This is a thrift store find that was spray painted and given a faux zinc texture and adorned with chalkboard paint.
Rustoleum has several faux metal spray paints that create amazing metal pieces to add to your craft room.
This piece could provide great storage for your larger craft papers.
Another great little find transformed on a budget is this little tool chest from Katie at Little House of Four.
This is a great little craft storage unit for embellishments, threads, scraps, small punches…you name it!
I love how simple this transformation is.
We all have that one amazing sheet of 12 x 12″ patterned paper that we had to have, but never wanted to cut up.
Why not use it for a project like this?
You can see that Katie added some labels to complete her project and to make it a really functional piece.
Simple, useful and budget friendly!
For my final share, I want to show you how great these metal items are even if you don’t do a single thing to them.
Here is an industrial looking craft room created by Larissa from Prodigal Pieces.
I love the vintage industrial look that Larissa has achieved in her sewing space.
What does she store in those drawers?
Look below to see how she cleverly uses hanging files to hold her fabric stash.
I love this idea!
You can see exactly what you have without having piles of fabric on a shelf. (My piles never stay neat.)
Whether you choose to leave the metal storage items as they are or you choose to use your craft skills to transform them into something new and fabulous, don’t pass these items by at garage sales, thrift stores and clearance bins.
They have unlimited possibilities!
Please leave a comment – let us know what great metal finds
you’ve transformed into useful craft storage!
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Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use – Garage Sale Finds Check out three garage sale finds that are ideal for storing crafting supplies!
It’s Amanda here!
I’m back to share with you some great storage ideas for your crafty space!
It’s summer and every weekend you see garage sale signs all over the place.
The saying goes that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.
Well, there are hidden gems that you can frequently find at garage sales and I have three ideas
I’d like to share with you today.
This wooden toolbox is great for keeping brushes, paint and paint misters handy,
right on your work table.
And, if you need the space, it’s easy to move to another location – just grab
the big handle on top.
This would also work great to hold jars of your most frequently used tools like scissors,
pencils, a ruler, glue and more!
Next up is a vintage metal tool box.
This is the kind of toolbox that you would expect to see in a home or a garage.
I just love the vintage look!
This keeps my jewelry-making tools corralled and in a handy spot right next to my beads.
If I want to work somewhere else in the house, it’s easy to close the lid and transport my tools wherever I need to go.
Now, if you’re looking for a great way to display some of your crafty goodness, look no further than a wooden DVD storage cabinet!
This cabinet was originally designed to hang vertically, but I added some little angle brackets from the hardware store, along with some screws and anchors, and I have a shelf that fits perfectly above my book case and allows me to display some of my carefully crafted projects.
You could, of course, use this method to store just about anything on a shelf, all from something you can pick up at a garage sale for a few bucks.
So, when you’re out prowling around garage sales (and flea markets, yard sales and vintage fairs) keep an eye out for things that can be used as crafting supplies, tools and projects storage.
Shiny and new is nice, but when you’re on a budget, it’s nice to find storage solutions with character that work for your space.
I hope I’ve inspired you to think outside the box and re-purpose something that works great for you!
Are you looking for something “unique” for your craft room or art studio?
A single item to add some character or to inspire the “theme” of your creative space?
Or, maybe a collection of items to create a fresh look and feel for your space?
Well, we’ve got more!
We’re sharing more non-traditional storage solutions, all in an effort to help you love your space and make you more productive when you’re in it.
How do great storage ideas help with productivity?
Well, when you love your space, you want to be in it, right?
And when you can easily find – and put away – your tools and supplies, you have more time for creating!
The following items were spotted at a Minnesota Hobby Lobby I visited during my travels and I thought you might like to check them out.
Perhaps they’re just what you’re looking for and you can find them at your local store.
Or, maybe they’ll spark an idea – perhaps a way to re-purpose something you have on hand, or to inspire you to start hunting for a similar solution, one that’s ideal for what you need to organize and store!
Now again, we know there’ll be at least a few of you who don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, or who may not be able to find these exact items at your local store.
