How to Pull Together a Thrifted Craft Room

When we lived in our 2-bedroom condo, I made no space for crafting. I would sit in front of the TV in the living room, with my sewing machine stacked on stop of an old cheapie card table that was hardly enough space to stretch out. So when we moved into our single-family home a few years ago, I knew a craft room was in order!

How to Pull Together a Thrifted Craft Room

Because I love thrift stores, it only made sense to buy everything second-hand.

So here are a few tips to help you pull together your own affordable thrifted craft room!

 

How to Pull Together a Thrifted Craft Room

 

TIP #1 – Paint everything the same color.

The thing about second hand is that usually everything is mismatched–different color woods, different styles…I guess that’s true for any room that gets all second-hand thrifted furniture. The best way to unify everything is to paint is the same color, or at least, complimentary. Who cares if you have different styles of furniture! Unless you’re inviting over some Furniture Connoisseur, you shouldn’t care too much 🙂

 

TIP #2 – Plan What You Need Before You Start Shopping

Because if you’re like me, you will end up with too much stuff 🙂 Start with your BEFORE (this is my “before” below, ick! Cold, bare, and poo-poo brown!) and see how much space you’ll have before you start buying pieces.

 

Thrift Diving Craft Room

(Another “before” shot…..ugh….it was horrible! As we lived in it, it got messier….and messier…..And no “CRAFTING” was being done in there! Who could create in that mess?! Plus, hubby and I had to share the space for his office and my crafting).

Thrift Diving Craft Room_BEFORE

 

It needed paint, BADLY! I had to prime first, because the color was so dark. Then again, I probably didn’t need to prime. LOL

Thrift Diving Craft Room BEFORE

 

TIP #3 – Look For Cheap Wall Shelving

The point is to get things off your desk, and up on those walls. I found this wall shelf for only $5.00!! It ended up working out perfectly. If you can’t seem to find any shelves, look for crates that you could turn on their sites and mount to the wall to act as shelving. Or, even use dresser drawers from old dressers you’ve found at the thrift store!

Thrift Craft Room

 

Here’s what it looked like when I bought it:

Thrift Diving Craft Room Shelf_BEFORE

 

It’s a great place to store old cans with craft supplies in them:

Thrift Diving Craft Room Thrift Store Shelf

TIP #4 – Consider Rustic Desks

I am in LOVE with my vintage Anco Bilt drafting table that I found at the thrift store for only $30! It was truly a steal. I decided to keep it rustic and natural because, well, it is more valuable that way. But if you’re crafting on a desk, you’re going to be dropping pins, scissors, etc., and you may just scratch any desk you decide to use if it’s painted. I like the rustic look more. Any nicks and dings only add to its character :).

BONUS TIP: Position the desk perpendicular to the wall because it creates a nice little alcove-ish area for you to call your own, especially if you’re sharing the room with your spouse! Cap it off with a book shelf on the end and stack crafting books on it. I bought this one from a yard sale for $10!

Thrift Diving Craft Room IN PROGRESS

 

Thrift Diving Craft Room Vintage Anco Bilt Drafting Table

 

TIP #5 – Ask Friends and Coworkers for Old Furniture

Sometimes deals are found outside of the thrift store! I found this Ikea Expedit from a coworker whose son didn’t need it anymore. I bought from a coworker for a measly $40. Right now, it’s a hot mess :). But I will be putting more baskets there as I reign in my crafting clutter…..

Thrift Diving Craft Room IN PROGRESS

Thrift Diving Craft Room Expedit

TIP #6 – Buy Extra Lamps (Or DIY Your Own!)

Craft rooms need lots of light, so look for an old thrifted lamp, or make an awesome DIY pendant lamp to hang over your drafting desk. I made mine out of my broken Crate & Barrel wire fruit basket! You won’t believe the cool light art that it creates on the ceiling when I turn it on!!! I love it!

(For the full tutorial on how to create your own DIY pendant lamp like the one I did, here are the video tutorial instructions.)

Thrift Diving How to Make a DIY Pendant Lamp

 

Thrift Diving How to Make a DIY Pendant Lamp

 

 

Thrift Diving How to Make a DIY Pendant Lamp

 

TIP #7 – Keep Your Sewing Machine Out of the Limelight

If you have kids, I guarantee they’ll grab your thread……your needles……and, oh, your leg press that allows you to even raise and lower the sewing machine. HA! Better to keep it under wraps when it’s not in use. Try to find an affordable sewing cabinet from the thrift store, or check Craigslist.

I got this one from the thrift store for a mere $40! I haven’t refinished it yet….

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TIP #8 – Go For the Uncommon

Yes, my friends….that right there is a vintage shoe shine caddy. And what am I using it for? Craft supplies! On my desk! Its on of my favorite things in the room! I got it from the thrift store, about $6.00. I just store scissors or note pads in there.

