Have you ever wanted to sit down and do a simple project, but give up because you can’t remember where the materials are that you need? Or worse yet, your craft room is so disorganized that you just turn around and walk out and tell yourself it’s not worth it? Do you wish someone would come in and do a complete craft room makeover for you?
Me too! But I’m going to be realistic and say it probably isn’t going to happen.
My craft/sewing room has become the catchall at our house for anything I don’t know what to do with. It’s gotten so bad that I don’t even go into the room anymore. But, even though I don’t go up there, I know it’s there. I know the mess is up there. And it drives me crazy!
Look At That Clutter!
My grandmother once told me that clutter begets clutter. It’s so true. The last thing I want to do when my house is clean and organized is leave something laying around so it disrupts that nice clean feeling. But if I have a mess already, I just set it down thinking I’ll put it away when I clean up the room. All that does is make the room messier. And I know it and you probably know it too. It’s just so much easier to set it down and walk away.
So! I decided that I want to become a little bit of a minimalist. Don’t you just get that overwhelming urge to purge things every once in a while? Me too! But it just doesn’t happen often enough. So, I have made it my goal to go up to that craft room and purge, clean and organize. I’m going to be really truthful and show before pictures no matter how embarrassing it is! I don’t even know what’s in there. It was actually worse than I thought. Gads! So, let’s all take a deep breath and get busy.
Let’s Start Our Complete Craft Room Makeover
As much as I would have liked to skip this next step, it’s probably the most important part of the makeover. Putting things away and clearing things out. Do you ever wonder how one little project can cause an entire room to just fall apart? It happens to me every time I do any kind of craft project. I think it’s just the nature of the beast.
Start with Paint
After many hours of cleaning and putting things away, I had part of the room cleaned up. But my brain was fried from thinking about where to put everything. I decided to get out the paint and give my brain a break by painting the walls, cabinets, and furniture.
I had some chalk paint (a lot!) that was left over from another project so I decided to use it on the cabinets and furniture in the room. We’re planning to remodel our kitchen and I didn’t really want to spend a lot of money on this room, so decided to use as many things that I had on hand as I could. The color was a little darker than I wanted, so I waxed it with a white wax and that lightened it up a tiny bit.
I also painted this side table that I had. As you can see, I had to get out the can of carpet cleaner because, of course, I dropped a glob of paint on the carpet. I kind of live by Murphy’s Law. I planned to replace the knobs, so I wasn’t too careful when I painted around (on) them. Problem with that, I can’t figure out how to get them off. They aren’t put in with screws, they’re kind of glued into the drawer front. I’ll have to have my hubby, Bob, check them out, but for now, they’re on there.
Put a Fresh Coat of Paint on the Walls too!
Next, I painted the walls a bright white. Living in Washington State, we have to put up with grey, dark skies most of the winter. It really is amazing what a difference a lighter color on the walls makes.
Save Money by Making Your Own Shelves When You Do A Complete Craft Room Makeover
The wall above the desk in the corner was just begging for some shelves. To save money, I decided to make my own. It was surprisingly easy once I got over my fear of doing it. If you want to get the instructions on how to make these shelves go here.
I already had the pegboard on two of the walls and decided to keep them where they were. They were already painted white too. I added a bulletin board and a couple of clipboards. If you’d like to see how I made the clipboards from plain ones that I bought, take a look at them here.
Once I finished the desk corner, which I have to admit made me really excited to get the whole room finished, I turned to the other side of the room. Two shelves and lots more junk!
Purge, Purge, and Purge Some More.
Christine came to visit and helped me go through everything and clear out a lot of things I’ve had for years. I had scrapbook papers from probably 10 years ago. And honestly, I didn’t like them and probably never had. Into the thrift store box they went. We realized there were so many craft items in here that I didn’t use because I didn’t like them, and that made it was easier to purge things.
I found these cloth containers similar to these. I made some cute labels to easily identify the contents and set them on the shelves.
See that big black toolbox there? It was a Christmas present from my husband a couple years ago. Best Gift Ever! If you want a great storage container, this is what you need. The small drawers on the top and middle work great for stamps, inkpads, and sewing accessories. The bottom drawers are just the right size to store my knitting needles and crochet hooks. The other holds my Cricut. I got mine through Amazon and I use it all the time. It’s a great tool for crafts. I’ve also stored all my cartridges in the drawer and vinyl rolls.
Moving to the Other Side of the Room
On the inside wall of the room, there is a very small closet with a door. I decided to paint the door with chalkboard paint so I could use it to write notes on the projects I am doing. And to occupy my grandchildren if they want to hang out while grandma is working. I added a cute little hook that I purchased at Hobby Lobby to hold my embroidery storage flash drives. I use these flash drives from Amazon.
Beside the closet, we placed a small dresser to hold my scrapbook papers and tools. On top of that, I placed a small shelf with boxed units to store my envelopes, notepads, and CD’s containing photos and programs. As you can see its just the right size to set my Cricut on the top.
To the right of that, is the second pegboard I already had. I left everything that was on it as it was and just added a cute “Count Your Blessings” sign. This is my sewing pegboard.
As I come to the final section of the room, it’s hard to believe that I’m almost finished. I feel like I’ve been working on this room forever! I found these cute curtains at Walmart. They only had 84-inch lengths for this color, but I realized I could cut one of the panels in half and they would fit perfectly. And there’s the table I painted at the start. It fits perfectly under the window.
Do A Few Little Extras In Your Room
Here are a few things I added to the walls. I found this saying and thought it fit pretty well. So I got out the Cricut and did this lettering for the wall above the small window.
I had painted a piece of board to check the color for the cabinets and decided to use it for a plaque to place above the bulletin board. I also put the word “important” in vinyl letters on the bulletin board.
And here’s another great idea that my husband Bob suggested. I found this metal adhesive backed ruler on Amazon. The shipping cost is a little over the top, but it’s worth it. I put it on the edge of my craft table and it is so nice to have it right there when I need to measure a piece of fabric or paper. I’ve had this for two years and the adhesive has held fast. You’ll definitely want to do this in your craft room.
Here is a picture of the room from the doorway.
And looking the other way. Isn’t it amazing? I can barely wait to start crafting. It was a lot of work and took quite a bit of time, but boy was it worth it. Now that you’ve watched and shared a complete craft room makeover with me, go ahead and do your own room. And send pictures! We’d love to see what you’ve done.
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