DIY Craft Room Makeover for under $500.00

DIY Craft Room Makeover for under $500.00

When it comes to coming way under budget I find the best solution is to DIY.  Lately my sewing and craft projects seem to have taken on a life of their own, and because I have a touch of OCD It’s difficult for me to function in a cluttered disorganized work environment.  My husband was awesome enough to not complain when I decided to take over yet another room in our house (he’s the greatest EVER!) so with maybe two days of prep I started the transformation of a guest room into a craft room.  Sorry I  accidentally deleted the before images, but picture a room 12×10 with a leather and wood queen size bed,  a couple of lamps and that about sums it up.  I wanted to create a space that was warm inviting and fueled my creativity all for $500.00, did I mention that $500 should also include hardwood floors? and doing the entire project 100% solo with exception of some heavy lifting.

Floors- Wanted dark wood so the room could flow seamlessly with the rest of the house.  If you have ever gone through the selection process, it’s a pain trying to find dark wood flooring under $4.00 a square foot.  So after visiting several stores and many attempts to sell me $600.00 worth of flooring which would flush my budget completely down the toilet I ended up where no sales person wants a customer to go…….the clearance rack.  Because I only needed 165sq ft this was a perfect place to be.  I found engineered bamboo marked down from 3.85 sqft to only .66 a sqft.  so the floors were a steal for only $108.00.  I’ved never installed flooring and needed to do the glue down method, so I watched a few videos online and got busy.  After 3 very long days, several blisters and cuts, the floors were completed.


Shelving- Opted for cabinets to keep items neat and orderly.  I knew cabinets were expensive based on the basement project we recently completed so I knew exactly where I wanted to go….The Loading Dock, which is a non profit building material re-use center in Baltimore filled to the brim with every building material you could imagine.  I picked up a set of six cabinets, and two 30″ shelving cases in perfect condition all for only $100.00  If your working on a DIY project yourself I would recommend finding a re-use center in your area, most cities have them.

Cutting/Craft Table- Needed something functional that didn’t take up too much space.  Took a trip to Lowes, had a piece of particle board for $17.48 cut 36×42, used a mahogany stain by minwax, and stained the particle board to a deep rich mahogany which gives the particle board a “real” wood finish look with a gloss.  Attached the table to 4 legs picked up at the re-use center for $12.00, and had them cut to 37.5″ tall by Home Depot.  The bookcase under the table was purchased at Michael’s for $19.99 which coincidentally was having a 60% off sale last week on craft room furniture.  The two white baskets were purchased at Michael’s for $2.00 and the wicker baskets were purchased from Ikea for $7.99 each. Purchased the stool at the Goodwill for $6.00 which I painted the legs white, sanded and stained the seat with the mahogany stain.

Desk- In order in maximize the space, I chose a 12×96″desk connected to the wall which I purchased at Lowes for $12.98

Decorating Accessories:

Peg board- Lowes cut two 45×96 pieces- $18.00
Thread holder- Purchased on sale at Joann’s for $9.99 and painted white.
Lazy Susan storage desktop- on sale at Michael’s $17.99
DIY cork pin cushions- purchase glass canister and carafe corks at Ikea, remove the glass from the lid of the canisters and replace with the carafe corks.  Perfect for storage and pin cushion-$10.96
File Cube under desk- on sale at Michael’s-$17.99
3 drawer organizer cube under desk- on sale at Michaels- $15.99
Curtains- Ikea- 9.99
Rugs- Ikea 9.99 each
Wall art- Frames from Target on clearance for 1.49 each and painted white, purchased 1 yard of fabric from Ikea for $7.99.  Used left over fabric to re-finish lamp shade.
Wall storage cabinet- purchased on clearance at Home Goods for $34.00 and painted white.




  1. April 16, 2013 / 5:23 pm

    This is really cute, peg board is AWESOME when dressed up, your white paint adds a good touch. You should paint a blue stencil of some sort to add a design and a pop of color to the peg board.

    • April 29, 2013 / 1:38 pm

      Thank you Nia, I think a stencil on the board would make it a bit too busy, the board is used as a inspiration board so the cleaner the better 🙂

  2. Anonymous
    April 16, 2013 / 6:00 pm

    I LOVE this! , what a great place to create.

