Creating the Craft Room

Craft Room Style

 Craft Room Style

Our new house came with a bonus room that lots people turn into game rooms. I guess the craft room is KIND of a game room, since it IS where I play and WORK. I had a nice big space to fill but once you start adding elements, that space goes quickly.

The first thing we did was to take out the carpet and install laminate floors. We decided to not go with the same hardwoods we had installed downstairs because I didn’t want to worry about glitter, hot glue, and other craft related items ruining that expensive a floor. I have a big ol’ hot glue glob that has dried to a nice splotch on that laminate floor even as I type this- so… good call.

Craft Room Style

Storage and workspace where the most important elements to a craft room. To accomplish both, I purchased ready made kitchen cabinets from Lowes. We used two 18″ three drawer base cabinets for the outside bases and two 15″ drawer/door cabinets for the center. The Mean Man changed the direction of one of the cabinet doors so both open to the side on which I was sitting.

We topped it with a ready made 10 foot laminate countertop. We left about 33″ open space to accommodate drafting chairs. Because we used kitchen base cabinets, they are taller than desk height- which works great with a drafting chair or standing while you’re working. There is lots of emerging research that encourages a balance of sitting and standing while you work- even if it’s working on fun stuff.

 

We added slat walls for additional storage. I purchased them from a company called ULINE. They have baskets and other accessories you can add for additional storage. I also added a small wall cubby I purchased at Michaels (this is in the old craft room) and I recycled it here.

Creating the Craftroom

Making wreaths is the craft I tackle the most frequently and the storage for supplies for this hobby can be challenging. Most of my wreaths contain deco mesh or a burlap mesh and I found that closet cubbies make a convenient storage solution. Now, of course this only works for 10″
rolls of mesh. But mesh also comes in 21″ and that presented another challenge. The Mean Man made a little roll around stand for these taller rolls of mesh. He just took a ready made shelf and screwed dowels onto it. He also added casters that would allow the stand to roll and voila!

Creating the Craftroom

I purchased a tall desk that works perfectly for a craft table. The desk I purchased is available at stores like Nebraska Furniture Mart.  It’s got nice storage shelves on either end. I incorporated baskets to hold my scissors, wire cutters, floral wire, measuring tapes, etc. It’s also good for holding the rolls of poly burlap mesh that I use. These are a little fatter rolls than the regular deco mesh and they stack up nicely on the shelves. They are also great for holding fabric.

Craft Desk

Storing rolls of ribbon is particularly challenging. For years I used the same closet cubbies to stack up my rolls of ribbon. I found that this was functional but not really practical since I really had no idea what styles of ribbon were stacked in the back. I tried to stack them by color, but would have to empty the shelf to see what was in the back and this was not at all convenient.

I’d seen the method where you slide all of your rolls onto a long dowel that was somehow held on each end; and while you could see all of the varieties of ribbon you had, getting to them was kind of a beating since you had to remove every roll that was in the way of the one you wanted, then you had to replace all the ones you’d removed after you got to the one you needed.

I solved this dilemma with a simple solution. While strolling through Lowe’s; which I am likely to be doing several times a month; I passed some cabinet storage products. I happened upon a rack that is intended to go on the back of a pantry or cabinet door. It’s meant to hold spices I believe. I thought it might be wide enough to hold a roll of ribbon…. and I was right! So we measured it out to determine if it would, in fact hold most of my ribbon (larger rolls have a circumference that is too big for these) but most of my ribbon comes in just the right size. So I purchased six of them and the Mean Man attached them to the wall. Here’s the result:

Ribbon StorageRibbon Storage

I still try to keep all the rolls in color order, but NOW I can just grab the roll I want and easily replace it when I’m done with it. I think this was a PERFECT solution!

Storing my wreath forms was another story. I needed the ability to hang my wreath forms on the wall; several deep. We accomplished this with the use of a grid wall and grid wall brackets. These walls come with hooks that just clip onto the wall. I ordered the longest ones they had so I could slide as many wreath forms as possible. It’s also great for accessories that you purchase that come ready to hang. I store all kinds of things in this area.

Ribbon Storage and Grid WallRibbon Rack and Grid Wall

I use the slat walls much the same as the grid walls. The accessories include the hangers, shelves and baskets. I love how versatile the slat walls are.