Thrift Diving Craft Room Vintage Shoe Shine

 

TIP #9 – Use All Your Old Cans…..and Then Some!

As a crafter, you will never have enough markers, pens, pencils–you name it. Use a bunch of cans on your desk, some of which you can easily find at the thrift store. Some of them will be food cans. And some, snack cans! The more, the merrier! 🙂

Thrift Diving Craft Room IN PROGRESS

 

Thrift Diving Craft Room Black and White Thrift Store cup

 

Thrift Diving Craft Room Black and White Thrift Store cup

TIP #10 – Don’t Expect It to Be Perfect!

Look–my craft room isn’t perfect. Here is the unpretty side of the room (where hubby sits) and I haven’t had time to finish the craft room yet. But when I do, the whole thing will be great. For now, I celebrate what I have already put together, and work on what a little bit at a time the things I haven’t had time or money to finish.

Thrift Diving Craft Room IN PROGRESS
Thrifted Craft Room

Just get some things that you really love in your craft room (like my pretty little DIY card catalog that I love, love, love–found at the thrift store for $18!). The more you love it, the more you’ll want to create.

 

What If You Don’t Have Space for a Craft Room?

Yep, not everyone has a dedicated room for crafting. In that case, here’s what I would recommend:

  • Use your dining room table. Who actually eats there, anyhow?? If you can, get a buffet in your dining room and use it to store your craft materials. Those things hold a lot!
  • Clear out a closet. I’m sure you’ve seen the closets-turned-crafting-space. It’s an option…..
  • Craft at a friend’s house. If you have a friend that has more space than you, set up regular dates to craft over at their house instead.
  • Thrift Diving Craft Room IN PROGRESS

So tell me…do you have a craft room, and how have you decorated it? Are you actually getting to use it?? Leave a comment below to share!

 

 

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  1. Sharon C. says:

    Thanks for being honest about the fact that your craft room is still under construction. It seems that I’ll never get done with my redo, because when I start to make progress, something gets in the way. For the longest time, having had cancer twice got in the way. I don’t have the stamina I had, even though I was lucky to have the cancer detected early. But I’ll get there eventually.
    I thought your makeover was inspired and looks great! I’m currently

    • Hi Sharon! I’m sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but it sounds like you’re going to be okay, which is great!! I never did fully complete my crafting room. I’ve since gone on to do a home office/crafting area down in my basement. You may have missed it, but I just posted it last weekend. I think you’ll like it! I took the drafting table out of there and put it down in the basement and shoved a lot of my mostly used crafting supplies in my painted jewelry box! You can see everything HERE:

      http://thriftdiving.com/thrifty-basement-home-office-makeover/

      I know what it’s like to not be able to get a room done! That’s why I started my 30-day room makeover challenges with my readers because I was tired of getting distracted. LOL 🙂 You should consider joining the next one, probably in March! You can sign up here:

      http://thriftdiving.com/challengesignup

      Thanks for stopping by!!! Hope to see you around more often! Good luck with getting your strength back! You’ll get there, I’m sure of it!

      Serena

  2. Alys Milner says:

    Okay, you caught me…lurking. I love reading your posts and look forward to the DIY and before and afters. I found you through Keeping Up With Mrs. Smith. She did one of the room challenges.

    I do not know how you manage to do what you do with three small boys. When my boys were small (I have two boys, three years apart) it was so consuming.

    Anyway, love your style of decorating, all your handy tips, and your go-to attitude.

    As for this room, I especially like the card catalog set up at the door with the pretty ‘blooms’ above. What a fresh view while you’re sitting at your crafting desk.

    You’re going to love your Silhouette when you find time to set it up. If you have any left over contact paper you could recover the box it came in and use it as a makeshift cover till the boys are older. Just a thought.

    My hat is off to you.

    • Thank you so much, Alys!!! Glad you found me through Leilani’s sight! I love her blog, too :). DIY’ing is tough with kids. But thankfully, when they’re doing something they love (electronics or playing with the neighbor), I’m usually able to squeeze some time in! I’m glad you like my craft room! I still haven’t finished the curtains. EEK! It’s been a long time. I’ve been focusing on all the other rooms that in much worse state, so once I get them done, I’ll back-track to the craft room. LOL. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I sure how you subscribe and stay in touch!!! 🙂

  3. anne says:

    Hello, just found your blog by accident today and love it! And then I saw that you have the exact same drafting table that I just picked up on the curb last week!! Total score for both of us! I have sanded mine down and was planning to refinish (not paint) it, was wondering what you did with yours? Did you refinish or just leave as is? Mine is in great condition after sanding but was thinking it would look amazing re-stained. I usually embrace the rustic look but thought this might be fabulous all polished up. I am keeping it for myself, not reselling or anything. What do you think?

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