  3. April 16, 2013 / 6:40 pm

    This is great! It looks like a woman creates in there, but it's not frou frou. Those chairs are beautiful… and if they swiveled and rolled, I'd track them down! You reminded me that I need a peg board… I'll be picking that up this week.

    • April 29, 2013 / 1:40 pm

      Thank you Erica, I now feel incredibly creative here. I'm trying to find the right tools to allow these chairs to swivel on casters because your right it will be a lot easier.

    • April 29, 2013 / 1:40 pm

      Thank you Carolyn

  4. April 16, 2013 / 8:19 pm

    Wow, you do it all girl, and you did a great job!!

    • April 29, 2013 / 1:41 pm

      Thank you Kenya

  5. April 16, 2013 / 8:27 pm

    Wow! That's pretty awesome Nikki. You have inspired me to spruce up my creative space!

    • April 29, 2013 / 1:41 pm

      Thank you Nicole

  6. kimmie J.
    April 16, 2013 / 8:44 pm

    This is fantastic Nikki, I'm totally inspired by you.

    • April 29, 2013 / 1:41 pm

      Thank you Kimmie

  7. Anonymous
    April 17, 2013 / 12:08 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this, I can't believe you did this all for under $500 your awesome!

  8. Anonymous
    April 17, 2013 / 1:03 pm

    You never cease to amaze me;-) Wow!

  9. April 17, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    WONDERFULLY done!!! 🙂

  10. April 17, 2013 / 8:37 pm

    You're such an inspiration!!!! Love it!!

    • April 29, 2013 / 1:42 pm

      Thank you Angie

    • April 29, 2013 / 1:42 pm

      Thank you Huda

  11. April 20, 2013 / 3:06 pm

    I love the blue and white. The room is beautiful and I'm impressed that you did it all so inexpensively. I've never installed flooring – I am impressed with your capabilities. Thanks for sharing your beautiful craft room!

    Dawn McCloskey

    • April 29, 2013 / 1:43 pm

      Thank you Dawn, It was well worth the splinters lol.

  12. April 27, 2013 / 7:25 pm

    Completely gorgeous! You have some serious DIY skills! I would love to sew in your room! Where did you get the chairs? Very cute.

    • April 29, 2013 / 1:51 pm

      Thank you so much Meredith. I purchased the chairs from Overstock last year.

  13. April 27, 2013 / 8:15 pm

    This room must be soooo inspirational to sew and create in now! You have excelled yourself …J

    • April 29, 2013 / 1:52 pm

      Aww thank you Judith, It's now hard to leave 🙂

  14. April 28, 2013 / 11:01 am

    I am in awe. I think the white pegboard without blue stencil looks good, and is restful to the eye. The cupboard installation just knocks my socks off! Thanks for sharing all of the details, prices, and measurements especially for everyone else now and in the future who thinks about adding something here and there, or completely re-doing their sewing area. Merci beaucoup!!

    • April 29, 2013 / 1:55 pm

      Thank you Katharine, for those of us needing to streamline our sewing budget I think there are a few helpful tips 🙂

    • April 29, 2013 / 1:55 pm

      Thank you so much!

  15. September 4, 2013 / 4:51 pm

    Thank so so much for the great idea on the desk. My daughters share a room and this was the perfect solution for a work space for them 🙂 They are beyond ecstatic!

  16. September 6, 2013 / 7:00 pm

    Your very welcome Crystal. I have used it daily since I installed it and it's very sturdy and holds up well so they should be happy.

  17. Anonymous
    November 5, 2013 / 2:11 pm

    Ooooooh! you have created a nice and inviting sewing space. It's always inviting you to come in? Beautifully done!
    Enjoy, Mary

  18. January 6, 2014 / 1:16 pm

    I love this room! Creative and beautiful! I have family in baltimore and am there frequently. Is the loading dock easy to find

  19. January 6, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    Thank you Melinda!
    The Loading Dock is very easy to find, google will direct you right there.

  20. January 29, 2014 / 6:46 pm

    I love this room! Such great ideas! Just goes to show you CAN have great style without spending a lot of money!!

  21. November 23, 2014 / 10:38 pm

    Great room! Seems perfect for you to create your DIYs!

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