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Craft Room Tour – a look inside my creative work space

FINALLY! It's been years since my craft room was a happy place to be. Today I'm taking you on a craft room tour, sharing the spaces I work in and showing off my studio. My work space, over the years, has become more of a dumping ground for all things creative and even some non-creative general stuff. So, back in November I signed up to participate in a group craft room tour event hosted by my friend Angie over at The Country Chic Cottage. I knew if I committed to sharing my space, I would take the time to really clean it. No way I was going to take pictures of my junkyard of crafts to show you… but I also wouldn't back out. So here I am today, showing you where I am with my studio and brand new organized space. This is where my craft project inspiration is going to thrive…

My Craft Room Tour and Craft Storage Ideas - Jen Goode
My Craft Room Tour and Craft Storage Ideas – Jen Goode

I hope this inspires you to organize your space, set up a space or just use your creative space more!

 

Craft Room Tour - The Country Chic Cottage
Craft Room Tour – The Country Chic Cottage

When I sat down to write this post, I ended up with 47 photos of my space. What!? Seriously! I am so excited to have a clean space with all the work areas I need to really accommodate the needs of my creative productivity.

Until now, I've been creating projects all around the entire house. I would head to the studio, fill up a box with the supplies I needed and then pick any number of areas to work. Usually I ended up in the kitchen… which means we would often eat in the family room.

This is why…. my craft room as of last week:

 

Craft Room Tour - before
Craft Room Tour – before

Right!? Plain old awful… with more piles like that around the house when the schedule was crazy full of project deadlines. I talked about my craft hoarding years ago. I even started to share some changes with updates to my studio.

This paint cabinet, is my absolute favorite space in my entire room… if only I had time to paint more!

Craft Room Tour - a look inside my creative work space
Craft Room Tour – a look inside my creative work space

But this time I meant business. Continue reading to see my new creative work space >>>.

 

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67 thoughts on “Craft Room Tour – a look inside my creative work space”

  1. I love the shoe rack for the ribbons. Your tour gives me hope that I will gradually get more organized. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Love your space. We are finishing the building of my new craft room and have been looking for the heavy metal shelving you used, but have been unable to find anything like it. Can you please tell me where you purchased your shelving for your counters .. this is the BEST idea I have seen
    thank you for the inspiration!

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    • So sorry for the late reply. Did you finish your space yet? I purchased my large shelves through Lowes about 12 years ago… they are a standard utility storage unit, usually used for the garage. Instead of building the shelves full height, I used them at half height to create all the counter space.

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  3. Thanks for Sharing your photos and ideas! I have been encouraged for the past 2 to 3 weeks , I have been re-organizing, cleaning up, purging my craft room.!!
    If I Can share with you my before video, and my room when it’s done. I am so anxious to get this project done..
    Thanks so much!!
    Karen Lambert

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    • Thank you for the note Karen, I’m so excited for you! I think cleaning up our creative spaces sometimes end up feeling like a whole new room. So many fun projects ahead for you!

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  4. Your Craft Room is Beautiful NOW!!! I LOVE IT!!! I am downsizing so I won’t be able to have all of my craft stuff anymore. Your ideas will help Me in my new space!!! THANK YOU!!! I love Your new area!!!

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    • I am so excited for you! I’m going to be downsizing my craft space too… I think using more wall space to store supplies will take up less room without getting rid of all the things. I can’t wait to hear how your new space turns out!

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  5. My basement looks like your use to. My biggest problem is lighting. I’m “older”. Do you like the track lights you have? Do they give you spots of light or cover an area with light? Of course electric outlets are another “basement problem. My initial problem was a flood that poured in thru to one window whose drain was plugged. I threw everything up off the floor. It took me forever to get the mud off the floor. Now it looks like your before picture. But you give me hope. Thanks for posting your work.

