Another Craft Room Reveal ~ More Storage for Songbird

Howdie folks, I am on a bit of a roll. Did I show you Friday that I got the mess outside sorted and decorated my garden table for Spring. Today I am ready for another craft room reveal. I’ve got storage. Glorious wonderful storage space. Just waiting to be filled!!


Craft Room Storage Unit 3
Just a few days ago this is how it looked like in my craft room: an empty wall, a cupboard waiting to be hauled to the dump and junk everywhere:

Craft Room Disorder


This is how that corner looks today:


Craft Room Storage Unit 3


Tada! I built a storage unit from pallet wood and I decided to repurpose that little cupboard after all.

The storage unit has been in the making for a few weeks now. I worked on it of and on. It wasn’t that much work, I just didn’t have enough time to commit to it.

It began with some simple pallets that got dismantled and sanded.






See, it was nice, warm weather then, so I could do the sanding outside (oh sun how I long for thee).

After cutting the planks to size I gave them a quick wash with white paint (sorry no pics of me painting, just imagine me brush in hand and covered with white paint spatters).

And then I screwed it all together with an assortment of screws. (sorry no boring pictures of me holding a cordless screw driver either. Just use your imagination).

That’s basically all that it took.

Craft Room Storage Unit 4

I love the rustic look of it. The roughness of the boards, the visible screws, the irregularities, the simple design.

Craft Room Storage Unit 2


I designed measured it around the library card unit I love so much. I love how the painted wood and the brown wood look together now. The combination enhances them both.

Craft Room Storage Unit 1

The baskets are actually those ‘hanging on a shelf’ kind of baskets (like Ikea has), I found for next to nothing in the thrift store.

Hanging Wire Baskets


My boards were to thick to use them, so I cut the hanging bit off and screwed them to the underside.

And look at that little cupboard, just fitting in perfectly in the corner.


Ikea Hack Cupboard Makeover Full View

I was so ready to say goodbye to this baby, she was practically on her way out the door.

Until I realized she fit perfectly next to my new unit under the slanted roof and I could use some hidden storage too. So I figured I could just give her a little makeover to fit in with her new position.

Remember how she looked before?

Ikea Hack Cupboard Makeover 1

All pink and girly. This IKEA hack is the first ever tutorial I did on my blog. I gave an already-old-then Ikea cupboard a cottage look with fabric and chicken wire.

And look at her now!


Ikea Hack Cupboard Makeover

Who would have thought that replacing the fabric with burlap coffee sacks and changing the door knobs for some black ones, would have such a big impact. She doesn’t look girly anymore at all. Now she looks tough and industrial. Love it.

Craft Room Storage Unit 3

So glad this project is finished. Can’t wait to fill it all up and put it to good use.

So have you uncovered some hidden treasures among your furniture? Ever repurposed pallets into storage? And do you agree that my little cupboard has lost all her girly charm and instead now oozes industrial goodness?


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    • Marianne@Songbird says

      Thanks! Yes I am really happy with the way things are turning out too. If only I could finish it already.

    • @mpv61 says

      I don’t know where she found hers, but I found one on Craigslist. Check the Craigslist of any area you’re willing to drive to and also check eBay. Look for “card catalog,” “card file,” “library,” “index file,” “oak file,” etc. A couple of the brands are Remington Rand and Gaylord, but there are more and sometimes it’s worth searching for the particular brands, especially if you find a brand you like (for instance, Gaylord Bros card catalogs are modular which is convenient).

      Another thing is where you will put it. I needed one that was 5 drawers wide or less to fit in a certain spot. The 6-wides are usually about 33″. Happy hunting!

      Marianne, I love the whole look there!

    • Marianne@Songbird says

      I found it in my in-laws basement. So I’m not much help here. But I see that you got a wonderful comment from Melanie. Good luck in finding your cabinet.

    • Marianne@Songbird says

      Thanks. Yes those slanted roofs make things really difficult. But okay, they add charm too. Shall we leave it at that? :-)

  1. says

    What a great use of this space! I love the little cubby with all those darling drawers! I don’t know what it is with me and little drawers but I love them!

    Looks so neat!

    bee blessed

    • Marianne@Songbird says

      Don’t know either, but I love drawers too. Must be the rythm they give a piece and the promise of organisation.

  2. says

    Ziet er mooi uit. PPFF duurde ff maar heb je eindelijk weer toegevoegd aan mijn bloglijst….. gelukkig maar.

    Liefs van Marian uit heet Thailand

    • Marianne@Songbird says

      He welkom terug. Ik heb al af en toe geneusd in je nieuwe thuis, volgens mij begin je het daar al aardig voor elkaar te krijgen. Hier is het nog behoorlijk koud, maar ik heb begrepen dat er nog hoop is.

  3. says

    Lookin’ good! I love the wood of the card catalog against the white. Your little cupboard is perfect for that spot. Love her new attitude! I see things on blogs all the time, then turn around and look at my own stuff in a new light. Inspiration begets inspiration!

    I hope to get more done on my own craft room this week. Other things have taken front seat for a few days, but I shall prevail!

    Have a great week!

    • Marianne@Songbird says

      Yes you will!
      Yeah funny isn’t it, that when you start shuffling things and combining them differently they take on a whole new persona. I love my card catalog even more now.

  4. says

    Well, first of all…HOWDIE back at ‘cha!

    I think your little craft room looks quite industrious. Ooops! Industrial.
    An awfully good start– at you being industrious.
    Love the pallet wood shelving. I have some of those hanging baskets — that don’t fit so well, and are quite a nuisance. I never ever thought of cutting that piece off and just mounting them so they are stationary. Very Clever girl you are!
    As to the little cupboard. I thought it was useful when you were thinking of tossing it. So glad you gave it a make over and are getting some ‘under the eave’ use out of it! Another great idea.

    Lastly, all the white… makes it looks wonderful. you almost hate to craft in there for fear of messing up the place.


    • Marianne@Songbird says

      Thank you! Well it will be some time before this room is ready for some crafting action again, and don’t you worry I’ll mess it up in not time.
      But thanks for your compliments. I love the idea of being industrious in my industrial room.

    • Marianne@Songbird says

      Thanks! Yeah, can you imagine I almost got rid of her. I love her all over again now. And some storage behind closed doors is a good thing too.

  5. says

    Your little corner in your craft room looks awesome Marianne. Great storage space. Love the little cupboard with all the drawers.