Craft Studio Tour 2014: Part 2

Today’s post is Part 2 of my craft studio tour, to show you some close ups and a little more detail. If you missed Part 1 you can catch up here to see more photos and read about the decor choices I made.

Links to most items are listed at the bottom of this post, but please leave a comment if you have any questions!

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Now, for that long list of sources (I have linked where I could find items available to purchase online):

  • ShelvingExpedit from IKEA (now relaunched as Kallax)
  • Wooden Sewing Box – Amazon
  • Lace baskets – Dunelm Mill
  • Floral suitcases – The Works
  • White drawers for stamp collection (drawers removed) – The Works
  • White storage boxes (various) – IKEA and Tiger
  • Floral ring binder files – Cath Kidston (linked to similar pair)icon
  • Floral magazine files – Tesco
  • Chair – Argos
  • Be Awesome Print – Simply Bloom
  • Cushion and curtain fabric – Clarke and Clarke (purchased on eBay)
  • Wicker Baskets – thrifted and spray painted
  • Waste paper bin – upcycled

Claire

 

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Craft Studio Tour 2014: Part 1

The studio is finally finished! After months of planning, I’m pleased to share a tour of the Claireabellemakes Craft Studio at long last.

Our spare room is no longer a guest room and gets far more use this way. As renters, we are not able to change the wall colour but I think I’ve made it work with the cream walls. Oh how I wish they were white though.

The room is no longer a storage ground for random things and has come a long way since its first makeover here. I hope you will get some storage ideas from this tour and I’ll list sources for furniture and decor items at the end of the post. Any questions, just ask in the comments!

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The room has lots of lovely natural light and overlooks the gardens of our street. I wanted a big desk so I can really spread out when working on projects and also so I had space for my new Cricut Explore machine (on the right).

Shelving units were a priority, so all the crafty supplies and paperwork could be neatly stored. My sewing machine hides on the top left along with the pincushions. When I get a chance I want to make a new cover for it.

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I bought the chair on a whim for a craft fair I did in the summer. Very cheap but does the job after a comfy cushion was added. I made the curtains myself using a tutorial from the The Great British Sewing Bee book.

I store my printer and bigger packaging supplies under the desk as well as cutting boards.

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Pegboard is the most practical thing ever for a craft space! I decided to cross stitch my initial after seeing some great pegboard cross stitch on Pinterest.

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All my cords for the Bicycle Bracelets are stored on the pegboard too and I have stationery supplies close to hand on the desk.

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Behind the desk is what I like to call ‘crochet corner’. A space to relax and often our cat Tammy’s snuggle area. The wicker baskets hold magazines and books and the paper bag is full of wrapping paper! The granny square blanket was my first large crochet project and it is falling apart (I was still learning when I made it and didn’t fasten properly).

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The wall art in the room are all prints I purchased on Etsy and one or two are free printables I found on Pinterest.

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In the corner behind the door I have a small Billy bookcase from IKEA which holds craft and cook books and some art and button supplies on top. The lace is from Cyprus and the old tin is my great grandmother’s button collection which was passed down to me.

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An update to the space has really helped my motivation and productivity. Getting rid of the clutter has been great, although I still find it hard to only buy craft supplies when I need them….

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I’ll be sharing some close ups on the room in part 2 of the tour on Monday. I’d love to know what areas of the room are your favourite and if you have shared any craft space tours!

Now, for that long list of sources (I have linked where I could find items available to purchase online):

  • ShelvingExpedit from IKEA (now relaunched as Kallax)
  • Wooden Sewing Box – Amazon
  • Toadstool and rabbit lamps – Tiger
  • Lace baskets – Dunelm Mill
  • Floral suitcases – The Works
  • White drawers for stamp collection (drawers removed) – The Works
  • White storage boxes (various) – IKEA and Tiger
  • Floral ring binder files – Cath Kidston (linked to similar pair)icon
  • Floral magazine files – Tesco
  • Chair – Argos
  • Cushion and curtain fabric – Clarke and Clarke (purchased on eBay)
  • Armchair – IKEA
  • Wicker Baskets – thrifted and spray painted
  • Waste paper bin – upcycled
  • Bicycle Wall Art – Ste Ilustrates
  • Dreams Wall Art – Blue Eggs and Tea
  • Button jar – B&M

Claire

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Claireabellemakes Craft Room Makeover

A few weeks back, the lovely people at Money Supermarket contacted me to see if I would be willing to take part in their Room For Improvement. challenge to makeover a room in my house for just £50. I like to think I’m pretty thrifty and creative, so I decided to do it.

