...because home doesn't happen overnight.

The craft closet is D-O-N-E!  (WARNING!:  LOTS OF WAY TOO DETAILED PICTURES ARE INCLUDED IN THIS POST.)  And not a moment too soon.  We’ll have guests overnight this weekend who won’t have to trip over this mess…

Instead, they’ll get to use this closet…

Yep, you’ve gotta wait a little longer for the full ‘after’ shots (or just scroll down if you’re impatient)!  I wanna talk function before I get into the nitty-gritty details.  This closet is located in our guest room/playroom/craft room.  Since the room serves a lot of different functions, the closet must also.  It absolutely needs to store my sewing machine, sewing basket, fabric scraps, scrapbooking materials, cardmaking supplies and guests’ hanging clothes.  That’s the minimum.  However, once I started thinking about organizing the closet, I threw in a few other purposes as well:  gift wrap station and home decor storage.  I know what you’re thinking, “That’s a lot to ask for from a meager closet!”  Luckily, the closet was a good size to begin with…you could probably consider it a small walk-in closet…but it needed organized storage to bring it to full working potential.  Immediately, I designated each wall of the closet to a particular task(s).  When I did that, it occurred to me that the closet door would have to be removed in order to use the right-hand wall.  (See how the closet door opens into the closet in the first picture?)  So, that was the first thing I did.  I emptied the entire closet, unscrewed the door at its hinges and then painted the walls Benjamin Moore’s Wild Aster.  (To save money, I took my Benjamin Moore paint swatch to Lowe’s and had them color match it.)

Then I set to work carrying up all my scrapbooking, sewing, cardmaking, gift wrapping and home decor supplies from the basement.  That’s 2 flights of stairs each trip, people!  And it took a million trips!  And, no, Handy Hubby had no part in it.  At one point the room looked like this…

That wasn’t even half of what I carried.  I tediously went through each and every plastic bin and drawer in an effort to re-organize and downsize my creative arsenal.  In the end, I had 6 empty storage bins and was finally ready to fill the closet.  I reused my hard-working (yet slightly eyesore-ish) stackable plastic drawers for the scrapbooking and cardmaking supplies.  I purchased a heavy duty 4-tier metal shelf from Lowe’s along with 3 metal storage bins and 2 cabinet organizing racks for home decor storage and a gift wrapping station .  Here’s what my multi-purpose craft closet looks like now…

Let’s take a tour, shall we?  Counter-clockwise (because I’m a lefty and we lefties like to do things bass ackwards), here we go.  I hung the cabinet racks (originally meant to screw onto the inside of kitchen cabinet doors to hold spices, foil, wax paper, etc.) on the right-hand wall to serve as my gift wrapping station.  (I was inspired by a recent Young House Love post.) 

I pulled each individual ribbon through the rack to keep any tangling at bay.

The wrapping paper is held in place with 2 hooks and a piece of ribbon.  No more fumbling around in my dark, dingy, unfinished basement to wrap a birthday gift. (Don’t I need to get some cute wrapping paper?!  No wonder the presents I gift are hideous!)

The back wall of the craft closet is home to my plastic drawers full of scrapbook paper, stamps, ink pads, custom cutters/hole punchers and other cardmaking doo-dads. 

I added cheap (but fun!) artwork above the stacked drawers by way of spray painting 3 Goodwill frames gloss white then adding scrap fabric behind the glass.  A trio of IKEA cork trivets holds business cards of my favorite Etsy sellers.

Yes!  Artwork in a closet is totally acceptable.

Just above the artwork is the original closet wire rack.  It holds a few baskets of home decor items not being used at the moment.

Yep.  That’s a lil’ basket-in-basket action goin’ on.

For more fun (really? are you having fun yet?), I hung a capiz wind chime from the wire rack.

IKEA wooden hangers hung in the corner provide a spot for guests to hang their clothes if needed.

Below the hangers is one of the metal bins I purchased from Lowe’s.  It holds oversized items that won’t fit in the plastic drawers.  A bolt of fabric and a roll of grasscloth round out the corner.

The third (and final) wall of my craft closet is where the industrial metal shelving lives.  This baby is tough!  Each shelf can hold 350 pounds individually…I could hold tons of fabric for ransom!! 

I slid a bunch of flattened shirt boxes under the bottom shelf.

I found these circular magnets at IKEA to label each shelf.  I simply used a dry erase marker to designate the contents.  If I ever need to change it up, the marker just wipes right off!  The bottom shelf holds my sewing machine and sewer’s basket.

Next up are my paints and fabrics.

The top 2 shelves are devoted to home decor items. 

I used some fabric scraps to cushion breakables set inside one another.

