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Craft Room, Part 4


(Did you see Craft Room Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3?)
Need a few more ideas to help out your crafting space?

Better head to some yard sales.
They’re becoming plentiful her in GA….the weather is perfect for them.
(Hope it’s warming up wherever you are.)
And you may find a few treasures to spruce up.
Like this little table for $2.
( I forgot to take before pictures but it was just a light oak color with all sorts of ugly issues….but still sturdy.)
That happily holds my tulips…
And then I found an old sewing table, that was missing the sewing machine
that used to be inside after you opened up the top.
Do you know the old fashioned kind that I’m talking about?
But this was perfect for me.
And since the whole piece wasn’t wood, I couldn’t stain it.
So I painted the whole thing a muted color.
And since the table top opens up, I have more space to work on larger projects if I need to.
Then I added some new knobs…
And happily welcomed this compact little sewing table to my craft room.
To re-finish both tables, I first sanded any rough spots or flaking paint.  Then I wiped the entire table with a damp cloth and let them dry.  I didn’t sand off the finish or stain/paint of either table.  Laziness?  Probably……but it turned out perfectly.  So I don’t think you need to.  Then I sprayed them with a Krylon brand primer (I used white primer under the yellow but it’s not in the photo), and then a gloss spray paint over that.  I used 1 can of primer for each table and about 1.5 cans of color for each table.  Each can was about $3 so I spent an extra $9 for each table, with some paint left over.
(**Be sure to not hold the can too close to your object while painting and paint in even strokes back and forth.  Both techniques will help avoid drips and streaking.) 

So not bad, on top of the good yard sale finds.  So head on out, you never know what you’ll find.
Onto the rest of the room.
I made a quick cork board that I hung on the back of my door.  Just 2 tubes of fabric that I ironed and tacked to the back of the cork board and then knotted off to one side.  I am always finding little bits of inspiration or future projects that I’d like to tackle.  Or pieces of fabric that I’d like to work around.  So, rather than piled on my table, I have decided to tack them to this board.
And over in the corner, I have a standing shelf, with doors that close.  Above, I decided to add some love.  And I kept it pretty muted on purpose.  There was too much going on over there, and this subtle collection kept it toned down a bit.
See what I’m talking about?
But all of those ceramic vases have been collected randomly for $2, $1, and I think $5.  And that’s just a ball of twine and a thrift store mirror.  I’m telling you……shop around those yard sales and thrift stores without certain expectations (and be okay with not finding anything), and you’ll be sure to find something that you can use.  (and spray paint if needed)
Same thing here….just random things that I have found that make this room that much happier.
So, ready for the room in review?
Here’s the main half of the room, all full of crafting things.

And the desk where I put it all together to show you.  That chair and I have become great friends while editing pictures and creating new patterns.  Heaven help me if that hard drive ever fails me…
Do you want to know who sits directly behind me in his little corner?
My sweet husband.
He has been granted his one little corner.  Poor thing.
Do you see him squished right next to my fabric table?
He’s a good sport.  (But he gets the garage!!)
I asked if I could fancy up his walls and he quickly rejected the idea, saying that he needs a blank wall to stare at while studying medical jargon.  I guess ruffles and flowers don’t mesh well with memorizing the parts of the heart.  I did offer to create a fun diagram of the heart while he was taking that test.  He kindly refused.  Hey, hospitals everywhere could use brightly colored ruffled curtains around each of the patients’ beds.  Who’s with me?
And the shameful secret?
A closet stuffed with stuff that I don’t use very often but can’t bear the thought of getting rid of.  You never know what you may need something for.
That’s why that door stays closed.  Keeps me happy if I can’t see it.  :)
**And there’s that dry erase picture frame right above the little yellow table off to the left.  They make a sweet combo on that small wall.
That’s it.
Yes, the window needs a window treatment of some sort.
But there’s no rush for now.
Hope some of the ideas are useful.
And the tulips inspire you to go grab a bundle for you own  little table.
Man, those things make me happy.
Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Terry says:

    I notice you have even encroached into your sweet husband’s foot space! :) That’s what happens when he gets a WHOLE garage! Hee Hee

  2. Suzanne says:

    I have two sewing machine tables (one with drawers and one like yours) that I was going to get rid of but now I might just revamp them. I am now looking for ideas on how to store fabric…LOTS of fabric! I buy fabric/patterns when on sale so that when the urge to make a piece of clothing comes on, I pick a fabric and a pattern and I sew. I was thinking an armoire so that it’s all behind closed doors, but they are expensive. Any suggestions? (I don’t have a closet I can transform!)

