Craft Room Makeover Reveal

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As far as “before and after” room reveals go, this one’s gotta be at the top of the heap here at The Navage Patch. Before we tackled this craft room makeover, we had already completed:

Some of those were greuling slogs through the stinking swamps of misery (I’m looking at you, Guest Bathroom!).

Others dragged months beyond their expected finish dates (I procrastinated my pants off towards the end of the laundry room renovation, because I was terrified of building the cabinets).

But this little craft room makeover finished on time with minimal heartache, strife, sweary words, bloodshed, combat and tears!

It’s as if the universe truly wanted our hot mess of a craft storage room to be a clean, functioning and fully operational craft room and office.

And do you know what the best part about it is?

Do you think it’s the bright new walls and new floor?

Or maybe it’s all the storage space?

Do you imagine it’s the crafting tables?

Could it be my new office (aka, The Navage Patch Galactic Headquarters)?

Those are all fantastic things, and each is worthy of a dry martini, but the best thing is much subtler and far more precious.

The best part of our new craft room is the smile it brings to Handan’s face when she walks in and looks around.

Gone forever are the days of this:

interior of a messy craft room

Here to stay are the days of this!

craft room makeover

Let’s revisit our goals for this craft room makeover.

Craft Room Makeover Checklist

When we started, Handan’s vision for the room was fairly well summed up by her mood board.

The overarching themes here are storage space and light – two things we just can’t seem to get enough of, especially when it comes to “work” spaces!

Getting rid of that god-awful orange on the walls was paramount. The moment we painted the walls white, the room opened up a thousand-fold.

walls covered in plastic sheeting

The door to the craft room is of the French persuasion, and that means “pain in the tookus” for painting. Fortunately, Handan discovered a miracle product:

can of masking liquid H2O

It allowed me to paint those French doors with ease without having to worry about scraping the glass afterwards.

peeling masking liquid from a french door

Once “The Brightening” was complete, we put in the new floor. The old carpet was simply not appropriate for a craft room. We chose Pergo laminate after carefully considering all of our flooring options.

We bought some beautiful curtains at IKEA. They’re so cheap there – it’s incredible!

curtains hanging on a window

As this room had to double as the Executive suite for the CEO/President/Overlord/Clown-in-Chief of The Navage Patch, we cobbled together a little something for His Lordship to work at in his spacious and elegant Closet Office.

closet office in a craft room

To solve most of our storage needs, I built two West Elm inspired storage towers.

craft room makeover reveal

That left a lot of little supplies that needed a home, so we built a rolling storage cart from old sewing machine drawers.

Antique Sewing Machine Drawer Upcycle

And we made a whole bunch of storage out of the old coffee cans that my babes has been collecting for the past 6 years!

The only thing you haven’t seen yet is the little solution we came up with for storing small paint bottles.

small paint bottle storage

So enough yapping and review. Just take a look at the pics and let us know how we did with our craft room makeover in the comments!

craft room makeover
craft room makeover

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    1. Thank you so much, Julie! We are so loving it! What a difference it makes, not just for crafting, but for writing these posts! :):):)

  1. Well done! It is a beautiful room (is it okay that I’m a little jealous?) I look forward to many posts helped by the light, space, and functionality.

    1. Thank you, Sarah! Yes, of course it’s okay! When it’s cold and snowy here, I’ll be jealous that you live in sunny Georgia!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. I love how light and airy it is! Unfortunately, my craft room has become the dumping ground and looks even worse than your before. I hope to change this in the next few weeks (ok, months!). I recently painted my basement family room a pale grey so pale it almost looks white and I love how it has brightened the space. I will never stop being amazed at the power of paint! You did a fantastic job!

  3. Super job! looks like you thought of everything. I am so envious! I am waiting for the “how to” on that paint holder. Boy, do I need that!

  4. Hi folks – The first photo looks just like my office and my shop. Always been that way, always will.

    1. Nice work I love your computer cart. I think I’ll try this. I already own tools and drills maybe it’s time I learned to use them. You inspire me.?

  5. Wow! That looks fabulous. I could have fun crafting in this space. I really love that center work table too. Awesome job on this room. Nothing like a bright and organized space to get the creative juices flowing.

    1. Thank you, Laurie! So far, this room has been amazing to work in! That Cricut table has been getting a ton of use lately! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. FABULOUS!!!!! Love the room. It is so bright and airy. Looks like a fun place to work! One of my favorites in the room are the old machine drawers made into a table. What a great upcycle!!!โ™ฅ

  7. I love it!! It’s a functional space with a lot of charm. Y’all did a great job. Coffee for y’all!!

  8. It is really a wonderful transformation! Well done! My house pretty much looks like your “before”. Working on it, but have to say, your youth, I mean my own when I had it, would come in very handy! You know what the best part of this make over is? What Handan’s smile does to you! Brighten’s my day, every time!