Slat WallSlat Wall

I’m fortunate enough that the bonus room in the new house included a shelf. I use this to be able to store my florals in two tiers. I have a couple of the galvanized buckets for some of the flowers, but honestly, I found that simple trash cans made much sturdier holders for all of my floral stems. Like a champ!! I store the paper for my greeting cards in shelf unit that came from IKEA.

Craft Room

20 Comments

  1. Pam

    Love your organized craft room! I’ve been looking at storage ideas for my little overstuffed crafting space. Thanks for sharing at http://www.leavesandstitches.com/creatively-crafty-link-party-13!

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  2. underatexassky

    Thank you Pam! I also have pics of my much smaller craft room in my old house- http://underatexassky.com/room-renos/craft-room-old-house/. It was a 10×10 room so I had to be really creative with storage. And thanks so much for hosting at the Creatively Crafty Link Party! I love having the opportunity to share.

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  3. Barbara

    Kelly, thanks for showing how you have made your craft room so easy to store and work in. Saw several great ideas, once again thanks
    Love your videos and you have given me many great ideas

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    • Kelly

      Barbara- Thank you so much for stopping by and for leaving some nice encouragement. I’m so glad you’ve found some helpful ideas here. Blessings to you! -Kelly

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  4. Terri l horn

    Now this is a craft room
    after my own heart💖💖💖

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    • Kelly

      Terri- Oh my goodness, it has been so wonderful having all the room I now have. In my old house, I had a 10×10 space. I can really spread out in the new room. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving some love. Blessings! Kelly

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  5. Kathie Condon

    I have craft room envy now. Your craft room is beautiful. But why do you call your husband Mean Man? Just found your site today so you may have explained this earlier. Have been watching some of your wreath making on YouTube and I just love your directions for wreaths.

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    • Kelly

      Kathie- I’m so glad you found me!! Thank you so much. I am truly very blessed for sure. The craft room in the new house is more than twice the size of the 10×10 converted bedroom in my old house. And The Mean Man got that name from me talking to our dogs… sometimes when he sits down to eat, he gets mobbed by an 80+ lb Golden Pyrenees, a 35 lb mutt, and a 7 lb mutt… when they won’t leave him alone… he tries to sound really loud and angry to make them go away… I end up talking to the dogs (yes, I’m one of those people) and I say things (in doggie voice) like “He’s a mean, mean, man, isn’t he?” “Such a mean man…” And somehow it just stuck. He’s an amazing husband and great partner- not mean at all, actually- the irony makes it really funny I guess. I’m so glad you stopped by. I hope you subscribed – I send out a brief little newsletter on Tuesdays to remind you to check out anything new that I posted during the previous week. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any other questions! Blessings- Kelly

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  6. Susan Palma

    Hi Kelly, I just lovvvvve your new craft room! I got soooo many great ideas on the way you and The Mean Man set everything up. Especially the ribbon wire racks. That is genius!! I am a ribbon addict, lol….Thanks for letting us know where you purchased some of the items to organize. Love the grid wall too. I currently have my wreath design shoppe in my basement. My husband has hung wire shelving and cabinets but I have out grown it. Once we move to our new house next year my design shoppe will be top priority. You have given me inspiration!!! Oh love the plastic trash cans. I am forever looking for containers to hold all the silk flowers never sturdy enough. Love your videos!!! You are sooo sweet!

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    • Kelly

      Susan- I’m so glad you finally got through to my website. Geez- hearing that my website is down causes such panic! It only has happened one other time and caused the same angst on my part! Thankfully they figured it out in just an hour or so. Thanks for the nice compliment on my craft room! I have so enjoyed ii. The craft room I had in our other house was just a 10×10 converted bedroom. I barely had room to turn around. Now I can spread out and have such great room to work. Don’t wreath supplies take up an enormous amount of space?! And ribbon can take on a life of its own. I’m really happy with the spice rack solution. I just love being able to see everything- and easy out, easy in. How lovely to be moving to a new house. I’ve so enjoyed mine this past year. It’s been fun having a blank slate upon which to work. I hope your experience is wonderful as well. Thanks again for stopping by and for the awesome encouragement. Blessings! -Kelly

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  7. Shirley Leonard

    Kelly! I just enjoyed your videos and ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Your craft room, I’m in the talks with my hubby (grinch) to create a space or she-shed to store my crafting/crochet projects! Thank you so much for your tips and these pics they help so much!