    1. Terry says:

      I don'[t know if you have any good second hand stores near you, but I’ve seen old worn out wardrobes for really reasonable prices that would lend themselves to some paint/fabric updates. Maybe add shelves, etc. It could really turn out cute!

  3. Robin says:

    I have a sewing table almost exactly like that one…i didn’t even think about refurbishing it. Thanks for the awesome idea!
    How did you handle the big hole where the old sewing machine used to be?? i can’t mount mine in the table.

  4. Kacie says:

    I would love to have my own sewing room! But between 3 little brothers, and 3 German shepherds , who has the space?!

  5. Jodie says:

    You are so creative. I am so jealous of your clean craft and sewing room. Mine keeps getting smaller and smaller….

  6. Laura says:

    Your craft room is lovely! Thanks for all the great ideas. I can't wait to re-do mine!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I enjoyed your craft room pages. Just a suggestion for your closet. Nothing drastic like getting rid of anything, if fact this might help you store more!! The large plastic cart with three drawers, you can get one of those handy dandy cheap pieces of wood from the hardware store you mentioned and put it on top. This uses the sides to support the weight on top and eliminates the dipping in the middle of the top drawer. I used the same trick for a taller drawer cart. Works great!! Thanks for all the posting and keep being so creative!

  8. Mary Jacinto says:

    Can I come live with you guys????? Absolutely fell in love with your site after my girlfriend saved it to my favorites. It has truly become one of my inspirations!!! I actually bought my first sewing machine last week!!!

    Thank you for being incredibly cheerful! And yes, those tulips are wonderful!

  9. kmbyrne27 says:

    I absolutely love your craft room and jealous that I don't have a room. But… I thought I would give you a little thrifty tip, although the craft paper hanging was a very good buy. I have found that newspapers often sell the end rolls for even cheaper!! They have them in half size and full size for pennies a pound! My local paper sells them for 10 cents a lb and that's ALOT of paper. Just call your local and ask.

  10. Lizzy @ Lizzy Designs says:

    Hi! Following your advice, I tackled my chair and blogged about it here. Thank you!

  11. Ashley says:

    Oh sorry, I found that stand at Home Goods. Great store….and really great prices on things! Hope you have one nearby!


  12. Chelsey says:

    I too have been looking for a cute cake stand like that. Please share where you got it :0) I love how you use the stand for your fabrics. There's no reason to store it in the closet, very creative!

  13. shabbyrosetreasures says:

    Hello sweeet makeover friend! I love your makeovers on the tables! I have done several of those old sewing tables and they turn out great! If you have a chance please stop by and say hello. I am giving away a teapot for the month of April,

  14. Kelli Dixon says:

    I found a sewing table almost just like that a few months ago at a thrift store and re-did it! I think we have the same knobs!

  15. Tots and Tails says:

    Ok sister! Where did you get that cake stand? I have been looking EVERYWHERE for one like that.

  16. Emily says:

    You are seriously so talented in putting things together! I have my mom's old sewing table that needs a refinish — I like the painting idea. Thanks!

  17. Erin says:

    Oh my, your room is truly a crafter/sewers dream room. I just love it! Wonderful use of space and color. I need to create a space, just haven't settled in to my place (been here a year) yet.

    Oh and I just found your blog but can't remember who I found you from. I'm following now.

  18. Rebecca says:

    Your craft room is truly inspirational! It's so bright and happy I'm sure it makes you smile just to be in there. My dining room has become my "craft room" so I've been on the lookout for some ways to make it cuter yet still functional. Thanks for sharing!

