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Fancy Frugal Life: Entry Closet to Craft Closet/Office Transformation

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Entry Closet to Craft Closet/Office Transformation



I did it! I finally got organized and made our entry closet into a workspace & craft storage area. I must say..this took awhile! Before there were folding doors that made it hard to organize. All our coats were in here...but we live in Phoenix and no one used a coat this year! Plus my craft storage consisted of a million Hobby Lobby bags... Since we are renting we safely stored the doors and nothing in here is too permanent.

My colors were inspired from this great shelf paper from TJ Maxx. I decided to use it on the walls. It worked out great!


Here I hung a towel holder and spray painted S hooks from the hardware store. Yellow pails from the Target dollar bin look fab! I transformed 3 clipboards, and also made a magnetic wood wall piece. The ribbon is hung with a pants hanger.











I found this wood wall piece for $5 at Goodwill and loved the cool shape so much. So I decided to paint it with Magnetic Primer from Lowe's. (A side not: Just throw out your roller after done. It took me an hour to clean my hands and sink after this, and I need to take my wedding ring somewhere for a good cleaning. I also ruined a good brush.) I finished with the Valspar color Egg Yolk.

It turned out so bright and cute!

The clipboards I sprayed yellow and then added my adhesive vinyl whiteboard sheets purchased via Pick Your Plum.




My husband was nice and made me a little wood work area and even finished it with a rounded edge. I decided to make my own chevron stencil and painted it white and aqua blue. I had this little white shelf and it fit perfectly in there to make it look like a desk.









I went to Goodwill and spent about $13 on wire racks and office organizers and sprayed them white. My MIL gave me these thread storage pieces, but they were a yellowing plastic, so I sprayed them bright yellow.









The wire racks worked great for storing all my small fabric pieces. Jumbo ric rack is kept in that white basket. Oh and my splurge on this project were those great Chevron fabric storage bins $12.99 via Target. I had to go to three Targets to find three :)


Here's some more craft storage ideas. I used a lot of glass mason jars, and paint brushes for stacking ribbon. Notice my old toothbrush holder now holding paint brushes? And my Mod Podge & paints on a pedestal? A Goodwill spray painted vintage pedestal stand holds tape & my glue gun.







The last thing I did was hang curtains inside from Ikea.







I love that everything is where I can see it! Now I won't waste so much time searching for things....My husband wants to know if I'll have as much enthusiasm organizing our mess of a clothes closet? Nope!...not so much!


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59 Comments:

At April 4, 2012 at 9:11 PM , Blogger Lena said...

This is fabulous! Just the other day I started turning our guest room closet into a craft closet to turn the craft room into a nursery. :)

 
At April 5, 2012 at 12:39 AM , Blogger Deanne said...

wonderful job, I love your ribbon storage!

 
At April 5, 2012 at 9:41 PM , Blogger Ashley said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. Nice to know a smaller space can be utilized so well!

 
At April 6, 2012 at 8:52 AM , Blogger Nelly@DGInnovations said...

That closet makes me wanna make stuff! If it were mine, I'd stay in the closet ALL DAY! lol
Love it!!!

 
At April 6, 2012 at 5:14 PM , Blogger The Guyers said...

OMG!! I love the shelf paper. That is exactly what I'm looking for as a backing for bookcases. I would have never thought to look at TJMaxx. Your closet turned office/craft space turned out amazing!!!! Turquoise and yellow are so in right!! Great job!!

Saw you on TT&J
Angela @ Our Family Journey

 
At April 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM , Blogger Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Very, very Cute! Great job!!!!

 
At April 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM , OpenID Haydee said...

Wonderful! I love shelf paper...I've used it as wallpaper before too..beautifully done!

 
At April 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM , Blogger Fox Hollow Cottage said...

Look fantastic and so fun & bright. What a great place to create!!

 
At April 6, 2012 at 5:36 PM , Blogger Megan said...

So fun and bright! I have a craft closet too! Mine is mostly for storage. My kitchen table is my craft space. I love all the genius organizing ideas. Found you at TT&J. All those bright colors caught my eye ;). Love all the details

 
At April 6, 2012 at 5:46 PM , Blogger mnoble said...

Love it! Looks way better than my closet turned office(that didn't work) so then turned craft closet, now just a craft collector! Mine is a very small walk-in closet that you can't even walk into due to boxes of fabric, ribbon & other craft items (and maybe a few boxes of Girl Scout cookies.) I am going to redo it again hopefully this summer and may just use a few of your ideas! And I'm going to keep an eye out for those metal organizers-genius fabric storage!

 
At April 6, 2012 at 5:54 PM , Blogger Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I am visiting via TT&J. I absolutely adore this project! So clever.

If you have a moment, please stop by my blog. I created a few spring crafts this week.

