Updating and Organizing the Craft Room

The last time I showed you my office/craft room, it had a new makeover and a fresh coat of paint.  That was over a year ago, and it’s been extremely well broken in over the past 18 months. All summer long Garrett and my cousin Sammi (our summertime nanny) sat in this room and got their craft on while it rained buckets outside.  They painted and colored and made bead art and polymer clay sculptures.  G loved it, but by the end of summer my happy little sanctuary looked like a bomb had gone off in a craft store.  Now that school has started back, I decided it was time to get organized with my arts and craft supplies.

Project Desk in Craft Room

While I was in Atlanta last month for the Haven Conference my mom asked me to stop by IKEA and pick up a few supplies for her scrapbooking room.   She emailed me her wish list, but since there were no photos to go by I nearly had a panic attack searching for those Swedish Grundtals and Bygels in the hay stack.  Finally a nice IKEA worker saw the crazed look in my eye and took pity on me.  He typed out a new list with the departments where each item was located, and I was on my way. Once I saw what all she was buying for her room I decided to buy some for my room, too!

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The IKEA Fintorp series of buckets and hooks turned out to be the perfect, pretty organization idea for my craft room! You can mix and match buckets, wire baskets and hooks to create any combination of storage solutions. Plus it’s CUTE.

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Paint brushes, hot glue sticks, polymer clay, washi tap, bakers twine, markers and TONS of craft paint compliments of my buddies at DecoArt.   Be sure to check back later this week to see what all I’ve been creating with all that paint!

Store art supplies in hanging buckets from IKEA for easy craft room organization.

Another thing I couldn’t resist when I was in IKEA was this frilly light fixture.  I’ve been needing some lighting over my craft table, but I didn’t want to go to the trouble of installing an actual light.  So, with a ceiling hook and a burlap cord cover draped over to the corner, I now have this pretty ruched light fixture that matches the curtains.  I’m still iffy on the burlap cord cover.  there is a part of me that thinks it looks like a large intestine hanging from my ceiling.  What do you think?  Love it or leave it? Project Desk in Craft Room-6

Funny thing about IKEA—you can never just buy things for yourself.  It’s kind of like a Costco run—you come out with all sorts of goodies for your mama and sister that you never really intended to buy.  When my friend Dusty heard I was going to make an IKEA run she asked me to pick her up another set of Dignitet curtain rods and Riktig curtain hooks for Kate’s artwork display.  And what the heck?   A few sets also made their way into MY side of the buggy, too!  I decided to steal Dusty’s excellent idea for my own little artist’s artwork.  I haven’t seen a better way to display a whole bunch of kid’s artwork in an organized way! 

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Love this. Garrett has brought home a new color of the rainbow every day from school, so they are all hanging proudly across the art corner now. I have to admit that I had to watch this youtube video to figure out how to install these things properly since those hieroglyphic instruction manuals and I don’t get along at all, as you can tell from my facebook post over the weekend…

Since all those fall projects are just around the corner I got my jute and sisal and raffia ready.  Bring on the pumpkin projects!

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Another idea I had was to mount a curtain rod right at the top of my project table for a roll of craft paper that can be rolled out to keep the table clean when a big paint project is underway.

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I am SO digging this idea! Since messy is our middle name around here, so I try to keep craft paper around to catch all the drips.  Here’s a peek at what the table looks like the other 99% of the time when it’s not all fake clean and staged for the blog.

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Overall I’m super happy with the way this little corner turned out.  Now Garrett and I have a great place to sit and create together…. mess and all!

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If you enjoyed this post be sure to checkout my other posts about my office and craft room makeover!

Click here to see the rest of the office before I added the artwork corner:

Cozy, rustic office and craft room makeover

Click here for the full tutorial on how to paint horizontal stripes on a wall the easy way:

stripes

Also be sure to take the full tour of The Most Amazing Scrapbooking Room You Ever Did See.

Here is a sneak peek:

Vintage Student Desk DIY makeover-8

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  1. Love this! And I love the light fixture! :) Where did you find your awesome craft desk?

    • Thanks so much JamieLyn! I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I bought the project table at a Pier One clearance sale in 2008. After five years I doubt it’s still anywhere to be found in stores. Pottery Barn has a similar project table,. and I’ve seen several knockoff plans of it floating around the internet and Pinterest.

      I hope you find something you love! It’s one of my most used pieces of furniture.