  19. marisa says:

    I just inherited my great grandmother's sewing table and was wondering what to do with it or how to paint it. I don't think i would sew on it but painted nicely and in a snug corner would be perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Juli says:

    Can I just say how much I love your blog?? And what a great craft room! Thanks for all the fabulous ideas!!

  21. Malaysia says:

    so neat and beautiful work place.

  22. Jodi says:

    So cute! You come up with the best ideas. Want to come decorate my craft room?

  23. Briauna says:

    Oddly enough we were going to apply for P.A. school. But, med school turned out to be what was best for us. It would so nice to only have 2 years. One day we will be done.

  24. Ashley says:

    Ooops, sorry, my husband is in P.A. school, not medical school, which is only 2 more years. Phew!

  25. Annette says:

    Love the room! I especially love the way the sewing table unfolded, blocks the door…… You can lock yourself in when you just need some crafting peace. :) Congratulations on a beautiful room!

  26. Andrea and Casey says:

    It's so bright atnd beautiful!! I love all of the colors and it totally makes me happy just seeing the pictures!

    ps- just curious but is your husband in Medical school?

  27. Melissa says:

    you are such an inspiration!! i love your craft room. I'm a big thrift store hunter myself. I love your ideas

  28. Rachel says:

    Oh, I"m just drooling with envy. Maybe one day I'll make myself a craft room every bit as cute as yours!

  29. Keri says:

    I love what you've done with your craft room. Mine is in sorry shape.

  30. tomiannie says:

    So fun and vibrant — what a happy place to craft! I also have an understanding hubby with his own little corner. :)

  31. * Nancy * says:

    lovin' the bright colors – so cheerful and organized.

  32. Becky says:

    looks awesome.

    Take pictures in three weeks when it has actually been WORKED IN! I am sure we would all love to see that too!

  33. Anissa says:

    I love it all. But I do have to say that your closet makes me feel a little better about myself. I have a closet almost exactly like that with those same storage bins, all crammed full of "potential" projects. Sigh.
    Someday I'll find the time to redo my little crafting area, which also shares the space with my husbands desk. :)

  34. Nicole says:

    This is amazing. I am running out the door now to get yellow spray paint! ahhh! Thank you!
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  35. Morgan says:

    I love it! So, so inspiring!

  36. Briauna says:

    I look at a lot of blogs. Your blog is one of the only ones that I love every single thing that you create. As I was reading your post and then you mentioned about your husband and medical jargon I was surprised.
    My husband is in medical school too! He goes to Touro in Henderson, NV. He is almost done with his first year. What year are you in? I think we applied to some schools in Georgia.
    You do a great job with your blog! I love it.

  37. Susan says:

    I've been waiting for this! Yay! So pretty and well-organized. You've inspired me to get moving with my own space. Thanks!

  38. Annabelle says:

    Wow. I love the easy, quick tips you have provided!

    Thanks for the post.


  39. Sarah says:

    Beautiful, gorgeous and absolutely inspiring. Thanks for sharing your happy crafting space with us!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :D

  40. Kelly O. says:

    love the shade of yellow you chose for that table! there's not enough yellow in life!

  41. I♥thesecrazykids says:

    Such a wonderful little room. Totally jealous. :)

  42. Jenni says:

    It looks amazing! I am jealous :) You really are an inspiration.

  43. Justine says:

    This room looks so fun!!

  44. Sarah says:

    I LOVE it! Its so cheerful and beautiful! Makes me a little jealous! We're in the midst of making a little room in our house into a craft room and I'm so excited to start it! :)

  45. Stacia says:

    I LOVE that yellow table. I'll admit you convinced this yard sale snob to venture out this weekend. I'm on the lookout for a funky chair to recover for my own craft room. Thanks for sharing!

  46. Miss Liz says:

    Beautiful!! I wish I could find such great pieces to rehab but I never seem to have any luck. You haev a great craft room!

  47. MsBabyPlan says:

    Wow, this is awesome.

  48. Jenn @ WestSacHoney says:

    Oh pretty craft room! I've always thought about using an old sewing table. I just made your plastic bag holder! And I have lots more on my list to make! Love your blog keep em coming!

