A Hideaway Crafts Station for $212
A spare closet gets a fun and functional makeover with the addition of a sliding door and a clever fold-down table
The new space allows for spreading out craft projects while working on them, then hiding materials away.
Without the right setup, even small projects—like wrapping presents—can take over a room. That's why Karisa Grimstad, of Seattle, needed a workstation with storage for her sewing and craft projects. She had already converted a spare bedroom into a home office, so the underused cedar clothes closet seemed like the perfect spot.
First, she primed and painted the interior. Then she turned a cubby storage unit on its side across the bottom of the closet and used hinges to attach a tabletop to the unit. When the table is flipped down, it extends into the room, supported by a removable dowel. When not in use, it swings up flat against the wall to reveal a chalkboard.
Old cabinet shelves supported by brackets provide storage overhead. Inspired by a barn-door tutorial online, Karisa built a frame out of pine and inserted a cotton shower curtain as a fabric panel inside. Eye hooks screwed into the top of the door allow it to slide along a galvanized-pipe track, and casters on the bottom make opening and closing easy. But that new door doesn't see a lot of use. Says Karisa, "It's such a cute space, why close the door on it?"
The homeowner had removed the closet's wire shelving and bifold doors, but the space still had no real purpose—except as a catchall for clutter.
The Project Tally:
Primed the cedar planking and painted it a bright white using leftover paint, $12
Attached a prefab MDF tabletop to an old storage unit with new hinges and hardware, $26
Painted the underside of the tabletop with chalkboard paint she had on hand, $0
Hung shelves salvaged from old kitchen cabinetry with new brackets, $32
Built a sliding barn-style door using pine 1×2s, galvanized pipe, casters, and a cotton shower curtain, $78
Added storage boxes and baskets to corral project materials and craft supplies, $64
Total: about $212