It’s been there for months, lurking in the
shadows sunlight, biding time until we reveal it to the world.
You’ve been catching glimpses of it ever since our kitchen remodel reveal post.
But did you know, it’s already been given a mini-makeover, even though you haven’t yet been properly introduced?
Lucky you, madam. Today you get two reveals! The Original New Craft Room and The New Original Craft Room!
Because if there’s one certainty in this life (honestly, it’s a safer bet than death & taxes), it’s that my babes will change her mind!
When we first moved in here, we toyed with a few options for the craft room. For a while, the thought was we’d have it in the basement – in this room, to be precise:
That would have made one hell of a craft room!
But there was just one teensy little problem. Well, two, actually.
- We’d need to finish that room. That would take time and money, and it was no small task! To do it right, we’d need HVAC, plumbing, electricity, flooring, ceiling and lighting.
- It would be one thing to consider doing all that in an empty house. But the basement is far from empty. Here’s the current situation in that room:
Of course, had we taken that route, we’d still need a place to craft, so we had earmarked the space off the kitchen as a temporary craft room:
At some point last summer, as my new kitchen slowly transformed from dream to reality, it occured to me that I’d rather have my craft room upstairs, in the world of light and the living. I’d had enough of dank, dark basements at the old house. I’ve become a creature of the light since moving down South.
I know my babes had grand plans for the space off the kitchen, but I just couldn’t shake the idea that my craft room should be connected to my kitchen! My job and my hobby, all in one interconnected space! My very own Jobby Lobby!
I had to tread carefully when suggesting this to Handan. Too many times I’ve come up with an idea I thought was ironclad, only to have my babes be the iceberg to my Titanic.
As I pleaded my case to Handan, I even invoked our readers (that means you, madam!)
“Think about it, my babes,” I said, “our readers pretty much all craft, and I’ll wager they all cook. So who wouldn’t want a kitchen that overlooked a craft room and a craft room that looked upon a kitchen?” Hell, I’d be green with envy if I saw a setup like that! Imagine the possibilities!
- Gnomes & minestrone (or Gnomey minestrone, if you’re the “min eh stroh nee” type)
- Hot cross buns & glue guns
- Glitter fritters
It would be a delight for all the senses!
Handan was silent for a moment. I remained cautiously optimistic.
“Okay, my babes,” she said at last, “we’ll do it your way.”
At that point, our cabinet guru San had already finished most of the kitchen installation, and we first considered buying more cabinets for him to install in the craft room. We knew we needed a ton of storage, and cabinets seemed the best route to achieve that. We certainly didn’t need KraftMaid-level cabinets, so we headed a few towns over to Norcross, Georgia and starting hitting all the cabinets stores on Jimmy Carter Boulevard – it’s like ground zero for cabinetry around here. We were so excited! It was going to be like candy shopping for grown-ups!
Jee. Zum. Crow.
What a stinking letdown!
Crappy display models.
Staff who didn’t know their product and clearly understood nothing of cabinetry.
Salesfolk who clearly thought they were God’s gift to cabinetry and spoke down their noses to customers.
And the prices!
Good lord, these cabinets didn’t even come assembled like our KraftMaid or even the inexpensive Hampton Bay stuff we got at Home Depot for the laundry room! Every cabinet in every store was RTA, Ready-to-Assemble. That’s sucker-speak for Rip Off.
Oh, you mean I get to pay you $6500 for one measly wall of cabinets (no countertop), and you’re giving me the honor of building them myself? Oh, you’re too kind! You spoil me!
Note the $6500 doesn’t include installation either. Rat finks.
Handan and I hightailed it out of Norcross while I gave the shops on Jimmy Carter Boulevard a rousing 21-middle-finger salute.
Poor Jimmy Carter. He deserves a better boulevard.
Back home, we came up with a new plan: IKEA.
They’ve been good to us over the years, and we hoped they could deliver one more time.
Handan went to their site and started calculating. An hour later and she had a shopping list. The next day, we drove to Atlanta, waited and hour in a sweltering line in the parking garage, masked-up and gasping for air in the humid summer air, and then finally got our turn to enter.
Back home, I put my best man on the job of building the cabinets we bought.
He had some help from my babes.
Together, they built my craft room furniture in an evening. Total cost: $1000
Take that, Norcrass!
So here’s The Navage Patch New Craft Room, v2.0, aka The Original New Craft Room!
