Sunday, January 12, 2014

DIY Sewing Cutting Counter

I am in the process of setting up a sewing/craft room in our basement. My daughter & I call it our craft cave, although there is very good light from 2 windows. This room is coming together from scratch. It started with the removal of the old drywall and carpeting after our sewage flood last April. After new drywall, paint, and tile the room was a blank slate. We were just going to have it be storage and a guest room, but we don't have many guests. My sewing and my daughter's crafts seemed to be strewn around our dining room, so it make sense for us to have a dedicated space. The room measures 11x11. The door & closet are along the west wall. Tables with machines on top line the south wall, which has a window. The north wall now hosts the cutting counter that we created.
craft table sewing cutting counter DIY
After some research I learned that the ideal height for a cutting counter is belly button height. For me that is 42". I looked around and found some bookshelves at Target that are nearly 41" tall. They were on sale last week for $17.50 and I bought 3. My hubby & daughter put them together and I put them out in an L shape.
craft table sewing cutting counter bookshelves
Then we got a hollow core 36"x80" closet door from our local ReStore (Habitat for Humanity thrift store) for $15.
craft table sewing cutting counter closet door
The door laid on top of the bookshelves and we had instant counter.
craft table sewing cutting counter DIY cheap
We had considered bracing it to the wall and putting a support along the far side, but it's solid. We have a ledge along the far side and we placed 2 plastic food containers there for support.
craft table sewing
I love how big it is. Plenty of area to cut and pile stuff.
DIY craft table sewing cutting counter frugal
 craft table sewing cutting counter DIY big
There is a little hide out underneath for my daughter.
craft table sewing cutting counter DIY hiding spot
Here is what her space looks like. taken with the table top off
I love, love, love this cutting counter/table! It is going to get a lot of use!! It's a great size and made it for under $73 (that includes tax)! My son is as excited as I am about the width!!
craft table sewing cutting
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Diana is a crafty creative Midwestern work from home mama of 3. She enjoys playing with PhotoShop Elements, sewing & crafting, creating fun for family & friends, camping, and reading. She is the owner & operator of Custom Blog Designs.

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  1. Such a good idea. We all need our dedicated spaces.

  2. You're brilliant! The best part is the kid sized hidey hole. And who are we kidding? That room is now "The home of THE embroidery machine"! Lol!!

  3. What a great space! Plenty of room to spread out!

  4. Hi Diana - what a great idea, I absolutely love this! Stopping over from Moonlight & Mason Jars. Thanks for sharing this! Pinning! Have a wonderful week!

  5. Great idea! I love that your daughter has a hideout space!

  6. I love this, Diana, especially the hideout! I'm about to try to organize my craft room and may try to do this if I have enough room. Thanks!

    1. It would be easy to do a smaller version!!

    2. That's a great idea! I will try a mini version :). Thanks!

  7. LOVE the food storage container and the photo bomb .. lol!

    What a great idea, you rock my dear!

  8. Very cool, we have a craft table with an old door. Gotta love a repurpose

  9. Looks great, super organized :)
    Thanks for sharing on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party.
    Marigolds' Loft

  10. wow i could use a couple of these and hideout myself lol. is that an American Girl doll in one of the photos?


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