I am glad you are reading another one of my “craft room status update” posts. If you read my last update, you know I promised to post about my latest DIY projects made specifically for my new craft room. All these projects were inexpensive and easy to do. I mean it, seriously, sometimes I have tried to replicate DIY projects I’ve seen online or in a magazine quoted “easy” and I’ve failed miserably. I promise you these ones are as easy as I describe them to be.
Before, showing you the DIY projects, I would love to share these pictures; a sneak peak of how the room is progressing.
This is a picture of some of my tools getting ready to go up on my pink peg board. Yesterday, I placed some of them on the board to get rid of the clutter on the desk but I’m still trying to figure out the best layout:
As you can see in the picture below, I have a ridiculous “pen, pencils and markers” collection stashed all over our bedroom, my son’s bedroom and at my parent’s house. Now, most of them are displayed in these lovely DIY jars:
I want you to take a look at how the IKEA Billy bookcases are being transformed, in one of my future posts, I will tell you how I did this and why this wall is now the featured wall of the craft room:
This is how the other side of the room is getting a transformation of it’s own. I haven’t finished yet, but most of the items I want to include on this corner are here; my mom’s sewing machine, easy access to brown craft paper and this simple to do DIY art:
I am very happy on how the craft room is being transformed
Let’s get back to the DIY projects:
I needed to store my pens, pencils and markers without spending money. So, this is what I choose to do: paint these mason jars I had in the kitchen with white latex paint used to paint our kitchen last October:
With a spoon, put enough paint inside the mason jars, then move the jar around very slowly to get the paint everywhere inside the mason jar until the jar is fully coated with paint. Leave them to dry for at least an hour upside down.
After an hour, the excess paint within the jar should have flowed out, then you should flip it right side up and clean the edges of the jars with a wet wipe or cloth to remove the excess paint formed outside the jar:
This is how these three mason jars turned out, I like them a lot and they look pretty in the craft room:
In the picture below, you can see the jars with some of my tools:
When we went to Home Depot this week to get something for our house, I ended up looking at the samples of paint too. I liked this light shade of pink and decided to buy it, please see the outcome in the next pictures:
Pink paint from Home Depot: $4.99
Voila, I got a pink mason jar to store more pens, it looks playful and fresh.
I have enough paint left to do more DIY projects like this one when I would have more empty mason jars.
This is another project I worked on: I framed the initials of my name “I”, “E” and “V”, using buttons bought at Walmart a couple of weeks ago of different colors and shapes by gluing them to the inside of each one of these black frames. I got these frames at a very low price a year ago at Costco (2 for $19.00) and then displayed them on top of this dark brown IKEA picture ledge (RIBBA). Not only they have helped me personalized my craft room but now I have some “art” in it too.
Continuing on with buttons, I bought these two white simple canvas at the dollar store for only $2.00 each and decorated them with these wooden letters bought at DeSerres a while ago. I then glued pink buttons to the letters and in less than 10 minutes; you have an instant piece to hang in your craft room that represents you:
I’ve had this dollar store basket since last year and used it to store my craft tools, however it doesn’t fit with the new color scheme of my craft room, so with a $2.00 pink ribbon bought at the dollar store, I gave it a new fresh look:
This is how the beige dollar store basket looks now:
Hope you have enjoyed this update, as there is more to come!
The most challenging step of this process was staying on budget and improvising with things we already own. I am sure you have already guessed that I was not able to stay on budget
The list of the expenses will be updated on my last “craft room” post and you will get to see how I did.
For the curious ones, next update will be about; Installing and Styling your Craft Room Pegboard
Don’t forget these projects don’t need to look perfect, we were going for an “easy-crafty” look here, what’s important is that your space will now be personalized and you will be surrounded by pieces you created, you love and represent you.
Here is another sneak peak of other DIY projects I have worked on:
Thanks again for stopping by!