How to Organize Your Tools in a Craft Room

If you have been following me the past week, you know I have been working on the “Creative Wall” in my craft room… aka… my Studioffice.  This wall side of the room in general is where I create  – hence the name I have given the room as it is more than just a home office – it is a creative studio + office = Studioffice.  I am making this room everything I need it to be –

1. Functional in not one, but four ways:  I need to have a place to  – write blog posts, wrap gifts,  make and create things, take photos where there is lots of light.

2 Pretty

3. Place for everything

4. No clutter

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The tool frame is the most utilitarian aspect of the room, but without it – the room would not function and without the function the design of the room would be a failure.  Before making this tool frame, I kept the tools I used daily in cache pots I made that I kept on the worktable. These looked very pretty, but whenever I began to make something– they were in the way and I had to move them – not functional. The tools on the wall keeps my worktable clutter free while the tools are still easily accessible.

This is what I love about design and decorating  – customizing for the way I live and work in a space -  the process is the same for every room.  If you read in your living room, do you have the right type of task lighting to make reading easy or is there only one ceiling light that makes it hard to read?  Is there a place to curl your feet up and a side table to place your drink?

When I look at a room – these are the first things I consider-

What is this room’s main purpose?  What items will make that purpose happen?  What needs to be added?  What is not needed?

Editing. It makes me happy and enables me to create a home that meshes perfectly with how my family and I live, not some arbitrary source that says a room should look or be a certain way.

Craft room organizing ideas

How to Make the Tool Organizing Frame

Materials Needed:

Frame
Pegboard
Pegboard Organizer Kit
Staple gun
1/2-inch staples
Saw tooth hanger and wall hanging nail and hook
White gloss spray paint
Tin cans
Ribbon
Awl
Hot glue and glue gun
 

The last wall frame is where I will set up to take photos of the items I make. I will show you it in my next post.

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Before

To see how I made the frame, you can click over to this post – Putting the Creative Wall Together.  I bought the pegboard at Lowes. It comes in white, but only very big sheets of it. I only needed a small section, so I opted for this $6 brown piece and spray painted it white.

How to organize tools

 

Once the paint was dry-I stapled it to the back of the frame using 1/2 – inch heavy duty staples. You could also nail it on with small nails

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I added two saw tooth hangers to the back of the frame – one on each side, then hung it on the wall. Since the frames are butted up against each other, use a level to make sure you are placing the picture hanger on the wall in the right spot.  If you have trouble doing this – here is a picture hanging trick that may help you figure out exactly where the nail and hook should go on the wall.

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I bought this pegboard organizing kit at Lowes for $12.  I didn’t use all of the items.  The blue plastic just didn’t do it for me.  They would be fine if this was in my basement, but in this room, I decided to use tin cans covered with ribbon to hold some of the smaller items I use daily. I used an awl to punch a hole into the top edge of each can and hung them on hooks that came in the kit.

Pegboard-Set for Organizing tools

 

Pink-CircleDetails count!  I wanted to change the blue tips that were on some of the hooks, so I went into my daughters’ stash of nail polish. Having two daughters means I had quite an array of colors to choose from. I picked pink and green. I dipped each blue tip on the hooks into the nail polish and let it dry. Now I have colors that coordinate with the room. Easy!  I used nail polish instead of craft paint since it is shiny and has an enamel finish.

Painting Tips and Tricks

If you look closely, you can see the green and pink tips in the photo below.

Form does not come first for me, function does.  What good is a pretty item, piece  of furniture, or room if it is uncomfortable or serves no purpose in your life?   It may look good, but if you never sit in it -what good is it?   If it makes you smile then it serves a purpose :)  the best kind of purpose!   If it doesn’t then I would probably edit it – out of my life.

Trying to come up with functional pieces that also look good for my craft room – is what good design is all about.

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Comments

  1. Sheryll & Critters. says

    I love this one most of all and your nail polish to cover the blue tips, very clever. I can not wait to get some money to do this one and the craft paper roller one. I love everything you do. It is like you borrowed my mind to check out my likes and did them all just for me.

  2. says

    It look beautiful! I made one of those for my craft room last year and I love it! The only problem is, since I am organized and everyone knows right where my stuff it, because it’s always in it’s place, things seem to sprout legs and walk off but never walk back! I may have to get a lock for my room. ;) Your place is really pretty!

  3. says

    I love the little details like the nail polished tips and the ribbon to dress up the cans. I’m all about the CUTE FACTOR and your ideas are always that! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas:)

  4. Linda says

    Love how this came together. Thanks for sharing the tips on the cans and painting the tips of the hooks with nail polish. Those are some great ideas.

  5. says

    Diane – you are now officially my hero! You are so very clever. That nail polish trick especially. With your blog maybe I can redo our house.

  6. says

    It turns out my husband wants our computers kept separate. My computer will stay in the pink room and his will stay in the yellow room. I’m going to create an inspiration board in my room by putting some cork squares together. I’m going to cover them with paper or fabric. I love the nail polish idea!!! That is so clever! I’ve enjoyed watching this project unfold and look forward to the next segment. :)

  7. says

    OOHHHH WOW!!!
    This is really a great one!!!
    This is so wonderful and informative one that there will be many other moms over there that will benefit in this post that you shared to us.
    More power!!!

  8. says

    I jsut saw something on pinterest the other day with the peg board and I love the idea. I just commented on your other post so like I said before I love your whole set up. Your board is 100 times better then the other one I saw. I don’t think I have the space for all three frames but I definitely want to try and fit the too. Pinning both of your posts!

    Ginger

    • says

      Hi Ginger – Thanks for the nice note. Having each frame separate lets you customize it for your needs and space. Two will work perfectly! That was one of the reasons I designed it the way I did – to easily place together or separate in case I have to move. If I don’t have a large wall in my next house, I will still be able to hang them individually and not lose the function :)

  9. says

    Hi..I love your board. I am going to be making a craft room in a spareroom and wanted a peg board but it looked to “workroom” looking to go with what I have in mind. I LOVE your idea of framing it and painting it.. Thank you for the inspiration..Can’t wait to see what I can come up with. Thank you.

    • says

      Hi Winnie- What a fun project you are about to take on – creating a craft room in a spare room. The best part – you get to customize it and design it just for you! Love to see it when you are all done. Enjoy!

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