my crafting drawers

Thank you for comments on my post about goals. To clarify…I wasn’t worried about posting it because I thought it would reveal I am normal….I was worried it could be taken the opposite. To my relief, you saw the real me in it.Β  Thank you. As stated last week, my goal was to get shelves up for my craft supplies. Goal accomplished….and finally a reveal of my craft cabinet makeover!

I found it tucked in a big storage barn. It was sticky, dirty and ugly….but perfectly beautiful to me. A little paint and a lot of work later…

The process involved:

1. Deep cleaning with soapy water. Scrubbing with steel wool.

2. Taping all those little handles. I did not tape the inside label area of the handles…just put scrapbooking paper in to cover the old paint.

3. Spray painting a primer meant for rust and metal.

4. Spray painting with glossy white spray paint…made for metal. I usually buy the cheapest spray paint, I got the more expensive stuff this time. No chipping so far.

The Blue Ribbon Foods box on top of the cabinet is supplies for the current projects I have going on….lots of paint….

30 drawers…they are basically all full.

Above the cabinet I needed somewhere to store things that would not fit in the drawers. Since this is in my kitchen I didn’t want it to look like an art station. I’ve been collecting random vintage kitchen things for a while not knowing where I would use them. Now they are perfectly displayed and put to good storage use. Some of the places I found items are Southern Hospitality, The Hitching Post, Bellalulu, and Lovies. I also have my flower pins from FosterKade Designs & Made4Adoption on display. They are beautiful and remind me to pray for children waiting for families and the families waiting for those children.

Last month I mentioned that when I was working on the sponsor introductions I decided to purchase an item instead of sharing it with you…it was the 3 floral canisters from Lovies. I needed something to hold glues and wanted it to be red, yellow and blue. Perfect. All the canisters, salt & pepper shakers, boxes, and tins hold some type of crafting supply.

Looking at these pictures makes me want to have a day alone in my kitchen to be creative. Just in case anyone is wondering, I slowly acquire supplies. I watch for deals and stick to things that catch my eye. I purchase a lot of small items and a little at a time. It is so nice to have it all organized and in one spot. Now if I could only find some quiet to dive into all those drawers!

While I was taking pictures of what appears to be a bright & happy place to create -the following was happening around me.

She was not happy I kept telling her “no” when she opened a drawer. I could put yardsticks through the handles to end the battle she and I have, but after that much work to make it cute I don’t want to slide yardsticks in it…and I open those drawers several times a day. It may kill me in the process, but she is just going to have to learn to stay out.

I don’t kid when I say my house is one constant sword fight….

So there it is my lovely crafting area…it makes me happy.

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  • ella - I love seeing this. These drawers are perfect and it’s so great you saw so much potential in that junk (treasure), and the shelves are the perfect addition.
    It also very funny seeing your kids act up – they appear so perfect in most your shots so it’s nice to see them ‘normal’ in some photos ;D

  • Karen Davis - it looks great!!

  • Shannon - Absolutely fantastic Ashley! I love the mix of vintage kitchen and just plain vintage. it really gives it a great vibe and who wouldn’t want to sit down for a few hours and sift through all the wonderful crafty supplies! (love love Martha Stewart at big lots!)

  • Holly - Well, it’s Monday morning and you’ve got me feeling all “swoony” over your craft room. I must do something now. I can’t leave mine the way it is. I’m not feeling very creative, can we just trade houses?

  • Nicole - LOVE it! Nice work!

  • Yanet - LOVE the cabinet! I have a much smaller version of it in our garage waiting for me to bring it out to love it. But like you said it’s a lot of work.

  • Brenda - Poor Firecracker!! πŸ™

  • Sarah - It looks wonderful! it’s so nice to have everything together, isn’t it?!

  • amanda torres - How could you make that precious thing cry? Kidding. She is so precious. Tears and all.

  • Meaghan - I really like the cabinet! All the accumulated craft supplies reminds me of my own mother that converted my bedroom to her ‘crafting area’ when I moved out. Even put a twin bed in there so she could nap in between bouts of creative!

  • marcy - lovely!!!

  • Lanea - Oh, it’s gorgeous! You did a fantastic job. I love the little pops of color from the paper in the label slots, and that Blue Ribbon box is fantastic.

  • april's craft nest - oh wow! it certainly turned out lovely! is your table top concrete? did you make it?

  • Jamie - I have been waiting to see your finished cabinet; I love it! I wish I could get my hands on something like that. Great storage. Your whole craft corner is awesome πŸ™‚

  • Melissa - It looks great! I’m on the hunt for something similar. Thanks for sharing your project!

  • Heather - love the way you used the kitchen accessories to store craft supplies!! love, love, love that!!!

    your drawers turned out fantastic, as did your shelves.

    swoon….makes me want to hideaway in my craft area and play all day long.

    great job!!

