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From Basement Storage Room to Craft Room

03 May 2011

From Basement Storage Room to Craft Room by Megan

Hello, Remodelaholics! My name is Megan and I am thrilled to be guest posting on this amazing blog! You can usually find me over at my blog, Polish The Stars. The name comes from a Shel Silverstein poem that is about polishing the dull stars that you already have instead of buying new ones, which is what my blog is all about! I love to create decor and clothing accessories using re-purposed items. My goal is always to make something new and beautiful while spending as little money as possible.

One of my favorite transformations is the basement storage area that my husband and I converted into a craft room. Take a peek!

I started by clearing out the storage mess and organized it all in another area. Then we were left with this ugly shelving unit that the previous owners had built and lots of exposed pipes.

My husband ripped out the shelves and installed ceiling tiles to cover all of the pipes. While he was at it, he put up sheetrock on the left wall and installed tons of outlets for all of my crafting tools. It's so great to have someone handy around!

There was a little dampness in the right corner so I painted both of the cinder block walls with Drylok Masonry Weatherproofer. It is about $20 a gallon and you just roll it on like regular paint. It is so easy and works wonders!

We added a small cut of carpet to warm up the chilly basement floor and filled it up with all of my crafty stuff.

My favorite part of the room is the 8ft countertop. It had some slight damage on the backsplash so we were able to pick it up for only $25! My husband built a frame for it at a height that was comfortable for me. I love having all of that counter space to spread out my supplies while I am working.

The other wall has three large bookcases to hold my supplies. As you can see, I love using plastic shoe boxes to organize all of the smaller items. Snack size ziploc baggies are another one of my favorite organizing tools. :)

So there you have it, in one weekend we were able to transform this 6x9' space from a grungy storage area into my cozy craft room. I hope you enjoyed it! For even more pictures of the room and organizing details, come stop by my blog. Thank you so much Cassity for having me over!

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Dee in N.H. May 3, 2011 at 5:06 PM  

That is so amazing! I love it and the counter top is such a great place to work. I was laughing at your price because I got mine at Home Depot for $25 because it had a dented spot on the end. It was just perfect for me! Enjoy your cool new spot!

Kelli @ RTSM May 3, 2011 at 5:27 PM  

What a great space! I would love to have a crafty space like that so I could finally get all my stuff organized:)

Susan May 3, 2011 at 5:29 PM  

What a wonderful crafting studio!! I really love how it is organized!

emily @ the happy home May 3, 2011 at 5:44 PM  

one day... one day i want to be one of those people with plastic shoeboxes arranged just so. in the meantime, i will lust after spaces like this one. gorgeous!

Mrs. G May 3, 2011 at 5:52 PM  

Love this craft room! Very nice. It looks so functional and efficient! :)

Anonymous,  May 3, 2011 at 6:55 PM  

What a great transformation. Love all the storage and I'm totally with you on needing LOTS of counter space!

Terri @ Creative Eyedias May 3, 2011 at 9:26 PM  

Isn't it awesome to have your own space? LOVE the long counter! Love the storage! Congrats on your new space!

meg + andy May 3, 2011 at 11:36 PM  

SO Great! wow, i love it. the track lighting is awesome and the huge counter is perfect.what a great transformation. so inspiring!


Directions Not Included May 4, 2011 at 8:25 AM  

Great space! I love the super long countertop/desk. That makes such a difference when crafting!

Ana May 5, 2011 at 1:06 AM  

HI! I think the change has been amazing.It was sooo dark before noone could have imagined that nice. You did an excellent job and it seems a good place to work.Very neat and tidy and with that shelf to keep things. Congratulations

Tina May 7, 2011 at 6:52 PM  

I'm jealous! This is sooo awesome! Love the great big counter top and all the organization! I have a bunch of plastic shoe boxes too! They are fantastic!

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