Tutorial: Upcycled Craft Storage

6 Jul

As promised in the On The List post from Sunday here is the great tutorial I was talking about. I`m so excited to share this with all you other crafters out there. I know how quickly supplies can get out of hand. I can`t stand working in a mess, not being able to find the ribbon I want!

Here is a great way to upcycle any old bookshelf hanging around (or you can find one in a thrift store for super cheap). By adding tilting bins you can keep stuff tidy and out of site, but still have quick access to all your supplies. A couple of dowels helps to keep all those pretty ribbon organized while still showcasing your collection.

Lets get started.

Materials and Tools

  • Old Book Shelf (any size, you can easily customize the bins to work with what you have).
  • Sheet of Pressboard (very, very cheap. $20 will get you enough to do 10+ bins)
  • Finishing Nails
  • Hinges (two per bin)
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Scrap Book Paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Dowels
  • Rod Brackets (two per dowel)
  • Jig Saw (we used a skill saw, but PLEASE do not try this unless you spend a lot of time working with one, like Luke)
  • Palm Sander/Sand Paper
  • Hammer/ Brad Nailer
  • Paint Brush/ Roller/ Sprayer

The measurements will vary depending on your shelf. You will need 4 pieces for each bin.

This little bookshelf has a long history.

It was originally a nightstand in my sister’s room growing up. Than I commandeered it and used it for storage in my bathroom when I moved out. When I grew tired of that  I added some brackets, mounted it on the wall and used it to show case my (large, large) collection of sprinkles. I had almost thrown it out before I started looking for ways to add storage to the craft room.

I love that pieces of furniture which normally have such short lifespans can be kept out of landfills with some paint and creativity.

I know you are itching to get started on your own  so I’ll stop distracting you. Go and reincarnate that ugly bookshelf you’ve got lying around! Be sure to come back and tell me all about it, I can’t wait to hear from you.


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9 Responses to “Tutorial: Upcycled Craft Storage”

  1. Jami July 8, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    That is exactly what I need!! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Smiles!

    http://www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

    • Cheyanne July 11, 2010 at 10:47 pm #

      No problem Jami, thanks for stopping by.

  2. Nicole July 10, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    I getting ready to work on my craft room right now, so the tutorial will come in handy! I especially love the idea for the ribbon. I will have to incorporate that into my craft bookcase! Thanks for sharing!

    • Cheyanne July 11, 2010 at 10:49 pm #

      Good luck with your craft room. Mine is still a work in progress, but the ribbons have been corralled now!

  3. Rachel July 12, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    That turned out wonderfully! Now I just need a bookcase. Thanks so much for this, I’ll be linking.

    • Cheyanne July 13, 2010 at 11:59 am #

      I love when you comment lol. The storage bins are so handy, easy to access but still keeps everything tucked away.

  4. mbt shoes August 3, 2010 at 3:15 am #

    i am happy to find it thanks for sharing it here. Nice work.

  5. ReStitch Me November 17, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    You did a great job! I love the colors that you chose. My ribbon spools are presently a big jumble–I like the rod idea. Thanks for sharing!

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