We’re sharing these simply to give you ideas about how you can use unique storage items and furnishings that are not specific to craft room and/or crafting supply organization, items that could liven up your space, give it a little pizzazz!
And if you do have a local store that carries one or more of these items, and it’d/they’d be ideal for your needs, well that’s even better!
Along with each item, I’ve again shared my thoughts on what would best fit in that type of organizational unit, as well as characteristics of the unit so you can look for these same qualities in products and furnishings you might come across where you live (and bargain hunt!).
I’ve also shared potential “cons” to using this type of unit for particular items, if there are any.
And, because we had a request from one of our readers (that’s YOU!) to include the prices when we share items such as these, the prices are also included.
Yup, we listen!
And now, let’s take a look at each storage idea and chat about how it could be used…
Option One: Wooden Storage Bench
This unit is ideal for storing lots of different items, and providing seating, or a storage platform for crafting machines and tools (die cutting machines, cutters, sewing machines, etc.).
The drawers are quite large and would be great for the following: folded fabrics and sewing or quilting patterns; idea or pattern books; tall stamp sets, embossing folders or die sets; small paper pads; jewelry findings in clear plasic containers; fibers and yarn; and, so much more!
If you’re limited on space in your craft room and need to “spread out” beyond your craft room walls, or you don’t have a dedicated craft space and you have to find a way to incorporate your stash into your living space, this could be great for stashing the goods in other areas of your home.
Now I will share that the drawers are a bit rough inside, so you’ll need to line them if you plan to store delicate fabrics or fibers in them.
And if you strictly adhere to a policy of only using acid-free papers in your papercrafting projects, then you’ll want to avoid storing your papers in wooden storage.
Price: $181.99 (That’s a bit steep in my book – you may be able to find a similar unit for less.)
Option Two: White Shabby Chic Wooden Drawer Unit
This is another unit that provides quite a bit of storage – and it’d look great in a shabby chic room!
My first thought was to use this for dies and embossing folders, or small pads of paper, for papercrafting.
But it’d also be great for: fat quarters; jewelry-making supplies; supplies and tools for embroidery, cross-stitch or needlepoint; paints and the associated supplies and papers; drawing tools and supplies; and, even your photos, stored in sleeves or containers.
Of course you could also change up the look of this unit with a quick coat of paint – white’s easy to cover and the drawers slide out, providing you easy access to all sides of the drawers and the frame they slide into!
Potential Cons: Just like with the bench unit above, you may need to line the drawers if you plan to store delicate fabrics or fibers in them.
And again, if you strictly adhere to a policy of only using acid-free papers in your papercrafting projects, then this isn’t the best solution for storing your papers.
Price: $209.99 (In person, this is a really nice piece and it could be re-purposed as a dresser or used as storage for linens if and when you no longer need it for your crafting supplies).
Option Three: Multi-Tier Basket Tower
The great thing about this unit is that it’s quite narrow, but could hold quite a lot!
Think about narrow, unused space that could house a unit like this – the fact that it’s mostly a metal frame means it won’t overpower a crowded space.
And, the front cross-bars could provide additional storage – simply use metal curtain rings to hang supplies for easy access.
The way this is constructed means you can easily see what’s inside each basket, which is perfect for those who need to see what they have in order to recall what they own and easily find it.
I can see fibers and yarn, rubber stamps and large ink pads, and cardmaking paper goods fitting nicely in these baskets.
What would you store in here?
We’d love to hear YOUR ideas!
I wouldn’t recommend storing items that would be harmed by light or dust in this type of unit, and I wouldn’t recommend this type of unit if you have small kids or pets – the easy access you’re attracted to is also attractive to little fingers, curious kitties and mischievous puppies!
Price: $83.99 (This unit appears to be very well made and I think the price is reasonable – what do you think?)
Option Four: Wooden Unit With Baskets
This unit won my heart!
I love the size of it and the shape of the baskets – my papercrafting supplies would love to live in here!
I can imagine this as a die-cutting station, with the machine(s) living on top, the mats hung from the sides, and the dies, embossing folders and machine supplies stored inside the basket drawers – the drawers are the perfect height for most embossing folders and dies.
