November 19, 2015  

The lowdown on the craft studio {source list + budget}

You guys, I am currently sitting here in my newly-created craft studio/office space, and I am on cloud nine. It has felt so rewarding to take an ugly room with no purpose and transform it into a pretty, creative, and functional space that I can call mine. It has also been so awesome to hear all of your compliments about the room makeover. I worked really hard during the One Room Challenge, and I am really proud of how it turned out.

Did something from last week’s craft room makeover reveal catch your eye? I have been getting some questions from readers about where to buy some of the things in my new craft room, so I wanted to share all the sources with you today. I also wanted to share the breakdown of the room budget with you – I only spent $159!

In case you haven’t been following along with the craft studio makeover, the cliff notes version is that I spent five weeks making over an ugly room in my basement. Here is the before and after:

Craft Reveal Before After

If you want more detail, you can read along here:
Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4 // Week 5 // Week 6 Reveal


I set out to do this room makeover with a maximum budget of $200. The final tabulations are in, and I am amazed to say I came in at a grand total of $159!

Paint & Supplies: $62
Furniture: $44
Accessories: $53
TOTAL: $159

Now, please keep in mind that I had most of the things in this room already so I really didn’t have to buy much. I already had all of the furniture except the two sets of black shelves, so most of my expense was just in paint, supplies for projects, and a few accessories to complete the room. All in all, I’m really proud that I stayed under budget and got creative with what I already had.


Source & Project List:

Since I tend to decorate with a mix of items I have purchased, thrifted, and DIYed, this source list will include links to where to buy or how to DIY.

What a pretty desk! I'd love to have that in my office.

Glass Desk – IKEA

Black Lamp Base – Target, old

Director Chair – thrift store chair, Pier One navy canvas chair cover

Curtains – tutorial coming soon

Aqua Pencil Holder – thrift store

White Double Hourglass – T.J. Maxx

Crate (filled with wrapping paper) – WalMart


This shelf is so organized with all the color coordinated boxes and baskets

Shelves – Mainstays No Tools 6-Cube Storage Shelf Black Oak

Small Storage Baskets (mint, grey, white) – Target

Shoe Boxes – Michaels

Add a cozy sitting area to the office

Yellow Chairs – thrift store

Chevron Blanket – T.J. Maxx

Green ‘Blanket’ – piece of fabric from the thrift store

Pillow – old pillows, recovered with WalMart fabric

Idea Wall – tutorial coming soon!

Bright Blue Canvas – See the simple DIY tutorial

Genius idea for a craft room tablecloth!

Craft Table – thrift store

Tablecloth – plastic shower curtain liner, decorated with vinyl shapes

Tiered Basket – thrift store, spray painted with Krylon Pistachio

Silhouette – Silhouette Portrait

Craft Two Chairs 2

Chairs – thrift store, Krylon True Blue and Aqua spray paint, Hobby Lobby white vinyl fabric

Trellis Rug – Target, old

Home Office Studio Makeover

Gigantic Calendar – thrift store

Mint Clock – Hobby Lobby

Craft Studio Final 81

Small White Table – Target

White Basket – Target, old

Brown Basket – thrift store

Blue Curtain Divider – WalMart sheet

I hope this answers all of your questions. I did some fun DIY projects in this room, and will be sharing more tutorials with you in the future.  If you see something I didn’t mention, please leave me a comment and I’ll answer.

Thank you again for all the compliments you’ve been sending my way. I really appreciate you cheering me on along the way!

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About the author

Emily Counts is the founder of Small Stuff Counts, a home and organization blog she created in 2013. Her goal is to help moms make home life easier so they can create beautiful, organized, and thriving homes. She shares life at home as a mom juggling two young kids and being a working mom with a corporate job. The Iowa-based blogger lives in the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband, two children, and rescue dog. Emily has collaborated with brands including The Container Store, Cricut, Command Brand, Bissell, Sam's Club and Rubbermaid.

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