You know those craft room tours where these amazing bloggers have, what seems like, entire floors of their homes devoted to crafting? Yeah, those make me jealous too. 😉 Instead, I present you…Tried & True’s Teeny Tiny Craft Room Tour! (Or How to Craft in Your Pantry and Not Gain 20 lbs.)
This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience and to assist in the maintenance of this site.First, let me give you a bit of background on my house. We live in a sweet little house that was built in 1936 with a few new rooms added on in the 50’s. While that makes for great character, it doesn’t necessary mean we have a whole lot of space to work with. We’ve lived here for five years and are still trying to update everything!
I started blogging on my dining room table but when I began working on campaigns and design teams, it became very apparent I was going to need a more permanent space to work in. The only place that wasn’t being used was this funky little room right off the kitchen. The previous owners had used it as a breakfast nook but we converted it into a large pantry (there are walls of shelves just to the right in the picture above.) The yellow bench was already there and my husband just added a few support beams and a sheet of plywood to make my craft desk. That was the beginning of my Teeny Tiny Craft Room!
Here’s a shot of the underside of the desk. Not much to look at except for the mess! (which is so much better since I spent the last two days cleaning this room in preparation of this tour!) The section right under my desk is where I store all my current projects, things that I know I need to work on soon. I store my Evolution press, The Cinch tool, and other Lifestyle Crafts supplies in the lower left closet (don’t forget to use promo code “TRIEDTRUE” for 20% off the We R Memory Keepers/Lifestyle Crafts store!) and my Silhouette Cameo supplies on the right. My trusty sewing machine sits right next to my feet. I totally need to make a cover for it since it gets pretty dusty down there!
On the door, to the right of my table, I just recently hung a piece of pegboard to store some of the supplies I use most frequently. Things like We R Memory Keepers Power Punches, adhesives, glue gun, and scissors. So super helpful having all those things right there when I need them! Never mind the unfinished door jam from when we remodeled this room as a pantry…five years ago. There’s a reason I’m primarily a craft blogger and not a DIY-er!
Right next to the door is another set of shelves to store my most used supplies. I use the Spectrum Noir markers all the time for my Coloring Pages and of course, Mod Podge for all sorts of things. I have the DecoArt paint here because I’ve run out of space on my paint shelves in the other room. I really need a better way to store my paint!
You can see a few of my past projects in this picture: Mouse Trap Clips, Matryoshka Sewing Kit, Cup of Tea Print, Plastic Canvas Desk Robot, Orange Peel Vinegar. I even have a little section devoted to one of my favorite shows!
To the left of my desk is more organization! Are you seeing a trend here? When you’re crafting in a Teeny Tiny Craft Room there isn’t a whole lot of room for decorative pieces. Everything I put up is about storage, storage, and more storage. Luckily, when you’re dealing with pretty supplies like baker’s twine or washi tape, storing it out in the open can be both attractive and useful!
My sister gave me the wood slat panel you see in the picture above and with the use of a few hardware clips, I can easily add and switch out supplies. The baskets of markers and pens are from the dollar section at Target and the baker’s twine is in an office in/out basket with some dowels strung across. I have no idea where the hanging wood basket for my washi tape is from. I thrifted it and they fit absolutely perfectly! I recently added a bathroom corner shelf unit in the corner of my desk to utilize some of that wasted space as well.
My craft supplies have also taken over a part of the laundry room, which is just behind the pegboard door. These Ikea shelves and buckets are perfect for storing different craft supply categories. I’m using a small curtain rod to store my ribbon in the window but I’m worried the late afternoon sun will fade them so if you have any great ideas for ribbon storage, I’d love to hear them! This is also where we store our bee suits but eventually I’d like to get those out and add some sort of scrapbook paper organizer on the wall to the left. Time to expand yet again!