Into sewing or quilting?
Place your machine on top; scissors, rotary cutters and notions in the smaller drawers; folded fabrics or fat quarters in the larger drawers; and, cutting mats or quilting templates on hooks on the sides. Voila!
Creating “stations” for your crafting endeavors means everything you need for a particular type of project is all in one place – again, making you more productive!
I wouldn’t store paper in fiber baskets – it’s not “safe” (if you’re concerned about the longevity of your papercrafted projects).
Nor would I store fibers, yarns or delicate fabrics in them (they could easily snag your beloved treasures, making them unusable).
That said, you could line the baskets, or use plastic containers within them, to safely house your crafting supplies.
Price: $139.99 (This unit is well made and I think it’s a reasonable price – do you?)
Option Five: Wooden 11-Drawer Unit (w/Chalk-Front Drawers)
O.k., first let me apologize for the bad lighting on this picture – yikes!
The sun was screaming through the store window and, after several attempts at re-positioning this unit, this is as good as it got!
Shameful photography and editing, but I had to share it with you nonetheless.
What I love about this unit is that it’d be perfect as a Project Life® station!
The upper drawers are sized well for the 3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ journaling cards, washi tape rolls (organized in narrow drawer dividers) and/or photos and smaller bits of memorabilia; the lower, larger drawers could easily hold additional PL-project supplies (journaling stamps and acrylic blocks, stamp pads, cutting tools, sticky notes, paper pads, etc.); and, the top is a great size for laying open a 12″ x 12″ album so you can easily work on your PL project whenever you have a free moment.
Plus, the chalkboard drawer fronts can be easily labeled, and re-labeled as your needs change.
Have quite a collection of stamping supplies?
These drawers would hold a lot of inks pads, rubber stamps and/or small stamps and stamp sets.
I can also see this making sense in a sewing room – great storage for all those notions!
Again, the wooden drawers could damage paper goods over time.
And, drawer labeling done with actual chalk (rather than chalk markers) could be accidentally erased.
Price: $118.99 (This is quite possibly the best bargain in the bunch!)
Option Six: Wooden 18-Drawer Unit
If you’ve long been lusting after a vintage library cabinet and it’s just not in the budget (they can be pricey!), then this just might suffice.
Like the unit above, this unit could be great for papercrafting projects like Project Life® and stamping, as well as for sewing notions.
But, it could also be a great place to store jewelry-making supplies, stored by type, size, style, color, price or manufacturer, and easily labeled using the nice metal frames on the fronts of the drawers.
I have a similar unit in which I store office supplies, business cards, small empty tins, zip-top baggies and metal findings (my Tim Holtz findings enjoy a dedicated row of drawers!).
What do ya think – is this one for you? And if so, how would you use it?
Don’t forget: a quick coat of paint could completely change the look of this little baby!
The drawers on this particular unit were a bit wonky – you’d want to check all the drawers in a similar unit to make sure they slide in and out easily.
I swapped a few around and was able to get a good fit on each drawer – an easy fix!
Price: $139.99 (Again, reasonable, but I would want a little bit better finish for the price, or lower price for the level of finish.)
Option Seven: Wooden 5-Drawer Unit on Casters
I would love a unit like this for my adhesives!
I have quite a collection of different types stored in a similar unit, but my unit isn’t mobile so I end up running back and forth a lot during project creation (not efficient use of my creative time!).
Idea Time: I may just add casters to mine!
This unit would work well for anything short and/or that can be laid on its side, as long as you can quickly and easily see what’s in the drawer without a bunch of shuffling of items.
After all, we want to make it easy on ourselves and spend our time creating, not searching or rearranging, right?
These drawers could work well for supplies for embroidery, cross-stitch and needlepoint; or quilling; or, for pens, pencils and art markers used for art journaling and/or drawing.
They’d also be ideal for jewelry-making tools and beads and findings, as well as your finished creations and the supplies to price and display them.
How would you use this type of unit?