  49. Vicky says:

    How lovely!! A wonderful place to create! And I, also, love yellow tulips!!

  50. Craftify It! says:

    I'm in love with the bright colors! I think you have inspired me to get up and do something with my craft room!

  51. Ashley O says:

    I am so jealous!!! It turned out beautiful!! I'm inspired now. I have a little crafting corner that needs a remodel. Thanks for the inspiration!! :)

  52. Brianne says:

    I LOVE it! I especially love the little yellow table and the fabric covered boxes.

    Yes… all hospitals need pretty, ruffled ANYTHING in the rooms. At least in labor and delivery.

  53. Maggie says:

    I LOVE this! We'll be moving into a new house in a month or so *fingers crossed*, and I can't wait to use some of these ideas not only in the office/craft room, but through the whole house! I think we'd do really well with a similar dry erase board by the door. Thank you for sharing!

  54. Emily says:

    Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  55. Coco loves vintage says:

    Looks fab!!! but way too tidy for a craft room, right now I work from the dining room, fingers crossed I will have a room of my very own soon :) love the sewing table, my Nan had one just like it, brings back so many memories, she used to teach me how to make clothes for my Barbie dolls, she still sews now at the grand age of 84 :)

  56. Scrappy Gifts says:

    Fabulous! I love how your husband has his little space too. When we have a house, I'm hoping to turn a large room into my husband's art room, my scrapbook room and our office all in one. Cross fingers.

  57. D'On Marx says:

    Beautiful! Very inspiring. I love the yellow and teal splashes together.

  58. Ashley says:

    Deanna, I did take off the hardware. I didn't want the paint to leak and get paint in the hinges. I just figured taping so precisely would take just as much time as taking it all apart. Worked well for me.

  59. The Wild Gardener says:

    What a beautifully done room! Lots of great ideas. I sure laughed out loud–& I mean LOUD—when I saw your husband's little corner. Oh my, such a PLAIN area in that beautiful room—he is sure a typical guy! Gotta love them Thnx for taking the time to share with us all your creativity.

  60. xxxxxxxx says:

    WOW! So fabulous! I love that you even showed your closet. We all have the closets of "shame". :)
    Great ideas, I'm a new follower, and am very excited to have found your blog!

  61. Deanna says:

    Absolutely Beautiful!!! And fun. And inspiring. :)

    Quick question (because I have my husband's grandmother's sewing table, similar to yours that I want to refinish…same problem…not completely wood, and some water damage, but fixable) Did you tape off or remove the black hinge hardware??? I really didn't want to take off all the hardware (except the handles and replace them as you did) if you think taping will work…I've NEVER done this before…

    What do you think? or what worked for you?


    P.S. Love your blog…it's fabulous. :)

  62. Dawn says:

    I am so loving your craft room!
    Everything you did to it is fabulous fun! A good room to get inspiration and create in! TFS!!

  63. LeAnne says:

    Love it! So bright and inspiring! Okay, so that sewing table you found that doesn't have the sewing machine in it anymore? Well my Grandma had the EXACT same one! No kidding, the nobs, legs, everything is the same. My sister has it now…the machine has long since left this world, but I couldn't believe it is the exact same one!

  64. Kimberly says:

    Very cool room! I'm in the process of doing some remodeling and getting my own craft room, well, at least a real designated area. I'm so excited! You've inspired me to try some fun things to make it "MY" space. Thanks for sharing.

  65. dotblogg says:

    how wonderful!!Now I got some sneak peek ideas from your colorful craft room, I love the boxes covered with textiles and I absolutely adore your transformed-into-treasures pieces of furniture:)thank you for inspiration!
    have fun and take care

  66. Stephanie says:

    I love it that you accessorize your craft room. If you are going to spend a lot of time in it, you may as well surround yourself with cute things. I'd just like a craft room. (Sigh)

  67. Jamie says:

    I love your craft room, makes me want to give mine a very large overhaul!!

  68. Jessica says:

    Love the completed room. such great ideas!