      1. Now I have more ideas and inspiration for my craft room! The whole room looks great! I love the flooring, antique sewing cabinet and the new paint. Gorgeous! My two favorite things have to be the cleverly disguised coffee cans (at first glance, I couldn’t tell they were coffee cans!) and the paint storage tray…I, too have a collection of cans and glass jars for repurposing and a paint collection that needs a permanent home…and I have some of those black wire shelving pieces from my college days and a couple drawers I picked up on the side of the road, so now I’m ready to get going on my craft room. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Great makeover. I am in the middle of a room reno, painting the walls from a God-awful mauve to a sunny light yellow. Just that step made a huge difference in the perception of space. And more to come…installing the shelves for craft supplies, putting in a day bed, sewing area. The biggest challenge is keeping it neat afterwards. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. What a difference paint makes, right? And yes, keeping it neat is a challenge! I just think of how happy this room makes Handan (when it’s neat), and that keeps me motivated to keep it clean, lol! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Iโ€™d call it a โ€œJekyll and Hydeโ€ transformation!
    Love the idea of masking paint……..never heard of it.

  11. Love your wit, charm and ideas! You too, Greg. LOL. Fantastic reveal! Love each one you have completed. You must be running out of rooms to makeover. And you must be using up all those collected saved items that nobody had uses for. No? Can’t wait to see what is next!!

  12. Wow! Looks fabulous!

    I was planning to do 2 of our rooms, which look pretty much as you “before”, if not worse. And what? We unexpectedly got a puppy! She chews EVERYTHING! So all DIY plans are put on hold and a top priority is to make the house and the garden puppy-safe and to urgently learn about puppy training! Yes, she is adorable, but I envy you for being able to work on things like this beautiful room ๐Ÿ™‚

    And what a great tip about the masking liquid. Never heard of that. Hopefully will find it in UK.

    1. Hmmmm…perhaps you could shut the puppy in those 2 rooms so he could chew everything up into small, manageable bits for you to sweep up? ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. It looks AWESOME guys! I know you’ll put it to good use! My craft room was destroyed in a flood earlier this year so I’m living vicariously through you ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!

  14. Wooooowwwwww!!!! This looks amazing!!! Itโ€™s completely transformed into a crafting workspace wonderland!!! Iโ€™m sure she never wants to leave! Itโ€™s so light and beautiful! So much storage! My craft room still looks a little more โ€œBeforeโ€ and youโ€™ve totally inspired me!!

  15. Everything you and your wife do comes out exquisite!!!! I love the transformation. Now your wife probably doesn’t want to craft in there because she doesn’t want to see anything out of place.

  16. Wow, the transformation took my breath away! You really did a beautiful job. Thank you for sharing all this. It’s giving me ideas!

  17. Your new room looks amazing. I have outgrown my craft room (aka guest bedroom) on the 2nd floor of my home, so I’ve expanded to the basement. Your remodel has inspired me to organize my craft room, (possibly in the basement), so I can reclaim the guest bedroom. Looks lovely and thank you for the inspiring ideas!!

  18. Congrats on the makeover. Job very well done, not only on the execution, but coming up with such unique ideas in the first place. Just one question, where did you find the “command central” chair. I ask because I need to replace my own office chair. I kid you not, the dog ate mine. She is a teething puppy, and while I should have been suspicious that she was being so quiet, I did not check on her until all the stuffing had been removed from the back and the up and down control chewed off. Never underestimate the destructive powers of six month old Doberman. But enough of my challenge of typing from the floor. Really enjoy you posts and adventures.

    1. Thank you, Dee! We updated the post with the information on that chair. It’s kinda pricey, but I needed it because my back was as wreck at the time, and sitting down to write and edit photos caused me a ton of pain. The chair has helped tremendously (as has losing weight). Here’s a link to some more chairs on Amazon that are a little more reasonably priced:

  19. Looks great airy and very work inspiring!
    so many questions: how are you going to keep it so clean? Iโ€™m a real back slider that way. Did you try to match the paint to the existing closet doors and window frames? or did you just go all out and repaint everything. masking solution is fantastic. Can you access that bigger printer in the storage tower? where does overlordโ€™s office chair go at the end of the work day? do keep it for the circuit/ heat press station. Inspiring,

    1. Thank you, Anne! 1) We’ll keep it clean by cleaning after every project – it’s the only way. I don’t do that in my basement workshop, and it’s a disaster! 2) I painted EVERYTHING in that room – walls, ceiling, trim, baseboard! 3) Yep we designed that storage tower with that printer in mind. We can even access the scanner! 4) At the end of the day, the Supreme Overlord’s chair goes wherever it wants! Kidding, it stays at the desk, and the doors to my office stay open. If we need the room for a project, I’ll wheel the chair out of the room. If I want to sit while crafting, I’ll wheel the chair to one of the two crafting tables.

  20. It looks absolutely fantastic! I wish mine looked that good. Unfortunately I have to work in the utility room with the octopus of HVAC ducts, water heater and softener, well pump tank, pantry storage, freezer and laundry.. I have 5 sewing machines, 7 totes of fabric and a cabinet full of art supplies. While not as beautiful as yours, it gets the job done. Thank goodness I get to have a great wood shop in the garage!