Because of the way the drawers slide into the frame, you’d need to make sure your stored items lie flat and clear the upper edge of the frame so they don’t get caught when you push the drawers in and pull them out – not a problem, just a consideration if you’re not neat in the way you replace items after using them.
Price: $97.99 (Reasonable considering the quality – comparable units may be available for less. What do you think?)
Option Eight: Multi-Colored Thin-Drawer Unit
Oh be still my heart…again! I so wanted to take this home with me!
It’s a good thing I’m traveling (and it wouldn’t make sense to pay to ship this) ’cause I’m a sucker for this type of drawer unit – you too?
I must have owned a print shop at one time because I love printers trays and blocks and this type of drawer unit.
This would be perfect for setting up “color drawers,” drawers in which papercrafting embellishments of all types are sorted by color, making it easy to see at a glance every type of embellishment you own in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, etc.
This would also work for storing: wood-mounted stamps and ink pads; sheets of specialty papers; knitting needles and crochet hooks and the accompanying accessories (stitch counters, etc.); paint brushes; art pens, pencils and markers and accompanying supplies (erasers, sharpeners, stubs, etc.); tubes of liquid adhesive; adhesive runners and refills; spools or bobbins of thread (organized in drawer dividers or baggies); and, anything else that doesn’t require much drawer height.
And finally, how cool would this be for jewelry-making supplies and finished pieces? PER-FECT!
Wjat do you think – is this the type of craft storage unit you’d immediately fall head over heals in love with, just like I did?
How would you use this drawer unit if you had one?
Well, that’s it for another round of unique storage items.
We’d love to hear your thoughts,
and take a look at YOUR unique storage items.
Please share your thoughts and links in the comments below.
Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Flamingos Divine Finds Check out more unique storage ideas for your craft room or art studio!
This post is part of an ongoing series about using unique items to organize and store your crafting supplies and tools.
Not only do these items provide storage, but they add character – and often a bit of history and/or whimsy – to a craft room or art studio.
The following images are shots of items spotted at a shop specializing in vintage items, a shop called Flamingos Divine Finds (photo above).
I ran across this shop while staying in the Corcoran neighborhood in the Twin Cities (that’s Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota, for those who might be wondering).
I found so many items I love in this little shop (a shop that’s only open five days a month) and most items were very reasonable priced – gotta love that!
Now, a few treasures did make their way back to my rental with me: a metal book rack, which was already given as a gift; a metal tackle box (pictured above), which I’ll use for art supplies; a vintage hatbox, which will be shipped to a certain birthday girl; and, an unused vintage scrapbook, something I shared on Instagram today and that I can’t wait to add to my growing collection!
As I told the shopkeeper as he rang up my purchase, if I lived in the Twin Cities, I would have brought my truck to the shop and filled it up – yup, their stuff was that cool!
Of course, many of the items shown below are unique to this shop (check out the cool stove above!).
But, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find the same types of items, or similar items, where you live.
So, let’s take a look at what I saw, and chat about how each item could be used (and maybe altered).
Again, the idea behind sharing unique storage items is to give you ideas about how you can use them in your space.
Please Note: Because the prices for these types of items can vary greatly from city to city, store to store or garage sale to garage sale, I have not included the prices of each in my description of them, but you can see the price tag on most of the items if you click on the image for a zoomed-in look. This will give you some idea of what to expect in terms of cost (again, most were very reasonably priced!).
Option One: A Vintage Train (Cosmetic) Case
This was one of the first items I spotted as I entered the store and I just fell in love with it!
I have always loved train | cosmetic cases and this one is in very good shape.
The stitching around the edges is awesome!
This would make a great case for storing sewing notions, fat squares, 6″ x 6″ paper pads or large papercutting dies,or perhaps all your stamping supplies.
It’d also be ideal as a storage case for on-the-go art journaling or mixed media supplies, don’t ya think?
Option Two: Divided Wooden Box
Now before we get to the wooden box in the photo above, I have to call your attention to the old camera and pair of skates hanging next to it.
It took great restraint for me to not buy them both – I love these!
O.K., on to the box…
This divided box would be perfect for storing small stamps and stamp sets, small metal papercutting dies, and journaling cards for Project Life® and other pocket scrapbooking endeavors.
