Turn a Closet into a Craft Room
We used a spare closet to use as a craft room and it turned out amazing! This project took 2 days including removing all pre-existing items, shopping for supplies, labor, and staging. The total cost was $250 since I re-purposed many items that I already had around the house. So let me show you the before and after before I get into the details and How to Turn A Closet Into a Craft Room.
My craft room is the size of a closet, well literally it was a walk-in closet from the 4th bedroom in our home that we use as an office/guestroom. A closet with a window, heating and air conditioning vent, electrical outlet and lighting – which made it perfect to use as a workspace. Here is a close up of the Before picture again…
It really only looked like this for the past 6 months that we have lived here so I wasn’t working under these conditions for too long 😉
One of the things that we added to this space right away was an electrical outlet in the room. We hired an electrician to do this since we had other electrical work completed when we first moved in.
The black chandelier was moved in from the dining room (since we added a new one in the dining room) which I spray painted black (it was brass) and then hung in this space. Lighting and paint is the easiest and cheapest way to transform a space. This next picture shows a view of the entire space from the doorway.
The fun part about remodeling a space is going shopping! We stopped at Ikea for a few items and then to Home Depot for the wood and pegboard.
We had our measurements ready for the Home Depot associates to cut the wood for us since temperatures outside were near 20 degrees that weekend, I did not want the hubby working in the freezing garage. Home Depot has sheets of white pegboard and we used a sheet of plywood for the desk and shelf.
We had enough leftover wood to use for other projects – which we are planning to use for a built-in bench and shelf in our new mudroom. The below picture shows the room once I removed all the shelves and moved my desk where I wanted it. You can see the back of the closet door in this picture which has a shoe organizer for some of my small crafting supplies.
Then we patched the walls and while that was drying, the hubby built the frame for the desk, pegboard and shelf. We ended up using some scrap wood as spacers behind the pegboard and we used an adjustable desk/table leg from Ikea in the center of the desk for support and a couple of brackets for the shelf from Home Depot. Here is a picture of the work in progress…
Once the built-in’s were in place it was time to paint the room and built-ins. I decided to paint my desk and used Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Old White on both desks. I also applied a generous coat of polyurethane to the desks so we can easily clean them. The wall color is Sherwin Williams Eder White.
After painting everything, I decided to hang a quick DIY roman shade that I made a few years ago that was just sitting in storage since we moved. It’s just white canvas fabric that I sewed the ends and used three tension rods to hang the fabric so it gives the look of roman shades. I painted a pink stripe on the shade since the pops of color in this room are pink.
Here is a look at some of the detailed organization in this room now…
Organized my paper/card stock supplies in this crate from Michael’s and the drawer unit is from Ikea and holds my most used fabric supplies. I made the labels with my Cricut Explore.
These black bins are from Ikea as well and this shelf is high enough that I can reach it but also leaves more room for the pegboard organization. I decided to use a pegboard because it’s so easy to change things around and I didn’t want to be married to shelving in one particular spot.
The other side of the room on the window wall are these footstools and more wall organization from Ikea. I intended to have some kind of additional seating and storage in this corner but ended up deciding that these stools are perfect as seating for the kids when they want to use the built-in desk to craft or color.
We attached wheels so they can easily move them around the room and play merry-go-round and spin each other, haha.
And here is a picture of my daughter’s corner and the wall with the pegboard.
I gave her a small crate to keep her artwork and crafts organized.
So here is the before and after picture again.
The best part about organizing and decluttering any space is finally knowing what you own and getting rid of items that you know you don’t need. I feel like I can get a lot accomplished in this space now!
Now that my space is clean and refreshed, I have a list of craft projects waiting to be tackled!
How to pick the right paint colors
Have you ever had trouble picking the right paint colors for your home? Choosing the right paint colors for your home can be overwhelming. There are so many different “whites” and “grays” these days, how can anyone know they are making the right paint color choice?
That’s why I put together the best tips on How to Choose Interior Paint Colors in this post.
Every home is different… the entryway in our first home was much different than the entryway in our second home, and both of those were very different from the entryway in our third home! So I chose a different paint color for each entryway in all three of our homes. Not to mention, from the time that we bought our first home, to the time that we bought our third home, home paint color trends changed drastically. The colors that I used back then we’re no longer a trendy color and well, I just didn’t like the brown-ish tan that was in our first home, haha.
So if you need help choosing paint colors for the rest of your home, head on over to this post to see my paint-picking tips and what has worked for me in all three of our homes 🙂 My post with how to choose paint colors for your home is one of my most popular posts and readers have benefited from reading it before heading to the store to buy paint that ends up not working out.
I also have some ideas for choosing paint color combinations for bedrooms (with themes!)
Paint Versus Peel & Stick Wallpaper
Peel and stick wallpaper has become very popular recently since not everyone has access to tools to build their own Shiplap walls (thanks Chip and Joanna) or wants to tile an entire wall with subway tile. I love tiling but if I could slap up some wallpaper and call it a day, that would make me, the hubby, and my wallet happy!
You can find peel and stick wallpaper online at Target, Amazon, Home Depot, and more! I’ve linked my favorite peel and stick wallpaper and the ones I’ve used personally below.
Cheap Home Hacks that’ll Increase Value
Renovating a home can come with a high price tag if you’re not budgeting and deciding which updates bring the best return on investment. After selling our updated first home in just 4 years, we bought an even bigger house that needed a lot of updating. We sold our second home after 4 years while doing the much-needed work to produce a profit by following the same strategies we did in our first home.
If you enjoy updating your home, want to increase your home value or just want your home to look better, you should check out thee 10 Cheap Home Hacks That’ll Make Your House Look So Much Better.
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