  21. Oh Greg and Handan.. this is just so lovely. Who wouldn’t want to just jump in there and get started on a project.. instead of clearing and moving STUFF every time you feel inclined to do anything. And to have the outdoors through those wonderful windows.. as you work, super. I love what you have done, and that you make Handan smile! Kudos.
    However as I have said before.. the shed is still my favorite xx but this could tie…. ??

  22. Wow! What a beautiful, peaceful transformation! Just to walk into that room now must make you feel like a million dollars. Love it, every creative inch of it. Awesome.

  23. Beautiful! I’m so envious of you. Thank you for all the updates and instructions; it really sparks my ideas. lol Just one question, I would like to find the instructions for your “printer stand”. Where would I find it on your site?

    1. Thank you, Carol! That printer cart is so easy to make! 3 pieces of wood, 8 foot-long pieces of black pip (1/2 inch), 16 floor flanges, and 4 casters.

  24. Your room looks clean, simple and very modern, love the wheels on the projects. Your closet office is rad. Job excellently done Navager !!! Look forward to more future endeavors.

  25. Beautiful and so bright and inviting! Quick question: What are the dried leaves/flowe “things” in the can “vase”?

  26. Perfect! I especially love the way you used the space for your “Office”. Very clever. Looking forward to many more exciting ideas, please don’t stop.

  27. Beautiful room and I bet we will see many inspired projects born out of this space! I am just curious about one thing. Given the amount of DIY and crafts you guys do, is there enough storage there to hoard (sorry, store) all your supplies in there? I had a clean craft room and over the years, I had to keep adding storage carts for my expanding art supplies ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your new room!

    1. We designed this room to be a workspace and a storage space for our most-used supplies. There is more than enough room in the storage towers and craft desk cabinets for our crafting supplies. The bigger “supplies” (meaning future projects, like old furniture, etc are stored in the basement). The reason the old craft room never got used is because it became a storage room for not just supplies but future projects. In my opinion, there needs to be a separation between storage space and work space, because once one intrudes on the other, no work gets done!

  28. Absolutely stunning! Light, bright and magnificently organized. You all did an outstanding job. Be proud, be very proud. Thanks for taking us on this journey with you. Very inspirational. Sending love, hugs and respect. ?

  29. Love the room!!! As a quilter, I see that sewing machine in the storage tower and wonder where it gets set up when anyone wants to sew???

    1. Thank you, Susan! When we (meaning Handan) needs to sew, she can put the sewing machine on either craft table and either stand (if it’s the Cricut table) or pull up my office chair (if it’s the table in the middle of the room).

  30. This is absolutely AWESOME. There are so many little ideas from your makeover & detailing which I am going to lift……. for an attempted organisation

  31. It looks so light and airy Iโ€™d feel more at home with a cocktail and sun hat! Itโ€™s so lovely and there so much space! It always makes it so much easier to do things when youโ€™ve actually got room to do it. Plus that nice new office area must make doing computer work much better.

    Great work like usual!

  32. What a beautiful job you two did! It is so light and everything is so organized. I really need to reorganize my craft room!

  33. Wow! Your headquarters, AKA craft room is fabulous! Not that either of you need anything to spark your imagination and creativity, but this is the room that can do it. I love your storage solutions (looking forward to the how-to for the craft paint storage) and the overall look of the room. Great decor. If you need a dose of overwhelming, oppressive heat, please know that you’re both always welcome to come to the Gulf Coast region of Texas and handle a few craft room makeovers. Love your blog and your wit and sense of humor; it reminds me of my late husband. Keep on creating and we’ll all be following, learning and laughing.

  34. Great job, this is really nice. Do you have any instructions for the table with the cutting mat on it?

  35. Beee-you-t-ful! I may have to look at the pictures again to give me that extra umph to clean up my creative space. Which is in worse shape that yours was before. Sigh.

    You did a great job, inspiring, both in your finished work and how you work together. Love it!

  36. Unfortunately my craft room/office looks like your before photo. We are doing a whole house renovation that involves tearing down walls, banishing popcorn ceilings, updating kitchen and bathrooms and new flooring throughout so my craft room is now the storage room from hell. I have to pole vault over boxes and crap to reset the WiFi router and modem. But one day it will be my poor little (letโ€™s just call it storage room for now) will get a whole new makeover as well. Canโ€™t wait. BTW I love those roll out windows on your house. We had those kind of windows when I was growing up (pre air conditioner days) until the TVA energy efficiency program came along and those beautiful windows were replaced with ugly plain windows and storm windows along with central heat and air (which Iโ€™m not complaining about)

  37. I like this much more than your inspo photo which seemed impossibly perfect and without personality. You’re is beautiful. The wood and the white – magic.

  38. Love the room. Where/how do you store your crafting paper? Right now that is my biggest challenge.