It’d also be great for storing tubes of beads and findings for jewelry-making, and small stamp pads for stamping and cardmaking.
This is a great solution if you need your supplies out in the open where you can see them, and could also be great for dividing up a deep drawer.
What would you use it for?
Option Three: Tiered Tray Table
This table is perfect for the corner of a work area.
I’d use it to store my paints, jars of embossing powder and Stickle’s so they’re right at hand when I need them.
You could also stand wooden stamps on the two tiers, making a small collection visible (imagine how much more use your wooden stamps would get if they were on display!).
Add some small baskets to the two trays and you can store most any small crafting supply!
What other craft supplies can you envision being stored on a unit like this?
Option Four: Condiment Carousel
If you’re a Mad Men fan, then this little gem has likely made your heart skip a beat!
This mid-century condiment carousel is so indicative of that era and would make a great addition to any home or craft space.
I’m still seriously considering going back to get this (hopefully it hasn’t been snapped up already!).
How fun would it be to store loose buttons or embellishments, or filled bobbins, in the glasses?!
This metal and glass carousel would also easily hold collections of pens. markers, art pencils and other writing implements, as well as adhesive runners, sewing notions or small tools.
Fill the glasses with jewelry-making tools, findings or beads and you might be amazed at how quickly you can put together great pieces of jewelry, since everything would be right at hand!
Option Five: Spice Rack
This old-school spice rack will hold a lot of jars, jars that are perfect for storing small papercrafting embellishments (such as buttons and brads), sewing notions (pins and needles, etc.), and beads and jewelry findings.
Or use the rack to store your favorite paints or adhesives right above your work area – quick access means more use and faster creating.
Don’t like the color? A quick spray of paint and it’s got a whole new look!
Option Six: Sugar Shaker
These are perfect for storing twine – just drop in a spool and thread the end through the opening in the metal top and you can quickly and easily unravel and cut just what you need for your project.
Got a bunch of lengths of ribbon, like most every crafter I know?
Store them in this type of jar by color, type or manufacturer – they’ll dress up your creative space and make it easy to see whatcha got!
BTW: I’ve seen these for sale at places like HomeGoods | TJ Maxx | Marshall’s for only $1.99 each!
Option Seven: Record Box
You had me at hello! I just love this box (and its twin)!
Because this box is made to hold record albums (you remember those, right?), it’s also perfect for storing (true) 12″ x 12″ paper and cardstock.
And again, a quick coat of paint and these could look great with any decor!
Option Eight: Glass Frog
O.k., for those who may not know what a “frog” is, this type of frog is used for flower arranging.
It’s placed in the bottom of a vase or other vessel to hold the flower or plant stems in place.
This particular frog was made of white glass, similar to milk glass, and I immediately thought of using this for keeping my favorite art markers handy on my work area, where I can quickly grab them while creating.
It could also be used for short paint brushes or crochet hooks.
Option Nine: Cassette Tape Carousel
OK, this should bring back lots of memories for the over-40 crowd!
This rotating storage unit is made for storing cassette tapes, something some of you may not have ever listened to, but I sure did.
In fact, I had quite a collection!
Because the size and shape of cassette tape boxes is very similar to that of many popular brands of standard-sized ink pads, this could be a great solution for storing your stamp pads.
A quick twist of the carousel and you can see and access a whole collection of inks in seconds!
But wait, there’s more!
I made my way downstairs in FlamingosDivine Finds and was NOT disappointed!
Option Ten: Lucite Tower
Can’t you just see your crochet hooks, knitting needles, paint brushes or art markers hanging out in this little baby?
I sure can!
If I didn’t already have a storage solution for my art markers, this would have come home with me today.
I love that it’s clear, making it easy to quickly see where each item is stored.
I love storage solutions that make searching for items quick and easy – you too?
Option Eleven: Metal File Drawers
I have such a soft spot in my heart for this type of drawer unit – don’t ask me why, I just do!
I recently purchased a larger drawer unit and it will become a home for my small journaling stamp sets.
How do you envision using drawers like this?
