My Office/Sewing/Craft Room is an alcove in the basement. It’s just a hodgepodge of stuff with no style and definitely not a creative space. The basement is finished as one big room so I haven’t put any effort into trying to make it pretty and organized because what I want for my craft room doesn’t go with the way the rest of the basement is decorated. A further problem is that I have no door for privacy or quiet if anyone else wants use the basement. Then there is the honest truth that I just don’t like working in the basement. It’s a nice finished basement with windows and light but it is just so much more convienient for me to be upstairs. Here’s a look at the mess.
To that end, I have two guest rooms upstairs. One of them gets used pretty regularly, but the other is used MAYBE once a year. It’s nice to have when we manage to get everyone from Maryland to Cleveland for a weekend but I live here 365 days a year and I need a space! I finally decided to go for it. I put all of the other projects on hold and I am making myself a girl cave, upstairs, where I want to be. Hopefully, when this is finished, all of those other projects will go a little more quickly and smoothly. That is the plan anyway.
I have removed all of the furniture and my husband is painting the room for me. It had rusty red textured walls and they were going to be painted whether the room was a bedroom or an office anyway. This wasn’t a planned project so there is no budget. For the big stuff/furniture in here, I’ll be using or repurposing what I already have. What I need are inexpensive organization and style ideas. I have a 4’ x 8’ walk in closet in this room but it is storing the triple dresser and mirror, tall chest, nightstands and four poster bed that used to be in the bedroom, so I have to get creative with my storage. I’ve been gathering inspiration that will solve my organization and style issues, without spending much money and I thought I would share.
Creative Storage Ideas
First up, I have a large Pottery Barn bulletin board that used to be in my daughter’s playroom. I was thinking it would be a great idea to remove the cork and replace it with pegboard. I went searching the internet for ideas of how to use the framed pegboard and I found this on honeybearlane.com. I LOVE this project. I know using pegboard for craft storage is about as new as fire but, this example has lots of good ideas for how to use it in one well organized and visually pleasing place. Don’t you love how she threw in the little framed quote in the middle of all of the storage? You can view her post for all of the details. She did a lot of creative little things on this one big board.
I also really love these framed pegboards from Tatertots and Jello. She is so creative and great with color and pulling things together. They are fabulous and fun and I might make use of this idea too. I have a lot of stuff and I need to zone this room. I love the pegboard idea for so many things and mixing up the design will allow me to use them in a couple of places without pegboard overdose.
This is a great way to store punches from Wishing you Blue Skies and Sunny Days. It’s one of the sections that will be going on my pegboard (I have a lot of punches).
This Pottery Barn Teen image is from an old post, from 2008, at Handmade with Joy. It would be a fun project to DIY in my own colors and fabrics and would be pretty and useful in the office area of the room to keep things at hand but off of the desk. I think I might make one of these for my daughter’s room too.
Here’s some fabulous storage from The Farm Chicks. I love the oilcloth covered sewing table. I have an old table in the basement that might get that treatment. I also really like the shelves above, trimmed out and styled. She got a lot of storage out of three shelves and they look pretty and organized too. I like the color coded white magazine holders. I am a bit of a magazine hoarder. I got rid of lots the last time we moved (and it almost killed me) but I still have plenty. I think they will be too heavy to store on a wall shelf like this but I’m on the hunt for the style and the shelves will be a great and inexpensive way to use the walls for storage. Baskets, boxes and jars are pretty inexpensive and I can hide store lots of stuff that way. If everything is labeled, it will work out pretty great.
I love this idea for storing ribbon from Spunky Junky. I pinned it from someone else and their comment was “ribbon storage “duh””. I think that sums it up. This is so simple and so smart.
If I can’t see my stuff, I do tend to forget that I have it. This is a cute idea for storing stamps from Spool and Spoon . I can see using these containers for lots of little items.
I also have lots of fabric, trim, batting, pillow forms, etc. that I need to store in clear plastic boxes or tubs. I like to have all that stuff accessible and handy but I want to keep the dust off too. Since I sacrificed my entire walk in closet for this project, my sewing table will be getting a little skirt treatment (like this one shown on Artsy Crafty Babe) so I can slide all of those tubs underneath. That way everything will be handy and easy to get to, but out of sight until I want it.
That’s the plan so far and it’s underway. I will keep you up to date with the progress.
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