The Basement Craft Room: Under $300

Finally!  I have finally finished {well, almost finished} my Basement Craft/Sewing Room!  Remember when I had a really cute sewing room upstairs in the 4th bedroom?  {click to see pictures}   Unfortunately, that room never ever worked out because I work late at night and it was directly near the kids’ rooms…. and well, you know how that goes.  So, I stuck my tail between my legs and tried to come up with a better solution.

EDITED TO ADD:  I recently blogged about all the details HERE

The basement.  The ugly, scary, unfinished basement with gray concrete walls, concrete floors, exposed beams on the ceiling, and almost no natural light was my only option.  {click here to see BEFORE pictures}  Ugh.  Sure, we eventually plan to finish the basement, but certainly not right now.  With virtually NO money in the budget to spend on fixing the basement up, I really had to use what we already had and definitely use my imagination.

So, for under $300, I now have a craft room/sewing studio that I actually {somewhat} enjoy being in!  I will be back another day to explain where I got everything and how I put everything together!  In the meantime, I am going to just relax in my new room!

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Hayley Crouse is a wife, mother and multifaceted designer. Her love of sewing, crafting, cooking and interior design infuses her daily life and naturally spills over into her online presence. She pushes the envelope of her creativity and hopes that others will be inspired to do the same. She currently authors the Welcome to the Mouse House Blog, is the pattern designer behind Mouse House Creations and is a collaborative designer with Willow & Co. Patterns.
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38 Responses to The Basement Craft Room: Under $300

  1. feltsocute January 15, 2012 at 3:35 am #

    Hayley – It looks PHENOMENAL!!! I’d come and play for the day if it weren’t so far from Tokyo. You did an awesome job. Enjoy!!!

  2. Karen of Little Red House Designs January 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    What a great space! I especially want to hear about how you ‘hung’ everything on the pegboard. Especially where you purchased those items!(shelves?!) I have a small sewing area in my bedroom 🙁 but want to hang a pegboard to take advantage of the vertical space but keep it nice looking still.

  3. Ajaire January 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    I really like your cutting table. Are those IKEA cubbies? The storage inside is great, but I also love that it serves as decor hehe. I am a big fan of fabric lined up nice and pretty.

  4. Rebecca January 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    I LOVe it. I would come and play too. 😉

  5. Nancy @ HOME January 16, 2012 at 3:21 am #

    Looks great!!! I’m not a sew-er (that’s not a gift of mine at all – ask my mother…) but I do some scrapbooking and I am struggling to find a space for it in our place since we down-sized a year ago. I’m only a little bit jealous that you even have a basement to use. Way to go, though! It’s a great space and so economical. I can’t wait to hear about all the little details.

  6. Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife January 16, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    Great job!!! Love your new space! Stopping by from Skip to My Lou linky party and your newest follower.

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  7. Ashley January 17, 2012 at 2:07 am #

    It looks great! I LOVE all the storage! You would never know that was a basement. Hopefully looking at your beautifully finished room will help me get in gear and finish redoing mine.;)

  8. The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ January 17, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    this entire room is just awesome! it is just as perfect as perfect can be!!!! thanks for sharing and thanks for hopping over to my blog! so great to meet you and i will be watching!!!

  9. Grammy Goodwill January 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Everything is so colorful. I love your paper organizer.

  10. Cara Moran January 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    It’s a dream come true!

  11. Samantha January 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    What a great room! I love the all over pegboard and the organized cubbies for your fabric!

  12. Bloggymom January 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your craft room. All the beautiful fabrics!!

  13. Kathy January 22, 2012 at 6:18 am #

    This is a remarkable transformation for $300. You ROCK!

  14. Judy January 22, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    I think it turned out really nice and bright! It’s very organized. Makes me want to make mine a bit neater.

  15. Sydney January 22, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    This looks really great. Do the curtains on your sewing table bother you or get in your way when you are sewing or using your serger?

  16. ritajoy@harbourbreeze January 28, 2012 at 1:01 am #

    What a beautiful space you have created! I’m right in the middle of trying to make a craft room in our (unfinished, concrete clad, poorly lit, old) basement as well. Thank you so much for showing us so many wonderful, colorful ideas!