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  6. Amazing! I too have a craft hoarding room that family members look at and tell me, “It’s growing”. This year I mean business too! Got some pretty organizational pieces and an inspirational drum chandelier lamp that I love. Once I clear the room I can begin and you just gave me some much needed hope. God bless!
    Susie

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    • Yes! We bought a bunch of tall metal shelving racks, normally used for storage in a garage, and then set them up only 1/2 high and added a piece of wood on top as a work table space. So each shelving unit we bought, was used to make 2 sets of shelves… and they are placed all around the perimeter of the room. At the time, the shelves cost about $75 each (plus the wood for the top).

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  7. Lovely room! I too have an unfinished basement that I want to set up as a studio. Do you have anything covering the walls? Nice work and a great inspiration!

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  8. This is great… my space looks like the first photo.. lil projects here and there.. crap everywhere I can’t move.. haha
    So I can totally relate
    Painter.. sew things…. paper craft..( just got a new circuit!!) can make jewelry ..sell stuff on eBay..whatever!! we can make …build it.. and best of all collect it all to do it!..
    eh…when we get to it. .. BUT!!! when we do get to it..we have it.. or we knew we had it and put it somewhere!
    Thanks for sharing your space looks great! Now If I can stop collecting ideas off of pinterest maybe I will get something finished too

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    • Haha, I completely understand! I had to give myself a rule – if there isn’t room on the shelf to keep it, then I need to either get rid of something not no keeping. It’s worked a little so far. I dare ya, finish one project and then stop back by and tell me about it so I can cheer you on!

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  9. Good Day!
    How long did it take for you organize your work area? I also wondering where did you get your metal shelving units? I have a craft room but hopefully in a couple of years I’ll have a better room.

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    • Organizing is an ongoing process for me. Cleaning it up took a good week… but all the little organized details has been going on for a while. I think it’s more fun to craft in the room than organize it!

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  10. Love what you have done! My craft area is also in the basement , looking somewhat like your “before” picture. Lol.? I have big ideas to shove things around, put up another wall of drywall or two, and reorganize!! Winter has set in and I want to clean up before Spring arrives. MY sash of thrift buys keeps growing. Thanks for your many ideas.

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    • I’ve decided I need to use the stash before I buy more… I’m not sure how long I’ll stick with that plan, ha! Good luck with your organizing too!

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  11. I really like your room because it’s ‘real’! I have a large basement space as yours does and am just now getting it together -it is not fancy, not a showroom craft room and I also am using family furniture handed down to me. So I feel like once done it will be similar to yours! Thanks for sharing and if I can will post my ‘before and after ‘ pics of my crafting sewing painting etc space! C

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    • Oh I’d love to see your before and after pics! I think sometimes we see all the pretty pictures shares online and it makes it harder to love our own spaces… but really, I just love creating. It the room were too pretty, I wouldn’t want to dirty it up with my creative messes. Happy organizing!

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  12. tres sympa comme endroit pour travailler et semble vraiment pratique !!!!!!
    moi je viens de demenager et passe de 18m2 a 8m2 snif …. j’ai beaucoup de mal a trouver la place ideal pour tout mes petits “”bidules”” de scrap

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    • Merci Beaucoup! I don’t know much French, I’m sorry. I think you can make any size space into a fabulous scrap or craft room with you organize it right. Happy Crafting!

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  13. I have 1 word WOW!!! Thats amazing. I too have a new room that I need to turn into a craft room. Out of interest what crafts do you do?? Enjoy your new space happy crafting 🙂

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    • Thank YOU! I like all crafts, seriously, I enjoy all things creative. I spend more time drawing, coloring and creating paper crafts with my Cricut. But if we could add more hours to the day, I would love to spend time painting and sewing and playing with clay too. What do you like to do?

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  14. i like what you did with the paint storage, is that on the outside of cabinet doors? would love to see more of that area. I am a pinterest aholic. and am still trying to figure out some ideas for organizing my area but have very little financing and have a very eclectic version of what i craft, which is a little of everything. if you could possibly get back to me especially with pictures of that area i would really like that

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    • Hi, Thank you bunches! Yes, the paint shelves are on the outside of the cabinet doors. So I’m not taking up any more “floor space”. The doors are a solid wood, so that is important as the paint can get rather heavy.

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  15. Enjoyed the tour. I am lucky & have a small guest house that I have just thrown together. You gave me a few good ideas. Loved the whole room.

