Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage
Creating clever craft storage using old metal finds!

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Metal Compartment Tray via Haven Vintage (image)

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Metal Compartment Tray via Haven Vintage

Source: Haven Vintage Etsy Shop

Hi everyone, it’s Kim from Stamping Imperfection to share some fun ways to upcycle metal storage containers to use as craft storage.

I love giving new life to old items destined for the trash and I’ve noticed that this is a trait of all truly serious crafters!

We have a tendency to buy new crafting supplies and then figure out a craft storage solution for them before we even craft with them!


Why is it so satisfying to be able to take something from a thrift store or a garage sale and completely revamp it into something that not only has a useful purpose, but looks great?

Honestly, that is a crafting/DIY project unto itself!


Metal items can be a great addition to your craft room storage solutions.

You find them available everywhere and there are so many ways to change them up for just a few dollars.

They generally don’t require a ton of sanding and prep like a wooden item might.


Check out some of the clever ideas that I found to share with you for your craft storage…

Here is a tool box idea created by Virginia Fynes of fynesdesigns.com.

Tool boxes are great craft storage solutions.

You’ll see these at garage sales and thrift stores all the time and they are fantastic portable storage solutions that are sturdy!

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Tool Box (image)

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Tool Box

I love that we can see that Virginia only paid about three dollars for this tool box!

She transformed it for next to nothing with some metal spray paint and some gold vinyl dots – love this! 

Virginia is using this for her Project Life storage.  Very clever!

I love that this is so portable – you can take this from your craft space to your kitchen table to a crop at a friend’s house.


Another easy way to transform a metal piece is to use Mod Podge like Sunush from Hometalk shows us with the metal cabinet below.

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Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Metal Cabinet

This cabinet was covered with a double roll of wallpaper using Mod Podge.

How fabulous does this look?!

You can match any craft room decor with this idea for a few dollars in a few hours.

Imagine how much storage this cabinet would provide for you in your craft space.


Here’s another great upcycle!

This one looks like it takes a bit more artistic skill to create the incredible final result.

Those of us who might be less artistically inclined might create a similar effect using stencils or vinyl cut with a die-cutting machine.

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Faux Finish Metal Cabinet (image)

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Faux Finish Metal Cabinet

This beauty was created by Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl.

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.

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Metal Hardware Drawer Unit (image)

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Metal Hardware Drawer Unit

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.

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Industrial-Look Sewing Room (image)

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Industrial-Look Sewing Room

I love the vintage industrial look that Larissa has achieved in her sewing space.


What does she store in those drawers?
 

Fabric!

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.)

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Industrial-Look Sewing Room (image)

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Industrial-Look Sewing Room

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!

Thanks for stopping by today and please stop by my Stamping Imperfection blog and say hello and check out my latest stamping projects!

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Kim Skinner (image)

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Kim Skinner

 

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Just One Tip: File Cabinet Makeover

Cicily here with a quick, just one tip for you today. If you like to peruse second hand stores, chances are you come across your fare share of metal file cabinets, usually at a steal! Why not give it a makeover and turn it into craft storage?

Here’s a cute one with an entire tutorial for the chalkboard makeover at Design Improvised.

Just think of all the craft supplies you can stuff organize in here! LOL

This is my final post with CSI. I’m going to miss posting for you all but I feel after 2 years it’s time for me to move on. Thank you so much to all you crafty organizers!

Cicily

Heather Bailey’s Sugar Shop Studio

Hello all my fellow craft storage enthusiasts!  Today I’m here to share Heather Bailey’s studio, The Sugar Shop.  Let me show you why I love everything she does:

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With a B.A. in Apparel Design and a knack for style, Heather has run successful businesses in both women and children’s accessories. She designs fabric, sewing patterns, paper craft supplies, stationery picnicware and houseware. Just click here to hop over to Heather’s shop and all will be revealed.

Now for her studio.  Like Heather’s designs, her studio is calm, serene, modern with a vintage feel and super workable.

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The tall green work-island has a ton of storage, with cabinets and drawers on each side. The cabinets contain art papers, zippers, vintage linens, interfacings, unfinished quilt-tops and stationery. In one of the drawers Heather stores sketchbooks and rulers but the rest she keeps empty for quick clean-ups.

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She repurposed a bookshelf by adding a base unit and repainting the poorly white washed  top part – now it’s a super dooper proper dresser where she stores her art supplies, sewing notions and wool felt.  The yellow boxes above hold less-frequently-used items, like velcro and grommets, linoleum blocks for stamp- carving, elastic and cording.

Most of her furniture is “homemade” – the cabinet,  computer table, sewing tabletop and shelves.

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What I love most is her personal touches. Just Look at this turquoise mirror.  Read all about it in this post.

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And she used grandmother’s old sewing notions to decorate the large frame resting on the ribbon shelf.

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That’s it – Heather Bailey’s Sugar Shop Studio!! You can view her original post here and her Flickr photos here.  Please leave her a comment to say thanks for sharing with us.

As this is my last post for 2014, I would like to thank you all for reading my posts throughout the year. Have a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year. See you again around Blogland early in 2015.

