Repurposed Bakeware Craft Room Storage
So I’m finally coming into the home stretch of my craft room reorganization journey. Yay!
I’ve got a couple of finishing touches to put in place and I’ll be ready to share all the yucky befores and the yummy afters within the next week or so. Only about a month late. lol.
Oh well, better late than never.. right? 🙂
In the meantime I want to show you what I did with the shelving storage area above my desk.
Here it is when I shared it in January.
In all honesty I had already started cleaning up a bit before I thought of taking before pics for the blog… so it did look a little bit worse than this… but you get the idea.
Since I was totally loving my vintage muffin pan drawer organizers I decided to continue with the whole repurposed bakeware thing.
So I went to the greenhouse and retrieved some of my vintage bakeware collection to finally put it to use.
Here’s my new shelf area.
If you look back at the before you’ll see that I added four shelves. I found them at the restore and they’re different depths but I made them work.
There was a lot of wasted spaced between the shelves so adding new shelves at different heights gives me a lot of extra storage where before there was just empty space.
I used some dollar store chalkboard labels on most of the bakeware to help me remember where everything is. They’re easy to remove should I ever need to, and I love that if I change what’s in any of the pans I can very easily change the labels.
The silver tone garbage can and the vintage bread box on the top shelf are holding my collection of wine corks that will someday be used for a project… once I have enough.
I still had to write on a few labels when these pics were taken.
The fluted pans don’t have labels, but I pretty much know what’s in them… vintage costume pearl jewelry, vintage rhinestone jewelry, round metal bracelets, jewelry odds and ends, vintage light reflectors, elastics, and junk hardware bits and bobs.
The muffin pans are holding individual pieces that I think will be interesting to use for repurposing projects.
I haven’t gone through my whole jewelry stash yet so more will be added here as I do.
I’m storing things for packaging and shipping my etsy items as well and it really helps that everything has its place. It makes it so easy for me to put things away to keep my desk tidy.
All this bakeware was just sitting in my greenhouse waiting to be used in someday projects and taking up space at the same time.
Now each repurposed piece is serving a practical purpose while also looking very cool as a whole… for me anyway. And now I’m storing these pieces out in the open so I can enjoy them every single day as well. It’s a win win. I love sitting at my desk now and just looking at them.
They make me happy. 🙂 I just love using repurposed bakeware any way I can.
So here’s the awful before again.
The more I look at it the worse it gets. lol.
But also… now that it’s behind me the better I feel when I look at the after.
That is where I was… and this is where I am now.
So I’m giving myself a big pat on the back… because we need to do that sometimes… when we accomplish something that makes us feel good. No matter how big or how small the accomplishment.
One thing I’ve gotten into the habit of doing every night before I leave this room is clean off my desk. It’s so wonderful to come in the next day with a clean area to sit at and work on… and that makes me feel good.
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So I’m sure you’ve accomplished something lately. Something that makes you feel good.
I hope you gave yourself a big pat on the back too. If not… do it now. Better late than never. 🙂
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.
Amazing, Tuula–great repurposing project–attractive AND functional. Love the way it turned out. Will you come reorganize my work room? (Plan for a week or so…)
Thanks so much Diana! A week or so doesn’t sound so bad. It’s taken me two almost two months. lol.
This is a very clever use of your bakeware collection. I love the finished product! I think that I will take a second look at my depression glass collection now, and perhaps I can make my desk area look as nice as yours does 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks very much! I ‘m really enjoying having my collection out where I can see them, and it’s helping me stay organized. Depression glass organizers would add such a lovely touch to an office or craft room. I’m so glad that my project has inspired you. 🙂
I think you’ve done an amazing job, Tuula. Everything, from the salvaged storage pans, etc., to the chalkboard labels, looks so creative. Your work space is wonderful to look at and I’m betting it feels even more wonderful to work in. Congratulations! Well done!
Thanks Marrianna! It does feel quite wonderful to be in this room now. Before I was so avoiding it, but once I got to work I was starting to enjoy the process. It’s been such fun to use some of my collections as my storage and for the decor of this room s well.
Tuula, everything looks wonderful! I am going to get started on mine in the next couple of months…I must take some inspiration from you!
Thanks so much Kirby! You know that old saying a cluttered room is a cluttered mind? Well that was so true when it came to this room and my brain. Both feel very peaceful now, and I feel like I could create anything in here. That’s a great feeling, and I wish everyone could feel that way. I wish you luck with yours too. You’ll feel the rewards of it when you’re done.
Super cute idea!!!
Thanks so much Cindy!
Loving this idea! So often we collect things that get tucked away. How clever to be able to enjoy your collection while it has functionality!
Thanks Debbie! I’m really loving it. I actually just sit and look at my bakeware now. Organization is very calming to me.
This idea of using bakeware to organize is creative and clever!
Thanks Donna! I’m loving my bakeware storage. So much so that the rest of my collection is being used in my built in bookcase storage on the other side of the room.
Genius – and – cute!!
Thanks so much Mary! I’m really enjoying my bakeware storage.
Really cute idea. I did not know that you could buy chalkboard labels…..so good for so many things! The room is looking good!!
Thanks AnnMarie! Chalkboard labels are wonderful. I’ve made some myself in the past, but these are so easy to use and all ready to go.
What a clever solution! I love the look of the bakeware and it is perfect for storage.
