How Simple DIY Updates Turned a Closet into Craft Storage

See how a DIYer transformed her neglected closet into a craft command center with freestanding furniture and stick-on wall organizers—no tool belt required.

The remedy for Tiffany DeLangie's "dumping ground" started with a new job title. She promoted the guest room closet in her Raleigh home into a craft supplies station—one that's removable in case she wants a standard closet again someday. Tiffany's to-do list: Clear out clutter, remove (and store) the doors, replace a wire shelf with a melamine one, and refresh the walls with leftover paint.

Tiffany DeLangie standing next to craft station
Brie Williams

A bookshelf and dresser, along with boxes, baskets, and bins, cost about $500. Command wall organizers, which come with adhesive mounting strips, form a handy display.

closet before organization
Tiffany's closet before. Courtesy of Tiffany DeLangie

After the cleanup, the new space came together in a week.

"My DIY journey began because I was picky and had a limited budget," says Tiffany, who aims to inspire family-friendly, budget-wise design with her Pretty Real blog projects. "But I also love creatively solving problems and bringing my vision to life."

fabric cube bin with dividers
Brie Williams

Tiffany focused on dividing then subdividing her supplies for painting, paper crafts, and gift-wrapping to give everything a designated spot.

Fabric bins are smart for hiding assorted supplies. Tiffany made dividers to keep the bins from becoming a messy jumble. She cut slits in two pieces of plastic corrugated board from the crafts store and assembled them into an X shape.

Buy It: HOONEX Large Foldable Storage Bins ($29, Amazon)

wall storage with craft supplies
Brie Williams

Adhesive-back wall organizers maximize the space above the dresser. Crafting tools hang from hooks, paint and glue line up in clear caddies, and a picture ledge ($20, Walmart) holds ready-to-paint canvases. An LED lamp runs on a built-in rechargeable battery.

Buy It: Command Adhesive Wall Caddy ($7, Target)

shelving with craft supplies
Wall color similar to: Blushing Bride 2001-08, Valspar. Brie Williams

To utilize even closet corners, a fabric laundry hamper fills a sliver of space next to the dresser; the structured rectangular hamper holds rolls of wrapping paper. More wall hooks ($11 for two, Amazon) keep gift bags neatly visible and within reach. Tiffany simply clears the dresser top to wrap gifts.

drawer inserts to organize craft supplies
Brie Williams

Tiffany can see supplies in the dresser drawers at a glance. She outfitted the top drawer with a series of containers ($2, Target) to hold small items. Stacks of paper, paper punches, and other supplies fill the bottom drawers.

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Kendra Surface

Kendra Surface is a photo stylist and home design professional with more than 10 years of experience. She works with photographers to create beautifully curated spaces to be published in magazines and in advertising campaigns. In addition to styling a space, she also scouts locations and curates the space for her clients. She has worked with brands like Garden & Gun magazine, Belk, Hunter Douglas, and more.

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