Hazel

Craft Room: the Crafted Sparrow

Hi Everyone! It’s Cicily with a beautiful craft room to show you today. I came across Becca’s trendy room, the Crafted Sparrow, on Pinterest.

She turned her formal living room into her very own crafty space.

 

Becca painted her dark furniture black for a uniform look and her latest pride and joy is her Chalky Finish white craft table that takes center stage in her room.

Her fabrics are housed in these bookshelves, with her favorites on display in the wire baskets.

 

Like most of us, Becca admits to a wrapping paper addiction. I love her simple solution, this basic linen hamper.

 

Check out Becca’s complete craft room tour on the Crafted Sparrow blog here! Tell Becca CSI sent you.

 

I’m sure you will love her space as much as I did!

 

Cicily

All About the Furniture: Crafty Storage Dressers

All About the Furniture: Crafty Storage Dressers

Hello, it’s Suzanne here with a look at some pretty crafty storage dressers today! These dressers range from minor creative alterations to full repurposing.  I love to re-use and re-purpose what I already have on hand, and sometimes that means using pieces in non-traditional ways. When my son received a new bedroom set a few years ago, we were left with a dresser and nightstand that no one wanted or needed at the time. Desperately looking for extra storage for my scrapbooking supplies one day, I came across the forgotten dresser and decided that this would be a great place to store some of my stash!

This got me to thinking about old dressers, and if others also use them for craft supply storage. After searching through Pinterest, I can certainly say that many of you are also using your dressers for craft storage. Take a look at what I came across for creative storage options…

Dresser for Basket Storage

This dresser had the doors removed, was repainted. and then had the empty shelves filled with roomy baskets. The baskets are easy to see through, and have been labeled for ultimate craft organization.

Dresser for Fabric Storage

This pretty, pink dresser houses a ton of rainbow fabric. Color-coordinated and neatly organized fabric is easy to store and easy to find.

Dresser for General Craft Supply Storage

This drawer organizes an array of craft supplies and accessories. The inserts inside provide much needed organization for such a large drawer. Having like-items corralled together makes it easier to find what you need for your projects.

Existing Dresser with Side Storage Added

This idea is just genius! Can you guess what type of “shelving” was added to this dresser? Spice racks! That’s right, plain wooden spice racks were painted white and attached to the sides of the dresser. You could add your crafting magazines, how-to books, die cuts, etc. What about pretty, colorful ribbon spools, Washi tape, paints, or spice jars filled with small embellishments?

Dresser to Scrapbook Desk

This desk is amazing! It all started with an old dresser, a can of paint, and a vision. A larger top was added to give the desk some extra length and depth from the narrow dresser top it once was.  And, those beautiful drawers remained, offering ample space for hidden supply storage.  If you would like to see additional pictures, there is a nice tutorial on this desk on Nicole’s blog.

Do you have an old dresser sitting around that is just waiting to be re-purposed as craft supply storage? It is absolutely amazing at what some new paint and hardware can do to transform a piece of furniture. And with Pinterest and YouTube at our disposal there is not much stopping us from getting that perfect storage piece we are all looking for!

 

Suzanne

DIY Fabric Storage

Hi fellow crafters! It’s Cicily with a quick DIY/re-purpose project.

I currently have 3 cribs set up in my house ( yes I said 3!) and hopefully soon will be able to do lots of repurpose projects with 2 of them!

Lisa at Dwell Delightfully caught my attention with this repurposed crib turned fabric storage!

 

I have to confess I went to check out the side rail that’s collecting dust in the back of the closet to see if it would work!

Be sure and check out Lisa’s post and you’ll see how quick and easy it was to make this transformation.

Cicily

Storage Solutions Roundup: Using tension rods for flexible storage

Hello crafty storage mavens! It’s Noelle stopping in today with a great idea for you.

P1210500-impI recently purchased a used ink pad organizer that rotates. I used to use this vintage train case to hold my ink pads, but the one issue I had was that without individual shelves, if I pulled out a lower pad, then they all dropped and sometimes spilled all over my desk. So, when I saw the used organizer for sale, I figured it was a good bet. But then I had this (IMO) uber-cool vintage piece that was not being used! :(

P1160085I do design work for a stamp company called The Cat’s Pajamas, and am lucky enough to get a nice discount on all the things I don’t get for free (thank you, sweet Alma!) and a few months back I purchased a whole LOT of beautiful Divine Twine in pretty colors. I love that stuff, I really do use it for a ton of things, and I love that I don’t worry about  running out with the big spools. I just had it sitting on my shelf, though, and I wanted to hang it somewhere that I could access it a bit easier.

P1210503-impOne day, the proverbial light bulb went on, and I wondered if I could use mini tension rods in the train case to hang up my twine! I went to Bed Bath & Beyond with a stack of 20% coupons in hand (they really do have the most generous coupon policy I’ve ever seen, they take multiple coupons, expired coupons, etc. SO cool!) and I picked up several packs of these tiny rods and took them home. I was able to take off the end caps to slide on my twine spools, and….. Voila!

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Well, the more I thought on it, I figured there had to be other folks out there who had made some cool storage solutions with tension rods. They are cheap (particularly if you pick them up used!), and come in a myriad of lengths!

