In our old condo in Chicago, my “craft room” was the dining table and the kitchen counter. Supplies were spread across closets, storage boxes in the basement and baskets in the living room. When I felt inspired to pick up a project, it was more of a chore trying to gather everything together and when we moved into the temporary apartment in Austin for 9 months, crafting pretty much stopped altogether.
When our house was finally completed, it was just a matter of time before I caught the crafting bug again. After about 3 months, I claimed one of the rooms as my craft room and started working on my dream space.
I didn’t want to invest in new furniture when it might get dinged, painted, and scratched so I used our 4+ year old Expedit Ikea bookshelves to solve my storage problems. Stark black wasn’t really the look I wanted for the room so I pulled out my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and got to work. I painted one shelf Duck Egg Blue (about 2 coats) and the other one Arles (1 ½ cans!) and used clear wax to finish it off.
I wanted a large workspace that was flexible enough to go in any corner of the room so I added casters to both of the bookshelves to keep them mobile. I also added an Ikea Stenstorp kitchen island to serve as my main workspace. It’s the perfect height for sewing, working while standing and I can easily move from one side to the other.
I picked up a few storage wall caddies from Ikea to organize all my little odds and ends. Having them on the wall and at arm’s reach is perfect!