A Craft Organizer That Will Blow Your Mind

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Hi! This project took me a while to complete.  Whew.  I am glad it is done and I love the way it turned out!

This is my entry for the August Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest.  This month’s contest was sponsored by D. Lawless Hardware and the theme was “Class It Up”.

They sponsored the contest for last August as well when I made the Coffee Station.  I love their huge selection of drawer pull, knobs and more.  They provided me the hardware for the drawers and the wheels on this organizer unit.

Some or all of the hosts of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest receive monetary and/or product compensation from the sponsoring brand, D. Lawless Hardware, in order to complete their themed projects. D. Lawless Hardware will also provide the prize package for the contest winner.

 

Craft Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I found a bunch of the old 80's cassette, cd and vhs holders and gave them a cohesive look to create this awesome craft organizer!

 

Craft Organizer

Now this did not always look this good.  Here is what I started with.

First was a $5 stereo case from the Goodwill.  I removed the front small panel across the top with the RCA logo on it and the glass piece on the front.

 

Craft Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I found a bunch of the old 80's cassette, cd and vhs holders and gave them a cohesive look to create this awesome craft organizer!

 

I primed it, as always.  Then used my favorite Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Vintage.  That is the final color from the first photo.

 

Craft Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I found a bunch of the old 80's cassette, cd and vhs holders and gave them a cohesive look to create this awesome craft organizer!

 

 

I also found five different cases.  One is a cd case, one is to store vhs tapes and the rest are for cassettes.  I spent $4 on all of them.

When I first had this project running through my DIY mind all of the drawer units were the same width and length.  But in reality, they are not.

The threes cassette tape holders were the same and the two larger units were the same width.  But there was about a 2 inch difference between the larger cases and the smaller ones.

 

Craft Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I found a bunch of the old 80's cassette, cd and vhs holders and gave them a cohesive look to create this awesome craft organizer!

 

And don’t even get me started on the differences in the depth.  Sheesh!

 

Craft Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I found a bunch of the old 80's cassette, cd and vhs holders and gave them a cohesive look to create this awesome craft organizer!

 

OMG!  How am I supposed to work with this?  I didn’t think they would stack very well so I decided to put a shelf in between all of them.

But first I primed and painted all of the drawers and the cases white.  They looked so much better. I

The top of the unit was in decent shape but I wanted a more updated look.  Jeff built a top to size just like the one on the baby cabinet I did at the end of last year.

I used a very watered down brown latex paint on the top so the wood grain of the lath would show through.

 

Craft Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I found a bunch of the old 80's cassette, cd and vhs holders and gave them a cohesive look to create this awesome craft organizer!

 

Once everything was painted Jeff added the awesome wheels to the bottom.  I didn’t get a photo of the entire bottom of the unit but he added some wood blocs to drill into for the wheels.  I was excited to have it be able to roll if I needed to move it.  It is a little heavy.

 

Craft Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I found a bunch of the old 80's cassette, cd and vhs holders and gave them a cohesive look to create this awesome craft organizer!

 




 

Then we added the fun bookplate drawer pulls, also from D. Lawless to the drawers.  Jeff made quick work of this with his drill and some matching screws.  I love the way they turned out.

 

Craft Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I found a bunch of the old 80's cassette, cd and vhs holders and gave them a cohesive look to create this awesome craft organizer!

 

They really did “class up” those 80’s style cases  and made them look more cohesive as if they belong together.

 

Craft Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I found a bunch of the old 80's cassette, cd and vhs holders and gave them a cohesive look to create this awesome craft organizer!

 

Once I get them all filled up with craft supplies they will be labeled…of course.

 

Craft Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I found a bunch of the old 80's cassette, cd and vhs holders and gave them a cohesive look to create this awesome craft organizer!

 

I also made the custom wire basket for the top shelf.  I love that I could make it pretty much make any size I wanted.  That will be a post for next week so be sure to stop back.

 

Craft Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I found a bunch of the old 80's cassette, cd and vhs holders and gave them a cohesive look to create this awesome craft organizer!

 

 

Craft Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I found a bunch of the old 80's cassette, cd and vhs holders and gave them a cohesive look to create this awesome craft organizer!

 

I just love it and I can’t wait to start filling it up with supplies.  These drawer units make great storage.  Last year I used one of the cassette tape holders to place on my bedside table.  I use it everyday!

Thanks so much to D. Lawless for sponsoring the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest this month.  We have some awesome bloggers in this group that are so creative.  You will want to check out all of the projects.  You can find them at the host’s blog  at 58 Water Street. 

If you are a blogger and are interested in participating in the contest you may email info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com  to get more information.  What are you waiting for?  It is really a fun thing to do.  I get challenged each month and I love that.

 

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Update:  The Inside

Since I posted this I have had many, many questions about what I am going to put in these drawers and many requests to see the inside.  So I am posting some photos for you today.

Now, mind you when I took the original photos I did not have it stocked full of craft supplies.  The drawers were empty.  And to be quite honest I am still deciding what to put in them.  But these are some of the thoughts I had envision when I stared this project.

I did not open each and every drawer because some are the same but these are all of the different “insides” there are.