Have a wonderful weekend.

 
At April 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM , Blogger Jaclyn said...

Great job! I love how you stored your fabric...I have been trying to figure out how to store mine instead of throwing it on a shelf. Hmmm...time to hit up Goodwill!

 
At April 6, 2012 at 6:07 PM , Blogger Michaela @ coveredinmodpodge.blogspot.com said...

Swoon. I've pinned this post for inspiration. I'm in the process of designing my craft corner.

 
At April 6, 2012 at 6:13 PM , Blogger Julie said...

Really cute craft space! Great job!

 
At April 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM , Blogger Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

This is so adorable! What a great transformation, I'm sure you'll get a ton of use out of it compared to a coast closet. Great use of space and beautiful decor.

 
At April 6, 2012 at 6:25 PM , Blogger Jessica Kielman said...

What a perfect crafting space...adore the colors. Visiting from TT&J

Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

 
At April 6, 2012 at 7:38 PM , Blogger K Coake said...

What a great use of a closet! Looks like a great space to create.

 
At April 6, 2012 at 7:44 PM , Blogger Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

This looks great! Love all your creative ideas! You should remind your hubby how much money this saves you because now you know what you have and you don't have to buy repeats! Happy craftin!

 
At April 6, 2012 at 8:45 PM , Blogger My Strawbabies said...

Oh I just bought some of that shelf paper from TJ Maxx! Think I might have to get after my pantry soon! Thanks for getting the wheels turning!

 
At April 6, 2012 at 10:42 PM , Blogger echerepko said...

Incredible! This is a great inspiration...anyone can have a craft area after seeing this! Even if it is just a half closet with shelves above the desk space. I love this!

 
At April 7, 2012 at 1:21 AM , Blogger Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Your craft closet turned out so well!! I featured it on my TT&J FB page.

xoxo

 
At April 7, 2012 at 3:04 AM , Blogger Jileen said...

just lovely !

 
At April 7, 2012 at 7:02 AM , Blogger Lil' Luna said...

Way cute! You did a great job!!!

 
At April 7, 2012 at 12:24 PM , Blogger Kate @ A Creative Cookie said...

Awesome job!!!

 
At April 7, 2012 at 12:38 PM , Blogger Deanna @ TheChangingHouse said...

I'm totally amazed! I can't believe that space was a CLOSET before! That's amazing! Great work!

 
At April 7, 2012 at 1:42 PM , Blogger Vanessa Barker said...

I'm so grateful for this post. I've been complaining to my hubby lately that i HATE being in a rental because I can't have my own craft/blogging space. This has truly made me realize that I can do it in just a small space. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!
BTW, love that you were featured on TT&J's facebook. I found you before that but love that she recognized the amazing talent you have.

 
At April 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM , Blogger the Sweetest Memory said...

This turned out so beautiful. I love how economical AND creative everything is!

 
At April 7, 2012 at 6:15 PM , Blogger Kimberly @ See Sew and Seedlings said...

Oh wow!! I absolutely adore this!!
Visiting from the TT&J link up

http://seesewandseedlings.blogspot.com/

 
At April 8, 2012 at 3:46 AM , Blogger Roslyn@Sew Delicious said...

Wow - its fantastic you did an amazing job! I am about to pick up my new sewing desk this week to create a little sewing and craft space for myself, and your post has been really inspiring! The colours are really bright and fresh. Love it all!

 
At April 8, 2012 at 5:35 AM , Blogger Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I LOVE your craft closet too Lina! Congrats on the tt&j feature TOP Spot!! You did so many fun things with this space. Gotta love what spray paint can do to some of the hideousness we find at thrift stores. haha Such a beautiful and functional space. I'm totally pinning it!! (Especially love the old pant hanger turned ribbon organizer - brilliant!)
Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

 
At April 8, 2012 at 8:08 AM , OpenID stoneandrose.com said...

This is sooo cool. I just got so many ideas of how to organize my craft room. Thank you so much for sharing!

Catherine {Stone and Rose}

 
At April 8, 2012 at 3:54 PM , Blogger Organizing Made Fun Becky said...

Ok...I'm so impressed with all your organization! You did a fantastic job - my favorite is the shelf paper on the walls. I may just have to steal that idea...I'm pinning right now!

Becky B.
www.organizingmadefun.com
Organizing Made Fun

 
At April 8, 2012 at 7:40 PM , Blogger Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life said...

What a great space! You did a great job thrifting and repurposing for the space. I love how you organized your fabric on those racks. That is a very clever idea. :)

 
At April 8, 2012 at 7:59 PM , Blogger Linda@CraftaholicsAnonymous said...

