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Is there a room in your house that you always make sure is out of sight when guests come because it is so embarrasing?  That was my laundry room, but thanks to a week of obsessive scheming and working during naptimes and baby's bedtimes (okay, I woke up at 4:30 one morning and couldn't go back to sleep because I was so excited to make some progress before he woke up) the room of former shame is now my happy place, my craft/laundry room!  Laundry is even more fun now!

I started by removing everything except the built-ins and washer/dryer (a really daunting job since I had been stuffing all kinds of fabrics and crafty materials in any nook I could find).  I removed the cabinet doors so I would be forced to stay organized since I could see all the beautiful stacks of fabric, then I painted all the cabinets black.  Here are some of the cheap crafty highlights:

1.  New countertop for craft work-space- made out of 3/4" MDF (medium density fiberboard).  The guy at Lowes cut it to size for me and then my sweet hubby helped me use a router to round over the edge.  I just painted it black like the cabinets and set it on top of the 2 drawer units.

2. Pegboard- again the nice man at Lowes cut it to size for me and I bought a mounting kit with a variety of different hangers that attach to the board.  Before hanging it I painted it a lovely shade of robin-egg blue.  This was the most expensive part of the whole project at about $18 for the pegboard and kit.

3. Shelves- my sweet hubby (he's the power tools expert in the famiy) helped me cut a board to size and mount it on the wall.  The storage containers were left in our house by a former occupant and I had just been waiting for the right use for them!

4. Storage Boxes- these are just cardboard file storage boxes I bought at an office supply store.  On the front side I used Mod Podge to attach a piece of lovely scrapbook paper, then painted on a couple coats of Mod Podge (love that stuff!) to keep them looking pretty!

5. Labels- these are just nametags I found in the wedding section at Michaels

6. Floor- I tore out the old vinyl floors (very liberating experience) and just painted the concrete with a few coats of latex paint that I got by mixing up some old paints I had.  If you want to really do it right you can buy floor paint but I was told that the only difference is the floor paint is more durable to foot traffic and I figured I'm not going to be getting much traffic in there (and I'm too cheap to buy new paint when I've got plenty of old paint)

7. Fabric- this fabric used to be just jammed in the cabinets and I could never see what I had.  Just by folding them in uniform sizes and organizing by color and type of fabric, they all fit in the cabinets and I can see what I have and be inspired to create new projects with what I have instead of buying new fabric!

8. Bulletin Board

So now my laundry room is my favorite room in the house, it makes me so happy!  If you don't have a large laundry room, try to find a corner of a room or closet that could work for you.  You don't have to have an extra room in your house to have your own creative space.  The best thing about it (besides making me SO happy) is that it inspires me to make crafts and gifts out of what I already have instead of buying new materials (that makes the hubby happy)!

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  1. Jennifer Bunting says:

    Ok, so when can you come do my house??

  2. This is absolutely FABULOUS! I would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin’ party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/10/turquoise-lovin-10.html

  3. Kate it looks wonderful! That looks like the same shade of cheery green I have in my kitchen! Great job and way to do it without spending a fortune.

  4. Oh i am so so jealous! Would love for you to share at our first ever 4th Friday Finale at Over the Big Moon!

    Thanks for the motivation to get my craft area together!


  5. OOO i love the Pegboard!!! the space looks great!!

  6. What a beautiful space! I love how your fabric adds even more color to your room.

  7. Love this craft space. Everything is so neat and organized.


  8. rebekahdawn says:

    I love it! I’m in the process of transforming a little cubby into my craft space and I’m so excited to finally have my own spot instead of using the kitchen table!

  9. What a neat room! You did a wonderful job making a room that is comfy to work in!
    Quilting by the River

  10. How organized !!! I love the shelves you use to store your fabrics.. Very practical too… !!

  11. lol yes I’m human. I love your craft room. I’m trying to make a craft/blogging corner in my room . We have a spare room but that is my husband’s sanctuary. We have gone back and forth about turning that into an office/craft room. He finally shared that he needed a space to get away. It’s just the three of us, we have a fourteen year old daughter, but it’s his space. We are all artistic and usually do painting and stuff in the living area and outdoors. Anyways, I like what you did with your space. :)

  12. Karen B. says:

    Your craft/laundry room looks AWESOME! After MANY years of just having whatever small space I could find to craft at; or for how ever long my husband would tolerate a piece of the table being occupied by my sewing machine (drug out of the closet) I to will FINALLY have a ROOM, yes a real room to make into my own space for crafting. Like most of us of course as cheaply as possible and definitely not quick enough after waiting almost 30 years! I can’t wait for the handyman of the neighborhood to come make the doorway big enough for me to get my electric wheelchair in and start getting things organized so my pent up crafting juices can be free. My neighbor is also taking the doors off of the closet since it takes up one entire wall, then giving me an extra 24 1/2″ of room to more freely maneuver my wheelchair around. Eventually I will add shelving at each end of the old closet space, there I never enough room to store all the different crafting items, especially when there are so many different and fun craft to do.


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