A Playroom of My Own ~ My Craft Workshop

It has been a little over a year since we have moved in and I can finally say that what I envisioned as my dream workshop is close to being an actual reality. This unfinished space started with what seem like a million packed boxes which I ventured to begin unpacking at the beginning of January. As the weather grew colder the progress slowed down. Shortly after Donna over at Funky Junk Interiors began her workshop series and it was just the motivation I needed to set a completion date and get busy.
As much as I love a finished room {with drywall and flooring}, fancy furniture and storage units, and decorative crafty wall art, I took another route with this room. It encompasses everything I need in a workshop {Sewing area, Craft Supplies, Gift Wrapping Station, Paint, Tools and lots of storage} plus if you have ever seen me craft you would understand why I need a space where I can do almost anything and not destroy everything.
There are still a few projects on the to-do ~ So this is still a work in progress that I will continue to update, I’m sure! Oh, and if you are wondering, I obviously overlooked the first tip in Donna’s series…to purge. In my crafting world you can never have enough stuff!

Paint Storage ~ frequently used paints and primers are stored on this old shelf below. The stacked crates to the left hold additional gallon cans of ‘house paint’.I’ve recycled just about any shelf and storage unit I could find for this space.I have a little thing for tags…tea stained ones to be exact. The divided sections of an antique soda crate along with canning jars helps keep them organized.Fabric Storage ~ To protect the fabrics I decided to store them in plastic containers sorted by color. There are separate bins for felt as well as larger fabric remnants that are kept below in larger containers. If you missed my ‘trip down fabric memory lane’ you can find it here.
Stoneware & Tin molds
I love the use of storage glass jars mainly because you can easily see what’s inside. On the top shelf we have fabric scraps, buttons, and ribbon scraps; below that trimming, spooled ribbon, and twine; and on the bottom shelf embellishments, beads, coffee filters and shredded paper filler.
A Piece of Pegboard creates the perfect back drop for one of my crafting tables. Using ‘s’ hooks and plastic bins I was able to create much needed storage for all those tiny tidbits that come along with all crafting. Longer peg hooks hold spools of ribbon and scissors for a mini wrapping station. I’ll make a separate post shortly detailing the creation of this wall so check back.
This mini tool storage box is another wonderful option for organizing tiny trinkets and small treasures. The craft table is actually an old 8ft banquet table that I spruced up by stapling fabric to the top.
Canning jars make the best inexpensive decorative storage. I use them to hold a lot of things including glitter.
I still have a fond place in my heart for good old acrylic paints. For fast and easy finding I dab a tiny bit of paint on the lid and sort them by color.
More canning jars…
I have always had a problem storing gift wrapping. It usually ends up crinkled and destroyed by the time I get around to using it. My solution was to store it up high and out of the way. A simple ribbon tied around each roll holds the paper in place and prevents unrolling. I have a storage bin underneath the table that holds the gift bags, tissue and boxes within easy reach.
Tobacco wooden ladders and extra baskets…
Hanging basket trees are another wonderful organizing tool. I have a few that are hung from the rafters. One is the perfect storage for spools of wired ribbon and the other for rusty metal garland and wire.
An old wooden cupboard {minus the doors} sitting on top of a wooden hutch top creates sturdy storage for these containers.
Old wooden crates are my other go to for storage as shown here holding some terra cotta pots.
Modified antique chicken coops create perfect shelving as well. By simply cutting spare boards to size and placing them between the rails I was able to make the most out of the space. Another vertical antique soda crate makes the cutest little cubbies.
Being able to easily see and access items helps keep me organized. By writing the name of each of these oils on the lid I am able to pull out what I need without routing through the entire bin.Antique Textile Mill Sewing Bobbins…
Using what I have to create purposeful storage…
Candle Storage ~ The fabric covered crate is sturdy storage for glass jar candles. Votives are kept together in a metal pail and tapers in a basket below.
Repurposing an old wooden drawer for more storage.
A toy storage bin is another great catch all for small items.
Larger wreaths and frames are hung from the rafters by screwed in bike hooks.
The rafters are perfect for hanging large oversized items {one of the perks to an ‘unfinished’ space}. Behind the vintage sled a metal curtain rod suspended from more bike hooks makes perfect storage for baskets {another one holds more wreaths}- up high and out of the way.
I am hoping to hook up this chandelier in the spring. It fits perfectly over the center table.
More rafter storage use…
More bike hooks suspended from the ceiling help keep these berry garlands in order. Stems and picks were placed in a galvanized tub.Scrap wood and molding…
An old gear oil drum for the scrap metal…
The biggest best investment has been these tool chests. In my experience if everything has a place I am more apt to put it away and keep it tidy.
My grandfather’s old tool chest full of all his goodies. I love this piece.
I was very lucky to inherit my grandmother {in-law’s} wooden sewing table and bench…Love it. A small bushel basket holds extra thread spools and bobbins. Another 8ft table sits in the center of the room providing a nice solid work area. More canning jars in old rusty garden baskets hold odds and ends within arms reach. Wooden stackable storage cubbies sit at the opposite end of the table for additional easy to reach storage.
This makes me smile…
This area still needs a little work. We actually don’t have enough room on the tool bench for all the shop tools so we need to work out a plan for more space. The welded metal workbench sits underneath an old piece of scaffolding ~ more high storage utilizing every possible inch of this space.
I have big plans for this desk as well come spring & some warmer weather. Right now a piece of wooden bi-fold doors and ‘s’ hooks create a little nook to hang some gardening supplies. Wooden ladders make nice flag hangers as well. If you have not been following Donna’s Workshop series you can still check it out by clicking here and view everyone’s inspiring spaces by clicking here.
Funky Junk's Workshop Series
Now I really want to create something! Enjoy!
                  

