Craft room makeover – part 5

Things are starting to come together with the old craft room.  Are you sick of hearing about it yet?  Never fear… it’s ALMOST done.

In the process of getting digital subscriptions to bunches of magazines, there are now hundreds of these old translucent plastic magazine holders available at work.  It’s been on my to-do list for months to do something with them.  Finally I brought a few home and visited my local Paper Source.   After about an hour and some strategic use of glue stick and scissors, voila!  Much cuter magazine holders (sans magazines at the mo).  With some leftover paper, I framed a bit of the yellow polka dots, which I love.  That Paper Source knows what they are doing.  I always envision that if I ever lose my job, or maybe if I have a midlife crisis someday, I’d like to land a job there.  It’s always so serene and inspiring.

Want to see how the closet turned out?

The Elfa closet system was easy to install and looks great!  It sure beats the old version of this closet, which was a miserable mess:

Now I’ve got everything organized in my mesh baskets and shelves.  Behold home dec fabric:

And quilting cotton:

And wool felt (why do I have so much wool felt?)

And, of course, some yarn:

Finally, I brought back my shelving.  The closet and these two shelves equal all the storage in this room.  That huge armoire in the above picture?  GONE.  So far I’m loving the space and am on the lookout for a small chair so I can entertain non-canine guests.

The sad news is that I still have no closet doors – white or stained.  It may never come to be!  It might be curtainland for the closet.  We’ll have to see if we can hack something together that is narrow enough to let me open my mesh baskets when the doors are open all the way.

If you look closely enough, you can see the illuminated statue of David in my neighbor’s yard, under that gazebo-like structure.  It’s my nighttime view!  Lucky me!

Posted by robyn on May 20th, 2009 under crafts, random

16 Responses to “Craft room makeover – part 5”

  1. Peggy B Says:

    I have sincerely enjoyed your craft room make over and you have inspired me to get my supply closet in order. I have been sick the past month and you have been my saving grace. I discovered your blog and read every entry from the beginning. I look forward to your posts.
    Peggy in SC

  2. robyn Says:

    Peggy, thank you SO much for the kind words! I’m so flattered and also glad that you enjoy the blog and that it’s given you something to do during your recovery. Hope all is on the up-and-up. Good luck with the supply closet tidying. It’s a labor of love (but definitely a labor!). Send before and after pics this way if you take any! -Robyn

  3. Kristine Says:

    The room is looking good! Did you feel amazed how all your fabric actually fit? I was surprised when I redid my fabric storage that my fabric stash wasn’t *that* out of control…

    Kristines last blog post..New York

  4. Marsha J Says:

    Love the new craft room! I have been anxious to see how it would finish up – and I must say you’ve done a great job. As I looked at your fabric drawers, I actually saw a couple of pieces of cotton that I found in my quilt shop here in Kiev, Ukraine. Yes, it came from the U.S., but I can buy it here – and that is a blessing! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Dori Says:

    So, so awesome!

  6. Jeanne Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! You have inspired me to DO something about my mess. Thanks.

    Jeannes last blog post..Bunnies

  7. xine Says:

    Fantastic! I think I just have to take everything out of my craft room and start over again- the constant decluttering and reorganizing isn’t getting me anywhere. I have also been harbouring a fantasy of taking over “the guest room” now that the boys are sharing the big bedroom…

  8. Lisa Says:

    I stumbled upon your blog when I searched for craft room makeovers. You did a very nice job and inspired me to find better storage for my fabric. Right now, it’s all in clear plastic storage boxes, which is ok until I have to empty an entire box to get to the piece I need on the bottom. I suppose I was thinking that the bigger boxes would be better. But now I realize that smaller ones, or drawers like yours, would be more functional.

    I’ll post before/after photos of my craft room makeover to my blog soon. But PLEASE don’t compare – yours is much better!

  9. ellie Says:

    Where did you get the metal hanging buckets? I’d love to have them for my kids’ play room.

  10. robyn Says:

    Hi Ellie,

    The metal buckets came from Ikea. I love them, and want them everywhere in my house! I think they were in the kitchen area. They also have some white porcelain-y buckets that are super cute and hang in a similar way. -Robyn

  11. Taylor Says:

    just found this in a search about craft rooms and I LOVE IT!

    i am doing a series on my blog about unique craft spaces and would love for you to link this up!
    I will be doing a ton of features!


  12. Kim Dansie Says:

    I just found your blog while surfing for craft room storage ideas. I love the hanging buckets you have pictured with your cute magazine holders…Did you make those, or buy them somewhere?



  13. Michelle Says:

    Where did you get the “carts/drawer unit” for your fabric. I absolutely love it!

    Happy Crafting, Michelle

  14. robyn Says:

    Hi Michelle,
    The cart/drawer units are Elfa shelving units from the Container Store. In fact, the whole closet is Elfa. Not the cheapest, but nearly 3 years later, everything’s holding up REALLY well, and hasn’t collapsed – even with the reams of fabric I’ve been buying lately 🙂

  15. robyn Says:

    Hi Kim,
    Sorry for the delay in reply! The buckets are Ikea (though they don’t sell the exact ones anymore) and the magazine holders are made by me – or, at least covered in paper by me! They were just plain plastic ones from a local library that I glued paper to. Easy!

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