Craft Station (and gift wrap) for the kiddos!
Adding this craft station has been so great, the kids love it and now all their craft and gift wrapping stuff has a home!
I’m so excited about this craft station! The kiddos have deemed this the best redo so far. So course, they are a little bias but I am also happy about this space. It is so functional. Before, all the items are all over the place. Markers and papers in random closets and the iPads and phones where plugged into the wall and literally sat on the floor. Forget the gift wrapping stuff. They could never find tape and scissors. But that’s all over now that we have a fully functional craft station with gift wrap storage. Here’s how I did it.
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Unfortunately, I did that thing where you delete all your photos and then empty your trash, so I don’t have a great before shot, but you can sort of see if here.
Okay, see that dark and drab and awful little nook over there? By the hallway to my daughters room? It had a sink and fridge in it. Why?? I don’t know…but in the 3 years we’ve lived here we’ve never really used that space. Also, I’m a little embarrassed about the fact that we’ve lived with this awful room looking like this for 3 years!!!! Anywho, I started the demo work, which is always so fun. I donated the cabinet doors and sink to habitat and we are using the little fridge in the garage.
After getting it all cleaned out, I painted the nook in Behr Marquee Off Broadway, the same color I used on the accent wall in this room. I had an idea of what I wanted to do in the area. I loved the idea of using a pegboard – it makes the crafts accessible and organized and I knew that would work better than a drawer. My friend Rachel, of Craving Some Creativity, made this and I was in love.
Then I opened up SketchUp and got to planning. I planned this whole space out so I could figure out exactly what I needed.
Then I got to building! I built the desk first, and as soon as I get the details on that, I’ll post the free plans here on the site. It was a fun and functional build with a ribbon drawer (that’s a thing, right?), paper storage and a pull out trash can. I love building my own furniture because I can make it exactly what I want and fit in anywhere!
And here is how it all turned out!
Again, I’ll share the details on the desk soon, but after the desk was done and put in, I just added all the stuff around it. My favorite thing is the new pegboard.
I used the Wall Control metal pegboard system and these things are great. They are super crazy easy to install and are metal, so they are so much more sturdy than traditional pegboard. I bought the workstation accessory kit, the paper towel holder, some extra hanger holders and rod bracket pair pack. The shelves in the accessory pack were used to put together the charging station, but I did have to drill a hole in the wall unit and the shelf to hide the cords. I used my Dremel to carefully drill a passthrough (there was already an outlet on the wall behind the wall unit) for the cord. Then I drilled holes on the shelf above for the cords to pass through to the iPads and phones. Now they have a spot!!!
I also made the magnetic calendar and I love it, and right now it works that only I can reach it ;). I’ll have more details on that soon. Other items in the space include the art hangers, a craft paper roll and holder and the gift wrap and bags holders.
Oh and that chair…that gorgeous, comfy, perfect for this space chair can be found here. Don’t ya just love it??
I used these sandwich bag organizers for the gift wrap and bags and they work perfectly. They were easy to install with the included dry wall anchors. There are scissors and tape on the pegboard, ribbon in the ribbon drawer and paper for cards on the desk shelves. Viola!
And I love that it’s right outside the hallway for Bonnie’s room and the toy closet!
The best part of this is that the markers cups can easily be taken off and put back. Yay for organization!
And moved around the house…
I got all the hanging buckets at Hobby Lobby, but these and these are similar. The larger buckets are about 5″ tall and have a diameter of about 6″.
Have questions? Ask below and I’ll have separate posts on the desk and calendar soon. Woot woot!
I am redoing this room as part of the One Room Challenge. This is my forth ORC and it is so fun every time. Make sure to follow on Instagram for behind the scenes sneek peeks and sign up for my weekly email so you don’t miss a post!
Update – want to see how the whole room turned out? Check out the final reveal and all the other projects here.
OTHER PROJECTS IN THIS ROOM
Craft Station & Gift Wrap Center – Week 2
DIY Magnetic Calendar (coming soon)
Polished Concrete – Slab Prep – Week 3
Week 4 -Installing a Dog Door in the Wall
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How cute! It’s just perfect for your kids. Love the colors and LOVE the lettering on the doors. You’re rockin this, girl. Keep going! 🙂 ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project
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Ahh April! This is so cool!
Love this space, a wrapping station is always a good call for a nook. They are super handy and versatile, I bet you kiddos are loving it!
They are, Thanks Jen!
I just LOVE the before and after here. I bet the kids are huge fans
Thanks!! They really do like it.
What a cool area!!! My grand littles would LOVE this!! That roll of paper to pull out and draw on and all the markers are a crafters heaven! And I just love that desk and chair. I can’t wait to see your progress next week!!
Thank you Susanne!!!
What a great space! I especially love all the details like the lines on the wood, and pegboards are great everywhere. I am going to show this to one of my girlfriends who has wanted a nook just like this!
Thanks Rachel! I remembered I was going to link to your craft board storage and forgot!! Adding that in now, that was my inspiration. Everything else centered around that :).
Oh, you are too sweet! I love how you did yours with the metal.
April! This is so freaking cute. Your kids are so lucky!!
What a bright, fun, and functional craft station! I did a little art station for the girls a few years ago and it was definitely well used by them. I bet your kids love this newly updated nook! I love that pull-out trash can :). Btw, are you really tracking those chores?! 🙂
Haha, yes but I’m kind of a chore nazi, so the kids actually like this better. It makes them feel like it’s fun…for now, haha. Thanks Tee!
This is such a smart use for a nook! I love your craft area!
This turned out SO adorable – you did such a great job! I’m loving watching this room come together!
How fun! Such great use of space!