The "Grand Reveal" - Craft Room

Okay - so I fought myself with this... I finally - after much deliberation - chose function over fashion. I love to look at those perfectly put together craft rooms and offices but then find that I am unable be as productive when I focus on design instead of function. I needed something to be able to get to everything easily. My new craft room set up looks nice and organized... at least I think so!

So as promised, I must first show you the before. As a disclaimer, over the 9 months, I have spend more time working and crafting in other rooms of the house... and mainly used the craft room to just shove stuff I didn't know what to do with. Prior to getting engaged I spent over 40 hours a week in my craft room. Hopefully, I will get back into the routine soon! (My husband would sure appreciate that!)

Without Further Ado... Here is the Before:

Believe it or not, this is actually halfway into the project. I had cleaned a lot of stuff up, taken the couch/futon and coffee table out and put it in the spare room. Also, about half of my stuff is in the hallway as shown in this photo:

As you can see... I had quite the mess on my hands! However, with a lot of sweat and little bit of tears (which I will gladly explain later) - My work space is DONE!!!!


I just happen to LOVE my wedding colors. I took all of my leftover wedding paper and put it all together. I think it is such a pretty, romantic pallette!
Whenever I get stuck and need inspriation, I just grab one of these books or magazines! I find that if I do too much research on the internet... I never get to actually crafting.

These storage boxes are holding adhesives, embellishments, scrap paper... and I actually can't remember what's in the other one! It's probably a junk box! :)

When I was first putting together ideas for my wedding - I found a light pink feather and hung it up for inspiration. I ended up not using any pink feathers but did have lots of ivory feathers and lots of pink... so I think it worked. I also have some magnets that I made hung up and our Save The Date magnets hanging up as well.

Each day, I write out a to do list for myself. Whether it be orders that need filled, chores that need done or shopping lists... this is my notepad to remind me of what I need to get done!

Just one of the drawers that are filled with my painting supplies.

In my old 3 stack tupperware storage - I have all of my stamping stuff. This is a drawer with my inks.

And one of the drawers with stamps.

My paper tray. I actually have 2 of them but I broke one when I was trying to move it around so my husband is going to have to fix the castors on the other one before I can stand it up.

Random drawer with Perfect Pearls, H2O's, and a couple of other cool mediums I like to use when making ATC's, Cards, and other projects.

STICKLES and alcohol inks! I love stickles. LOVE LOVE LOVE them!

Inside one of the embellishment boxes.

All 3 of these are embellishment boxes filled with 3D stickers, chipboard, and other fun tidbits. I could barely get them closed but thankfully they have a magnetic snap.

My packaging center. I go through LOTS of these bubble mailers in a week and need to have them close by to package up finished orders to send out.

So that's a brief review of my craft room. Over all it looks clean and organized and I am excited to get in there and get working. However, over the next week, I have other projects that need done before I can get to my craft room.

Do you have a craft room? Did you choose function over fashion? Or were you able to find a perfect balance for yourself?

UPDATE: I have new, updated photos here.


Katherine said...

Love your room! I have had to make the same choice-function is just more important than pretty. Besides-if it's going to be messy during a project why bother worrying about how pretty it is? Love your storage boxes!

December 7, 2011 at 9:07 AM
Sandy said...

Wow!!!! My choice to begin with was cute, but now I want it as functional as possible....still ironing out the problems! I have a room with no closet, so I need to find some good storage ideas that I can afford.....Thanks for turned out great!!!!!!

December 7, 2011 at 7:07 PM
ScrappyRae10 said...

Love it!!! Great job!!! Im a new follower!

December 7, 2011 at 9:55 PM
Diana said...

I think you accomplished both. A beautiful and functional room. Love it!

December 7, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Unknown said...

Great transformation!!! It is so fun heading in when the room is clean....then there we go making it a mess again! Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2011 at 11:08 PM
Anonymous said...

This is awesome! My craft room currently looks like your "before" picture. But thanks to some Christmas $, I just purchased a bunch of the modular storage cubes & accessories at Michael's (on sale!) I can't wait to start reorganizing, but I have cleaning and painting to do first!

December 29, 2011 at 2:55 PM
Tara said...

I LOVE the modular storage cubes! They were the best investment ever! I hope you stop back by and show me pictures of your new room after it's all put together. Thanks for visiting!
December 29, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Anonymous said...

I also wanted functional because I use a small section of my den. Sugamom

January 2, 2012 at 2:24 PM
Anonymous said...

very nice

January 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM
CAS said...

Great room! Isn't it just wonderful having a dedicated space just for yourself. Really like your JetMax pieces. I have some of those, too!

January 8, 2012 at 3:12 PM
Amg-Arts said...

Hi Tara, was wondering if you would like to have your studio space featured in 'Where People Create'?


January 12, 2012 at 7:19 AM
Kim In Texas said...

Are the white cubes the ones available at Michael's? I love the finished product. It looks great!

January 17, 2012 at 7:20 AM
Tara said...

Hi Kim!
The white cubes are the ones at Michael's. They are worth the investment and I am so glad I got them. However, I bought them all at once and it was a little frustrating and tiring putting them all together at once! But - the finished product was definately worth it. Thanks so much for stopping by!
January 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Piper Lawson said...

I really like your storage boxes! And your room is so wonderful. Thanks for sharing them to us....

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September 9, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Brandy Olson said...

i love your craft room!!!! Where did you get your paper holders? I need something like that, I have so very many 12 X 12 papers that I need to organize. But I just don't have the money to spend lots and lots of money. HELP PLEASE

January 11, 2013 at 8:07 AM

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