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Some of my favorite things to post on the blog are DIY projects, and the project you’re about to see is absolutely no exception!
When we first moved into our condo, we basically threw everything we owned in a place that it fit with the intention of making our spaces “work” over time.
Not long after we moved in my yarn obsession exploded and I found my stash taking over our bedroom closet.
So, after a little debate, I decided that one of our little nooks should become a craft corner to organize all the yarn and supplies we own.
And the idea for our DIY craft corner bar was born!
So let’s see how this project unfolded, shall we?
We opted to use a small-ish corner in our bedroom to house our craft corner bar. The space before was being used horribly, holding mostly books and things to donate. And yes, that is an old litter box there that we no longer using. It went to the animal shelter…
I’m a big fan of open shelving because they are 1-) attractive, 2-) easy to make, and 3-) inexpensive. However, we already had a lot of “normal” open shelving with visible brackets throughout our house and wanted something different. We decided to up our game by trying our hand at floating shelves. With a few adjustments to fit our space, we simply followed Shanty-2-Chic’s tutorial on making floating shelves.
Testing the first shelf…not too shabby!
We stained the shelves with varathane early american wood stain and finished them with a coat of shellac.
The bar itself we made just like normal open shelving. The brackets are simple unfinished ikea brackets that I spray painted with rust-oleum spray paint (note: you can buy the brackets already finished black, but I wasn’t feeling the way those looked for this project). We mounted it at about 40″ to give it the height for a real bar feel!
At this point, the hard part was over! I added these baskets to the shelves (you can also see these same awesome baskets in action in my pantry!) and loaded ’em up with the yarn that was living in our closet. If the closet could talk, it probably would have thanked us for letting it breathe again 😉
To really make the most of the space, I also decided to make the back wall pegboard storage. We purchased a piece of pegboard at Home Depot and while Ted was at work, I measured it (and some wood to use as a frame behind it) to size. When he got home he grabbed a beer and help me cut and get it up!
Now, there are a lot of really neat pegboard mounting ideas out there. But I was feeling pretty lazy at this point, so we simply bought a pack of pegboard organizing tools to get all my supplies up.
The finished craft corner bar:
And here she is! If I do say so myself…what a major improvement on the use of this space!
The only thing that makes this space better is that it’s next to our bay window. It’s a perfect spot to just relax, craft, and forget about all our problems!
While I used this space mainly for my yarn stash, the concept can be used for almost any craft supplies!
We want to know…how would you use a craft corner bar like this? Scrapbooking supplies? Cricut? Sewing? Tell us your ideas in the comments!
Want to try this project for yourself? Here’s what you’ll need:
- Wood (needs will depend on size of shelves you want)
- Kreg jig
- Pocket screws
- Wood screws (3″)
- Wall anchors (for wood screws that don’t go directly into a stud)
- Wood glue
- Sandpaper (150-220 grit)
- Wood stain
- Shellac and/or other wood finish (we like this)
- Storage baskets
- Large shelf brackets
- Spray paint for shelf brackets (optional)
- Pegboard organizing supplies
- Bar stool
- Craft supplies to organize