Love it!! great makeover! I'm stopping by from TT&J. I have a Craft Room tour mini- series on my blog. If you'd like to show off your space, I know my readers would love to see this great crafty space!
happy crafting,
Linda

 
At April 8, 2012 at 10:27 PM , Blogger Rhiannon said...

Amazing! I love the colours. Great transformation!

 
At April 9, 2012 at 3:13 PM , Blogger marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what a creative and fabulous idea. I love it. The colors are so bright and cheery and you have everything so organized and easy to see and use. Unreal. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

 
At April 9, 2012 at 9:51 PM , Blogger Andrea said...

Wow, this is awesome! I love the colors and patterns. I really want a craft room but this almost makes me want a craft closet instead!

 
At April 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM , Blogger I {heart} Nap Time said...

This turned out SO cute!! Love it all! So fun! Look forward to meeting you at SNAP!

 
At April 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM , Blogger Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Lina,

What a fabulous and colorful space to create! I wish I had a closet that I could sacrifice for a work space. Unfortunately, here in Chicago we need our winter coats. And fall coats. And spring coats.

Sigh.

:)

Linda

 
At April 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM , Blogger Debra Kapellakis said...

BRAVO! It is fantastic!

 
At April 12, 2012 at 1:00 PM , Blogger KraftinMommy said...

Saw this idea from pinterest...great use of space! Fellow crafter and new follower :-)

www.kraftinmommy.blogspot.com

 
At April 13, 2012 at 7:41 AM , Blogger Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

This is just awesome! Pinned and inspired :) Thanks for sharing!

 
At April 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM , Blogger cecilia said...

awesome project !Gave me many ideas so thanks for sharing cecilia styles @ceyamom@gmail.com

 
At April 16, 2012 at 8:57 AM , Blogger NYCLQ said...

WONDERFUL use of space and with such FUN & HAPPY colors! GREAT job!!

xo Lynda

 
At April 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM , Blogger How to Nest for Less said...

FABULOUS MAKEOVER!!!

 
At April 18, 2012 at 1:56 AM , Blogger Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

I LOVE it! I'm so excited for you to get to have this space. You did a fabulous job of pulling it together. I really like that you didn't have to make any structural changes to the closet...all of those shelves are perfect for storing your craft items. Enjoy the new space!

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

 
At April 22, 2012 at 1:02 PM , Blogger Gwen said...

What a wonderful idea! I have been waiting until I have an extra room but now I know how to make it work!!!!!

 
At April 22, 2012 at 4:13 PM , Blogger Preparing for Peanut said...

Visiting from Craftaholics Ann. VERY cute!! LOVE the pants hanger idea. My husband doesn't use his pants hanger any more so I may just steal it for my growing ribbon collection!

www.preparingforpeanut.com

 
At April 27, 2012 at 5:03 PM , Blogger Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

It looks amazing!

 
At April 27, 2012 at 9:37 PM , Blogger Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Great use of space.

 
At April 28, 2012 at 1:29 PM , Blogger southernscraps said...

What a fun space! Love the way you are storing your small fabrics.

 
At May 8, 2012 at 6:33 AM , Blogger cheapcraftymama said...

Okay that is totally adorable, love it! I would love for you to share this (and any other house projects) at my "May House Par-tay" at www.cheapcraftymama.com!

 
At June 8, 2012 at 5:42 PM , Blogger Jocie Hagan said...

I did not know that there was such a thing as magnetic primer! i am pinning this so i remember it for some future project - genius!

We are running a Before and After Link party to support Habitat for Humanity, with a chance to be featured on other big blogs and win gift cards. Would love if you entered! http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/2012-before-after-series/

 
At June 9, 2012 at 9:17 AM , Blogger Jocie Hagan said...

Thanks so much for linking up and grabbing a button!

 
At June 25, 2012 at 6:25 PM , Blogger Love2Scrap said...

this closet is wonderful, just wonderful. i only have a closet to work with, so i was wondering, what was the size of your closet. mine is 5x3, just wondering if i could accomplish the same sort of set up.
thanks for posts. and love your pantry!!!! can't wait to redo my pantry!!!!!!!!!

 
At June 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM , Blogger - Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl said...

Cute transformation. It looks like there is a spot for everything! I really like the paper you used on the back of the closet.

 
At August 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM , Blogger Micah and Katie said...

awesome thanks so much for sharing!!

 
At September 4, 2012 at 1:19 PM , Blogger Our Pinteresting Family said...

So beautiful! I actually bought that same contact paper from TJMaxx a few weeks back! This has inspired me to think outside the box :) Megan

 
At October 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM , Blogger Michelle said...

I saw your guest post on Craftaholic Anon. Now, I have so many ideas for re-doing my craft closet.

Do I spy a painted "Tot Lok", on your magnetic board? Did you sand the plastic before spray painting?

 

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