I can go shopping in my own home now!  Whenever I feel the (ever-present) need to tweak the mantle or a tablescape, I can just run up to my craft closet and easily switch things out.  I’m also holding myself to a strict new rule: NO MORE GLASSWARE UNLESS IT FITS ON THE SHELF.  I think that means no new glassware.  Period.

Finally, I closed off the doorless closet with a printed fabric curtain hung from a tension rod.  A 3M hook and some ribbon act as a makeshift tie-back.

With the closet in order, I was able to organize my craft desk drawer too.  I repurposed boxes that once held thank-you notes.  (Now those cards live in my gift wrapping station.) 

My friends, you have seen every nook, niche and cranny of my craft closet…and then some.  It feels soooo good to have that space organized!  (Yes, I was the girl in elementary school who organized and re-organized her schoolbox over and over until each item fit perfectly.)  I still need to putty and paint the spots on the door frame where the closet door use to hang, but I met my self-proclaimed deadline.  I just may find our house guests up late at night making cards or sewing pillow covers!

 

22 Comments

15.April.2010

I LOVE the closet! I need to do something similar in my guest room closet as well. I wish mine was as large as yours! :)

I love your blog. I stopped over from the YHL post, but I’ve really enjoyed going through your posts and reading about what you’re doing in your home. Keep up the good work! I’m getting lots of home inspiration ideas :)

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15.April.2010

To die for! Wow…..how smart are you to use a closet and make it a beautiful and what looks like, spacious enough craft room! I love your organization! You have inspired me, I am running up to my office and doing some organizing!

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This is beautiful! I expecially love the magnets as shelf labels. What a smart idea!

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15.April.2010

Sara – The magnet labels are my favorite part! I was initially going to use them on the metal storage bins but later decided they were more useful as shelf labels. I’m always surprised by how what I think will work usually changes during the process.

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16.April.2010

Wow! You did a fantastic job. The art work and the capiz chime really add a great touch to a super-organized space! Very inspiring!

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I have total craft closet envy! And I love all of the photos; thank you for including them!

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replied on April 17th, 2010

Erin – I was worried that the numerous photos would be exhausting. But then I thought the other blogs I love most use tons of photos. I’m a very visual person! I like to feel like I’m in the room when I look at home decor photos.

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16.April.2010

I thought my craft room was a hard working room, but not as much as yours. I love the closet makeover. I especially love the fact that you can shop at home, I do that all the time. I also love the drawer inserts with the pops of color. Darling. Have fun with your company this weekend!

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16.April.2010

Hi!!! I LOVE your new craft closet! It is FABULOUS! I have an organizing business and am an organizer like you! I love the large wire shelving unit that you bought to hold your things! Can you tell me what the dimensions are? I am thinking I might need one like that in my craft closet! HA!

I love your blog too and have had fun looking at all of your past posts! (Saw your link on YHL!)

Thanks for the great inspiration!

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replied on April 17th, 2010

Beth – The measurements of the metal shelving are approximately 35″ wide x 53″ high and the shelves are 14″ deep. Hope it works out for you…I love it!

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18.April.2010

I love this closet! Everything is so organized, yet pretty! It has inspired me to do a similar set up in the spare walls in my laundry room. Thanks for the inspiration!

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18.April.2010

Michelle – If you think of it, send me some before and after shots of your laundry room overhaul!

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20.April.2010

Wow – fabulous closet! Love your writing style, too :) This is going to be one of my favorite decor blogs!

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04.May.2010

flippin’ fantastic. super cute blog. adding it to my list to read!!

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18.May.2010

I am so doing this soon! Hopefully by the end of this summer! I can’t ever find the ribbon Im looking for, or the wrapping paper! Perfect fix to that prob! Thanks for sharing!

Alyssa @ swissavenue.blogspot.com

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01.June.2010

Dana, are you kidding me? You are amazing! You are now definitely one of my favorite people of all time!

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16.June.2010

I’m FINALLY tackling my guest room/office/craft closet, and would LOVE to know where you got the metal shelving unit and the metal bins. Hopefully mine will turn out as well as yours!

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replied on June 16th, 2010

Samantha – I purchased the metal shelving unit and the metal bins from my local Lowe’s store. The shelving unit is very sturdy and can hold a ton of weight. The bins are great as well…very deep for storing lots of stuff. Good luck on your closet!

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16.April.2011

Great room! I’ve been looking for ideas for my guest room and this would be perfect. Where did you get your chair and table?

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29.September.2011

In looking for ideas to turn my under the stairs closet into a craft room storage, I found this entry. Thank you for the great ideas. Your closet organization will be my role model.

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