Thanks Cecilia! My addiction to vintage bakeware has finally showed its purpose. lol.
pretty cool and fun! I use baskets and totes everywhere but this would look so much more organized and orderly and industrial and yet retro! love it 🙂
Thank you so much! When I organized my room a couple of years ago I used a lot of different things for storage and it still looked a bit messy even when it wasn’t. I love to be organized, and I find repetition very pleasing to my eyes and, more importantly, calming to my brain. lol.
I am not gonna lie…I was envious of your before shot. But then seeing your after shot I was down right jealous! LOL It looks fantastic Tuula. I love your idea of coming into a clean desk area every morning. I think I will try to start doing that from now on. Your muffin tins would definitely work for my needs and I think my next trip to the city will include scouting a few of them. My goal this spring is to build a new work area in my craft room as it is just not working for me the way it is. Thanks for sharing all of your hard work and inspiration!
Thanks Karen! I have to admit that the before was worse before I thought of taking some pics. I was just going to clean up my craft room and not blog about it, but then I thought I’d just go ahead and give it a total overhaul… which is exactly what it needed. For me having that clean space to start with right off the bat when I come in every day makes all the difference. It’s sort of the same reason I make my bed every day. It takes only about 3 minutes and makes the bedroom feel neat and organized even when it’s not. lol. I’m looking forward to seeing your new work area. I know you’ll build something awesome because you have some mad skills. 🙂
Wow! That is a REALLY brilliant idea! I’ve been racking my brain to think of how I could so something like that, but unfortunately, I don’t collect anything useful! lol Oh, well, I can certainly admire yours!! Dona
Thanks Dona! I love my bakeware, and I’m so pleased that I figured out a way to make it useful to me in a functional way, but also in a making me smile kind of way. If you love what you collect then it’s definitely useful, just not in a functional/practical kind of way. 🙂
Love this idea. And I would imagine that you are more likely to actually use your supplies since they’re all out and organized … PLUS, it looks awesome! Enjoy, Cynthia
Thanks Cynthia! It does make all my things much more accessible, and also makes my craft room much more fun to hang out and play in. Playing with my thrifted junk is one of my favourite things to do.
Tuula, how creative of you to think to use baking pans to organize!! I love how this looks!! I need to keep my eyes out for baking tins like this!!
Thanks Keri! It’s now a place that I really love to hang out in. I could sit and stare at my organized bakeware all day. lol.
Oh my goodness…how creative and how very cute! I love your storage ideas and it sure is inviting. You did a great job of organizing and having fun with it too.
Popping over from Stephanie’s blog.
Thank you so much! I’m glad I got all the bakeware out of storage and am now using it for storage. I definitely want my craft room to be a fun place to be. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Wow, what a huge improvement! I love that you used all the bakeware, it’s so pretty to look at. You are waaaay ahead of me, but I am making small daily progress so I will give myself a pat on the back and have an ice cream cone for good measure!?
Good for you Tina! My pat on the back was some french vanilla ice cream with strawberries. Sooo yummy! Organizing our work/craft rooms can seem to take forever, but it’s so worth it when we’re done.
This is adorable…and a great idea—I have picked up some pieces with storage in mind, but will now pick up even more…Great ideas here! thanks so much for sharing! Sandi
Thank you so much Sandi! I absolutely love my bakeware storage. Makes me wonder why I didn’t think of using it years ago. My collection has been in storage for quite some time. I’m so happy to have some of it out now.
it is looking great, the use of the bakeware was a neat idea and a great look!
Thanks so much Connie! I’m really enjoying having my bakeware out where I can see it, and they really do make for great storage.
Wow, you are the queen of organization! I love your clever use of all the old bakeware. Thanks for sharing at Talk of the Town.
Thanks Betsy! Now to use the rest of my collection. lol.
I really love the idea of using the bakeware that way! That makeover was definitely a labor of love but so worth it in the end. It added a great vintage character to your space. Thanks for sharing it.
Thanks Rheta! I’m really enjoying it, and it’s so great to have the things that I love as storage for the things that I use.
Simply fabulous, Tuula! Isn’t it amazing how our craft room can gives us such wonderful inspiration! Everything looks delightful!
Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!
Thanks so much Stephanie!
What a great storage area. You have me wanting to go out to clean up my garage workbench and storage now.
Thanks for sharing at SYC.
Thanks so much Carol! Organization is really a wonderful thing. I’m not sure how I created anything in that messed up before. and I can’t believe I let it get that far. My new space makes my brain feel so much better. lol.
That is so organized! Love it! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!
Thanks so much Sherry! I do love being organized, and who says organization can’t be fun? Certainly, not me. 🙂
This looks fabulous Tuula! I just love it all! Pretty and organized…can’t beat that!
Thanks so much Vicky! I’m so glad it’s finally done. It so nice to create in an organized space. It was pretty crazy before.
Thanks for the inspiration! It makes me realize I’m not crazy for all the stuff I have that I’ve thought that I could use in a way just like this! All my crafting supplies are way to mixed up and not organized well, which really keeps me from creating the things I have in my head (and all over my pinterest page!) I like your page. I think we think alike. 🙂 I have the beginnings of a blog that is much neglected.
Well, you might be just a little crazy Christy. lol. Just like I am. 🙂 I find that organization helps me to stay creative. When my craft studio is a mess so is my creative brain. A tidy working space really is inspirational. At least to me anyway.