Comments

  1. Ohhhhh my. This looks wonderful! I am adoring the jars in that crate! Goodness… lookit all that paint! This place is a toystore for a DIYer!

    What a cool workspace, Stephanie! I do hope you come back and post more pics. I’d love to see every square inch!

    Thanks for being a part of the Workshop Series Before and After event!

    FJ Donna

  2. Wow – what a wonderful work place – I’m a little jealous.

  3. Wow I would just love to play in there for a while.

    Heidi
    LambethZOO.blogspot.com

  4. Are you kidding? I am so envious! That is an amazing space!!! So glad your back! Hope you had a great week. Stop by my place if you get a chance. Would love to have you visit.
    HUGS!
    Leigh
    Tales from Bloggeritaville
    http://www.lbratina.blogspot.com

  5. What an amazing space to create in! Love it!

  6. Wow, what an awesome craft room. I look forward to seeing a lot of great projects that you create here!

  7. All I can say is WOW, I’m SO jealous!

  8. One word: Envious! It looks great. It gives me inspiration for my craft area someday.

  9. that is such a great use of space.
    It is obvious by looking at your space you like to craft.
    My space is cleared out and ready to go; but I don’t know what I’m gonna do there yet!
    I did use it the other day for a project- not counting the tassel ;)
    I like that your table is right in the middle and I love that you have all those tool trays– the jars of doo-dads and ribbons and the buckets of rocks… all great ways to keep craft supplies at the ready.

    good job!

  10. Is it wrong to be soooo jealous? {LOVE}

  11. Your workroom looks wonderful! I love the wire baskets filled with wonderful treasures and the wooden box with jars and string!

  12. It must be wonderful to have such a large and open area to keep all your “stuff”! Thanks for sharing your photos ~ I loved seeing all the storage ideas and supplies.

  13. I love your work space!!! You are so organized. This really makes me want to move my workspace to my basement area where I can organize and know where everything is.
    This is a crafters dream room! Congratulations, it looks fabulous.
    Jane

  14. is this for real? I just love it! how inspired you must get being in that room of crafty stuff!

  15. I am so jealous!

  16. I want to go shopping at your house! Can I please!!??? OK, I won’t take or buy anything, but can I just come and look at everything. I promise not to make a mess!

    I melted when I saw all your storage stuff!

  17. Simply fabulous. Love all the little accessory details.

  18. Maddie and I have been studying your pictures! you have so many great ideas for organizing! She is actually taking notes!! Thanks for the inspiration :)
    Wendy and Maddie

  19. I’d never go back into the house!

  20. WOW! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a well-stocked workspace. I’m impressed. :) Thanks for the visit!

  21. Oh the shame, the shame I am feeling for linking my studio up to Donna also! Yours is AMAZInG!!!! You can see mine here: http://themagicbrushinc.blogspot.com/2010/02/am-i-really-showing-you-my-studio.html

    The attention to paid to detail is amazing. I bet it feels great to work in there!

  22. Wow. I can’t believe how many crafting supplies you have! It’s like I’ve died and gone to heaven looking at all that! (only I wish it were mine…! hehe!) How exciting to finally get it all into a workable space!

  23. It’s like a craft room on steroids!! I LOOOVE IT! I’m ever so jealous!

  24. Now that is a play room that inspires creativity, how nice to have a bit of elbow room and space to store all those odds and ends we collect.

  25. I’m drooling… seriously! Wow! I just added this post to my favorites so I can be inspired to one day fix up my play room!

  26. FAB-U-LOUS! I would give my left ear for a space like that. After seeing it I think I might be inspired to actually do something in my basement!

  27. I’m drooling – WOW! What a great, well-organized space!

  28. Umm, love total and complete love. I love your workshop. I love your storage ideas.

    It’ helped me look at mine space differently.

    One more project to put on my to do list. Yippee!

  29. Wow….what a beauitful working space!!!

  30. I am completely in awe…and COMPLETELY jealous! It is beautiful!

  31. Wow, can I come shop in your workshop? You have an amazing collection of crafting goodies in there, I’m so jealous!

  32. That is an awesome “play room”! ;) You did a great job… makes me feel inspired to get mine organized. Love it!

  33. honestly how beautiful can a craft room be??? i want it!!

