i should be mopping the floor: Vintage Craft Room Organization

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Vintage Craft Room Organization

This post for Vintage Craft Room Organization is sponsored by Hobby Lobby.

My new crafting/studio space is finally coming together. A trip to Hobby Lobby helped me complete all of the organization for this space...while still keeping the vintage feel I was going for. And, I was able to keep my craft room storage budget under $100. 
Vintage Craft Room Organization
When one decides to take on a major room overhaul shortly after the spendy-ness of the holidays, one's spouse may raise {his} eyebrow and say something along the lines of "how much is this going to cost"? That line was more like a challenge to me, y'all. Using some items I already had on hand and shopping the sales at Hobby Lobby brought my grand total under $100 for all of the storage needs in this area. Because...let's be honest, it's alllll about the storage in a craft room.


Vintage Craft Room Organization
If you're new here, this room was formerly our "piano room". And that was all it was used for. Technically, it's a formal living room...but quite honestly, we're just not fancy enough to have a formal living room, y'all. We put the piano and two chairs in here and called it good. And then over the course of several months realized...we never went in that room. I mean, the kids each practiced piano for about 20-30 minutes each per day, but that was it. When people would visit, we gathered in the big living room which is right behind this room. Nobody ever just sat in the piano room, y'all. It was beginning to feel like...(gasp!) wasted space. 

So, we did a good ol' switcheroo. My husband had a desk in the big living room (in the corner where we removed a swingin' 1970s wet bar)...that desk is one of the ones in here now (we added its mate a bit later). The piano went in the spot the desk was in over in the big living room (which I love...now we have our own entertainment when the boys play!). And then, my husband took over my laundry room/office desk for his at-home work space. 

While I loved my "lauffice", as we had affectionately called it, it presented its own set of challenges. The one tiny window in there was on the other side of the room and provided minimal light. I had to use the sunroom for all of my photos (and usually left it covered in lights and photo equipment). I stored my sewing machine in a closet on the other side of the house and would set it up on the kitchen table for days (okay, weeks) at a time to complete a project...making all of us eat around the crowded bar area or in the dining room. And then to actually craft, I was at that kitchen table, too. It started feeling like I used the entire house as my personal studio...and I think my family was kind of over it. 

So far, I'm truly loving this new space. 

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I painted and weathered this piece as a reminder to be content in life...no matter what stage you find yourself in. And if you're the grammar police, please put the hand cuffs away. I'm well aware that it's technically a no-no to end a sentence with a preposition. But, y'all...I'm southern. We tend to bend those grammar rules to our own pleasing at any given time. Besides, who wants to be all prim and proper in their creative space? Amiright? It's not like I put "not where you ain't" at the bottom. (It was tempting, I tell ya). Wink.

Vintage Craft Room Organization
I've owned this large crate for nearly 20 years. I worked as a graphic designer at a t-shirt printing shop when I was in college. They had about five of these crates in the showroom area...they were perfect for housing display t-shirts. At one point, the owners changed the look of the space and gave away all of these crates. You know I jumped on that...even as a college kid in the 90s, I loved vintage stuff. I've used it in every place I've lived in ever since...from holding a microwave and cookbooks in a kitchen to making a great television stand for the old school, boxy TV I had in my single years, this crate has always been a workhorse for me. So happy to include it in my creative space here. 

This awesome vintage-style grocery basket is from Hobby Lobby. I'm using it to hold all of my vinyl for my craft machine, which is also in this crate. It's truly the perfect size for all of my big rolls of vinyl and transfer tapes.

Vintage Craft Room Organization
The galvanized tool caddy was also one of my Hobby Lobby storage finds. I just love the texture it adds to this space. It also has the perfect rusty patina along its edges. And it holds alllll the stuff, y'all. It's actually sectioned into six compartments...perfect for my markers, pencils, and other art tools.

Vintage Craft Room Organization

Vintage Craft Room Organization
I have to admit, the paint storage cubby is kind of my self-proclaimed pièce de résistance of this space. I mean...really. It's gawwwwgeous. And guess what? Half off at Hobby Lobby, y'all. (What, what?!?) It's complete and total perfection for housing all of my paints. It's sturdy, too. I added my cans of paint brushes to the top of the piece, along with my hemp oil and wax puck that I use religiously when I paint. Empty, quart-sized paint cans are perfect for housing brushes, y'all...plus they're cute, too! I'm a bit corny/sentimental about art and painting, too. Saving old cans of paint is like saving a bit of artwork nostalgia. I can look at each can and tell you exactly what I painted with that color or can. They're my paint story.

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But seriously...this piece is seriously the best. I love that it has a lip on the bottom of each cubby. In my "lauffice" space, my paints were on canned food risers...they were constantly tumbling off of them when I bumped them or went for a color in the back. These are nice and safe. I think the finish on this piece is totally me, too.

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Behind my computer area, I used simple metal baskets from Hobby Lobby for more supplies. Hanging them on anchors into the wall meant I could fill them with heavier items...this also keeps my desk space as clear as possible.  I also grabbed the two art pieces you see here at Hobby Lobby, as well (I already owned the wooden star from a thrift store sale).

Vintage Craft Room Organization

Vintage Craft Room Organization
It is a good day to have a good day.
Perfect workspace inspiration.

Vintage Craft Room Organization
The other side of my craft room houses my sewing machine and all of its accoutrements, plus loads more project supplies. We had the peg board already stored in the garage. All of the baskets on it are from Hobby Lobby (all half off...the smaller ones ended up being only $2.49 each).