Perhaps for Project Life® journaling cards, journaling or project ideas written on index cards, or small stamp sets or metal dies?
You can easily find these cabinets in larger sizes and they’d be great for storing patterns for sewing, embroidery or cross-stitch or other needle arts.
Once again, a quick coat of paint and you can give them a whole new look.
Or, decoupage them with fun images – personalizing them is half the fun!
Option Twelve: Wooden Corner Shelf
Got some extra space in a corner of your craft room or studio?
This type of storage unit is ideal!
Small bottles of paint, embossing powder or other mediums would easily fit on the shelves, as would small glass jars holding ribbons, embellishments or jewelry-making supplies.
Leave the wood as is for a warm, natural look, or paint it to match any decor (and repaint it whenever the mood strikes you!).
Option Thirteen: Plastic Snack Trays
I fell in love with these the moment I spotted them!
How fun would it be to use trays like these for storing embellishments or notions – lay them in shallow drawers and pull them out when you need to search for just the right embellishment.
Assign one tray to each color (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple and Pink) and mix all the different types of embellishments in that color together in its tray to make quick work of decorating your projects.
These trays, or trays like them, would also work well for storing beads, spools of thread, or small rubber stamps or ink pads, and a whole host of other items that work well in open storage solutions.
Option Fourteen: Milk Glass
I know several crafters who collect vessels like these and use them for storing their craft supplies.
Whether you’re into this white Milk Glass or prefer a color like Jadeite, using your collection to store your craft supplies is a fun way to accomplish two things at once – displaying your collection and keeping your supplies organized.
Option Fifteen: Cash Register Tray
This well-worn cash register tray may have served its usefulness as a repository for cash, but it still has great potential for dividing a drawer and keeping small supplies corralled.
This one in particular could use a good scrubbing and a coat of paint!
Option Sixteen: Spinning Tray Unit
The trays in this unit lift out making it easy to grab the supplies you need and take them to where you’re working.
O.K., are you ready for a unique way to use trays like these, particularly trays that have seen better days?
Use them as paint palettes!
Option Eighteen: Printers Tray
These trays get me every time!
And this one is in great shape and only $20 (which is a great deal)!
These trays offer several usage possibilities: use them to show off favorite collectibles or photos; lay them flat under a piece of glass and fill them with small embellishments before adding a glass topper and making them into a work surfaces; or, hang them on the wall and display your favorite small rubber stamps in the cubbies.
I’m sure you can think of other uses as well.
Option Nineteen: Cigar Boxes
Cigar boxes can serve many purposes and are great used individually or as a collection.
Leave them as-is or cover them with paper, fabric, paint or decoupaged ephemera, then store your favorite crafting supplies inside.
Because they’re lightweight, yet sturdy, they make great portable storage too!
I can envision using them for spools of thread or bobbins, embroidery thread, containers of beads, etc.
Just be aware that the odor from the cigars these boxes once contained may linger for a bit – stuffing wadded up newspaper in them for a day or two could help get rid of the smell if you don’t like the odor.
How would you use a cigar box for storage?
Option Nineteen: Relish Tray
This relish tray is just one of many I’ve spotted at vintage and antique shops and events and I always gravitate toward them.
But because I don’t have much horizontal space, and I like to reserve it for the act of creating, I have always passed on buying any of these glass trays.
However, the more I think about it, the more I realize these are a great solution for the insides of drawers.
The design of this one makes it a good solution for keeping your favorite writing implements stashed – others, with more individual compartments, could be used to sort a variety of small supplies for numerous crafty endeavors.
And our final vintage find…
Option Twenty: Vintage Shopping Baskets
These shopping baskets transported me right back to the days when I went with my Mom to the local five-and-dime for pieces of fabric.
Yes, at one time, the local “dime stores” sold fabric!
The fabric was relatively inexpensive and my Mom did wonders with it, including making most everything I wore as a young kid.
The shopping baskets that were used then were just like these and I have long wanted to find one of these for storing my yarn during the months when I spend my evenings crocheting.
