If you've been following my posts lately, you've saw my house reveal. As promised, I would post each room with more detail.
The craft space. At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to do anything to the basement. It had cement walls, cement floors, dark creepy ceilings, and 13894702 spider webs. It was daunting.
But Ionce I start, I can't stop. I couldn't leave the house unfinished, right? Plus, I really needed a space for my business. As I started unpacking I started realizing that I have an absurd amount of craft supplies. It's ridiculous.
See that brick wall? That's actually a storm shelter. It's dark and creepy in there. One of these days I'm going to make it a cute little reading/movie nook. Anyway, notice all my spray paint? It's amazing I still have brain cells.
We started with the ceiling. We sprayed it white. I was thrilled with the difference it made. The basement started feeling clean! The dungeon look wasn't working for me. Next the floors - carpet tile. Carpet tile is great because you easily learn to install it yourself. This room took me about 4 hours.
Now for my favorite part - organization. I lugged all my crafting supplies into the room.
I started with the fabric and sorted it by color. The shelf that I used for my fabric was in the basement when I moved in. It was really dirty so I cleaned it up and reused it. I love it!
I got all of those red and blue buckets at the dollar store! The ones on the top shelf hold different groupings of fabric projects - mending, upcylcing, scraps, etc. The buckets in the white shelving unit hold different groupings of supplies - paint supplies, adhesives, doilies, etc. The buckets have yet to be labeled.
I love fabric.
I got the silver bucket in the trash on the curb (deep cleaned it of course) and the wicker one for $2 at a thrift store. They hold wallpaper and fabric bolts. That white shelf actually came with the house as well. It was tucked in the corner of the garage covered in dirt and cob webs (I conquered a lot of feared renovating this basement!). All it needed was some spray paint. I got the crates for $2 each at an estate sale. You all know I'm obsessed with fabric...did I mention jars too?
Next I organize my tools. I got that pegboard for $12 at Menards and spray painted it. Remember this project in my kitchen? Remember how I messed up on my first attempt? Well here's that first attempt. It worked perfectly in this space. So glad I didn't throw it away! The most expensive part of this basement was those stupid pegs. They cost almost $30. Anyone have a inexpensive place to find pegs for a standard pegboard?
That desk was my Grandpa's. He used it for years in his classroom teaching mechanics. It still has stains and nicks from his teaching days. It is very dear to me.
The wall behind my desk - that's my "insiration wall." Corny, I know. It's made up of things that really inspire me - old photos, notes of encouragement, letters, cards, photographs of pretty houses, lyrics to a few songs, newspaper articles, certifications of accomplishments, etc. I was planning on this. I was going through and old box of stuff one night while I was unpacking the basement and it just kind of happened. It must have been one of those random emotional days. I'm too sentimental. I was so touched by everything I read and felt the need to display it.
Ya know those little things that always leave a room messy? Beads, paper clips, clothes pins, rubber bands, needles, etc. So irritating. I got this organizer from Lowes for $15 and used my label maker to mark a few of the drawers.
Remember that vintage couch I picked up for $50? I added a little sitting area. I love working on projects while a friend of mine sits on the couch and does homework. Company makes everything better. Oh, and I got the chest (coffee table) for $15 at a thrift store. I'm still looking for something to put on the walls about the couch.
There you have it! Do you have any creative ways to organize your craft supplies? I'd love to hear about it!
Hannah & Tyler
We are a home renovation and real estate duo sharing the renovation of our mid century tri-level, along with flips and new builds. We created this blog as a resource for our readers, helping home owners, travelers and future friends to learn how to renovate efficiently, and affordably!