Hello again friends! Thank you for dropping in again to see what I’m up to now. Today I wanted to give you a brief tour of my favorite space, my creative zone where most of my creations originate. I love my craft area and if you’re anything like me, you will feel more inspired and creative when in a space that feels fun and inviting. So that was the inspiration behind the creation of my craft zone. As I outline in my own experience, you don’t have to build a designated “craft room” but you can carve out functional, fun space from small spaces that you probably already have in your home. You just have to be able to envision the possibilities. It could be a corner of the dining room, a hall closet, or even a simple armoire in the bedroom. But wherever you choose, be sure to make it a space you love to visit. That way you’ll visit it often.
When we first moved into our home two and a half years ago, the finished basement was a man cave complete with a full bar and media room. Since we had no real need for a bar in our home (we are not drinkers) I decided to repurpose the bar into my fabulous craft room and I did it on the cheap (read: upcycling, repurposing, and lots and lots of paint and patience.) The other half of the man-cave remained my son’s computer / media room which makes us both happy . Since I was not fortunate enough to have a large budget to transform my craft cave, I used what I had readily available and things I could acquire inexpensively to build my perfect space. And along the way, I learned a lot about what I can do if I’m resourceful and creative.
First things first, I rearranged the room to make it more “craft-friendly” for more than one user to be able to join me and craft. I set up three different “zones” in which we could work without constantly crashing and bashing into one another. I covered all of the surfaces with durable protective plastic sheeting that came on rolls from the dollar store to keep the furniture from being damaged by knives, punches, paint, etc. that always ensues.
Having a well-lit bright area is very important to me. I like to be able to clearly see the subtle differences in paint colors or cardstock variations when I am crafting. I went to IKEA and purchased some very inexpensive overhead hanging lamps to illuminate the different zones. I LOVE LIGHT AND BRIGHT! It makes a world of difference.
Next was finding the perfect storage solution for stowing all of my collection of craft supplies in a well-organized yet attractive manner. I love containers of all kinds. I should probably say this again…I LOVE containers of all shapes and sizes. I have such an affinity for them that I am borderline hoarder when it comes to containers. Boxes, jars, cans, anything that can be used, I love them. I found some amazing black boxes at IKEA (one of my very favorite places to find cute stuff for the home at reasonable prices). They came with silver label holders so I decided to dress the boxes up a bit with custom designed labels that I created in Photoshop Elements. But you could create these just as easily in Microsoft Word or pretty much any word processing program.
Next I decided that though I loved the clean, streamlined look of the black storage boxes, I wanted to add my own personal stamp on the room. I took some plain basic white magazine storage boxes (also from IKEA) and gave them a cute paint job with polka dots and stripes. I went with a classic black and white color scheme but you could just as easily customize this to your preferred color scheme. Next I moved onto shoe boxes and then inexpensive under-bed storage boxes that I found at our local dollar store. With each one I created, I also added a label to clearly identify the contents. I attached these to the boxes with small silver brads which allowed me to change them with ease should I decide to switch out the contents.
Above my primary crafting zone, I added some basic shelves to store my frequently-used tools like paintbrushes, scissors, adhesives, pens & pencils, and paper cutters. Then more fun. I went to my handy-dandy stash of containers and got to work. I painted, Mod-Podged, glued, and decorated an assortment of juice cans, jars, boxes, and any other container that I found to be cute or appropriately-sized for the contents. In addition to paint and paper, I added adorable bows and ribbons to attach round tags (again I created these in Photoshop Elements) to the containers. I love how the mish-mash of patterns and sizes worked to create a whimsical and very functional storage solution for those frequently-used, yet hard to contain items.
Since my craft zone is formerly a bar, I have some odd-shaped shelves and cabinets. I used the wine bottle shelves to store rolled up fabric and ribbon rolls. I use the wine-glass shelves to store more boxes and under the cabinets I added some simple file boxes to stow my scrapbook paper collection. I moved my old armoire that used to be in the hallway down to the craft room and filled it up with yet more boxes and files of supplies. I installled a fold-down shelf from IKEA to create flexible work space that I could fold down and out of the way when I didn’t need the extra counter space. I also managed to rescue some amazing cutting boards that were salvaged from an old Subway restaurant that was being renovated. (Of course I gave them a nice hot bath in a bleach bath before I installed them just to make sure there were no unwanted germs hitching a ride). It’s amazing what you can find in the throw-away pile.
I wanted to share my creative space with you because I wanted to show you that you can take a totally unconventional space and turn it into a functional beautiful creative space that you will love to spend hours and hours in. It’s all about perspective. I believe that there is potential in nearly everything but you have to be willing to spend a little extra time to look for it and in the end you will be greatly rewarded.
I hope this gives you the little nudge you’ve been needing to create your own amazing one-of-a-kind creative zone on any budget.
Thanks for visiting me today!
– Heather 🙂