Craft Room in the Basement

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I challenged myself to two things this past weekend: to spend NO money on household decor (which is like telling myself to not breathe). And to clean up our storage area. The end result?? A new, thrifted craft room created entirely with odds and ends furniture and decor from around the house. (Update! We have since sold this house, come see my new craft room in our new-to-us house!)

French Doors leading into craft room
Basement studio decorated with thrifted finds.

Some of these items might look familiar because at one time or another, all of these little knick-knacks have made their appearance throughout the house. The rug is normally on our deck but we brought it in for the winter. And remember the laminate floor upstairs? It’s been repurposed…we located our floor to the basement. The ultimate repurpose, don’t you think?

Repurposed Crib Springs in Craft Room by snazzylittlethings.com
My babies’ crib springs repurposed as a memo board.

Craft room update Collected Desk by snazzylittlethings.com

A few thoughts:

  • Shiplap? We’re considering it…what do you think?
  • We are thinking about a small chalkboard accent wall. I know chalkboard has been played out, it’s SO practical.
  • I’d still like industrial pipe fitted shelves on the wall.
  • I’m liking the white walls for sure, even though it’s primer, it’ll do for now.
  • All of this furniture isn’t really intended for this space, but it’s better than sitting in storage, waiting for a coat of paint.

This space will continue to evolve since most of this furniture is temporary. Including the desk above which I’m re-staining (nail polish remover ruined the last finish) ;-)

I originally had new art for the wall below…and no matter what I tried, nothing looked quite as pretty as the kids’ crib springs, repurposed to hold my botanical art prints. Sometimes, thrifted and repurposed is best!

Vintage Crib Springs Repurposed by snazzylittlethings.com

We still have a ways to go, but I’m enjoying the cleaner, less cluttered look upstairs. So maybe we can continue that trend in the basement.

A look back at how we got here, white walls made all the difference, don’t you think?

So there you have it, I finally have a functional, private office. My husband can come down here too for his conference calls which is so nice.

Would love your feedback — what would you do with the walls? Shiplap? A color?

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6 Comments

  1. What color of white paint did you use on your walls?

    1. Right now it’s white primer :) we are trying to decide if this room is shiplap worthy. I can’t decide!

  2. Gorgeous! I am in the process of designing my craft room and want/NEED to do it on a tiny budget. I adore the rustic theme you have going on and believe shiplap would look awesome on at least the desk wall. The great thing about shiplap is you don’t have to do it all at once. We’ve added it to one room in our great room and above our rock fireplace (this was to be a temporary solution because we ran out of corner rocks for the top part of the fireplace but I’m loving it for now) and we will probably add more shiplap to the wall our sectional is on in the next few months once I’ve decided on a few more items for the room and if more shiplap will be a good or a bad thing. (Did I really just say that?!—Surely there can never be too much shiplap, lol!)

  3. Using stuff you already have is a great challenge! Amazing how “different” things can look in a new space! Beautifully done :)

  4. Wow! This looks great! I have my son’s spring from his crib in the basement and I’ve been trying to decide what to do with it. This would be great because someday I would like to make a craft room in the basement. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

  5. This room looks great! I’m personally not a huge fan of shiplap, but I have seen some really good installations. One idea would be to use a faux shiplap. Yep, they make a peel and stick wallpaper in shiplap. Carol Bray of the Red Painted Cottage did this in a guest room in 2017 and it was one of her most popular posts. I’d post the link here but it may make my comment go to spam. You can google it!

    Saw your post featured on Linda’s Love Your Creativity – kudos!

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