Craft Room Makeover: how I transformed a pathetic unused storage space into an amazing, little craft area for my home daycare.
Ok, if you saw my post about our new playroom, you may remember that I said there was an area of the playroom that I re-organized as a work and storage space for myself. It’s also become the area that we do our crafting in, and I’m really excited to show you the before and after photos.
Craft room BEFORE and AFTER:
For years, this space was neglected and ignored. It housed hockey equipment, rarely used kitchen stuff like our wok, jumbo roasting pan etc, as well as outgrown clothes , house paint, and camping gear. And the counter was always piled high with boxes, wrapping paper, Christmas decorations and junk. It was an embarrassment.
The space is adjacent and open to the room that we used as a guest bedroom. When I transformed that bedroom into a playspace for the daycare a couple of weeks ago, it occurred to me that if I cleaned up this sorry looking storage area, and cleared out all the cupboards, I’d have an awesome workspace for me, a good amount of floor space for the Hooligans to craft on, and cupboards to hold ALL of our craft supplies. This last bit was really exciting, as up until now, our craft supplies have been scattered all over the house in various cupboards and cabinets.
Let’s get to the pics. Warning: there are quite a few. I wanted you to see everything!
O.K. Here’s a before shot of the icky laundry sink (our laundry room is actually in a different room than this). This is directly behind me when I’m sitting on that stool at the long counter.
There’s a bank of 3 tall cupboards to the left of my workspace, just outside the playroom. Two of them serve as our pantry cupboards, so they’re stocked with all kinds of dry food and canned goods (I’ve always used them for that). The 3rd cupboard that you see open here, used to hold random tools and owners manuals. Now it holds all of our colouring supplies, a few puzzles and some frequently used craft supplies.
Above, we have games and more puzzles.
The drawers under the counter hold:
There’s a frosted glass panel above that end drawer that the original home owners put in to cover what was obviously a sink hole at one time.
So I put a couple of LEDs in the drawer, and when you turn them on, you get…
A built in light panel! What a GIFT!
The cupboards below the counter hold:
miscellaneous craft supplies
and my stack of white cardboard (which we use a ton of), and our button collections.
If we’re going to get messy, there’s a spot for the re-purposed denim aprons that I made for the Hooligans,
Can you believe this space was sitting here all this time, right under my nose, and I wasn’t even using it???
I’m SO excited about it. Honestly. Sometimes, I just go downstairs and stand there admiring it. Do you ever do that when you makeover a space? Please tell me you to. Tell me I’m not the only one who does that.
It’s just so nice to have all of our toys, games and craft supplies all in one place, and so awesome to have a space for me to prepare and clean up crafts so close to where the Hooligans are playing.
Ok, one last before and after shot:
If you’re looking to tame the chaos of your craft room, check out this fabulous collection of craft room organizational tips from DIY Candy!
Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.