This photo is of the best drawers.  They don’t have the holes in the bottom like the others do.  If you can find these at garage sales or thrift stores they are the best!

My kitty PeeWee is at the bottom of the photo checking things out.  LOL!

 

Craft Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I found a bunch of the old 80's cassette, cd and vhs holders and gave them a cohesive look to create this awesome craft organizer!

 

This is what I plan to put in these drawers.  My larger bottles of paint fit quite nicely in the VHS drawers and my ink pads fit in the cassette drawers.  I have a lot of ink pads so this may be the perfect solution for them.

 

Craft Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I found a bunch of the old 80's cassette, cd and vhs holders and gave them a cohesive look to create this awesome craft organizer!

 

Craft Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I found a bunch of the old 80's cassette, cd and vhs holders and gave them a cohesive look to create this awesome craft organizer!

 

Some of the drawers have holes in the bottom.

 

Craft Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I found a bunch of the old 80's cassette, cd and vhs holders and gave them a cohesive look to create this awesome craft organizer!

 

This is the same photo as above but you can see in the lower right corner I have place a thin, plastic basket from either Walmart of the dollar store in it with my washi tape.  The basket is thinner than the drawer and I have been looking for a better basket/container that will fit but until I find it this may do.

 

 

Craft Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I found a bunch of the old 80's cassette, cd and vhs holders and gave them a cohesive look to create this awesome craft organizer!

 

Or you can place a piece of wood, chipboard or plastic in the bottom.  We happen to have some poly-styrene sheets that we cut to size to fit.  This covers the hole so you can add products with out baskets.

 

Craft Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I found a bunch of the old 80's cassette, cd and vhs holders and gave them a cohesive look to create this awesome craft organizer!

 

I hope this answers the questions to the inside of the drawers.  When I get them all filled up and labelled I can add another update.

If you like the project I made please share it with your friends and on Pinterest.  Here is a photo you can share.  I really appreciate it.

 

Craft Organizer - www.michellejdesigns.com - I found a bunch of the old 80's cassette, cd and vhs holders and gave them a cohesive look to create this awesome craft organizer!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Michelle

51 Comments

  1. Nancy Janssen

    This is, by far, my favorite of all the projects you’ve done so far, Michelle. Love the casters on the bottom and the top Jeff made; such amazing details make it look high end. I’m sure you will love and use this for years to come!

    02 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks so much Nancy! This was a labor of love. Lol But I do like the way it turned out.

      02 . 09 . 2016
  2. Susan

    My mind is blown! And I’m so inspired. I adore organizing and repurposing. You combined the two into one gorgeous project!

    02 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Yay! I blew your mind. LOL! Thank you and I am glad I inspired you!

      02 . 09 . 2016
  3. Peggy

    Whoa!!! That is awesome! You have such a great style to see potential in that stuff!

    02 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Peggy! Now you have to come over and help me organize my stuff into the organizer!

      02 . 09 . 2016
  4. Karin Chudy (ART IS BEAUTY)

    This is INSANELY AWESOME!! Holy cow..what an amazing transformation!
    Hugs,
    Karin

    02 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Karin! This comment made me smile! I appreciate it.

      02 . 09 . 2016
  5. Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations

    GAH!!!!! I love your repurposing into this!!!! Fantastic vision!
    Pinned … twice!

    04 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Robin. And thanks so much for pinning. I really appreciate it and am glad you like it. It turned out pretty cute.

      04 . 09 . 2016
  6. Michelle James

    Michelle you knocked it out of the park! I want this so bad! Can’t wait to see the post for the wire basket. I want that too, lol! Great job!

    04 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Michelle! It turn out pretty cute. I can’t wait to fill it up!

      04 . 09 . 2016
  7. Donna @ Modern on Monticello

    The whole thing is such a creative reuse of old stuff most people just throw out. It looks great and I’m sure you will enjoy the extra storage. Thanks for sharing.

    04 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks so much Donna! I am sure I will love it once it get it all filled up. It was a fun and challenging project.

      05 . 09 . 2016
  8. Dee

    What did you do to the game nside of each drawer? Mine are not solid and stuff would fall out?

    04 . 09 . 2016
    • Dee

      Did not show question correctly: what did you do to the inside of drawers? Mine are not solid.

      04 . 09 . 2016
      • Michelle

        Hi Dee, I painted them white but will be adding some sort of wood or chipboard to two of the organizers. They have holes in the bottom of the drawers that need something to cover them so things don’t fall out. I will probably use masonite wood and need my husband to cut it to size for me. The other drawers are nice and sturdy as is. The only think I might do is add some baskets or containers if I am going to store small things in it. I am not sure what I am going to put in each drawer so will address the issue as I go. I hope this helps. I will post this on Hometalk as well.

        05 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Hi Dee. Some of the drawers do have holes but some don’t. We added some plastic polystyrene sheets that we cut to fit inside the drawer to keep things from falling out. You could also use chipboard or wood. I have updated the post with some pics of the inside so you can see.

      06 . 09 . 2016
  9. Mary-the boondocks blog

    That is such a smart repurpose Michelle. I know these things can be such a pain to repurpose. You have managed to come up with a very pretty and practical solution.

