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.

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

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Craft Storage Ideas, Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units

Craft Storage Ideas, Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units
Craft room storage that’s purpose-built for your supplies!

Looking for ideas for re-making your crafting space?

Check out how I’ve gotten started with my craft table using Stamp-n-Storage modules!

Craft Storage Ideas: Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units (image)
Craft Storage Ideas, Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units

Source:  Kim Skinner

Have you been dreaming about a craft room make-over?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a Pinterest board full of gorgeous craft rooms full of gorgeous craft rooms saved for inspiration!

Personally, I’ve been piecing together storage finds from garage sales, thrift stores, dollar stores and flea markets.

I feel like my organization system, while not pretty,  really works well for me.

It’s been great to experiment with inexpensive finds to figure out what my craft storage needs really are before spending money on specialized storage pieces.


I have however, been dreaming about a few specific items that keep popping up in the craft spaces that I find myself envying online!

And I decided that it was time to treat myself for a change.

I’m not talking about completely gutting my room and hiring a contractor to build the perfect space.

I’m talking about starting in the area that I use the most and getting a few things to make the space look cleaner and more cohesive while meeting my storage needs.


A couple of items that keep popping up include new ink and punch storage modules.

You can see the post Craft Storage: Product Spotlight – Ink Pad Storage from OrganizeMorewhich our contributor Jessica Frost-Ballas recently shared.

Jessica shared her ink storage system – it’s a beauty and it works perfectly for the ink pads and supplies that she uses.


I decided to go with the modules created by Stamp-n-Storage.

They’ve designed pieces specifically for the inks and punches that I use exclusively.

Craft Storage Ideas: Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units - Organizing Units from Stamp-n-Storage (image)
Craft Storage Ideas, Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units – Organizing Units from Stamp-n-Storage

Source: Kim Skinner

There are actually three pieces pictured here.

The ink storage unit is the Combo Holder – this holds my ink pads, re-inkers and markers all in one place.

And on top of the ink storage, you see the Lock Down Punch Holder.

I’ve already painted those two pieces!

Everything comes unpainted, in the natural wood that you see above (lower left).

That raw wood piece is actually the Marker Nook and I purchased two of those – one will hold my clear blocks, and the other will hold my few regular-sized ink pads, along with aqua pens, journaling pens and so forth.


I actually purchased the ink Combo Holder and the Lock Down Punch Holder as a Package Deal, which saved me some money.

It pays to plan ahead and purchase your pieces at the same time to get those bundle or bulk discounts when you make your purchase.

 

Craft Storage Ideas, Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units - Studio Designer Tool from Stamp-N-Storage (image)
Craft Storage Ideas, Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units – Studio Designer Tool from Stamp-n-Storage


At the end of June, I started playing with the Studio Designer tool on the Stamp-n-Storage website.

After measuring my space and entering the dimensions, I used this tool to see how my space would work – I added my table, power outlets, windows and other structures that are in the space.

I was then able to select the pieces that I wanted to buy to see if they fit in the space I have available.

This also allowed me to stay within the budget that I set for myself!

Since one of my goals was to create a more cohesive finished space, I added some stamp storage, drawers for tools and ribbon storage as well!

I placed my order at the beginning of July and about half of the pieces arrived in less than a week.  The rest just arrived a couple of days ago.

I managed to get a few pieces painted before I couldn’t wait any longer to fit them together and see what they looked like.

Once I get more spray paint, and the weather cooperates, I’ll get the rest of the pieces set up and have my table space completed!


Here is the start of my table space:

Craft Storage Ideas, Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units - The Beginnings of My Table Space
Craft Storage Ideas, Contributor Craft Room: Re-Making A Space With Purpose-Built Units – The Beginnings of My Table Space

Source:  Kim Skinner

 I can’t wait to get the rest of the pieces painted this week and get it all in place!

It’s good, sturdy construction created specifically for stamping storage.

It already feels more cohesive and I love how it looks!


I was impressed with the helpful tools on the Stamp-n-Storage website.

They have several videos which offer advice on creating your perfect space.

They also have several perfect spaces that they’ve featured in their videos.


They also give great advice on figuring out what your organization style is.

