing shelves, hooks or pegboards to store supplies and tools.
Choose compact furniture: Look for furniture that can be folded or tucked away when not in use, such as a drop-down table or a rolling cart.
Utilize multipurpose storage solutions: Use storage bins that can double as decor, such as decorative boxes or baskets.
Create designated zones: Divide your craft room into different zones for different activities, such as a cricut area or a sewing area.
Keep it organized: Regularly declutter and organize your craft supplies to keep the space from feeling cluttered and overwhelming. I love using labels for that!
By using these strategies, you can maximize the available space in your small craft room and create a functional and inspiring space for your crafting activities.
I did that with my jewelry closet, check it out here.
What are the best DIY crafts to try out to decorate my room?
There are many DIY crafts that you can try to decorate your room! Here are some ideas to get you started:
Wall art: Create your own wall art using materials such as canvas, paint, or fabric. You could try painting your own abstract design, making a collage with magazine clippings, or creating a fabric wall hanging.
Macrame: Macrame is a popular craft that involves knotting cords or strings to create beautiful wall hangings, plant holders, or even a room divider.
Decorative pillows: Make your own decorative pillows using fabric, stuffing, and basic sewing skills. You can create pillows in any size or shape, and add details like embroidery, applique, or tassels.
String lights: Create a cozy atmosphere in your room by adding string lights. You can make your own by wrapping string lights around branches, or by creating your own decorative covers for the bulbs.
Photo displays: Create a unique photo display using materials like twine, clothespins, or wire. You can hang photos from a branch, create a photo grid on the wall, or make a photo mobile.
These are just a few ideas to get you started! The possibilities are endless when it comes to DIY room decor, so have fun experimenting and creating a space that reflects your personal style.
And now for my acceptance speech…
I want to give Sandra from Sawdust Girl a huge thank you for listening to me argue, complain and then finally get to work. I would have never attempted this project without her coaching.
Thank you to the Lowes employees in Indianapolis for cutting all of the wood for the cabinet bases and for providing the flooring, as well as pretending to be totally interested every time I came in to show them pictures of the progress.
And thank you to my amazing hubby who helped me build the cabinets and had the patience to put up with my whining for three months. I love you more than my studio.