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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Love craft storage ideas and craft space shares like these?
Just look at this slatted wood panel gifted from her sister.
Supplies are added with hardware clips, the baskets for markers and pens are from Target‘s dollar section, and the baker’s twine is in an office in/out basket with some dowels strung across the openings.
The washi tape is in a thrifted hanging wood basket – it fits absolutely perfectly!
Everything is within easy reach and, as Vanessa says, what she lacks in space, she definitely makes up for in GREAT storage systems.
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.
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?
As some of you might have seen, we recently announced that Craft Storage Ideas (CSI) was for sale.
Our goal was to find a new owner for CSI, someone we felt confident could not only carry on with delivering great organizing information and inspiration, but grow CSI to include even more craft storage information and inspiration…for YOU!
Of course, making the decision to let our “baby” go was not arrived at easily – we have really loved running CSI and getting to know so many of you, our amazing readers.
And of course, we’ve also really enjoyed working with our amazing contributors:
Stephanie Hackney (a.k.a. Steph), a former professional organizer, long-time craft industry trade columnist, crafting addict and fearless leader of PaperCrafter’sCorner is taking over!
Steph reached out to us when she heard CSI was for sale and, based on what we’ve seen her accomplish with PaperCrafter’s Corner since she took it over in 2013, we feel very comfortable handing over the care and feeding of CSI to her as we move onto new ventures.
We know she has lots of ideas to further enhance the CSI experience for you and to provide you with even more organizing information and inspiration.
Now don’t worry, Steph and her team are not planning on eliminating any of what you’ve grown to love about CSI – their goal is to give you even more of what you love!
It’s time for a new organizing and crafting addict to bring her energy, excitement, craft industry experience & business savvy to CSI!
Steph’s super excited to get to know all of you and to bring even more cool stuff to the CSI community.
Steph’s Thoughts on CSI
“I have long admired Craft Storage Ideas as a valuable resource for crafters, from the time of its founding by Susan Mintmire and Rebecca Boyer, to the present, under the leadership of Noelle McAdams and Shelley Walsh.
It has been fun to see CSI evolve as Noelle and Shelley took over – I know they and the CSI contributors have worked hard to ensure that visitors to the CSI site (and associated social media pages) always found valuable content, a positive experience, and a reason to return again and again.
My team and I intend to expand the CSI offering by making necessary behind-the-scenes changes and enhancements (some of which have already taken place), and adding both new functionality and new information based largely on what the CSI community tells us it wants (yes, this is YOUR chance to make your voice heard – let us know what YOU want to find at CSI!).
The CSI contributors (who I’m happy to report are staying on!) will work hard to provide you with even more information, more inspiration and, hopefully, even more fun than what you’ve already experienced as a fan of CSI!
It is our goal to build on what Susan, Rebecca, Noelle and Shelley have created for you and to make the CSI offering even better!”
As you can imagine, handing over something we’ve worked hard on has been a bit bittersweet.
But it was time, and we believe CSI is in good hands!
We look forward to seeing CSI grow and prosper and we wish you all well.
So, what will we be doing now?
“I will be keeping up with my hubby, our active lifestyle, my teaching and theater schedules, and my 3 busy boys! I sure have loved running this site, the fantastic contributors I’ve worked with over the years, and all the wonderful readers. I will miss you, CSI, and am so excited to see what comes next for you. My life is wonderfully full of other important things right now. I am closing my personal blog for the time being, but I will forever be a crafter. In fact, I am at a weekend scrapbook retreat as we speak!”
“I will be continuing work with my Etsy shop, There Be Unicorns, that I run with my best friend. We sell hand-painted housewares, original paintings, crocheted items and other fun things, and I look forward to putting more energy into it. 🙂 I will also, be continuing my work as a freelance graphic designer, and spending some much needed time with my husband. I’ve had so much fun working with CSI and can’t wait to see what comes next!!”
We know you’ll support Stephanie and CSI moving forward – Steph & the team are going to work hard for you and we’re sure you’ll be thrilled with the CSI of the future.
That is the question! My mess supplies have recently taken over my craft room. Not only do I need to clean and put things away but we’re considering relocating my craft room to an area that’s smaller than I have now. Eeek! I’m actually okay with this and even excited about it. I know if done right I can get a lot of my stuff in this space. Realistically I have too much stuff ( I will deny ever saying that!). That’s where this “P” word comes in…Purge.
So after watching my craft room get messier and messier and my actual work surface disappear, I knew not only do I need to clean but I should really look at purging some supplies along the way. Not sure if I was procrastinating (my middle name), or my long lost organizational gene had surfaced, but I decided to go about this in an orderly manner.
Now that I have my trash out of the room, and my box ready to be filled with those purged items, how do I decide what to purge?
I wrote down some basic questions that if answered realistically can help you to decide To Purge or Not To Purge.
I really debated on some of these questions. And ultimately there’s the “Do I Love it?” question that can save some supplies. Of course this isn’t foolproof and if you aren’t in a mental purging place, then no this won’t work. But instead of just guessing which supplies to keep and what to purge, this should help.
Once you purge, you can give the supplies to other crafty friends, sell them or donate them to a school. If they are good supplies, please don’t throw them away. Schools or Rec centers would love to have these supplies.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, suggestions or accomplishments. Happy purging!