Here’s a few that I found:

 

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Sew Many Ways: Tension rods between table legs.

 

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Midwest Living: Easy Organizing Solutions for Every Room Beautiful storage for large papers and ribbons! You could also store large cuts of fabric this way!

 

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Yahoo Homes: 10 Ways to Store Kitchen Necessities I realize these are cutting boards, but wouldn’t this work just as well for Silhouette cutting mats, 12″ stacks of paper, or stamp sets?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don’t forget, we have an awesome giveaway going on right now from Organize More! To comment to win, go to the previous post and chat us up a bit! :)

Have a fabulous day,

Noelle

Craft Room {Bower Power}

Today I am sharing a beautiful office/craft room I found at Bower Power.

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This room functions as both an office for them as well as a place to sew, craft and blog. This is a pretty tall order for one room. The room, as well as almost everything in it got a fresh coat of paint, including this fantastic green bookcase and red chair. I love the subtle color on the wall with the pops of color in the furniture. The pieces really stand out but don’t make the space look too busy.

She corralled her crafting and sewing supplies into a shelving unit near her sewing machine to make it easy to do her projects.

But my favorite thing in the room (must be my inner office supply hoarder) is the giant white board she has on the wall. What a great place to write ideas, keep track of projects, etc.

Be sure to head over to Bower Power to see the amazing before and after. You won’t believe your eyes. Tell her Craft Storage Ideas sent you!

Laura

Craft studio tour: Honeybear Lane

Happy Monday!  We all hope you enjoyed our blog hop as much as we did!  We’ve got one more winner to announce…

Day 5 Winner

Congratulations, Kim!  Please send me an email with your address to craftstorageideas {at} yahoo.com!  I definitely want to thank OrganizeMore.com for their sponsorship!  Their products are awesome – and they are wonderful to work with!

And now – back to our regularly scheduled programming!  A gorgeous room from Hazel!

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Hello to all my fellow crafters.  I’m Hazel, all the way from Sunny SA and here today to share Honeybear Lane’s craft room.  Let’s meet the owner, Heidi:  She’s a Blogger, Creator and mother to three. She loves doing everything creative and trying new things. She sells puff quilts and patterns in her quilt shop and her blog, Honeybear Lane was created as a place to find inspiration, motivation and support.

You will remember that we featured her Pegboard some time ago.  If you missed it, you can read all about it here. I used her idea from this post to make storage rails for my Silhouette vinyl.

What I love about Heidi’s room and why I’m walking you through it today, is that it is part of a basement apartment – living room, family room, craft room and office all in one. Best part for me is that it’s a rental.  Lesson to learn: you don’t have to “own” to pretty up your space or get organized.

Here is a view of the whole room:

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The Pegboard houses all the craft tools – easy to access and off the work surface. The desk, chair and lamps are from IKEA. Underneath the desk are four sets of baskets that stores all Heidi’s fabric. This idea really works for me!

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The shelving unit (IKEA Expedit 4×4) houses more baskets and tools. The fabric drawers were initially black, then painted and chalkboard labels stenciled on. Great idea!

We’ve been to the Pegboard before BUT I love these little SmartJars so much that I just have to show you a close-up. Best part is …………………… in the original post you can find an explanation of how they have to be installed as well as some useful tips and tricks.

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I always love to see what people can do with limited resources and this room deserves a standing ovation. Not only does it look like a complete room but all the items can be moved and reallocated to another rental or let’s hope for Heidi’s sake that the next one will be her very, very own. Please hop over to Honeybear Lane and see the original post, have a look around to see Heidi’s fab puff quilts and remember to leave some comments or upload your ideas to our Flickr group. The button to redirect you there is on the right  of the Craft Storage Ideas blog.

Until next time. Keep calm and organize your craft supplies!

Hazel

 

Craft room ~ Maple and Magnolia

Hi friends, Lisa here with a bright fun sewing studio to share! I came across the Maple and Magnolia blog through pure accident the other day. You know a link from Pinterest followed by another and then another! After stumbling upon Susan’s cute and well organized sewing studio, I knew it was something you would enjoy.

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See what I mean! Isn’t this a sweet happy space to create in! You can find all of the details on her room here. Most of the decorating items in this studio are from Ikea, Home Decorators, Target and World Market.

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Love this perfectly displayed and organized storage unit flanked with those colorful bulletin boards. A cute design in the aqua chair back too!

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Pincushions and trims nestled on a cake stand ~ cute idea.

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You’ll see this lovely green storage cabinet when you visit Susan’s blog. It sits on the other side of the room.

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Isn’t this a fun fabric scrap jar!

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I like her cute inexpensive storage containers and that adorable toy Singer! All neat, tidy and portable on a metal tray!

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This antique china cabinet is probably my favorite piece from the room and what drew me in! Such a pretty way to store and display fabric, quilts and assorted jars of what nots.

I’ll leave you with these photos to drink in. Head over to Maple and Magnolia for MANY more photos of this cute sewing studio along with the details of the furnishings. There’s also a sitting area in this room that is quite inviting. Thanks for stopping by, we appreciate your visits!

Lisa