  17. Jen January 28, 2012 at 4:04 am #

    What kind of sewing machine do you have?

  18. Margo January 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    You did a gorgeous job! I’m working on my basement craft space, and this gives me lots of inspiration!

  19. The Quilt Ladies January 28, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    Looks great and what a great space, good for you ! Great post

  20. Daffy's Dream January 29, 2012 at 5:29 am #

    Awesome work!just like your dream come true…I wish i too work my studio like this

  21. Susan @ Oh My! Creative January 29, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    Wow, you did a fantastic job! What a great place to create!

    Would love for you to post your project or any of your projects at my website

    A community to Create – Share – Inspire

  22. Ruth January 31, 2012 at 12:52 am #

    I love that room. It looks spectacular and not like a basement at all. I would love to do that to my basement. How did you get the pegboard up on the concrete walls.

  23. The Mouse House January 31, 2012 at 1:32 am #

    Thank you so much for all the lovely comments! I have been sick and unable to blog much, but I promise to have a post up soon giving details and answering everyones questions

    I can’t thank everyone enough for being so kind!

  24. Debbie February 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Your room is Out-of-This-world beautiful! I wish you could come and help me organize mine.
    I love to sew and also make cards with rubber stamps so I’m always struggling with how to store/organize everything. I have my own little studio in a separate house but it needs some organizing. If you have time, please drop by my blog to see what I need to do different.
    Take care and thanks so much for sharing! What an inspiration!


  25. Elyse February 2, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    amazing job!

    enjoy enjoy enjoy!


  26. Linda @ it all started with paint February 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    What a lovely space to create in! Love the pegboard walls!

    Thanks so much for joining our Impossibilities challenge!


  27. Eclectically Vintage February 4, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    I love it – I don’t know if you saw my challenge which was organizing my basement. It is unfinished and ugly but at least now it’s clean (got rid of tons of stuff). Would love something like this as my next step! Thanks so much for joining our Impossibilities Challenge! New follower here.

  28. Karah @ thespacebetweenblog February 7, 2012 at 1:38 am #

    I had to come back for another look. I thought I had left a comment before, but maybe not. I just love this space, I bet it is so inspirational to create in!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the challenge!

  29. Eclectically Vintage February 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    Your fabulous craft room is being featured at the Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge!

  30. thistlewoodfarm February 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    Seriously….this is nothing short of spectacular! I love the bright colors and pegboard. Congrats on the feature from Kelly.


  31. Mom Home Gduie July 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Looks great! How did you hang the pegboard on the walls? I am looking to do a cheap basement fix, and am wondering what to do with the walls.

  32. Erin Biggers October 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    LOVE this! I am struggling to create a craft space in our basement (much smaller area) on a very tight budget as well. Great Job!
    P.S. I have the same sewing machine and serger…great minds. 🙂

  33. Marti Cooper January 7, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    What a great craft room! Thanks for the ideas, I’m in the process of organizing mine, oh so cute!


  34. home builders Missouri March 1, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    Awesome! I have never seen a sewing room this organized. Mine is definitely topsy-turvy! I really adore those thread holders especially that all my threads are tangled up! That linen storage is also very useful. I certainly need to do some cleaning and reorganization of my own sewing room. Thank you for this inspiration!

  35. Desiree Young April 4, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    BEAUTIFUL! I, too, have an ugly, unfinished basement that I need to turn into a craft room. I have been unable to come up with any ideas. Then I found your post, and I am THRILLED!!! This is something I can do, and mbest of all – something I can afford to do right now. I love how you utilized the bookshelves as storage and a cutting/work surface – brilliant!

    Thank you so much. I’m off to clean my basement so I can get started on the makeover. 🙂

  36. Linda T. July 8, 2013 at 2:15 am #

    This is one of the prettest sewing roms I’ve seen. Love that it’s so colorful.You should be very proud.

  37. Jenya @ While she was sleeping November 21, 2013 at 2:37 am #

    What a lovely crafting space 🙂

  38. Jennifer Jeremiah April 22, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    This is beautiful! It’s just the inspiration I need. I actually Googled “transform unfinished basement into sewing room” because I’m about to do the same thing. I look forward to updates (maybe they’re already on your site…) about where you got all of your finds.

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