Craft Room TOUR with Kim at Cakepops 101

Happy Friday, Crafters! Kim is here to show off her amazing DIY craft room makeover with us today. You will love what she did! enjoy! -Linda

DIY craft room

Craft Room Tour

kim barrett - cakepops101Hi, I’m Kim. I’ve been married for 37 years to one amazing man. We’ve raised 4 children, and now enjoying being grandparents to our 3 grandchildren. Along with working for a major airline for 24 years, I also have my own Cakepop business. Not only do I make and sell the the ever so popular Cakepops, I also host monthly instructional cakepop classes. When time allows I blog at Cakepops101. I’m excited to share with Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous, and all you DIY addicts, my craft room remodel!


kim's craft space - before

When I started my Cakepops101 business from home, I knew I needed to update my craft room to also double as an office work space. My original crafting room consisted of a few shelving pieces I purchased from goodwill and a folding table used as my desk.

kim's craft room - before

kim's craft space - before

As you all know the first step to any big project can be the hardest. But once you start brain storming to determine a budget and the functionality of your space, you’re off and running. I did have a bit of a push to get my project started when a good friend decided to remodel her kitchen and remove all of her oak whitewash cabinets. Being the DIY junkie I am, I didn’t hesitate to ask her if I could take all the old cabinets off her hands, and was very excited when she said yes!

kitchen cabinets

I do admit, thanks to my dad, I have a hard time throwing anything away. My husbands works hard at keeping me in check.The first job on our list was to remove all the old carpet and install wide plank laminate flooring purchased on sale for 50% off from Costco. This helped get our budget off in the right direction.

wide plank laminate floorin

My hubby also installed 4 counter height outlets so power would be right where I needed it. He is one handy guy and can do just about anything. I know I’m a very lucky gal.

craft room layout

I do give my husband most of the credit when it comes to heavy lifting, sanding, priming, painting and all the detailed trim work. Just as important, he is supportive and patient. It took me the longest time to decide on a finished paint color and the actual room layout. I wanted to try and use as many of the cabinets as I could get to fit in the 11 x 12 foot room.

martha stewart living glaze

I removed a couple of doors and tested out colors and glaze finishes. I love the vintage shabby look and settled for a Behr Semi gloss at Home Depot and Martha Stewart’s Finishing Glaze. All the original hinges were refinished by priming and spay painting dark brown. At $3 each for new ones, this saved me at least $200 and looked great. We primed all cabinets with a power sprayer. However, when it came time for the finish paint and glaze, I did that after the cabinets were actually in the room. The rustic door knobs were also 50% off from Hobby Lobby.

recycled kitchen cabinets for a craft room

To determine the layout of the cabinets, I cut large scraps of cardboard the size of each base cabinet. Laying these on the floor and moving them around to decide what would fit best was so much easier than dragging each cabinet around the room all day. I was able to use them all but two wall cabinets. I took a base cabinet and used it as island that I could move if more space was needed.

DIY counter top

After getting a $1500 quote for laminate counters, I decided that I would just have MDF cut to fit, paint, and trimmed for a cost of $80. MDF isn’t water resistant so you do have to be careful with liquids. I covered the island with a cute piece of fabric from Hobby Lobby, then added a piece of plexiglass to the top of it.

craft room storage

I built the hutch styled shelves to go over the last base cabinet. It didn’t take me long to fill each and everyone of them with books and all of my Cakepop supplies.

magnetic chalkboard

I made a magnetic chalkboard out of a mirror from an old dresser.

craft room cabinets

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It’s such a great feeling to be able to take on a project of this size, work through the challenges and then be able to sit back and enjoy what you’ve accomplished. Thanks all for stopping by!

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous craft room with us, Kim! 

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  1. 1

    Holy cow. This is probably the most amazing craft room i have ever seen!

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    Marsha C

    I love the changes and have the mirror that you made into a magnetic board-great inspiration. But I have to admit that the best part of that room is the VIEW from the window. Gorgeous!

  3. 3

    This is awesome! i just redid mine and know the expense can be HUGE… I wish I could have had all the outlets at counter height also. This is a great room and I LOVE the big window you can sit at. Great job to you and your hubby!

  4. 4

    Best. Craft. Room. EVER. Woah…now I’m suffering from some major jealousy {and wondering who I know that has cabinets I can take and run with something similar!}. Awesome!

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    Lisa Mani

    What a BEAUTIFUL room ! I too have a great love for crafts and have started a cakepop business. I am a mother of 4 with 2 still living at home.

  6. 6

    This is one amazing room done by a truly amazing lady. Now we know who to call when we want delicious cakepops and a grogeous craft room designed! Thanks for always providing such great inspiration…best craft room ever!

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    Missy G

    What an awesome project. I love reusing those cabinets and saving them from the trash, which is where a lot of them go. I love all the money that you saved. I love the fabric under the plexiglass on your island. You will be able to switch that out whenever you like for holidays or if your taste changes.

  8. 8

    This is so amazing! I have never thought of putting cabinets anywhere other than the kitchen – but it makes SO MUCH SENSE to put them in a craft room. You rock!

  9. 9

    Love it!

    I’ve really enjoyed this craft room tour series – giving me lots of ideas for revamping my 10×10 craft space. :) Right now I have a giant table in here that takes up most of the room- not at all good use of space.

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    Bonita Houser

    PLEASE I want this machine sooooooo bad to start a home business cutting vinyl. I need the extra money to help get my daughter thru college and law school. Help me so we won’t go hungry!!!!!!

  11. 11

    Wow! Envious! Love the space, what a great job in keeping the cost way down. You go girl! I love the fabric with plexiglass covering! Awesome!

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    Anna Starner

    I used MDF for my 4 X 8 foot cutting table years ago wen I was helping sew curtains foe a seamstress. I used about 4 coats of polyurethane on it. I have used the table for all sorts of things.
    I have even sprinkle fabric on it. I made a pad to lay under the curtains and I would steam press them right on the table. The top still looks great . It has stayed smooth and is so easy to clean. I think it is soon time to add another coat of poly( I have not done this since we installed the table).

  13. 13

    Gorgeous room…totally impressed that you and your husband did it together. I bet you really enjoy being in it.

  14. 14
    Pat O

    You and C did a beautiful job remodeling your craft room! You have a great eye and your creativity is an inspiration.

    1. 14.1
      kim barrett

      So excited that I was asked to be a small part of such a wonderful blog Linda, thank you thank you!. And thanks gals for stopping by and leaving such sweet comments, I appreciate all the kind words. Now lets get a craftin out there! and remember if you ever come across any cabinets getting thrown away GRAB them, cus my hubby’s not letting me bring any more home :-)

  15. 15

    I am having a giveaway at my blog,


  16. 16

    Nice….Love all the cabinets.