Studio Inspiration and a Peek at Mine

I love the unfitted look, and storage potential, of furniture repurposed for craft or sewing rooms.

This scrapbook cabinet, featured this week in BHG's decorating newsletter, probably dates to the 80's as a tv/stereo components cabinet. With large flatscreens now so popular, I see these regularly on kijiji and Craigslist really cheap and often free. Some fresh paint and a few storage containers and you have an inexpensive solution for all your craft needs.

Or how about fabric and craft storage in some freshly painted bookcases and china cabinets. In mismatched or dated wood tones they might just look like leftovers. Painted fun and fresh colours, I think they look adorable and intentional. I love the display space on top too. Seriously, I would swoon if I had all the fabric in these photos.


I'm fortunate to have a studio/sewing room. Our 4th bedroom, our smallest upstairs bedroom measuring 9' x 10', is a room that I can work in, and close the doors on when it gets too messy. Believe me, it gets very messy. We hung second hand kitchen cabinets and base cabinets that I had planned to paint. I even added beadboard wallpaper to the edges and underneath. I stalled there, trying to decide what to do.

I've tried rearranging things in this small space several times, but I think bookcases or hutches might be a better solution. They are tall, and hug the wall saving valuable floor space. In a 9' x 10' room I need all the floor space I can get. Maybe I should take the cabinets down. Or maybe I should work with a combination of the two hanging cupboards and tall bookcase/hutches.

For my sewing and crafting surface I am using my old farmhouse dining table. It is quite large for a room this size but I like that I am able to spread things out.  

I am working with a wire shelving unit we have until I find some great pieces to paint. Hopefully now that I am off work for the summer, I can spend some time organizing the disaster my studio and take some photos this week. Nothing gorgeous or finished but I'll still share the photos.

I'm linking up with SNS at Funky Junk Interiors. Hope you can stop by.

This year will be my first to link up at My Desert Cottage's Where Bloggers Create 2011. I'm going to roll up my sleeves and get organizing!


  1. Even a small room would be a blessing. I have the kitchen counter, dining table and laundry room. Your space sounds fabulous. Hugs, Marty

  2. Hi Elizabeth! I have a room too and I am so grateful. I am forever reorganizing and cleaning, putzing, putting away...and sometimes I even sew or craft in it! Hahahaha....neverending...but I love having the space to call my own. I'm like Marty for years it was the kitchen counter...so I'm grateful!
    Nice pictures by the way!

  3. I dont have a craft area- all the nooks are taken up with children! I do love the china cabinets you have pictured though- arent they divine....I love the turquoise painted one

  4. Hi Elizabeth,

    Nice photos, great inspiration shots. I think you can achieve something like this!! You already have your own room and those cabinets! The other will come with time. I'm sure you will find something this summer!! The fun is in the hunt right?
    All the Best,

  5. I love your inspiration photos, they are great. I used to own one of those in the first photo, it would have looked great painted, but it never occurred to me.
    I am a relatively neat person, except in my craft/sewing room, it is always a DISASTER!!! My husband just shakes his head, but...oh well.
    I need to do something like you have shown today. I hope you enjoy your time off work.
    Hugs, Cindy

  6. Love all the photos and would take any of them.I wish I had a room to myself~Cheers Kim

  7. Thanks so much for stopping by and your gracious comment on my old fan. I did quite a bit of research online and found that model # 2450B which is the one I have by Emerson Electric was made around 1940. I was born in 1939 and remember it being in our house all my life, so this wonderful treasure is as old as me. wow. and it still works. Hugs, Marty

  8. Right now, I'm using the living room for my studio. Unfortunately, I can't close the door on the mess but, at least, it's a place to work! It needs decorating but I haven't made time for that just yet. Here's a link to it looking fairly neat: http://www.mysouthernheart.com/?p=565

  9. I'm really impressed you have different hobby, you can do anything depending on your mood.

  10. Love love love the cabinets/book cases full of fabric!! I sure could use a few of those for all of mine!

  11. The shelves and armoire are beautiful and I have a TV cabinet alot like the one pictured, with a flat screen on top. Ya, I see them alot at Goodwill and the like, along with computer tables! Funny that I never thought about re-purposing it for someplace else in my house. Probably cause it's not old enough for me to think it's cool vintage.

  12. They are all looking good! No doubt!


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