Sunday, June 23, 2013

DIY - Dining Room to Craft Room

Note:  Since this post I made an update to this space for $15.  You can check it out (click here)

Let’s face it, IKEA is not only fun, but you can be creative and repurpose so much of the furniture to fit every need.  The items are easy to assemble and considering I like to change up my furniture – it’s cost effective too!

This was my craft, sewing and embroidery area.  Not much room right?



This was our formal dining room which was used 1-2 times a year.  Not great use of the space.
I decided to sell the dining set and use the money to make this room function as a craft room.  We had an 8-cube white Expedit IKEA bookshelf, two chairs and a chandelier. 
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The Craft Area:
We purchased from IKEA: 
  • 1 - 4-cube white Expedit bookcase                     
  • 2 -  boxes Capita furniture feet (4 per box) 
  • 2 - Vika Amon desktops (47 1/4 x 23 5/8”)
  • 1 - Expedit drawer set (2 drawers per package)
  • Ribba Shelves                     
The desktops were secured to the bookshelves with L brackets, furniture feet attached to the bottom of bookshelves, and the two drawers were assembled and installed (shown in final photos). 

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Above the crafting table we installed two Ribba shelves for easy access to stamp pads, Rajtan storage jars to store embellishments and misc. supplies and IKEA baskets hide some of the supplies.  Could not find drawer pulls I liked, so I purchased  wooden drawer pulls at Lowe’s and made custom pulls using a stencil, matching paints and sealed with lacquer.  The best part, I had enough money left to purchase the Silhouette Cameo! 

Soon after posting this transformation I created an Ink Pad Storage Unit using a glue gun and foam board which you can see here.  The instructions and measurements are available as a digital download by clicking the Etsy store widget located on the right.  The YouTube video can be viewed here.


The Sewing Area:
This was easy,
  • Micke desk with good storage (IKEA).  
  • Fintorp rod with ceramic pail to make getting to my scissors easy and convenient.  Hooks hold fabric swatches for easy inventory. 
  • I purchased discontinued fabric swatches at Michael's for $2 each, covered boards and hung wire across the boards using Syrling clip hooks (IKEA) to hold pattern projects.  Using second square as note board.
  • Lerbert ladder shelf in the corner.
 The Chairs and Rug:
Loved the fabric and it was 50% off at Joann’s.  I made my own pattern for sewing these chair covers (cut, pin and sew).  Although I am a novice when it comes to sewing, I did pay attention to lining up the patterns within the fabric.  REALLY  glad when the covers were completed.  The rug was purchased at Target.

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The lighting swap:  
This was a simple swap out. When the sun hits these crystals and reflects all the luscious colors, puts a smile on my face EVERY TIME!            
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Thanks for stopping by.


  1. WOW !!! What an amazing transformation ! I love your new craft room !! Your right ~~ Ikea is the best !

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  3. What a gorgeous and inspiring space. And as you say, much better usage of the room than as a (rarely needed) dining room.

  4. What a gorgeous and inspiring space. And as you say, much better usage of the room than as a (rarely needed) dining room.

  5. Thank you PikkuLilla, I can't tell you how much I enjoy my crafting space. I have added to it since the photo. Also, I enjoyed viewing your blog....great cards!