Laundry/Craft Room Revamp- Part 1

My laundry/craft room is not glamorous by any means, it’s the laundry room after all. The laundry room is the one space in our home that most of us do not care to spend any energy or decorating dollars. However, I decided I would go ahead and share it here because over the years, we have done some inexpensive and creative things to really maximize the space. Maybe you too have issues with limited storage in your home, hopefully this post will inspire you to think about going outside the box (no pun intended) to maximize every inch of the storage space that you do have.

When we moved into our home more than 10 years ago, we just added a fresh coat of white paint to the laundry room and added the inexpensive wire shelving system to the walls that makes for easy shelf adjustments as needed:

Five years later, I begged my husband to figure out some creative way for me to store rolls of gift wrap, spools of ribbon and tissue paper and place it somewhere that I could easily utilize it without blocking anything. Thankfully, hubby came up with this brilliant idea of attaching brackets and metal closet rods and wire piping to the side walls:

The plastic brackets (I have no clue what they are normally used for) had two slot/holders, one round (perfect for the standard closet rod) and one square (not perfect for the closet rod) so he came up with utilizing a small copper pipe that fits and works perfectly… My hero!!

I decided last month that my laundry/craft room really needed to be finished once and for all. I forced myself to think about what we really needed in this space. Up until this point, stacked and clear storage containers with lids was not working for us. It created more disarray. I needed storage ideas that were small and functional but could hold a lot. So I ran to Lowe’s and stumbled across these fabulous huge plastic bins for $6.00 each!

Yep, after some deep soul searching in the storage aisle at Lowe’s, I finally admitted to myself that no matter how cute and temptingly beautiful some of those fabric storage boxes are, I’m a tosser (gasp!!). Ultimately, I need a boring huge plastic bin that I can shoot Mod Podge into from the three point line.

I also picked up two Husky fabric tool carriers at Lowe’s for $15.00 each, perfect for my thousands of paint brushes, paint and tools and other stuff. What’s great about these is when I have a project, I can just grab the whole thing and run without tearing the laundry room upside down!

After I found my new (and cheap) storage pieces and got the room organized, I wanted to add a little color and fun without spending much. I know, I know, it’s a laundry room (hubby rolls eyes), but to me it’s blah and a blank space that I can get creative. I couldn’t paint the walls because of the shelving system, so I added a touch of color in other ways.

After wanting to make some subway art over the last year but not having the right space for it, I thought I would give it a try for the laundry room. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out as planned but this did:

For the tutorial on how I spray painted the letters on canvas, click here.

Bound and determined to make my subway art, I finally accomplished it on this interlocking floor mat:

This floor mat was so easy to make and I love what a fun pop it added to the room, not to mention that it cost me around $25.00 to make. I decided to do a separate post on the tutorial for the painted floor mat, which can be found here (Revamp-Part 2).

Lastly, I made a quick magnetic board for easy access to the things I use daily (hammer, pliers, scissors) by cutting a sheet of tin, wrapping in fabric and placing in a frame. Hubby hung it with toggle bolts so I could load it up:

I am so happy that I finally finished this room. It has been driving me crazy for years and by taking a little extra time to think through my storage needs, I created a lot of extra space. Yay, I can continue to accumulate more craft supplies (hubby rolls eyes)!

Thank you again for your sweet emails, notes and comments, I really appreciate your feedback! Bye for now.

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48 Responses to Laundry/Craft Room Revamp- Part 1

  1. That is just adorable! I think I might actually like to do laundry if my room looked like that. I wish I had as much space as you do mine is a pass thru!

  2. Jennifer Wade says:

    Youre cuteness factor goes up everytime I read a blog post! I love me some Cyndy!! Great job! As if there were any doubt??

  3. so beautitful. I'm so happy I stumbled upon your place! Happy to be a new follower! Maybe your style will rub off on me a little ;-)

    -dani

  4. Now that's the most inspiring laundry/craft room combo I have ever seen. Love your ideas!

    :) Laura

  5. What a nice and functional laundry room. I wish my laundry room was this big! A wonderful use of all of the space.

    I found your blog on Thrifty Decor Chick!

    I linked up a stenciled/organized coat closet

    Kudos to you!

  6. lucy says:

    you did an amazing job on making it functional and pretty at the same time!

  7. Terry says:

    You have packed a lot in a small space and made it look good at the same time. Great job.

  8. It looks great, and you have some of my favorite colors of wrapping paper! I can't wait to see how you did the rug….I'll be waiting!
    Debbie

  9. Erin says:

    Your laundry is far from blah! You have some great organizing ideas!! And I love that you said you recognized you are a tosser…the black bins look great. :)

  10. your laundry/craft combo room is awesome! i love all your organized storage and your wrapping paper fix! fantastic job to you and hubby!

  11. You did an amazing job! My laundry room is probably the only space in my house that we have done nothing too since we moved into our house 9 years ago. I love all the storage you created and the fact that this is now a duel purpose room.

  12. Nat Mac says:

    Wow that looks so great!! I LOVE the rug!!

  13. Lori @ says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! Red, Black, and White are the color combos of my craft room too! You did an amazing job organizing your laundry/craft room. Thanks for linking up AND linking back to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :) Hope you stop by again soon!

    Lori @ Paisley Passions

  14. Denise Angela says:

    So modern & beautiful – love it!