For example, I’m not a cabinet organizer.  Once an item is placed in a cabinet and the door closes, I forget all about it – it’s placed in the storage abyss that is the equivalent of Warehouse 13!


The storage pieces above can be mounted to the wall.

Now I have no small children around and I’m generally the only one that uses this room, so I’m not too worried about a unit toppling over.

I will, however, add some braces to the backs to hold the pieces together, and to attach them to the wall, once I’ve decided exactly how I want them arranged on my table.

The beauty of this system is that I can rearrange it until I have it exactly like I want it.  I am really a function over form person!


Thanks for stopping by and please c
heck out my blog at StampingImperfection!

Happy Day!
Kim

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Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use: Jars, Cups & Canisters

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use: Jars, Cups & Canisters!
Craft Storage inspiration is sitting on your shelf…re-think those jars, cups & canisters you’re no longer using!

Hi Crafters!

It’s Kim from Stamping Imperfection here to share some quick and easy ideas to corral your tools, ribbons and embellishments.

Do you ever feel like it would feel great to get organized, but you’re not sure where to start and the prices on the fancy organizing tools hold you back?

I know exactly how you feel!

I’ve been re-designing my crafting space to have a more cohesive look.  In the process, I’ve been searching for ways to organize my stash that won’t break the bank.

I re-discovered this great post on CSI featuring Laura Vegas and her craft room: Storage In Every Nook & Cranny

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use:  Jars, Cups & Containers - Mason Jar Storage
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: Jars, Cups & Containers – Mason Jar Storage

Image Source: Laura Vegas

This is a beautifully cohesive look. I love the color this adds to a craft room!

The added advantage to using clear jars is that you can see exactly what you have and where it is!  You don’t need a color coded map to find things!

(Don’t laugh, I’ve seen craft rooms that have those!)

 

Another CSI post from ages ago led me to find crafters using salt and pepper shakers to store glitter!

Check out the original post: Glitter Storage With A Vintage Twist where Liz from the Pink Petticoat blog shared this great idea!

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use:  Jars, cups & Canisters - Salt and Pepper Shakers
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use: Jars, cups & Canisters – Salt and Pepper Shakers

Image Source: Pink Petticoat Blog


Need a clever idea for kids’ craft supplies?

Check out this cute jar storage idea I found on Pinterest via House to Home UK:

Craft Storage:  Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use:  Jars, Cups & Canisters - Kids Crafts
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use: Jars, Cups & Canisters – Kids Craft

Image Source: House to Home UK via Pinterest

Simply glue a kids’ toy to the jar lid and paint it!

So simple, easy to find your things, and it looks great on a shelf or a desk.


I had two great finds of my own while browsing the local hardware store.

(I teach physics and I craft so that means that I love browsing hardware stores!)

I’ve been looking for something to replace the plastic cup that I use to hold my must-have tools on my studio work table and I found this great glass mug for just a couple of dollars:

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use: Jars, Cups & Canisters - Glass Cup for Tool Storage
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use: Jars, Cups & Canisters – Glass Cup for Tool Storage

Image Source: Kim Skinner

Of course, I added some stamping and embellishments to dress it up.

You can check out the finished product on my blog at Stamping Imperfection!


Another find for me was a giant Mason Jar.

I’ve been looking for a pretty way to store retired ribbons that I can’t use on my blog anymore, but which I still plan to craft with.

I bought one jar, but I’ll be going back tomorrow for a couple more of these!

These will look great on a shelf and they will make it easy to find my older ribbons.

Craft Storage:  Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use:  Jars, Cups & Canisters - giant Mason Jar for ribbon storage
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use: Jars, Cups & Canisters – Giant Mason Jar for Ribbon Storage

Image Source: Kim Skinner


Do you have a beautiful canister or favorite glass storage container? 

Make sure to leave us a comment and tell us about it!

Check out the Craft Storage Ideas Pinterest page for more storage ideas and make sure to follow us to keep up with our latest “finds.”

I hope this has inspired you to check out the glass containers, cups and canisters you already have sitting on a shelf.

Re-think what you can do with those today!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy organizing,
Kim

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