  • Kirra Sue - Yea!!!! I loved seeing where your Lovies are! πŸ™‚ That cabinet is so awesome. You are a thrifting queen. The picture of firecracker makes me smile- poor girl. Growing up is hard to do. πŸ™‚

  • Kimber - Oh my goodness, I love this! It’s adorable and it’s totally realistic for crafting (except for the Firecracker part of it {that pic of her crying in front of it will be a priceless memory}:)! Your posts, without fail, always inspire me to do awesome things in life!

  • ashley jensen - All of my craft supplies are in a cabinet in our hall closet. Some things are in a craft tackle box, others are in little shoe boxes, and some stuff is just in there. I saw a set of your drawers (only 4, not 30) at an atique store over the weekend and I just might go back and get them! But I love your little area!

  • Mary Craig - I’ve told you before that my youngest is just a month older than Firecracker and their names are *kinda* similar. She reminds me so much of my Blythe! Especially in that last picture-Blythe had on that same shirt and black leggings last week and often does the roll around on the floor and cry bit, too.

    So impressed with your crafting!

  • Ruth - Lovely and inspiring, as usual!

  • Shannon{photos by shannon} - I love it, the whole area. I wish I had someplace like that here. I just might, soon! I have a room between the livingroom and my daughter’s room that is going to be my studio, bit I have a feeling it will be a multi-purpose room.

  • Raychel - I am on the hunt for a cabinet like that!!! Looks great Ashley!!

  • deb - I love it…I have wanted something like this for ages. Wish I could run across a card catalog from the library, that would make a dream cabinet in my craft room! Maybe I need to search some old barns…:)

  • tam1329 - LOVE LOVE LOVE your new space! that metal cabinet is amazing. I can’t wait to see what you create πŸ™‚

  • Carrie Rosalind - Those look so awesome! I LOVE your crafting space! πŸ™‚

  • mandi - This is awesome! I would never have thought to use one of those old Sunday School roll files for craft supplies! I LOVE IT!!!

    And you know what? I’m for the school of thought that it is better to train your children how to live than to baby proof the world. So you got this mama’s vote of support there!

    One more thing- when I read about you seeing the hair clips and being reminded to pray for the babies waiting for homes and the families waiting for babies, it dawned on me that you (unknowingly!) are praying for us! We are in process of adoption…and it is a slow one. So thanks for the prayers!

  • Mama Zen - It looks fabulous!

  • Kristin - It looks so great, and inspiring. I am working on my crafting area right now. πŸ™‚ I just realized I have one of those drawer things in my garage with only 5 or less drawers being used. I may need to confiscate it and bring it in. πŸ™‚

  • naomi chokr - im new to your blog!! i love everything about it. your craft drawers are awesome! i love it!

  • ingrid blanchette - l.o.v.e!

  • Cassi - I love it. The whole look is great, from the light fixture to the new drawers.

  • Anna - I love your little crafting area! It makes me happy to know somebody else uses their kitchen/dining area to be creative in! I also try to make my area still look like a dining area instead of a studio and I think you did a really good job with yours! Thank you for the beautiful pictures of your area!

  • Laurie J - i’ve used spray paint like once in my life…i think i’m missing out! can’t believe how you transformed that cabinet–amazing.

  • Alice H - Poor Firecracker…she just wants to help you craft. LOL! My baby boy is almost 9 months old. And he loves to get in my cabinets and drawers in the kitchen when I am making dinner. I don’t believe in the locks (they are a pain in the butt for me, darn childproof stuff) so he gets told “no” and moved to a different location a lot.
    It is amazing how you can turn something old and ugly into something bew and beautiful.

  • emily - What an enviable craft cabinet. The cabinet itself is amazing, but those supplies … makes you want to do a project just to open the drawers! And those sword-fighting boys are too cute.

  • gina - that is a happy corner for sure… great job!!

  • susie whyte - i want to go to that little corner and just give it a big hug. πŸ™‚ all of that organization makes me happy. haha.

    thanks for MY post! πŸ™‚ haha.
    i just acquired a huge storage basket this weekend for a mere 6 bucks. i think it’s more rusted than old, so that rust-oleum and i are gonna be good friends. i’m still on a break from buying spray paint at walmart, since the staff has been eyeing me lately. maybe i’ll just send my bff shopping for me. πŸ™‚

  • jennie - I love it! How do you organize your items? I am terrible at organizing and in the process of finding a happy medium with myself.

  • Mirys - Ashley: now that I have a new home (for the 3rd time this year!) IΒ΄m just very excited about organization and decΓ³r.

    ThatΒ΄s a beautiful job that youΒ΄ve done with these drawers!


    I want some more tips like this!!! I have a mom + a girl + a boy room to organize!!!!!