  15. Nikki says:

    This post makes we want to go organize my whole house! love it!!!

    Come by our link party! We'd love to have you!

    http://breadandbutter143.blogspot.com/2011/02/look-what-we-found.html

  16. I cannot get enough of this room! I've been begging T to make me something to hold my non-Christmas wrapping paper and ribbons. What a great idea!

    http://www.youngnester.blogspot.com

  17. Hi I am a new follower ~ Love the laundry/craft room ~ the magnetic board was a great idea..I may have to steal that idea from you!

  18. Lori @ says:

    Thanks for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions. I am going to feature this on Thrilling Thursday tomorrow. Feel free to stop by and grab an "I Thrilled" featured button off my sidebar if you would like :)

    ~Lori @ Paisley Passions

  19. Awesome laundry room!! so pretty and functional!

  20. Jayna Rae says:

    It is all so great. I am really loving the magnetic board.

  21. Wow,Cyndy, you took great advantage of the space you have in your laundry room! I think you've done a great job and really took into consideration how you function. I love the tool magnetic board and your paint brush carrier.

  22. LOVE your space! I am inviting you to link up to my craft room reveal post.
    DaNita

  23. Allison says:

    Wow! It's amazing how you managed to store so much in one room and make it look great!!

  24. Claire says:

    Oh my- you have transformed your laundry room into a beauty-storage spaces make me so happy and with the added touches-super cute!!

  25. Leslie says:

    Wow! A woman after my own heart of organization. What a transformation. I'd be doing laundry all day if I had a room like that!
    Leslie
    Your newest follower
    Tranquil Acres of Alexandria

  26. brooke says:

    Great use of space. Looks wonderful

  27. Your room has a similar layout to mine….totally going to show this to my hubby for inspiration.

  28. Hey there! Just wanted to stop by and let you know I'm showing this off today over at Crafts & Sutch! :) Please pop by to take a peek and grab an I'm SUTCH an Inspiration button!

    Erin

  29. Candice says:

    Wow, that is great! I love how you organized everything. The gift wrap is fantastic!! Here from Under the table and dreaming.

  30. Anonymous says:

    I'm in love with your laundry room!
    Denise

  31. Anonymous says:

    Looks great! Could you post about how big the room is?

  32. I'm so inspired!! It all looks fantastic!!

  33. Rebecca says:

    Saw this linked on TT&J; fb page. I love how your wrapping paper coordinates with the rest of the room. ;) Love the organization and great use of space. =] Bookmarked your sign tutorial, I like the texture.

  34. Very cute! Love every thing about it, especially the subway art rug! I'd love for you to link it up at sundae scoop!

  35. Honey says:

    Those bins…you can spray paint them…I have! Just pop back into lowes and grab the plastic spray paint for outdoor kids jungle gyms n stuff. No sanding…just spray away. They have all kinds of colors and if you put some scrapbook stickers on the front before you spray you can cut the paint by following the sticker's outline and have a nice label too. Look REALLY cute!

    Honey

  36. Amazing! You give me hope that my laundry dungeon can someday be beautiful!!!

  37. angelfitch says:

    WOW! I love it! My favorite pieces are the framed tin w/magnetic storage for your tools and the Husky Tote! BRILLIANT!! I too, am a tosser, so I had to laugh when I read that in your post! Great job!!
    ~Terry
    http://mossandclover.blogspot.com/

  38. I need to turn my laundry room in to a craft room, this is such and inspiration! Thanks for all the good ideas!

  39. SnapDragon and GingerRoots says:

    I needed this thank you so much for posting such an amazing space!! I have been kicked out of my studio space for a couple of times with the birth of my children. I have now been working in the garage and I really want to come back into the house what an awesome and inspirational idea :)

  40. Jacquelyn says:

    Your laundry room ROCKS! I totally love your writing style and wish you could come to my house and help make it as wonderful as yours!

  41. What a fun space! I love how you customized it and added the pops of color. Beauty and function- what could be better?!

  42. laxsupermom says:

    Wow! Love everything you did in your laundry room! Great organization ideas! I'm popping over from The Inspired Room's House Tours. Thanks for sharing.

  43. Great ideas you have! I am a new blogger (3 weeks old :) ) & this so inpires me to get my craft stuff/ribbon/paper ECT organized….the plastic bins stacked are making me crazy :)

  44. Shan says:

    Cyndy! I don't know where to start?! I'm so excited!! First of all, we used to live in Athens & Tyler, Texas. I'm wondering where about you live in East Texas? On to the post, your room IS GLAMOROUS!!! I am so impressed with how you organized this space, with the help of your genius hubby. ;) I love the subway art, both on the wall and the floor! I'm going to have to check out both tutorials. I'm definitely following you and so glad to meet you via Roomspiration. Thank you so much for linking up your wonderful craft space! You are very creative. :D Shan@FamilyBringsJoy

  45. I think the plastic bins are the best idea! I have plastic ones with tops in the closet in mine.

  46. CK says:

    I just found your blog and I really like it. Thanks for your storage ideas, I love the Huskey tool bag the most. I will defintiely subscribe to your blog!
    Claire Kelly

  47. teresa says:

    Really like all hte ideas here…so usable. One question, though: how did you magnetize the tools? I think you need an entire tutorial on this part.

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