How I transformed my craft room with a £0.00 budget!


If you didn't see my last post click here so you can see the before pictures first :)

This was my very first embroidery attempt, remember?


 Sewing area :) All my needles, ribbons, buttons, zips, threads etc easily accessible and mostly visible which is a huge plus for me, I don't really like things shut away in drawers and cupboards, I like the organised chaos look as apposed to the minimalist look! The desk we've had for years, infact Al has had it since he was studying, way before I met him, its a nice size, really sturdy and has lots of pull out shelves, handy for hiding away half finished bits and pieces till you want them again!


These cool suitcases hold all my fabric, mostly old clothes that I plan to alter or use the material off - I've never bought new material, much prefer to re-use. The red one my sister gave me, the blue one is from Al's parents attic, must be 30 years old at least and I just love the character it brings to the room.


Over the other side is my card making desk made out of crates and floorboards we found in the garage. The chair Cara is sitting on was given to us by Al's dad who got it out of an old chapel in the 50's! I sanded it down and painted it with a distressed feel last year, I have 2 of them and a coffee table the same style, they're one of the projects I'm most proud of :)



We made the shelves out of floorboards and paper bricks (we're not connecting our wood burner till Autumn so they'll not be missed!) My 'paper corner' has already inspired me, this was my doodle while I had tea and soaked up my new room :)  


This shelf was a lucky leftover from the wood we bought for our bedroom shelves last weekend (another post soon) I didn't have anything left to make another desk area but this works perfectly for now. I have everything out and I can just move my sewing machine and use that area for jewellery making if I need to.



 I love wood so much, maybe because my dad is a talented carpenter (amongst other things) and the smell reminds me of being a child or maybe because its just so natural and beautiful, or both!

So there you have it! A £0.00 craft room transformation! And no.63 on my 101 list crossed off "Make an inspiring creative studio where I can sew and make jewellery or cards." I'm really happy with how it turned out, as I use it more I'm sure it'll develop into even more of an inspirational and creative space.

It never crossed my mind to go out and buy new shelves, a desk, containers and all the other little things the room needed, I've reached a place personally, where I just automatically look around me and see what I can do with what I have. I get a real kick out of it and the more I do it the better I get at it. It's just so much more satisfying to know that I created that for free, I used my imagination and our money is in the bank where it should be, waiting to buy our dream home :) Cara's waiting too :)

22 comments:

  1. £0! A very good figure to work with, well done. It looks great and how brilliant to have all your stuff out and to hand. I bet most of us have to go searching in the back of cupboards when we want to use some of that stuff and that is REALLY annoying!

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    1. Ha ha I thought you might like that budget! I really hate having to look for things which is quite ironic since I am about the messiest most unorganised person I know. I'm loving having all my crafty things so neat and tidy, I'm going to try my hardest to keep it like that!

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  2. Love the paper bricks and the tree trunk shelf! Looking good - well done :)

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    1. Thanks Dani, it was Al's idea to use the bricks, he's been full of brilliant ideas lately! And the shelf is my favorite part of the room too, it just smells so amazing and I can't go in there without touching it, is that weird? lol!

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  3. Looks great! I love the wood shelf.

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    1. Thanks Michelle :) It seems quite popular, so easy to put together, we just bought the wood from the sawmills and put it up, no nails or anything because its so chunky its really stable :)

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  4. Well done Astra, the room looks great and doing it for no money at all is even better.

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    1. Thanks new world, I am so happy with it and knowing I didnt spend a penny makes it so satisfying :)

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  5. I really like that wooden shelf too. Must be handy having a carpenter in the family too! :D

    Yup, I'm jealous of your craft room! My stuff is just... everywhere and anywhere! Still, it's inspiring me to want to make things too!

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    1. Great! Im glad your inspired :) having a carpenter around would be handy but my dad lives in Glasgow and is now moving back to South Africa so not so handy unfortunately lol

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  6. I love being able to see my stuff all around me, thats where the inspiration comes from. I have my fabric hanging on laundry racks. You can see at a glance the size and pattern, its all flat and ready to use.

    I must get the thread and stuff out of the plastic bins and into jars, looks great and again you can see you stuff.

    Great job, love the budget!

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    1. Thanks very much Meri, I think seeing the things give you inspiration too. Laundry racks are a great idea for displaying fabrics, mine are all basically clothes but it would still be nice to see them with out hauling the cases out... I'll keep an eye out :)

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  7. Wow, you've totally transformed that space and it's amazing that you did it for free. I love the cafetiere for storing your pencils, and having your buttons and threads in big jars. Not only is it a useful space, it's inspirational too and it will become even more 'you' with time.

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    1. Thank so much, I cant take credit for the pencil holder, that was my hubby, neither of us drink coffee so its now got a use :) I really think it'll become more 'me' and I'm looking forward to it, it doesn't quite have that lived in feel yet.

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  8. P.S. - my husband has fallen in love with your cat - she's stunning!

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    1. Isn't she! she is malting profusely at the moment which makes her slightly less attractive (purely because its so annoying!) lol but we love her to bits, she's our baby :)

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  9. Don't you love jars for storage? Great creativity!

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    1. yup jars for storage are the best! I must take a picture of my kitchen for you, we have tons of jars with our dry foodstuffs in out on our counter - I just love the look of it :) thanks for the comment :)

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  10. I've got my buttons stored in a toffee tin that was given to me (full of toffee!) by my Sunday school teacher when I was about 6. That tin held small treasures until I had a home of my own. I love reusing things.

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    1. Thats a lovely story - I love little pieces like that that have a story and some history behind them, I hope I can hand on my little tins and jars to a future generation who appreciates them like I do :)

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  11. Love your room...I use teapots to store my bobbins and pottery that I have that only use once a year to hold my needles and other items. I love your wood bench, that would make an awesome self on the wall. http://www.thriftyideastoday.com/

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    1. Hi, thanks for commenting. Tea pots would look so cool! We actually do have shelves like that! in our bedroom :) great minds think alike hey?

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