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  16. WOW! I have seen lots of craft organizational plans, but this is the best I have ever seen because it includes so many different kinds of crafts. I have adult ADD, so I have lots of different crafts interests– like polymer clay, beading and jewelry, yarning, needlework, sewing , paper crafts, scrap booking, etc. and and I tend to be a bit (er…ehem…).”hoardie” . The space is here, the “stuff ” is here, but like you it takes a while to find what I need so I usually buy new stuff. You could even say I have “vision” as regards to organizing but I only got as far as putting like things into like places. You have given me several great ideas such as making better use of wall space, putting shelves at the ends of work tables ( your ribbon organizer!), and the key to making it all look neat and orderly- using industrial ( cheap) shelving all at the same height and width, and -my favorite idea- using spice racks with small jars and similar kinds of racks for small things, and setting up work surfaces for each “department” ha ha! Your ideas have re-energized me and inspired me to get back up there and do some re-organizing! Thanks for posting these great ideas

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  17. Very Cool- sounds like we have a lot in common Jen. I LOVE how you were so intentional in where things went and I just might have to make this happen, Thank you for the inspiration!

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    • Thank you so much Darla. It took a really long time to finally figure out what I wanted to put where. If I had to do it again, I’d start sooner and worry less about getting it all “just right”. It feels so much better to walk in and be able to find what I need quickly. Definitely stop back buy and tell me how you craft room is coming along!

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    • Thank you so much! Eventually I hope to finish the rest of the room.. add some more cabinets or a fairy Godmother to keep it clean 😀

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  18. What a great space! I see the post is from earlier this year and it is now September…have you been able to maintain it? I saw the pic come up on Pinterest and thought (with a smile) that I was finally seeing pictures of a crafter that has an amount of stuff comparable to what I have! I have a beautiful space to work, extra bedroom, roughly 12×14 , where I was able to install Ikea kitchen cabinets, counters, the huge pantry cabinet, drawers and cupboards below and full cabinets above. I also had two standard double closets that were gutted and installed with 3 of the 25″ wide Ikea Pax closet boxes with shelves and 6 pull out drawers below, that is 18 25″ wide drawers just in this little area! I also picked up 2 counters with shelving below from a closing scrapbook store, that form an island. In it I have 3 six drawer iris carts on one side and storage for lots of stuff on the shelves of the other. At each end I have an additional 3 tall carts with 4 shallow and 3 deep drawers. I should have plenty of storage. I read your line about your area becoming a dumping place for all things crafty and some not, and that is exactly where I am. Getting rid of the non craft stuff is easy, but how do you purge perfectly good craft stuff? I am stuck?

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    • Oh my goodness, that sounds like a great craft space!! It’s definitely a challenge to keep my space clean. I find that if I craft everywhere else in the house, the craft room stays all organized and pretty, ha! Getting rid of craft stuff? I have been reaching out to various people to donate my extra supplies. I’ve found the school art teacher, school programs and homeschoolers all really appreciate and can definitely use the supplies. Start there, I’m sure you’ll find people eager to put your extra supplies to good use! Let me know how it goes. 😀

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  19. What type of cabinets did you use for your paint storage? I’m trying to find cheap flat door cabinets to copy your design.

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    • Hi Melissa, The cabinets are an old set my folks pulled out of their garage. I suggest a solid wood door as they need to be sturdy enough to hold the weight of the paint.

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    • lol thank YOU! You can start with a little space… my computer desk is really where I do the bulk of my work and its only 5 ft long by about 24″ wide. I’ve seen some amazing closet craft spaces too – check out the other Craft tours, there’s a couple in there!

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  20. Wow it looks great! Good job on thinking through what you want your space to be and then making it happen. Your hard work looks week rewarded already. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, I’m so excited that it’s finally an area I’m not embarrassed about it. Lets of work left to do, but one room at a time… this is now my favorite!

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  21. Love it!! My art room is always the last place to organize.. I only have before pictures so far.. I’m still waiting for my invite to Jen & Chrissy Craft Day!! 🙂

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