  2. Just gorgeous! Every time I go to IIkea (once per year) I pick up the Fintorp series, chuck it in my basket and then I stand there and think – will I really use this? Where am I going to put it? Will I hate it? and then I put it all back. But every time I see someone post about it, I fall in love again. ARGH! Never second guess your shopping impulses!!!

    xox

  3. Your craft room is adorable, and Garrett makes is more adorable. :) I must say crafting must run deep in your families DNA including extended family.

  4. Your Craft room is amazing…. I love your work station.

  5. I love the buckets!

  6. Your craft room is beyond gorgeous and organized … I just love it. That roll of kraft paper is such a great idea. I’m in the middle of the “great Fall home organization” so I am definitely pinning for some ideas!

  7. so amazing, Beth!!!! sharing on FB now!

  8. Beth-
    I’m thoroughly jealous of you r craft corner. It looks so neat and tidy and organized. A space like that must be really inspirational!
    Breida

  9. that idea with the craft paper is great!! I am an kids art teacher at a local store and I put craft paper down every time we craft. it makes such an easy clean up. wish there was a way to mount it to the wall here as well. those rolls of craft get heavy!!!

    I may have missed a posting. is your desk from Ikea as well? I am looking to upgrade mine at home and I love how yours looks.

  10. It looks amazing Beth! You have me motivated to start on my own room now! I don’t think it looks like an intestine by the way and now both sides of the room are equally cute!

  11. Oh. My. Word. I was literally just contemplating about whether I would ever need a craft room as a semi-crafty person, or if I could just get by with a dresser filled with supplies. If I get to hang cute buckets on the wall like you did, then I’m sold on the idea! I’ve always really liked those cord covers but now that you mention it, it really does look like a rather stylish and rustic intestine. I still like it though. :)

  12. awesome…..wow…..love it!! Christine from Little Brags

  13. I never would have thought that light fixture looked like intestines UNTIL you mentioned it and now I can’t see anything else! IKEA so should hire you to blog for them because I’m seriously going to buy all this stuff for my craft nook.

  14. Oh, I love it! I could craft there all day long!

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  16. Love your little creative spot! I think the hanging storage is such a great idea! I wouldn’t have thought that about the cord cover! I think it’s cute!

  17. Hi There! I wanted to stop by and thank you for your wonderful tutorial and creative inspiration with this beautiful space. I hope you don’t mind but I had to share your post with a blog collection of “Craft Room Organizing Inspiration” I wish you an inspiring day! ~Lil Miss Katie’s =)

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  18. Gorgeous space to create in! I absolutely LOVE Ikea!! I have several bookcases and a work desk from Ikea that I adore in my craft space. I say keep the light cording cover. It looks so purrrty! I do have a question for you. Where did you purchase that awesome kraft paper in that size? I love your idea of putting that paper down for messy projects. Thanks!
    Hugs,
    Jo
    xox
    ♥ Jo’s Scrap Shack ♥

  19. Your room looks fantastic. Has a very peaceful feel to it. I love the idea of the rod for the craft paper. Just might have to steal that idea from you…was thinking clear vinyl would work also. My room is a mix of IKEA and antique and I love shopping there for storage ideas.

  20. Love your craft space! Where did you get the box that holds your twine! Thanks!

  21. Amazing craft room – loving your storage ideas

  22. The “large intestine” should definitely stay! What would you do without yours? I think it looks great…………but then again I’ve always worked in healthcare and everything relates back to the human body to me………………some not appropriate to write on your blog……………..love it!

  23. Love your craft room…where did you purchase your desk?

  24. I LOVE the desk/table…..can you tell me where you got it? Or was it something you created? The room looks AMAZING! :)

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  27. Leave the burlap cover on your light fixture! I am so into small chandeliers and hanging lights like this. My little older home doesn’t have overhead lighting in any room other than the kitchen, and this is exactly the look I want for my sewing room. Thanks!

  28. Love your craft room! What can you tell me about the mirror; was it DIY or did you buy it somewhere?

  29. Love these ideas! did you use a full set of the dignitet for each of the art display hangings or did it work to buy the support and use the leftover cable?

  30. I love your craft room. Don’t you just love IKEA? Wish I had one a little closer. I also have the Dignitet curtain rods with the Riktig hooks. I use it to hang quilts. That way it is very easy to change out for the season. It does not hurt the fabric and you can see all the beauty of the quilt.

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