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Craft Organizer Made From 80's Music Holders

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Craft organization is always needed at our house.
I collected some old 80's cassette tape holders, a CD holder, one VHS holder and an old stereo case to create something pretty spectacular. Total cost...$25 plus paint that I already had and hardware that was provided by D. Lawless Hardware.
Time: 4 Days Cost: $25.00 Difficulty: Medium
  • craft organizer made from 80 s music holders, chalk paint, crafts, organizing
I had used a cassette tape holder before for storage on our bedside table so I knew they were great for that.
I started out with three cassette tape holders, a CD holder and a VHS holder that I collected from various thrift stores and friends.
  • craft organizer made from 80 s music holders, chalk paint, crafts, organizing
Of course they were all different widths, heights, and depths.
  • craft organizer made from 80 s music holders, chalk paint, crafts, organizing
So I got this stereo cabinet at the Goodwill for $5 to hold it all together. We also added 4 more shelves. You can see that in the final photo.
  • craft organizer made from 80 s music holders, chalk paint, crafts, organizing
Remember all of these? Wow. They are pretty old. Anyway, everything got a good coat of white primer (Rust Oleum white flat paint/primer) then I painted the stereo unit with Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Vintage. This is my favorite color. And I gave the drawer units a nice coat of paint.
I used my paint sprayer for all of the painting.
Jeff made a new top for the entire thing out of lath and I painted the top with a brown, watered down latex so the wood grain would show through. I brushed this on instead of using the sprayer.
  • craft organizer made from 80 s music holders, chalk paint, crafts, organizing
This project was part of the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest and the sponsor was D. Lawless Hardware. They sent me the label holder drawer pulls in exchange for my post. I love these things!
They are a great company. Last August they sponsored this contest and I made this awesome Coffee Station. You will have to check it out!
There is even a free printable you can download.
  • craft organizer made from 80 s music holders, chalk paint, crafts, organizing
After the drawer pulls were on we stacked it all together adding the 4 shelves in between to help with the different sizes. This made it all feel a little more cohesive as well.
And this is how it all turned out!
  • craft organizer made from 80 s music holders, chalk paint, crafts, organizing
What do you think? I love it and I can't wait to fill it up and get it labeled. You can see more details and more photos on the blog.
Many of you have asked to see the inside of the drawers and what I will be storing in them. Or you have questions as to how I am dealing with some of the quirks of these cassette, cd and vhs drawers. I have updated my blog post with photos so you can now see what it looks like on the inside too. I hope you will re-visit to check it out!
You can also see other projects I have done as well.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Thrift store finds as mentioned in the post
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint   (Already had but available at Hobby Lobby)
  • White Latex Paint   (Already had)
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To see more: http://michellejdesigns.com/craft-organizer-will-blow-mind/

Got a question about this project?

  • Deana
    Deana Pittston, PA
    on Sep 9, 2016

    I love these, I will now be scouring the thrift stores for these.

    • Michelle James
      Michelle James Emmetsburg, IA
      on Sep 10, 2016

      Yes. Go find some they are fun. Thanks so much.

  • Patty Bonneau
    Patty Bonneau Ware, MA
    on Sep 11, 2016

    Wish I'd seen this before I tossed out the cabinet and cassette holders when I cleaned out my parents house! Great idea, it came out wonderful!

    • Michelle James
      Michelle James Emmetsburg, IA
      on Sep 12, 2016

      Thank you. Oh my gosh that is too bad that you got rid of them. Well you will probably come across more someday.

  • Andrew B. Middleton
    Andrew B. Middleton Australia
    on Sep 12, 2016

    That is one really good and practical idea!! I still have 2 sets of flat pack Ikea wooden drawers that I bought some years ago, but they are not available any more. Your idea would be a great replacement for them!

    • Michelle James
      Michelle James Emmetsburg, IA
      on Sep 12, 2016

      Thank you Andrew. I am not familiar with those Ikea drawers but I am glad this idea will work as a replacement.

  • Rael Lazzaro
    Rael Lazzaro
    on Oct 19, 2016

    I would go so far as to put access to drawers on both sides, and then put on a lazy susan type of arrangement on the bottom so it could revolve.

    • Michelle James
      Michelle James Emmetsburg, IA
      on Oct 19, 2016

      I never thought of that but it would be pretty nice. Thanks.

  • Pporter100
    Pporter100
    on Oct 31, 2016

    This is very clever (and so inexpensive) for so many things! I'm thinking it may work very well for crafts that use a lot of smaller things for which craft stores sell expensive storage units. Thank you.

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