Overview: My Craft cabinet
This post is a little different – it’s not going to be a step by step how to, as building my beautiful craft cabinet took months and it’s not something for the faint hearted! It was a labour of love however, and everytime I put something away in it or pull something out I get a little hit of joy.
So instead I’m just going to introduce you all to it!
This whole project was inspired by my aunt’s coffee table, which was created from two large letterpress drawers – my uncle having worked for a newspaper. She filled each section with a trinket or found treasure so that they could be kept on display. I wanted that for the top of my cabinet. The remainder I wanted to be able to store myriad papers, beads, buttons, stamps, inks – anything and everything crafty as long as it wasn’t more than 2 inches in height. I’d seen original letterpress cabinets but they were
- Waaaaaaay too expensive (and almost all in America and impossible to ship)
- Missing that display aspect that I so loved in my aunt’s table
Construction of the craft cabinet
This cabinet was constructed from 18 letterpress drawers sourced online and in person. The drawers were in varying states when I got them (and therefore at varying prices).
Some still had all their partitions intact and supports on, whilst some were shells that needed significant reinforcement.
I cleaned them all out (most had been lying in a very dusty garage and were filthy) and removed the paper lining that a lot of them had. This was probably the most labour intensive part of the whole thing!
I then set about building a frame for them. To note, I had never, ever built anything remotely as elaborate at this – I’ve only ever done flat packed furniture elsewise!
After the initial planning was complete I purchased a lot of wood and spent many evenings sawing all the pieces to create the frame. This was all done in my bedroom at home! Once satisfied I glued and nailed it all in stages and then stained and varnished the entire thing. I custom ordered the Perspex top to size and the handles I found after much online scouring. Removing the previously rusted on handles was no mean feat.
Initially I purchased a sheet of hardboard to cover up the back and sides to fully enclose the cabinet, but I quite liked the openness of the cabinet when I first put the drawers in so I cancelled that stage. I am still trying to find a use for the 5 metres of hardboard stored in my parents house…
I honestly don’t know where I would store all the small bits and bobs I’ve acquired over the last few years of more intense crafting! What do you think : how do you all manage to keep your trinkets orderly? Do you have them all in boxes or use a specific storage system? Let me know!
I leave you with some gratuitous craft cabinet shots, because I never tire of rifling through these drawers.