This section of my laundry room is my newest acquisition! A few days ago it was storage for a bunch of dog supplies we never used and baby gifts we needed to donate. I’ve mostly cleared it up but eventually I would like to figure out a better way to store large amounts of paint. I’m thinking small, thin shelves that stretch across the back wall with maybe a larger bookcase at the bottom? Or maybe a small bench to remove our muddy shoes at? Hmm, big plans…
And just to keep it real…here’s a picture of my super disorganized pantry! My sister is always joking that I “blogify” things to paint a perfect picture. That may be a little true about some projects in the past but there just isn’t a way to make my pantry look better than it is. This is real life people! 😀
So, there you have it! That’s the Tried & True Teeny Tiny Craft Room Tour! What I lack in space, I definitely try to make up in storage. I’m always trying to figure out better ways to store things and create more space. What about you guys? Where do you craft?
Don’t forget to check out all the other awesome spaces that Angie over at The Country Chic Cottage has compiled all week long!
Comments & Reviews
Angie Holden says
I love your little space! Just goes to show that anyone has room for a creative area. Thanks for sharing Vanessa!!
You have made wonderful use of this space! I’m amazed at how you have fit so many supplies into your pantry and kept things organized to boot! What a fantastic window to create by…it just goes to show “Big things come in small packages” 🙂
keri @ shaken together says
You have really made that small space work – great ways to claim a little crafty space!!
Jenny Piirto says
Looks great, Vanessa! It’s amazing how you can carve out the space you need and make it work in these tiny old houses!
Jessi @ Practically Functional says
Oh my goodness, you’ve definitely made great use of that space! I love how efficient and organized everything is! Pinning!
Rachel @ BubblyNatureCreations.com says
swoon! I love this! I like how light and bright it is.. doesn’t look small at all!
Hello Vanessa – great organizing job! Right now you’d have to dive from the hall to get into my craft room – it has spilled out into the hall! And if you enter the room there is nowhere to walk! But as soon as I finish two…maybe three…projects I’m doing some serious organizing….really…! Anyway – I saw a great solution for ribbons that I’m going to try (after my three…maybe four…projects). Use one of those jars that holds straws which lift the straws out when you lift the lid. The handle can be unscrewed to remove the spool you need. Just an idea I wanted to share with you.
Maureen Hayes says
You’ve done a wonderful job organizing your supplies in your space! Can I make a suggestion for your paint storage? I got this from Tracy Weinzapfel’s studios, so I can’t take credit for it, but I have done it and it is terrific. Buy the T-bars that are used to hang ceiling tiles/fluorescent lighting and hang them on the wall. You can store paints, stamps, glitter, mists, etc. . . On them and they are less than $1 for a 56″ rod! I was able to out so many supplies out on the wall. They can be cut with tin snips to fit where you want and simply screwed into the wall.
Jill J says
Very creative space! Love it – especially the wood pallet with the wire basket for baker’s twine. Cute! Ribbon storage suggestion…I have two ideas. One – you could get two metal hooks that look like a J, usually on the back of a bathroom door for towels/robes (or maybe even plant hangers that you’d put in the ceiling?). Anyway, mount them under the shelf next to the pegboard, just above the orange peel vinegar, then add your curtain rod full of ribbons, with each end of the rod resting in the J part of the hooks. Or, if that doesn’t leave enough room to easily get to the electric outlet, maybe just try two command hooks, anywhere else you have a little room, and rest the curtain rod in those instead. Hope that helps!
I luv, luv your little craft space! It’s so real! This is a great example of Tried & True. We all struggle with craft spaces and this is a true example of keeping it real. Thank you for sharing!
Where there is a will there is a way I always say and I love your ideas! I put ribbon and washi tape in a hanging jewelry bag. You know like a shoe bag with the clear pockets only for jewelry. I found some on sale at Marshalls. I was also given some so you can always ask for that sort of thing for gifts from family:D. They hang just about anywhere.
Vanessa Brady says
Such a great idea to use shoe bags!
I recently made a ribbon holder, I tipped a old cassette rack, was that fake wood stuff, sprayed with paint, some rolls wouldn’t stay I took elastic, like strips from fabric store, lined it an inch or so at each row, looks cute works great
Vanessa Brady says