Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use – Garage Sale Finds

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use – Garage Sale Finds
Check out three garage sale finds that are ideal for storing crafting supplies!

Hi!

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.

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage


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.

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage - Tool Box Paint Storage (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage – Tool Box Paint Storage

This would also work great to hold jars of your most frequently used tools like scissors,
pencils, a ruler, glue and more!

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage - Tool Box Tools Storage (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage – Tool Box Tools Storage


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!

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage - Tool Box Jewelry Tools Storage (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage – Tool Box Jewelry Tools Storage

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.

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage - Tool Box Jewelry Tools Storage (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage – Tool Box Jewelry Tools Storage


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!

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage - DVD Cabinet for Craft Project Display (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage – DVD Cabinet for Craft Project Display

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.

Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage - DVD Cabinet for Craft Project Display (image)
Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Use: 3 Garage Sale Finds to Use for Crafting Storage – DVD Cabinet for Craft Project Display


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!

Thanks for stopping by and please come visit me at Krafting Kreations,
Amanda

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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

DIY Storage Idea: “Can” you stash it?

Hello dear readers! It’s Noelle popping by today with a DIY tip that I have seen SO MANY different versions of all over Pinterest! It’s so easy, FREE, and could be customized a host of different ways. I’m talking about CANS. Yes friends, cans! Go run to your garbage and recycling bins right now and get ready to UPcycle into some fantastic storage! Here we go!

Love that these cans have simply been painted and screwed to the wall. They look cool, very artistic arrangement! Plus, think of all the things you could store in these! Those markers really should be stored horizontally, this would be a great way to do so! You could do one color family per can, or one brand of marker per can.

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This is a wonderful, very chic look. It’s a fresh take on an organizing system that I love at IKEA. Plus, these are probably things you might have around anyway.

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Look here, yarn storage, anyone? PERFECT storage for those small skeins!

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You could also, simply cover the cans with decorative paper (or fabric) and add them to a pegboard. Easy peasy.

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Have you used cans for storage in your crafting or art space? Please share if you have! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by CSI!

Noelle

 

Daring DIY: Upcycled herb planter for crafts storage

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Hello! It’s Noelle here today with a cute DIY that you might already have the supplies for!  I saw this DIY Crafts Storage Bin on Pinterest. This was s simple crate used for planting herbs on the windowsill. Stephanie from Crazy Little Lovebirds said it was unused in her home and she decided to turn it into craft storage. Here’s how it started out:

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 She lined it with decorative paper and stamped sweet birds and words on the side. I love how she altered it, but left the wood raw, it’s so cute like this!

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She also lined the inside with a few plastic cups so she could have a place to stash some tiny items. It is a crate, so smaller items would fall out the bottom if they weren’t somehow corralled. I happen to have some letter stamps like this myself, and I can tell you, they are teeny-tiny!

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 For more deets you can check out Stephanie’s post here on Crazy Little Lovebirds. I also noticed she has a tab at the top of her blog where you can look at her other fun DIY projects! Enjoy!

Noelle

 

Studio Tour with Kim Hanou

Let’s give a big welcome to Kim Hanou of Too Much time on My Hands.  Kim is not a papercrafter or sewer (sewist?), but rather, she creates, builds, upcycles and decorates with an earth friendly view, small budget and beginner skills (she calls them beginner, I call them brilliant!).  She considers her two children major inspiration for a lot of her projects and tries to keep inquisitive hands in mind when she creates and decorates.  Here she is!
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I started out with all of my crafting and building supplies tucked in corners all over our home. It was a task just to gather everything to begin a project. The kids had most of the run in our loft, but after completing a basement playroom, I decided I would take some space for me. My goal was to have my supplies organized, in one general area, and right on hand and where I could grab them easily. Sometimes I only have an hour to do something while a little one is napping and quick and easy is a necessity when it comes to my projects. I am visual person and I enjoy seeing everything which is why I used a lot of clear jars for organizing! I also hate, when I forget about things I have and go buy more, only to discover I already had 3 jars of mod podge!

A bigger view.
More storage using vintage items.

 

A re-purposed "curbside" chair

 

Repurposed Cabinet

 

Ball jars make great storage!

 

Flat mail rate postage boxes used for magazine/paper storage

 

Baskets and jars galore!

 

Bread box craft storage

 

Space for Little Crafters, too.

While this space is mostly for me, my kids are becoming crafty types and they needed a place to do their important projects while I was also working. I found a super cheap table and chairs that I revamped for them to use so we can all get our craft on together!

1. What kind of budget did you have when organizing your space?

My budget started out at just $100, but I had to push it to $150. I used mostly thrift store and curbside finds for the furniture and accessories. I spent a lot of time refinishing, revamping, and rebuilding to make the items suit my needs. The budget forced me to be super creative and use what I already had on hand.

2. What was your greatest challenge?

The biggest challenge was the monster desk that was totally user-friendly but pretty ugly. I just couldn’t bear to get rid of it…especially with such a small budget. I used a drop cloth, jute, and hot glue to dress it up and create some hidden storage space underneath. I am not in love with it, but it is a huge improvement on where it started!

3. Are you a “organize it once” kind of girl, or are your storage solutions constantly evolving?

I am an organize it all at once kinda gal. When I am done with a project, I want to be DONE with the project. However, as I am using the space I am slowly realizing I need even more storage space for my supplies. I am currently on the hunt for a piece of furniture that can house more of my tins, jars, and boxes. Somehow, I keep acquiring more and more supplies!

4. What is one thing you’d like to improve about your storage/organization?

One thing I am planning on improving is to up the lighting in the room. There are no ceiling fixtures, so I made my own hanging lamp in the corner and have a table lamp on my desk, but it still isn’t quite enough if I am working at night. I found a wire basket and I am going to try and make another hanging lamp from one of the great tutorials I have seen in blog land recently.

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Kim – your space is awesome!  I love that you’ve implemented so many methods of organization, using found and recycled items.  Thank you so much for sharing!

For more information about Kim and to check out all of the projects she creates in her studio – check out her blog!

And one more  thing – are there any other questions you’d like our tour guides to answer in future posts?  Leave us a comment!