    MIrys –

  • Aja - I love it! What an awesome piece, and perfect for crafting supplies! I’m going to have to keep my eyes peeled for something similar!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Ashley, it turned out beautifully! Great job!

    Thank you for sharing your painting tips. I am about to tackle my first ever painting project of a beautiful old metal rusty green small cabinet.

  • nori - that is absolutely lovely!!! i have that same cracker tin!
    could i fly you out to california to help me with my craft room?? :o)

  • Ali Richardson - It is SO wonderful!!! It looks perfect in that little nook. Great job!

  • Kember - I LOVE your craft stash! Crafts + organization = πŸ™‚
    I have a lot of stuff, but all tucked away and hard to get to. I only have two little ones but completely understand the desire for a day all to myself to be creative. Someday….
    Just have to appreciate the snippits of time we do get.

  • Anya - You did such an amazing job on this! I have an old filing cabinet that I have been meaning to pretty up for a year now. This has inspired me to get my butt in gear!

  • Aubrey - I love that you shared that picture of Firecracker! Once again I can relate to well. With my 4 littles being 6 and under I know THAT battle must be won.

  • a pocket full of posies - *swoon* ….and the glitter drawer- *double swoon*!
    and little “firecracker”- just want to swoop her up and give her a great big hug! little cutie!

  • Jennifer - amazing!! πŸ™‚

  • tasha roe - SO. STINKIN. COOL!
    I am cracking up at the sword fights and fits. Sounds like my house minus one boy. Those boys are going to be the best of friends growing up and through out life. even cooler than the cabinet… maybe. πŸ˜‰

  • Lisa Johnson - brilliance

  • Carolyn - I love your craft drawers! my craft storage is not as nice…just one of those metal shelves you can get at the hardware store…really need to reorganise it (again)… Love the picture of your little girl in front of the drawers. That looks like a face I have seen before in my own toddler!

  • Abby - I love this area…so green all over!! Even more I love the behind the scenes peek…much like the happening around here πŸ™‚

  • meg duerksen - love that you are just trying to teach her to stay out.
    that is good parenting.
    love this post ashley.

  • Natalie - I’m sad for Firecracker too! Can’t you just put some fuzzy cotton balls, jumbo crayons and stickers in the last row of drawers- sacrifice just three of them so she can play and smile?? (I write this while just today I got tired of telling my 9 month old son he can’t pull all the dvds off the shelf and moved them to a different location- tomorrow I’m sure it will be something else!) P.S. I thought the yardsticks would match your kitchen backsplash?

  • giozi - Ohh Ashley I want a collection like yours πŸ™‚ ha ha ha ha is fabulous. Poor your girl, sorry but then I read and saw the photo I couldn’t no hel smile πŸ™‚
    I’m a little frustrated beause yesterday I received a scallopped label punch that I bought on Ebay it was for my girl’s birthday so This came late, even I paid for Priority, well I said, I’m going to use it a lot so is the same, but when I open the box I see that size is TINY, there is no say size for anywhere, but I was waiting something like visiting card size aprox. Now I’m upset. Do you know where can I get one?

  • Jolie - I love your crafting nook, hissy fits, sword fits and all!
    (and can I just say that I was so thrilled with your to-do post – even though I’m still trying to figure out how you get to do all that (plus the usual day to day stuff) with 4 smalls…I only have 2 and I struggle!)

  • Sarah - Beautiful craft cabinet! One small idea to make Firecracker happy… dedicate one of the lower drawers to her. She can then put her things in it, and every once in a while, you can surprise her with a little treat just for her! (candy, hair barrette, note to her)

  • Annabelvita - I am incredibly jealous. So much so that I posted about your drawers (oo-er missus) (is that a joke in american english?) over on my blog, hope you don’t mind:

  • s h e r r y - Oh wow. I just want to look through all your craft supplies…

  • Lexi - I found a VERY similar metal green cabinet in a junk place last week! Brought it home and thought, “oh man what a mistake!” because it needs help in the looking to rough category. But it was just too perfect for organizing crafty stuff. You have given me courage to take the steel wool plunge!! Yours looks fantastic!!

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    Everyday at 9am MDT they post a new steal on sale which usually are anywhere from 5% to 80% off retail =]

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  • margaret - Wow! This is a beautiful space! I don’t have an extra room to stash my crafty stuff and have been keeping everything in a little corner of my kitchen! Great ideas about incorporating your crafty stash into every day space.

  • Stephanie May* - LOVELOVELOVE this space! Sooooo gorgeous:) I am wondering though, where do you store all of your fabric? I have tons, and can’t figure out a cute, neat, and clever way to store it. Roll it? Fold it? Drawer? Shelf? Box? I want to be able to see it/get to it easily, otherwise it’s out of sight, out of mind for me:) Help!

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