    05 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Mary. It took a while of thinking about it. It would be so much easier if they had made them all a little more uniform. LOL! Thanks so much for stopping by.

      05 . 09 . 2016
  10. Debbi (no 'e')

    This looks very nice but what do you plan to put in them? Storage is always needed but what will fit in these?

    06 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Hi Debbi! I plan to store paints, inks, washi tape, adhesives. Just smaller crafty items. I have updated the post to include some pics of the inside that you can see. Thanks for stopping by.

      06 . 09 . 2016
  11. Jeannie

    This is soooo cool! Please may we see the insides? Thank you!! 🙂

    06 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Hi Jeannie. Thank you. I updated the post so you can see the inside now. It is not full but it gives an idea of what I will store in it. Thanks so much for stopping by.

      06 . 09 . 2016
  12. Brenda Young

    Now that’s a great repurpose, wonderful use for those old plastic drawers, and 70’s stereo cabinet , great vision!

    07 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Brenda. It was pretty fun once I got it all figured out in my head. LOL! I appreciate you stopping by! Thanks.

      07 . 09 . 2016
  13. Myra Derry

    You are one talented lady! I can’t imagine that you work a full time job and still have time to do such neat things! They are all a pleasure to see!

    08 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Myra! That is very nice of you to say. Yes, working a full time job sometimes makes it hard to get everything done but I love this so I make time on weeknights and weekends for it. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      08 . 09 . 2016
  14. Carolann

    I just love what you did with the storage too! What a terrific idea! You knocked it out of the park with this one Michelle!

    08 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Carolann. It was fun once I figured out how to fit it all together.

      08 . 09 . 2016
  15. Vicki Oxner

    I have about 10 or 12 of these for cassette tapes. Now I see I can actually turn them into something useful. Great idea and very pretty.

    08 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Vicki! I am glad you have some. Most people are telling me they just gave some away or took some to Goodwill! Happy creating!

      08 . 09 . 2016
  16. Susie from The Chelsea Project

    This is the most totally awesome repurpose ever. Those boxes took some serious imagination to whip into a cohesive unit. Kudos on a job well done to the moon and back. Susie from The Chelsea Project

    09 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Susie! It was a bit challenging but all came together in the end!

      09 . 09 . 2016
  17. Kathleen

    What did you do about the different depths of the drawers? I would have just cut them to fit and then glued them back together the right length. Great project. Thanks!!

    18 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Hi Kathleen! I left them as is but put each one on a shelf of its own so they wouldn’t teeter and such. It worked out well. Thanks so much for stopping by. I am so glad you like it.

      19 . 09 . 2016
  18. Lynda

    I actually have a bunch of the cassette holders and this is an awesome idea because I also have LOTS of craft stuff! Thank you!

    20 . 10 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Yay! Hi Lynda. I hope you make one of these. I am really loving mine. Let me know if you have any questions along the way. I am happy to help if I can.

      21 . 10 . 2016
  19. Ida

    I found boxes at Aldi’s grocery that fit perfect in the drawers.

    28 . 01 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Wow! That is so nice. I think I will make more wire baskets to hold smaller items and keep them contained. We don’t have an Aldi’s too close. I think there is one about an hour away! Thanks so much for the comment.

      29 . 01 . 2017
  20. Amanda

    i LOVE upcycling projects like this! Great job!!!

    15 . 02 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Amanda! Upcycling is the best…right? I love taking these old things that no one seems to want and making them into something with purpose!

      15 . 02 . 2017
  21. Brittany

    Fantastic transformation!!

    15 . 02 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Brittany! I think it turned out pretty nice and I love all of the little drawers.

      15 . 02 . 2017
  22. leanne with divaofdiy.com

    No one would ever guess these were 80s music holders! What a transformation!

    15 . 02 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Leanne! I love a great transformation.

      15 . 02 . 2017
  23. Toni | Small Home Soul

    That is brilliant! I bet people will stop passing by the old stereo cabinets that show up at the thrift stores. I love the blue, you did a beatiful job, and you know I’m a sucker for two tone furniture 🙂

    16 . 02 . 2017
    • Michelle

      I love the two-tones as well. They make my heart skip a beat! I had a hard time finding some of these old music holders so maybe people are starting to grab them when they see them.

      16 . 02 . 2017
  24. Designing Vibes

    Oh my goodness, this is such a fantastic idea. Not only is it functional, it turned out beautiful. Love it!

    16 . 02 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Yay! Thank you. It still love it everyday!

      16 . 02 . 2017
  25. Lynnea Berr

    I watched your St. Patrick’s day video on YouTube and then came to the Craft Organizer from 80’s Music Holders. The white wire baskets can be used in either a Closet Maid or Elfa frame if you can find the racks. I know The Container Store carries them, but I don’t know if they only sell the frames. The slotted wood organizer I have seen used for stamp pads, but I see you have used the drawer cassette holders.

    If you are lucky, you may find the frames in thrift stores or even along the side of the road on trash day.

    20 . 03 . 2017

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