Storage Packed Craft Chest

Here is the post I promised last week, when I posted about my Craft Chest. This craft chest was more of a necessity than a luxury to keep things organized at home. See us on days when my daughter and I craft… the scene at our home resembles a tornado hit zone! I am a very visual person I have to see, and surround myself with, pretty crafty things for inspiration! Okay coming back to my storage packed craft chest…it houses quite a collection of my stuff. At 4 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­feet long, a centimeter less than a foot wide and at 2.2 feet of height, you may feel that there may not be much storage space. That is where the genius of this little storage work horse shines through!Craft Chest @ Hooked on Homes! (3)

Before you scroll down any more let me issue a disclaimer – It’s a picture HEAVY post!

Look at all the stuff that it stores!

The cabinet on the left has three glass shelves which are packed with my collection of threads, sewing & embroidery tools.

I have built my sequins collection since my college days, have my pocket-money went into hobby stuff. These assorted sequins come in handy not only in embroidery but I also use them for embellishing cards and other projects around our home. My daughter uses a lot of stuff from here for her School projects.

I picked up these hand crafted wood blocks years ago… from Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Ranthambor. And I have used them to print on curtains, cushions, bedsheets, sarees, duppattas, lamp shades, rugs, paper, hands etc.

The last shelf in this cabinet takes care of (part of my collection) assorted colours and mediums. You see, most of my creative ramblings occur late at night hence I need to be well equipped to feed my creative cravings!

The line of four tiny but deep drawers in the center of the chest houses various tools, sheers, tassels, baubles, rivets, shells, raffia, decorative mirrors, glitter plus a whole load of other tiny trinkets and bells in the red cap jars!

The single drawer at the bottom of the right side(below the sewing machine compartment) has rulers, punches and tapes.

My sewing machine is neatly stored in the right side of the this chest, safe from dust. There is enough space after the sewing machine is placed for a wicker carry-all basket for sewing on the go!

Now you know why I can’t let go of this storage packed craft chest from my sight! And since it is disguised as any other chest, I have kept it in our master bedroom! Eccentricities I tell you! But if it brings happiness and tremendous sense of satisfaction then why not! What say?

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Craft Chest

When I wrote about my ‘Treasured Coffee Table’, in one of my previous posts, you’d have known how it was born out of old kitchen cabinets; And that it’s a storehouse!

My coffee table- a storehouse!

My coffee table… a storehouse!

My Craft Chest is another such project which is made out of remnants of the old kitchen cabinets. Having mentioned earlier (in one of the posts) that I have this compulsive disorder of hoarding things…thank God for a doting husband and loving children who bear with all of my whimsical cravings and who withstand the disasters that I,  sometimes, create! Taking advantage of such a supportive family, I have continued building my collection!:-) For my ever-growing collection of art and craft material, DIY tools;  Also to dissuade me from encroaching into everybody else’s storage areas, Hubby designed a space-saving Craft Chest, just for my stuff!Craft Chest @ Hooked on Homes! (3)

The drawing that he made (on his cellphone) was a piece of cake for our carpenter Naeem (he has become so used to our non-standard measurements and out the box designs!)

Since it is made of reclaimed boards from old kitchen cabinets, one can see the permanent marks/stains of the old kitchen on the insides of this craft chest (I don’t want to get rid of them, hence didn’t paint the insides)

I wouldn’t say that it houses all of my collection but it does take care of 60% of it! I am still stashing some of my stuff here n there and elsewhere! The intial design was like a desk…it had place for ‘leg-room’ or ‘chair insert’ but while it was being made, we changed it to a chest… for more storage.

When designing this chest the only thing Hubby kept in mind was that I wanted everything safe from dust. It is EXTREMELY dusty here at Noida. A part of the top of the chest opens to store my sewing machine, when not in use.

I guess my collection has grown to a proportion where I think I need a dedicated Craft Room or DIY Room or a Studio ; I’ll decide what to call this room once I ‘arrange’ for a dedicated room…until then I am happy with what I have!

My post, Storage Packed Craft Chest, is part two of this post…where I’ve shared the number of things this work horse can store, do take a look.

By the way do you also run out on place to stash your treasure? How do you store your hobby stuff? Got any tips for me, I would love if you’d share.

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