My Craft Room - How to Make it Rustic & Repurposed

Rustic and Repurposed changes in the craft room.

Here are the changes this room went through to make it rustic and repurposed. 

One of the first things I changed was the desk. 

While the Ikea desks were the right size and shape, they were not very sturdy. 

But as my junking luck would have it, I happen to run across several old doors in my travels. 

And wouldn't you know it, they fit EXACTLY over my Ikea desks! 

The white from the IKEA desk showed under the door so I stained yardsticks and covered the gap!

Much better!


The new desks are "L" shaped, I held them together with old hinges so they wouldn't separate...

There are holes in the doors desk where the knobs used to be so I added a little "door jewelry".

While I was out walking the neighborhood today, (and ok yes, looking in their trash) 
I found a piece of table glass that fit exactly on top of my desk!

Can you believe it?! Lucky again! I promise I am not making this up!

I placed all kinds of fun keys, numbers and postcards under the glass...

The clipboards and books I use every day are in a basket in a home-made distressed wooden drawer with a pretty little pull.

Some really great rusty things can be found at a garage sale... Like these rusty weights.  (the man said "You want those? Take as many as you want for $1")

This old rusty mason tool makes the perfect Post-it® holder.

This flower pot was a great place to hold my hard drive... don't forget to back-up your blog!

More flower pots in a thrift store wire "thing" holds markers...

And this great invention (not mine) holds the glue gun!

I think this rack is supposed to be used in the kitchen but works great right here especially with the "catch all" basket on the bottom.

This giant basket sits on top of the hutch and holds the bubble wrap for shipping things from my Homeroad Shop.

Recognize this old barrel from my lucky curbside finds?

Well I found a great use for it...

And one last thing... this chair, (that I fixed up just for this room)... it stinks! It is sooo uncomfortable!

So... A new wooden swivel chair is on it's way to me! (see affiliate links below)

This comfy chair will allow me to spin around and work at my sewing machine too...

And then my little office/craft room will be even 
more comfortable and lived in!
(until I find some more good ideas!)


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Susan, you are SO right about living with something for a while and then tweaking it to make it work better! No matter how picture perfect something looks, the functionality is key. Your room is gorgeous, such personality! And the new chair is gonna look great with your door desktops! I am your newest follower and look forward to exploring your blog! Happy Sunday!

  2. love your room, I really like the glue gun holder, I need something like that.

  3. Susan, I love your craft room. Love how you use unusual finds for furniture and for holding supplies. Must be a great place to work and create. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

  4. I really like your space! I also like the fact that you posted the "issues" that came up when you started to use the space. You have lots of nice elements there. TFS

  5. I can tell you put a lot of work into the room. It looks great! What a wonderful place to create!

  6. Awesome!!! I love your new desk top and creative accessories. Fun, fun, fun...I need a creative space like yours. Someday :) Chat soon, Laurel

  7. REALLY COOL!!!!! What a way to recycle! So *Green* I want my own room now.

  8. Looks like you have a great room to be productive. I really need one of those glue gun holders because mine is always falling off the counter and I'm grabbing it to make sure it doesn't fall on my chihuahua. I bet that holder prevents you from getting burned too many times as well.

  9. Don't you just love when someone's trash pile supplies you with just thing you need?!! The best. Enjoy this amazing room!

  10. This is just fabulous! I don't know how you even thought this up.

  11. Susan, thank you so much for letting me know that--i had no idea =P I'll "fix" it today! Thanks again!

  12. Can I come over to create? Love your space and creativity!

  13. Very cozy craft room! I really love the yardsticks on the edge of the desk!

  14. Love your desk! Such creativity!

  15. that glass on top of your desk/doors just makes it pop! i'm sure it's easier to do things on top of the smooth surface, too. what fantastic finds and great ways to use those items, too!

  16. What a great room! I'm jealous. I wish I had a "room". You've scored some amazing finds! :)

  17. Visiting from Paisley Passions. Looks great! I love hoe you reused so many "junk" items.

  18. It looks amazing! I love how practical, yet beautiful everything is! I'm so jealous! Thanks for linking up! :)

  19. Hi, I'm your newest follower. I would like to invite you to post your crafts on our blog hop. here's the link : Purple Froggie Clay Stuff

    Hope you have a great day!


  20. LOVE the color on your walls Susan! And great finds on the side of the road too...glad you've got your own blog spot!

    Sarah & Lyndsay

  21. Great room! Everything on it is perfect :) I love the little flower pots and the glue gun holder, functional and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  22. I really like your space! that is Awesome!!


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