  34. WOW you could sell tour tickets to this space!!
    I am happy for you, with just enough envy thrown in to keep it real..LOL

    Seriously FANTASTIC ROOM!!!!!
    good for you

  35. Oh my WORD! I want to come and shop your room! It is fabulous.

  36. Oh my goodness….there for a min. I thought I slipped away to heaven! I just made me a work station…nothing as grand as yours!
    http://allthingzrelated.blogspot.com/2010/03/work-station.html
    ~Bridgette {allthingzrelated}

  37. Oh WOW! To have a craft room that big! Would you like to come organize my little 10 x 20 studio (aka portable building)? LOL

    Great blog!

    Smiles~
    Marilyn

  38. You are like the kid that everyone is jealous of when you were little because they have the best playroom. No fair!

  39. OH MY GOODNESS!!! i was drooling over each picture. your craft area is just to die for! the contents are amazing and how you have everything displayed and organized is a masterpiece! really!

  40. p.s. i’m looking forward to seeing how you hung those white baskets on the wall

  41. I’m showing your site to my hubby so he can see that I don’t have too much “Stuff.” LOL You are my inspiration to get organized — thank you so much for taking the time to post!

  42. Oh, I need a towel to wipe up all my drool! I am loving this room. You can never have too much “stuff!” How neat and organized you are. I am so jealous (in a good way!) Can I hire you to do this to my house??? This belongs in a home decorating magazine…gorgeous!

  43. WOW. I’VE JUST BEEN DRAWN TO YOUR DECORATING AND ALL YOUR POSTS…I CAN’T WAIT TO READ ALL ABOUT YOUR MENU PLANNING! VISIT MY BLOG ANYTIME!!!

    BY THE WAY. . .WE HAVE A BUNCH OF CHICKEN COOPS. . .I CAN’T WAIT TO DO SOMETHING FUN WITH THEM NOW!!!

  44. Gotta love this too. I can see this in the magazine as well. Let me know what you think!

  45. Wow, I envy your “playroom” and all the cute details.

  46. WOW! What a FAB organized space! I am inspired to TRY to get 1/2 as organized as you!

  47. Amazing! I love, love, love it.
    I would love to work in a space that was more separate from my home. That way I could “walk away”. It’s too hard to stop working when you work in your home.

    mmtncrfts.blogspot.com
    mmtncrfts.etsy.com

  48. Slightly jealous!:)

  49. LOVE IT! and my husband teases me about having a “collection of crafting supplies” WOW ~ I don’t hold a candle next to yours!

  50. What a dream space. Enjoy every moment you get to spend in there.

  51. Stephanie- I just have to say that we really do think alike. I love your drawer organizers on your peg board, I did that in my craft room too! I love your space it is great.

  52. SWOON! I love how eclectic your storage is! All the different stacked shelves and bins and oh my….the wooden crates. I don’t know why but I have become fixated on them! Looks like everything a girl could need to do some damage!

  53. Lovely storage ideas…have to make sure that the storage is clean and free from dust and damp and molds.

  54. What an amazing job you did! I am sure the creativity flows in this room…love all of it!

    Hugs,
    Victoria

  55. WOW!!!! This is amazing! Great storage ideas too…What an inspiring place to work! :) Great job!

  56. LOVE the organization! I am inspired to get organized after reading your post! I spend every waking moment ‘trying’ to be organized and never succed! You have lots of great ideas for organizing. I just found your blog and love it! Heidi

  57. That’s it, I am moving in…

  58. I LOVE this space!!! I love how even your craft supplies make such a design statement!

  59. Great work space, love the organization.

  60. Wow! It looks so cool. I could probably spend all day in there, just looking at your stuff.

  61. Great blog! I so envy this craft room!

  62. WOW! WOW! I am sick with envy!! What a wonderful workshop… and so organized! You have alot of great stuff!! LOVE THIS!!

  63. You must have spent a bit of your saves in order to get all that beautiful stuff, don’t you?
    Anyway, my point is that you are a crazy person how suck for crafts. Nevertheless, I admire you so much!

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  65. I showed my hubby your playroom and he looked at me and asked me, “Are you trying to say that you want to take the entire garage for your playroom?” He cracks me up! I said, “Why not?!” hahaha

    I think we are all jealous of your space.. 2 thumbs up in organizing your stuffs.. =)

  66. I love your space!!! OMG, I want something like that but I need another room added on to my double wide. Oh honey (calling to my hubby) can you build me a craft room that will only be mine and no one else can go in? LOL, Hey I can wish can’t I. I have an idea. My hubby wants one of those storage sheds that cost thousands and they deliver them to your house I think I want one now and if he can put a/c in one then I can have one too. HMMMM, I wonder if I can work my magic on him?

    I really do love your ideas on your storage and I am jealous that you have such a great space to create awesome things :)

  67. I have followed your posts and you do have brilliant ideas especially on unique stuff! Superb!
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