These would also be ideal for storing small pads of patterned paper, in-process projects of most any type, fabric pieces, and crafting books and magazines.
Want to take your crafting with you on a road trip or just into another room?These would work great!
Well, that’s it for another round of unique storage items.
We’d love to hear your thoughts,
and take a look at YOUR unique storage items.
Please share your thoughts and links in the comments below.
Craftroom Organization: Unique Storage Ideas – Hobby Lobby Check out these unique ideas for your craft room!
How many of you are looking for something “unique” for your craft room or art studio?
A single item to add some character or to inspire the “theme” of your creative space?
Or, maybe a collection of items to create a fresh look and feel for your space?
Well, we might have found what you’re looking for!
We’re sharing some non-traditional storage solutions to get your organizing mojo flowing.
These were spotted at my local Hobby Lobby and I just had to share them.
Because they have character and each is a great solution for storing specific types of crafting supplies…and they’re on sale!
Now I know there’ll be at least a few of you who don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, or who may not be able to find these exact units at your local store.
The idea behind sharing these is to give you ideas about how you can use unique storage items and furnishings that are not specific to craftroom and/or crafting supply organization.
Along with each item I’ve shared my thoughts on what would best fit in that type of organizational unit, as well as characteristics of the unit so you can look for these same qualities in products and furnishings you might come across where you live (and bargain hunt!).
Let’s take a look at each option and chat about how it could be used…
Option One: A Shabby Chic Drawer Unit
This unit is ideal for storing the small stuff – papercrafting embellishments and adhesives, sewing and quilting notions, etc.
I have a similar unit in my craft room (mine is more narrow and taller and black) and I love it!
I use mine for storing small office supplies (in the top row), jewelry findings and metal items (in the middle rows), and small zip-top baggies, etc. in the lower rows.
It’s easy to label the outsides of the drawers so you know what’s inside them, and by removing supplies from their packaging and placing them in small baggies, you can fit a lot in each drawer.
Again, I love this type of drawer unit!
Option Two: A Vintage-Style Drawer Unit
This unit provides storage for a variety of different items.
My first thought was to use this as a die-cutting station. Any of the popular machines will fit on the top, with supplies stored below.
Add some hooks to the side and you can easily hang your cutting mats so they don’t get bent and are at-hand when needed.
Into quilting or sewing?
The drawers are perfect for smaller pieces of fabric (like fat quarters).
This could also be used for storing needle arts supplies (well, that is, if you don’t have a huge stash like some of us!).
Of course you can change up the look of this type of unit with a coat of paint and label the drawers with simple hang-tags.
Option Three: A Wooden & Metal Drawer Unit
The great thing about this unit is that it’s small enough to be placed on a work surface and it still holds a lot.
I can see the drawers being used for a variety of crafting supplies: paints and short brushes; mediums for mixed media projects; embellishments, art markers or small stamp sets for papercrafting; etc.
Option Four: A Decorative Desktop Drawer Unit
I would love to have a unit like this one for storing small adhesives and/or various small-sized liquid mediums.
It would also be ideal for sewing notions or even scrap papers (sorted by color, ROYGBP).
Just by changing out the drawer front decor you can easily indicate what’s inside – color-coding the drawers is a great way to quickly know what’s inside them!
Option Five: A Wooden Cubby Unit
This unit could be perfect for storing Project Life® journaling cards, as well as small stamp sets or dies.
Depending on the inside finish, this could also be useful for fabric scraps.
What do you think – how would use a unit like this one?
Option Six: A Large Metal & Wooden Rack
This large rack is ideal for storing skeins of yarn or fiber or for folded fabrics, and would make a great home for mixed media supplies.
Add smaller storage units (like divided trays or individual containers) and you could make it work for most any type of crafting supply (think about those projects that require a lot of supplies and for which you’d like to keep all the supplies together for easy access and increased productivity).
A little too “dark” for your space?
A quick spray of paint and you can quickly and easily change the look of this unit.
Option Seven: A Narrow Metal Drawer Unit w/Numbered Drawers
I always fall in love with drawer units that are numbered.
