This may be one of my fastest turnarounds. Do you remember the medicine cabinet I showed you last week’s recent finds Yard Sale Leftovers? It took me awhile to figure out that it wanted to be a portable craft organizer.
I got right to work on the craft organizer by removing the light bar and the (shelf) divider pieces. The light bar just unscrewed, the divider pieces resisted a little as I used the hammer to bang them out of place.
I spent some time trying to figure out what I wanted to do with it, and what it should be.
I decided to flip it around and leave the bottom as the bottom. However, it wouldn’t sit by itself, it sort of wanted to lean backwards. I used a scrap board to fill in the negative space so the cabinet will now “stand on it’s own two feet”. I used my Kreg Jig® K4 to make pocket holes to keep the board in place.
A good craft organizer needs a pegboard
You can see this will make a perfect craft organizer. I hunted down a piece of pegboard in the basement, and luckily it was large enough—practically perfect. I just had to trim it a little on one side on the table saw.
Pegboard needs a spacer to allow pegs to hang
You can see in this picture that I added some scrap pieces of plywood (with Gorilla Wood Glue and staples) to secure the pegboard and allow room between the pegboard and the backing for pegs. Near the top, I added a 1x (ripped and cut to size) where the light bar had been.
Add cork board for notes
I cut a piece of Contact brand cork board to apply to the 1x board (where the light bar was). Next, I adhered the peel and stick cork to the board.
Then, I used a box cutter to trim the cork to the edge of the board.
I drilled pocket holes on each end of the board to secure it on the empty spot of the light bar.
This is how the cork board looks now in the original place of the light bar.
Paint the former medicine cabinet craft organizer
I used some Scotch Blue painter’s tape to protect the wood finish of the craft organizer cabinet. I mixed up some white DIY Chalky Paint. Because of the slick nature of this hardboard, I did have to do a light sanding to get the chalky paint to adhere. The bottom of the picture represents the bottom of the cabinet.
Pegboard craft organizer
I forgot to take a picture of the craft organizer cabinet finished. I was so excited to stage it! This piece can rest on a craft table, or be hung on the wall.
I love how it turned out and wish I had a place to utilize it. How do you corral all of your craft items?
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.