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Repurposed Craft Room Wall Organizer

 

Yesterday I shared the beginning of my craft room purging and organizing with some very not pretty before shots.

Well, I’m happy to say that it’s slowly coming along and because space is such a challenge in this room I decided to repurpose a few items into a wall organizer for those little things that I like to have close at hand.

 

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Instead of tossing these little binder clip plastic containers into the recycling bin at work I’ve been bringing them home in hopes that one day I would use them for something.

 

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These containers have removeable tops and bottoms, and it’s very important to not get them mixed up. The tops have a hard rounded inside edge which gives the container some strength even when the lid is off. The bottom of the container is much weaker and gets its strength from being attached to the bottom lid.

 

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To dress up these containers I’m using my new favourite thing…. metal foil duct tape, and some washi tape from my stash.

I get 99% of my craft supplies at thrift stores so I have quite the mish mash of craft supplies, so when doing a project I usually just make use of whatever I happen to have.

 

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I cut pieces of the metal duct tape to size and wrapped it around the containers.

To get the distressed look I simply applied one end of the tape and played with the tape slightly, sort of like an accordion, as I made my way around the container.

 

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Once it was applied all around the container I smoothed it down by pressing on both sides of the container at the same time. This does not lose the distressed look, it just smooths down the edges.

 

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Then I just used the washi tapes around the tops and the bottoms.

The bottom tape will make sure that the bottom lid stays on.

 

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When applying the washi tape around the tops make sure it’s as flat as possible so the lid will go on without any trouble. If there are any ridges in the tape the lid won’t fit and the tape will tear.

Now I needed to find something to hang on the wall to hold my newly dressed up containers.

A few years ago I shared this ceiling tile that I thrifted for $2. Yes, I said a few years ago. Things don’t always get used right away around here. Or should I say things don’t usually get used right away around here. lol. That’s why I need more storage. lol.

 

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This lovely tin ceiling tile has been waiting for a project just like this one. All I did was screw it into the wall right beside my work desk. I did the four corners and the middle of the two sides.

 

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I glued magnets onto the bottoms of the containers, filled them with my bits and pieces, put them in place on my metal ceiling tile, and my wall organizer is done.

I interspersed them with some magnetic spice containers that I thrifted a while back.

 

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This project was supposed to be for the Junk Challenge earlier this month, but because of some terrible pictures I didn’t make it.

I finally figured out what the problem was with taking night pics in my craft room. It was the soft white light bulbs in my chandelier and their yellow glow, as you can see in the photo above.

 

Craft Room Wall Organizer

Yesterday I switched the 5 chandy bulbs to daylights… and voila! It was like magic!

Now I can take night pics that have a lovely daylight look to them, and finally the colour of my craft room wall looks like the fresh minty green that it actually is.

This is the perfect spot for this extra storage… with my repurposed Pringles can wine rack organizer, my enamel bowl tiered stand, and my letter holder makeover.

 

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I put a chalkboard label on the one big container just because I had it, but I don’t want labels on the rest because I like seeing what’s in the containers.

These little containers are perfect for my little bits and pieces, but could also be used in other ways like for sewing notions or scrap booking decorative doodads etc.

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…  keep on keepin’ on..

XOX

 

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28 Comments

  1. Thank you, once again for the great ideas (the wheels are turning) and for sharing, Tuula! Thanks also for the tip about the daylight bulbs–I’ve been having the same problem and now you’ve given me the perfect fix–yay!!

    1. Thanks Gabi! I have to say that the daylight bulbs have been incredible. I just wish I’d figured it out sooner.

  2. This is a great idea! Glad to see I’m not the only one who saves containers!!

    1. Thanks Dona! I always think I can reuse them somehow, and sometimes I actually do. lol.

  3. It looks great! I’m always saving containers and bringing stuff home from work! And I also have stuff sitting around That’s been there for years!

    Tania

    1. Thanks Tania! I’m so glad I’m not the only one bringing containers home from work. I bring boxes home too.

  4. Very creative and looks so good with the other creative storage things you’ve made! You have proven once again that it really is a good thing to save stuff!!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I’m always happy when I finally repurpose something that’s been around awhile, but sometimes it’s a long while. lol.

  5. Wow…that is too cool! But I was thinking the same thing when I was reading about the containers, then “bam” that is what you did!!! Great job and it looks really great!

    1. Thanks Veralynne! It’s really helping keep things off of my desk, which gets way too cluttered for my liking.

  6. Those containers turned out great! You sound like me saving containers and things others might throw away. I see so much potential in some packaging and it seems so wasteful to throw some things away. Your repurposed project is awesome! Great ides using the ceiling tile too. Love it!

    1. Thanks Vicky! I know exactly what you mean about seeing the potential in things. I hate to throw things away, even into the recycle bin.

  7. Hi, I’m visiting from Roses of Inspiration. What an amazing idea. I love how you are able to create decorative storage out of “thrifted” items. Very creative!

  8. What a clever way to use a tin ceiling tile, Tuula, I LOVE this. I have so many little do-dads and whichamacallits, those little plastic containers would be really handy. I’m going to put that on my shopping list. Hey, and thanks for the tip on using daylight bulbs. I can’t believe the difference it makes in the photo, looks like those are going on the shopping list, too 😀

    1. The daylight bulbs are literally a saviour to me. I’ve been so limited in the past as to what I can do for the blog during the week because it gets dark so early, which really limits my blog posts during the winter. Now I can actually take half decent pics inside at night. Who’d da thunk it? lol.

  9. What an excellent idea and so pretty too. Love your other storage with the tubes also. Thanks for sharing at Talk of the Town.

    1. Thanks Betsy! Those are Pringles cans. Let’s just say I used to eat a lot or Pringles. lol.

  10. You are so smart! AND organized! Everything looks so good Tuula and I like how you can SEE what you’re looking for. I really need a space like this! VERY INSPIRED!

    1. Thanks Sherry! My little craft room needs all the organization I can make for it. I’m probably going to end up using every square inch in some way.

  11. Jann Olson says:

    Great idea Tulla! I love how you dressed them up. I have washi tape, but have not seen the foil duct tape. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. Thanks so much Jann! Foil duct tape is my new favourite thing to play with and I hope to have more projects with it soon.

    1. Thanks so much Brenda! Love metal foil duct tape. It’s so cool.

  12. I’m in love with this idea, Tuula! Now I just need to figure out how to get my hands on some of those great plastic containers. Thanks for linking up with Vintage Charm 🙂

    1. Thanks Diana! It has come in so handy that now I’m not sure how I managed before with all my little doodads here and there. It’s so nice to be getting reorganized.