Yes, I know I could number any drawer unit, but there’s something about those that are made that way that makes my left-brain-driven, organized self smile from ear to ear!
I know I can’t be the only one, right?
I would love to have a unit like this for a narrow space in my craft room that’s going unused.
It would be perfect for holding my journaling stamp sets and all my planner supplies (pens, sticky-notes, etc.).
Of course you could also use it to house your art pens and pencils by type or color or manufacturer.
Option Eight: A Wide Metal Drawer Unit w/Numbered Drawers
Oh be still my heart! It was everything I could do to keep from taking this gem home with me!
I love this unit – the colors, the numbers, the “peakability” of the drawers.
I love that you can keep things neatly tucked away, but easily see what’s inside each drawer without having to pull it out.
Looking for something specific in your large collection?
These drawers are removable, making it easy to grab them and lay them on your work surface while you locate just the right supply.
And, you can easily take one or two along to a crop or other crafting event – just place them in your tote bag!
I can imagine this filled with embossing folders and my smaller dies, with my Cuttlebug stationed on top – great embossing and die-cutting station option!
What do you think – is this something that makes your organizing heart skip a beat?
Option Nine: A Wooden Caddy
OK, this is another unit I had to tell myself to leave behind even though I REALLY wanted it!
I can see the openings filled with Mason (or re-purposed spaghetti sauce) jars and a variety of supplies (paint brushes, palette knives, tools, pens, pencils and markers, or knitting needles and crochet hooks), can’t you?
If you had this, would you leave it as is, or paint it? And, how would you use it?
Hi friends! It’s Noelle stopping in today with a fun tip. You may already know from seeing my studio that I am kind of a sucker for antiques and anything vintage. I tend to embrace a “modern with a vintage twist” style in my own home, and I particularly enjoy reusing vintage items in my studio. So, last week my friend Wendy and I were out antiquing, and I found this awesome vintage metal tackle box for 12$. I saw several in the antiques mall we were in, and this was my fave by far, and also the most inexpensive-yea!
I used it to put many of my small embellishments in, mostly eyelets and brads. There’s a cool big compartment in the top of the box where I am storing my Crop-A-Dile, there never was a good place to stash it before! 🙂
While perusing Pinterest, I found several other ideas for reusing an old fishing tackle boxes (or, if you are old enough to remember the 80s like yours truly, you could even repurpose an old Caboodles cosmetic box for a kitschy, fun look).
Hi friends! It’s Noelle stopping by today with a great idea for you. I just love what I call “flexible” storage. Baskets, boxes, drawers, places where you can store stickers one day, and then next month, when you’re into neon ink pads, change the storage for those needs. I keep seeing all these fun ideas on Pinterest for using crates as flexible storage. Of course, anything antique or vintage makes me drool. But there are plenty of ways to make an inexpensive new crate look vintage as well. Here is a roundup of some of my favorite ideas. 🙂
Hello everyone, this is Suzanne here today with a very inspiring craft studio /office space that is probably one of the most elegant I have seen. I just love spaces that are as beautiful as they are organized and functional. Natalie Kilgore, of Natty Michelle Paperie, was kind enough to let us take a peek inside her creative space today with some gorgeous pictures and unique finds that are featured on her blog.
In Natalie’s inspiration post here, she mentioned that she wanted something “white and bright with old world charm –industrial, vintage pieces are the ones I love most, so I wanted to incorporate them into my surroundings.” As you will see, she has done just that; from the crisp, clean walls to the pretty vintage pieces displayed around the room, there is a very interesting mix of modern and classic in this space.
I am loving these pretty little matching baskets! Using the same type of basket brings so much consistency to the room. The art above the cubbies really caught my eye as many of the frames have become the art themselves, with pleasing white space framed inside.
This industrial style shelving unit houses a variety of different vintage pieces, as well as a collection of white owls. Such pretty pieces! Have a closer look at some of Natalie’s storage solutions and display pieces in the pictures below.
The beautiful photography was done by Natalie’s friend Kaitie Bryant.
Thank you, Natalie for sharing your creative space with us today. To see additional pictures of Natalie’s studio, please visit her post here.