Our original printer stand was one of the two rustic console tables I built back in the old house. And you can see that Handan’s wallpaper art idea was already fully formed at that point! We knew back then that we wouldn’t be using it in the kitchen, and she probably had the idea to use it in the future laundry room (which hadn’t been built yet).
That laundry basket next to the console table was full of Dollar Tree supplies. The problem was that they weren’t easy to reach. And after a time, it was full, so we had bags of supplies on the floor. The Original New Craft Room was pretty badass, but it still didn’t have enough storage space for our crafting supplies.
The laundry room remodel would solve that issue once and for all.
And just after we finished the laundry room, my babes wanted to make a few changes in the Craft Room.
Back to IKEA we went.
I now introduce you to The New Original Craft Room, aka The Navage Patch New Craft Room v2.1!
Let’s take a closer look. One of the first things we switched out was the rug. The original had a pretty thick and bumpy weave, and it made it difficult to roll the crafting table. The new rug is printed, like the one in the kitchen, and it is bigger than the old one.
The console table holding the printer didn’t offer much storage, so we replaced it with an IKEA HEMNES dresser.
We moved the console table in front of the craft table. It now serves as the Cricut Station. Whenever we have a Cricut project, we move whichever machine is needed to that table.
To power all the machines running on the craft table and console table, I mounted a power strip, as you can see in the pic below.
Under the HEMNES, you’ll see another power strip. Whenever I need power on the table, I pull that one out from under the dresser and plug the craft table’s power strip into it.
You can see in the picture above that the craft table is made from an IKEA countertop placed on top of two ALEX desk drawer units. The ALEX’s themselves (even with the casters I installed) were not tall enough for a comfortable crafting experience, so I used some scrap plywood to make risers.
I love the look of these cabinets. Clean and functional, and the glass lets me see just exactly where Handan hid my stuff.
And since everyone loves looking into other people’s cabinets…
Over on the other side…
Those old boxes on the right side of the first shelf used to belong to my father’s father. My sister and I called him Pom Pom, and for some reason, he didn’t mind such a name. Some of them still have their original weathered and brittle paper labels.
One of those labels writes, “NAILS.” Another writes, “Roof NAILS MED LARGE.” But the one in the upper left is my favorite. As far as I can decipher, it writes, “DOLTS SMALL.” 😂
Yes, I’m sure he meant to write, “BOLTS,” but sitting here some 80 years later, I’m having a laugh imagining him working out in his garage and shouting back towards the house, “Betty! Where are my damned dolts?! The little bastards must’ve gotten loose again!”
These IKEA metal storage cubes are cheap, easy to build (or so The Boy tells me), and they are the perfect place to store our Cricut vinyl and Infusible Ink.
Here’s a peek at some of the base cabinet storage. This one holds the vinyl and Infusible Ink for our Cricut Joy plus materials for the Maker, like leather and wood.
Here’s a look at the craft table with my camera setup. This is how I get those overhead shots and videos.
I have the camera hooked up to that portable monitor so I can see what the camera sees while I’m crafting. If I’m taking photos, I either ask Handan to work the remote shutter release, or I press the timer button the remote, and that gives me 5 seconds to pose before it takes a photo.
So far, it’s a joy to work in, and since it’s so close to the kitchen (the heart of the house), I can be crafting, cooking and listening to music while Handan works at the island.
And it’s exactly how I wanted it.
- IKEA HAVSTA cabinets
- IKEA HALLAN storage cubes
- IKEA ALEX drawer unit
- IKEA LINNMON tabletop
- IKEA HEMNES chest of drawers
- IKEA casters
- DIY rustic console table
- Kichler Hatteras Bay ceiling fan
- Upcycled antique sewing machine drawers
- Medallion printed area rug
- Nikon D750 DSLR camera
- Tamron wide angle lens
- Glide Gear overhead camera mount
- Portable monitor for photography
- Remote shutter release for camera
- Cricut Joy
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut Explore Air 2
- Cricut EasyPress
- Cricut self-healing mat
- Canon IP8720 printer
- Storage baskets
- DIY upcycled coffee can storage
- Galvanized planter buckets
- Faux ferns
- Faux plant
- DIY faux aged terra cotta pots
- Black & Decker hand vacuum
- Medallion wall decor
- DIY wallpaper art
- Rattan placemats
- Wicker paper plate holders
- Better Homes & Gardens modern farmhouse 3 piece storage jar
- DIY weathered wood carboy crate
- DIY wood bead garland
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