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    • Kelly

      Shirley- Thanks so much! It’s great to hear you enjoyed my videos! I totally understand the tricky hubby negotiations we go through to get those things we really want (and need). My Mean Man is often less than thrilled with my project ideas, but he always comes around. I love the idea of the she-shed. I’ve seen some that are so precious. Having a specific crafting space makes projects just more enjoyable. It’s great to have a dedicated space to spread out. I hope you and your grinch have a great time creating such a space for you! I’m so happy you stopped by. Blessings! -Kelly

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  8. Rita Broyles

    Hi Kelly, I watched one of your videos today and I’m visiting your site for the first time! Love your work and your craft room! Since you have a space for everything, would like to know where or how you store finished wreaths until they are sold or shipped? I have a craft room as well, working space can be worked out, but finished wreaths can’t be stacked or smashed…help! I’m excited to find your site, will be visiting often. Also, packing now for a move to Texas as my husband is being transferred…excited, always wanted to live there! God Bless!

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    • Kelly

      Rita- I’m so glad you found me! Wreath storage is a real problem for sure. I ended up purchasing some 24×24 shipping boxes from Uline. They store flat when you get them so they don’t take up too much space. I just put the boxes together to store each wreath and then I mark the sides of the box with a description of what’s inside. Then, I just stack them up. We have a big stack in of them in the attic. I also have stored them in an empty closet my using zip ties to attach them to a tube hanger, but they take up so much space! The boxes just work better for me. I hope this helps!! I also hope your move to Texas goes smoothly and that you love living here as much as I do! Happy New Year and God’s blessings to you and your family! – Kelly

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      • Rita Broyles

        Great ideas!! I’m familiar with uline so I will check there. You have beautiful work and a beautiful spirit! We will be in Odessa…hope to meet you in Texas territory sometime! Happy Crafting!!

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        • Kelly

          Rita- We’re in east Texas. Texas is amazingly big- Odessa is about 5 hours from us and is completely different terrain. Texas has it all- the Hill Country in central Texas is my favorite part. That’s the decor of my house actually. I guess I’m in the heart of Texas and Texas is in the heart of me. I hope you fall in love with it as well. 🙂

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  9. Rita Broyles

    Hello from Midland, Texas! When I messaged you at the end of 2016 my husband was being transferred from SC to Odessa, TX…well WE ARE NOW TEXANS…yee-ha!! Loving it here!!! Things going well and getting back to crafting some! Takes time to unpack and regroup and get acclimated to new surroundings!
    This week been spending lots of time watching your videos which I love! Thank you for sharing! We seem to share a lot of the same likes when it comes to these mesh wreaths! I would sure love to see you make some centerpieces out of mesh. I have made some with candle centers, but would love to see new ideas from you and your wonderful talents! I’m also glad you make other crafts as well for a variety!
    Once again, thank you for your videos and website! I do enjoy it all!! Wishing you a great crafting day from your new Texas neighbor!

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    • Kelly

      Rita- Welcome to Texas!! Thank you so much for checking in. I think the centerpiece idea is a great one. I actually did one for my kitchen table at Christmas. Check out my Christmas Tablescapes post to see it. I’m so happy to hear how much you enjoy my videos and my blog projects. It’s so great to get feedback. I hope y’all are settling in and feeling like you’re home. Thanks again for stopping by and for taking a moment to let me know you’re with me! Blessings! -Kelly

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  10. Annie

    Hi Kelly!

    I just recently found some of your videos on Youtube as I was looking for ideas to make a wreath. My husband and I have only been married about 2 weeks and I feel so bad for him. I have all of these ideas for our home. I’ve already painted part of the house inside and this evening we are taking a trip to Lowes to get some wood. He is going to make a craft table for me in one of our extra rooms upstairs. I absolutely love your videos– i’ve subscribed and I look forward to getting some new ideas from you. Thanks for doing this for us all!

    Annie

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    • Kelly

      Annie- Awww bless y’all’s hearts! Congratulations on your marriage! My Mean Man and I have been married 31 years but can totally still remember when we were just starting out. Of course there was no such thing as the Internet or blogs or HGTV so we really just had to wing it! I’m so glad to contribute to some of your ideas. Sounds like you got a good man there. I know I couldn’t accomplish half of what I do without my guy. I wish many happy years for y’all. Blessings- Kelly

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