  69. Christie says:

    Wow Ashley, you did such a great job. It is so pretty all together! I just love it–so bright and happy. Someday I will have my own craft room:). Great job.

  70. Delia says:

    What an inspiring space! Thanks for sharing. I love the quiet corner above your cabinet.

  71. Cleverly Triple says:

    LOVE IT! i have an old sewing table JUST like that, my mom gave it to me. But i had NO ideas of what to do with it. i was contemplating getting rid of it….now i'm glad i haven't after looking at what you did to yours! Thanks for the inspiration!

  72. Cami and Phil says:

    You are definately inspiring! We picked up a little bedside table that was just dumped on the side of the road. You have inspired me to FINALLY do something with it after it's been sitting on our back patio for 2 months!

  73. Leanne says:

    Your room looks fantastic. I'm having my 2nd We're Organized Wednesday party on April 28th. I would love it if have the time to add your room. What a fun room to create in.

  74. PDCScarbroughpage says:

    Oh I love it!

  75. Ashley says:

    Sure, trips to Alaska and then Idaho. Can you fly my family out too so we can make a vacation out if it at the same time?? Haha! :)

  76. Sunshine of Seven says:

    What a Bright & Cheerful room you have created, I love it!! Yellow is my favorite color and I love how you have accented it throughout the room! You did an AWESOME Job!! I have plans to paint a wall in my bathroom yellow with accents too!
    Enjoy your room (& don't you LOVE spray paint:)!!)!

  77. LB3K says:

    Thank you so much for sharing a pic of your closet! I was feeling incredibly intimidated by your extremely gorgeous craft while, since mine is an utter disaster! It made me feel much better. ;0)

    You are amazing! On your way to Alaska, can you stop in Idaho and finish my sewing room?

  78. Justin and Coralie says:

    I love, love, love it! I'm ready to organize all my crafting stuff. Too bad I don't have a room for it… :(

    I love your blog. Thanks for all the inspiration. Now I'm off to get some tulips…

  79. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    I have that EXACT sewing machine table I picked up at a thrift store recently. It's turning into something else, though.

  80. the thrifty ba says:

    i want to live in your craft room!

  81. brandy says:

    Beautiful and very inspirational!

  82. Lizzy @ Lizzy Designs says:

    Ashley, thanks for such a quick reply!
    Great, I was hoping that I could avoid sanding down the chair, thanks for your advice. :)
    I will put it up on my blog when it is done. I can see the post going up a bit quicker now that I don't have to sand it! Hehe.

  83. anne says:

    what a great room! I especially love that little sunny yellow table, and the cubbies under the cutting table surface. Great idea!

  84. Heidi@TheCraftMonkey says:

    Wow! What a beautiful space! I love ALL of it! I especially love that sweet little yellow table! GOR-GEOUS!

  85. Tyler, Alexis and Karielle says:

    LOVE IT!! I will fly you up to Alaska to do my house. Deal? :D :D No seriously, it looks amazing. And it sounds like you have a very patient and understanding hubby. :D

  86. Janel says:

    Great Great job!!! LOVE YOUR ROOM!

    Check out my craft room closet for some ideas for your "other" area!

    Where in Ga are you??

  87. Ashley says:

    Lizzy, I didn't sand mine much. Just the rough bumps and the major flaws. But the primer stuff great to my glossed table and the front plastic-y part of my sewing table. So i would say, go for it. The primer will probably work well for you.


  88. Lizzy @ Lizzy Designs says:

    Your sewing room is beautiful, well done! I would like to spray paint a chair which has already been painted with green gloss. Would the primer stick to the gloss or would I still need to sand the chair down before priming it? Thanks!
    P.S. I love your blog, thank you for all of the inspiration! :)

  89. Rachel H. says:

    holy moly! It's a MIRACLE that you don't have a TRILLION comments yet!! :) Love what you've done–I just had to add my 2 cents on something–your thread rack. I have the same one, and I actually hung mine on the wall–it works BRILLIANTLY…stays out of the way, away from little hands that unravel, etc. That's just what works for me…
    You did a great job with everything…BEAUTIFUL space…so jealous you have 90% of a room dedicated just to you!! lol

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