Vintage Craft Room Organization
With all of the fun baskets and stuff I was adding to the peg board, I wanted to jazz it up a bit. It started as a plain, white peg board. I added a coat of red, chalk-style paint to it. Then I sanded the heck out of it...removing most of the red. I then took dark wax to it with a rag to work it in and give it the aged feel.

Vintage Craft Room Organization
This larger basket from Hobby Lobby is one of my favorites. It was $9.99, but I grabbed it half off. I store all of my twine in here. I've never met a spool of twine I didn't love. Obviously

All of the baskets on here are hung on simple hooks. They're easy to remove from the peg board and bring to whatever work space I'm using. 

Vintage Craft Room Organization

Vintage Craft Room Organization
This is my mom's old pin cushion...it's probably 60 years old, at least. I remember her always having it nearby when she sewed clothes for my dolls when I was a kid. I was so happy when she gave it to me last year. 

Another fun Hobby Lobby basket, y'all!

Vintage Craft Room Organization
I keep my fabric scissors separate from the others. These were actually my mom's fabric scissors, too. If I had them hanging like the other scissors, my kids would grab them and use them for paper. Savages

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The CREATE banner is also from Hobby Lobby. These wooden pennants come in all letters and are regularly priced at $1.99 each...but I got them half off (yay...just a dollar each, y'all!). I used some of my (endless supply of) twine to string the letters together. 

Vintage Craft Room Organization
I used some wood scraps for make-shift shelves on the peg board. Perfect for displaying my collection of vintage office accessories. Who has their own, functioning 1950s stapler? THIS GIRL. 

Vintage Craft Room Organization
Here's a rough cost breakdown for you from my Hobby Lobby storage purchases:
Large, red, vintage cubby (originally 79.99, half off): $39.99
Baskets (all shapes and sizes were on sale for half off): $17.99
Galvanized caddy (originally $39.99, half off): $19.99 
CREATE banner (half off, originally $1.99 per pennant): $5.99 
Art pieces (both originally $15.99, and half off): $15.99

I managed to keep it all under $100!

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Had to tuck a stack of my books over in the corner, too!

As I mentioned above, I grabbed most of my items on the 50% off sales at Hobby Lobby.
When I purchase a regularly priced item, I always pull up their weekly coupon on my phone (I wish I was cool enough to plan ahead and print...but I just love that they will take the code straight from my phone coupon, too). You can use this coupon below for your own shopping. Either print it out or show it to your cashier on your phone.

Vintage Craft Room Organization


Vintage Craft Room Organization


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine.








18 comments:

  1. I absolutely love your space. It's so farmhouse, rustic and chic all at once! I also really like the big sign. I totally see myself getting it custom (without the 'at' on the end, grammar nazi lol), but just adore it!! You did a beautiful job here.

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  2. What a great space with just the right amount of kitsch. I love the peg board and the paint accents which totally warm up the area. I wish I had a Hobby Lobby near me in S. Jersey! Michael's and A.C. Moore abound but no HL. :(

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  3. I love your space! You are an inspiration! I love the desks! Where did you find them?

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    1. Thank you so much, Teresa. They are from World Market.

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  4. I love your space! You are an inspiration! I love the desks! Where did you find them?

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  5. You have an amazing talent. This is beyond adorable. Looks like it belongs in a magazine. Great job, I love the pictures.

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  6. Thank you for the awesome coupon. Seems like you can get a lot at the Hobby Lobby to do a lot at home. I love to do crafting. Your space looks amazing.

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  7. I love this! Thanks for all your awesome posts!!!

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  8. Not even going to lie -- I'm SO incredibly jealous of your craft room! This room is what my dream is for my room. Right now I am sharing it with my husband's hunting stuff and I haven't quite found a solution to make it pretty and functional. Our wall space is limited, there are 3 large windows and french doors that take up most of it. Thank you for teh inspiration!

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  9. I love the way this space has turned out! The vintage feel is so great! That pegboard reminds me of my grandpa and his basement workshop. I used to love to spend time with him down there. I am also a huge fan of the old wooden crates for storage! Great job!

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  10. Oh my word! All that color makes me think we were separated at birth. Red is my favorite and your craft room makes me happy~happy!

    Thanks for all the inspiration and I love that you shared how much everything cost. I'm thinking there's going to be a craft room makeover in my future!

    {BIG hugs}
    ~ Ashley

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  11. This is great! I really want a craft room in my house. This looks like a super organized way to arrange things in the space. I also love the artwork, did you make it??

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  12. Super awesome Kristi.Love everything about it,especially the print,banners and tables. First time here, and your tag line just cracked me up. Because neglecting a few chores is exactly what I am doing right now..lol
    -Shikha (http://www.whatyoudoingmom.com/)

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  13. Your craft room makeover turned out great! Hope it is working for you! I know I need to work on my space but it's hard since it is not an enclosed space. Well done at Hobby Lobby, love their sales and coupons!

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  14. It all looks so organized! *INSERT HEART EYE EMOJI!

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  15. I so-ooooo want to go shopping at Hobby Lobby with you! How about tomorrow morning. I'm longing for a bunch of the locker baskets. They organize and have that lovely industrial charm. Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party. (and I'll tell my husband it's all your fault when I come home with half of the store)

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  16. The fact that you kept this all below $100 is amazing all in itself. I love the space and have never gone to a Hobby Lobby but love a good deal. You have seemed to pay attention to all the details and it shows, it's coming along nicely!My kids are also savages when it comes to scissors, lol

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