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ChrisSews
« on: December 04, 2010 09:22:46 PM »

I've been slowly putting together my craft room since we moved over a year ago.  My budget is limited and I like to make/build/repurpose as much as possible so it's coming together slowly. 

My best find so far were these bookshelf/drawer organizers on Craigslist.  They were cheap laminate, furniture in a box quality, and quite ugly but I knew they could make great craft room storage.  I paid $20 for both of them.  I took them apart, sanded down the laminate surface, and patched a few nicks and holes with wood putty.  Then there were multiple coats of a good primer and then paint.  I replaced the cardboard backs with some plywood paneling and reassembled them adding reinforcement to make them sturdier.  Finally I bought some nice oil rubbed bronze hardware to replace the cheap silver ones. 

Here's the end result:


Here's what I started with:


I added baskets to hold various WIP and smaller supplies.  I spent several weeks going through all my fabric and organizing it.  Wovens were placed on these mini bolts (cut out of old cardboard boxes). 


The knits were rolled and placed in the drawers.  Another drawer was designated for baby fabric.



Behind the other doors is more misc. craft stuff.  I think I might have too much fabric and craft things (I have even more that lives in the closet).   Grin  But with everything behind closed doors or in nice baskets and boxes it's a bit less obvious how much of a stash problem I actually have!


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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2010 09:43:47 PM »

I think you did a great job making those shelves nicer, and I am DROOLING over those mini bolts of fabric! Such a pretty way to store them!
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2010 12:04:32 AM »

Great Job, Chris! That is one envious fabric stash you have there.  Wink
 I really like the baskets. And the shelves are so perfect. That sounds like a lot of work, and well worth it. I'd like to see more of this craft room!
I'm wondering just where you are going to put the stuffie I'm sending you?  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2010 01:45:47 AM »

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I'm wondering just where you are going to put the stuffie I'm sending you?

Well I have plans for some shelves to hang above my craft table but in the mean time he'll likely join the fox, owls, and feegle sitting on top these shelves.  These were all from swaps too so I already have a mini collection started.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2011 04:42:41 PM »

This is such an inspirational post for me!  My stash problem is more with yarn than fabric, but I've got a healthy amount of both.  Wink  Those mini bolts are a fab idea that I may need to work into my organizational efforts.
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