I’ve wanted to spruce up my Craft Room for a while now as it looked drab and uninspiring. Be warned, this is a picture heavy post, but I hope you will enjoy it.

The Craft Room housed our (horrid yellow) futon mattress, a stool acting as a little table and loads of craft stuff in various bags and boxes.

Claireabellemakes Craft Room Before

I had managed to get this tray storage unit for free a while back, as my work were throwing it out. Useful but ugly and very much like school classroom trays. I had one magazine rack and the rest were crammed in the corner amongst other things.

The small brown boxes on the floor would soon solve the magazine problem…

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Claireabellemakes Craft Room Before Bookshelf

Now coming the ‘during’ shots. I wanted a table to sew and make accessories on so I scoured Gumtree and eBay and found this solid wooden one for £10. I searched for local sellers as I don’t have a car and a kind man delivered.

He was not so kind for bringing about a billion spiders with the table!! After G had saved me from the creepy crawly invasion, I washed, sanded and painted it with some leftovers our decorator left from the recent paint job on our house.

Claireabellemakes Craft Room Table

Then the brown boxes saw a little craft knife action (after Tammy had done helping) and became magazine holders to be spray painted later.

Claireabellemakes Craft Room Magazine Rack

A chalkboard from Poundland got the washi tape treatment to tie in with the pale blue theme I had in mind for the room.

Claireabellemakes Craft Room Chalkboard

I spent hours spray painting wicker baskets in the garden, but failed to take before or during shots of these oops! The baskets were free as I’d been saving them each Christmas from the hamper G gets from work.

I also spray painted this sewing spool holder so it stood out more.

Claireabellemakes Craft Room Sewing Spool Holder

The horrid red drawers needed a pretty curtain to hide behind, so my Mum’s hubby fitted a rail for me from supplies he already had. I stitched a quick slide along curtain.

Claireabellemakes Craft Room Drawer Unit

I decided to also make curtains for the window, but Tammy was not happy about me taking the old ones down and promptly sat on them. Next, I whipped up a crochet doily to sit underneath a plant pot.

Claireabellemakes Craft Room Crochet Doily

Are you ready for the after shots?!!!! TA DA!!

The stool acting as a table also got painted and the Fabric Notice Board I made with my sister was finally hung.

Claireabellemakes Craft Room Sewing Table

I spray painted a letter rack I had already to hold all my Post Circle mail, important letters, new pastel sharpies and my hand embroidered WI badge.

Claireabellemakes Craft Room Fabric Noticeboard

Rachel and Harriet convinced me that I could keep a succulent alive (I always kill house plants) so I got this baby from Aldi!

Claireabellemakes Craft Room Desk

My spray painting marathon turned brown wicker baskets cream and blue to hold all my yarn, washi tapes and notebooks.

Claireabellemakes Craft Room Baskets

The bookshelf area hasn’t changed much, except the spray painted boxes-now-magazine racks are housed on top and I have hung the “Dream” sign my Nan gave me.

Claireabellemakes Craft Room After Bookshelf

I covered the nasty yellow futon with a cream throw I already had (you can see it in the first shot) and Tammy seemed to love that and curled up immediately. I hung some bunting I received in a craft swap and added my Granny Squares Blanket.

The majority of my budget went on fabric for curtains because I wanted Clarke and Clarke Dotty. I think it was worth it as it really changes the room and I was chuffed to find it for £7.99 a metre on eBay, Bargain!

I painted the tray storage so it matched the table and stool and switched around the layout of the room.

BEFORE AND AFTER!

Claireabellemakes Craft Room Before

Claireabellemakes Craft Room Makeover

I managed to stretch the budget and tried to make the most of what I already had. I do enjoy finding ways to make something old look totally new and I think I achieved that.

It’s definitely more organised so I hope I can be a tidy crafter now!

Here’s my spend for the challenge:

  • Wooden Table from eBay – £10
  • Clarke and Clarke Curtain Fabric – £27.45 with postage from eBay
  • Plastikote Spray Paint (Cream) – £7.99 from Hobbycraft, already had the blue
  • Cream Paint – already had
  • Storage unit curtain fabric – already had
  • Wicker Baskets – already had
  • Small brown boxes – already had
  • Succulent Plant & Pot – £2.99 from Aldi
  • Chalkboard – £1 from Poundland

Total Spend: £49.43

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing some more details of my craft space up close, so don’t forget to come back! Sorry for going on about it, but it was a lot of hard work!

Claire